The first Postgraduate Program of Studies (MA), offered by the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus entitled “Applications of Psychology and Counselling in the Community (2 years / 120 ECTS, Master)”, was approved by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA) on 20.5.2019. The new Postgraduate Program of Studies is an academic, conventional program and is offered starting from September 2019 at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus in Nicosia.

The Master’s programme in “Applications of Psychology and Counselling” in the Community addresses the pressing need to redesign and/or upgrade the existing, local services promoting social welfare and psychological health provided by church parishes, NGOs and municipalities.

The program appeals to:

  • individuals who wish to offer their services to ecclesiastical communities (clergy and lay people),
  • persons interested in working in charitable organizations,
  • teachers and trainers who offer their services in schools, educational programs or in training, taking on health education services, programs to prevent behavioural problems (e.g. bullying, delinquency, emotional management, etc.),
  • finally, for those who want to pursue research and academic careers, it is a scientific program, which also offers the opportunity for Postgraduate Research, Statistics and Dissertation in empirical research.

The postgraduate program will be offered full-time and includes compulsory courses and elective courses. The duration of studies is two (2) academic years (four semesters). The number of units required for graduation is 120 ECTS (European Credit Units), including Dissertation, which is credited with 30 ECTS and Practice Exercise which is credited with 7.5 ECTS. 

Structure of the program of study

Program RequirementsECTS
Compulsory courses60
Elective courses22.5
Courses of specialization
Undergraduate / Postgraduate Assignment -Dissertation30
Practical training7.5
Total  ECTS120

Program’s Coordinator
Dr Olga Solomontos-Kountouri, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology,