Best Educational Programs: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY


Faculty of Medical Psychology

Specialist’s programme


ZAKHAROVA, Elena Vladimirovna



Programme presentation. The model of training of clinical psychologists, which is pro-posed by SamaraStateMedicalUniversity, differs significantly from other educational programmes as it allows graduates to apply their knowledge and skills in all areas of medicine, education, penitentiary psychology and extreme psychology. An innovative approach to education and training involves the formation of professional self-analysis skills in order to ensure psychological safety of all participants of medical and correctional process in future. Student are supervised individually and in groups.

The educational programme has repeatedly undergone professional-public accreditation procedure, has been three times recognized as the best programme in the given field of training and has been included in the reference book “The Best Educational Programmes of Innovative Russia”.

About 10% students enrolled in the programme are representatives of foreign countries. The Faculty actively develops professional and scientific contacts with Russian HEIs. The educational programme is delivered at five special Departments of the Faculty. The laboratory for socio-psychological research and the laboratory of experimental psychology are available.

Teaching staff. Most of the teachers at special Departments, who provide education to students, are graduates of the Faculty of Medical Psychology. Since the establishment of the Faculty, about 30 candidate and 10 doctoral dissertations have been defended in the area of Clinical Psychology.

Competitiveness of students. The average passing grade of applicants is 270 points. The best students annually obtain personal grants of the Rector, the Academic Council and the Governor.

Interaction with employers. Representatives of employers attend final state examinations and the defence of graduate qualification works, select the best students and pro-vide them with jobs after graduation. During the period of training students are placed for practice in educational organizations, institutions of healthcare and social protection, the Ministry for Internal Affairs and the Federal Penitentiary Service, and are often employed in these organizations after graduation.

At present, the services of competent psychologists are especially in demand in the sphere of production and business management.