National Requirements Russia



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  • Psychology Education

The education for psychologists in Russia has since 2013 been oriented towards 6 years of formal education (5 years of study + 1 year of supervision) which is called education of the full cycle or mono-training. During the first 3-4 years of studies, students are given a broad orientation in the main sub-disciplines and theories of psychology. The main forms of teaching are lectures, seminars, and practical sessions. Besides, there is a considerable component of "general education", which includes teaching subjects (philosophy, history, sociology, economics, foreign languages, biology, anthropology, etc), which is an obligatory part of any accredited educational program in Russia and whose content is defined partly on federal, and partly on provincial level. The last 2-3 years of studies are devoted to developing expertise in a selected sub-field of psychology, with special courses and special practical work being the main forms of teaching. This model is presented in most universities.

Recognition of university education programmes as meeting EuroPsy requirements is undertaken under the auspices of the Russian NAC. The university education programs are assessed by the Russian Educational-Methodological Council together with the Russian Psychological Society. Each year the monitoring of the programs is carried out. Based on the results of the monitoring each university gets feedback as well as suggestions how to strengthen educational programs in cooperation with Russian Psychological Society. During 2014 several universities applied to the monitoring procedure in order to approve their level of educational programs according to EuroPsy standards. According to the decision of the Presidium of Russian Psychological Society Moscow State Pedagogical University was the only university approved from the year 2015: MSc (PhD) Developmental Psychology, MSc (PhD) Psychology.

  • Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements

Recognised programmes exist at 10 universities which are listed below:

Name of University City MA/MSc Degree Programmes
Institute of Psychology named after L.S. Vygotsky of Russian State University for the Humanities Moscow MSc (PhD) Medical Psychology MSc (PhD) Psychology of State Service MSc (PhD) Psychological Correction in Special Education
Lomonosov Moscow State University Moscow MSc (PhD) PsychologyMSc in Psychology (mono-training), (PhD) Medical Psychology MSc (PhD) Psychology of State Service MSc (PhD) Psychological Correction in Special Education
Moscow State Pedagogical University Moscow MSc (PhD) Developmental Psychology
MSc (PhD) Psychology
Moscow State University of Psychology and Education Moscow MSc (PhD) Psychology
National Research University Higher School of Economics Moscow MSc (PhD) Psychology
National Research Tomsk Federal University Tomsk MSc (PhD) Psychology MSc (PhD) Medical Psychology
National Research University Yuzhno-Uralskii State University Chelyabinsk MSc (mono-training) Psychology MSc Medical Psychology MSc (PhD) Psychology of State Service
Saint-Petersburg State University Saint-Petersburg MSc (PhD) PsychologyMSc (PhD) Medical PsychologyMSc in Psychology (mono preparation)
Yuzhnyi Federal University Rostov-on Don MSc Social Psychology
MSc Psychology and Education
Yaroslavl State University named after P.G.Demidov Yaroslavl MSc Social Psycholog
MSc Psychology of Work
  • Supervised practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy Certificate)

Supervised practice is mainly presented in the frame of the university study. Supervised practice takes place during bachelor+master and specialist education in all types of specializations (school psychology, work psychology, clinical psychology, etc.) Usually it is divided between the future place of work and university (if it is school psychology - then it is school; if it is sport psychology - then it is a sport club, etc.). As not all universities provide the necessary amount of supervised practice for the EuroPsy currently only 10 universities satisfy this criteria.

  • Arrangements for training of supervisors

Training is arranged by the national psychologists association(s) or by universities. Most supervisors meet the EuroPsy Level 2 or Level 1 criteria

  • Recognition of title

The title Psychologist is not a legally recognized and protected title

  • License to practice

There is no license or entry in a register needed for practising psychology

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)