The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication”, jointly offered by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a Master degree programme in cognitive psychology with interdisciplinary training in psychology, neuroscience, health communication, organizational behaviour and management. The programme focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and of communication applied to the context of health. Cognitive psychology is the study of all mental processes which drive simple or more complex behaviours, either normal or pathological. These include, among the many, verbal and non-verbal forms of communication, implicit and explicit memory, perception, attention, consciousness, problem-solving, decision making, gratification, etc. Students who are admitted into the programme will receive an advanced theoretical background in neuroscience and modern psychology, will learn advanced research methods in psychology and health communication including a large variety of and statistical techniques and tools that can be used for the analysis of human behaviour in research labs, clinical departments, health frameworks and companies. A central goal of this programme is to familiarize students with the latest research and practice in these areas of research and help them translate and apply this knowledge in many different working environments including health psychology, communication, management, and marketing.
After successful completion of their studies, students will obtain the "Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication " from Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (UniSR). The Degree is fully recognized as a Master Degree in Psychology both in Italy and in Switzerland and grants full access to any regular career path in Psychology in both countries.
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The Master’s programme is designed to train students in psychology and make them understand, for instance, the causes of health-related behaviours to a point where they will be able to understand and eventually design new and effective interventions to prevent disease in a global health perspective. The entire Master’s programme takes advantage of synergies and complementarities between the two universities, USI and UNISR, both offering excellent teaching, research and clinical training. This Master offers a high degree of innovation thanks also to the advanced technologies available on site in the two universities in terms of high-tech equipment, data centres, laboratories, and health-related facilities.
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesPsychology Health Sciences Corporate Communication View 5 other Masters in Psychology in Switzerland
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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In order to be admitted to the Joint Master degree programme (MSc) in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication, candidates must possess:
- a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a Major in Psychology granted by a recognised university. Italian candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Psychology equivalent to former Ministerial Decree n. 270, Classification L-24 "Scienze e Tecniche Psicologiche" or to former Ministerial Decree n.509/99, Classification L-24 "Scienze e Tecniche Psicologiche" or to the former five-year degree programs in Psychology
- at least 88 ECTS within the various field of psychology
- an average mark equal to or higher than 24/30 (Italian score) or 8/10 (Swiss score) Up to 30 students will be admitted to the master's programme.
Further information regarding language requirements are listed at https://www.usi.ch/en/education/master/cognitive-psychology-health-communication/admission.
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International8000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4000 EUR per semester during 24 months.
National4000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2000 EUR per semester during 24 months.
- National: CHF 2,000 per semester
- International: CHF 4,000 per semester
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