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Psychological theory in action, providing solutions to social issues.

Joanna Roszak, Ph.D., social psychologist

Applied Social Psychology
2-year program


Our Applied Social Psychology program is a good choice for people interested in social psychological theory and its application in real life situations, who are willing to benefit from the interdisciplinary approach, typical for this field. Students are introduced to the principles of applied social psychology and throughout the course of their studies they become familiar with such topics as social neuroscience, dynamical social psychology, or industrial and organizational psychology. They learn how to conduct research, including applied research, and to design interventions in order to implement change within individuals and organizations, all with an emphasis on cross-cultural sensitivities. Selected courses are based on the latest research in the field of social-neurobiology. Students also learn how technology may be used to improve the quality of life of individuals.

The psychological practicum provides students with an opportunity to put the newly gained theoretical knowledge into practice by observing and assisting practitioners during job shadowing sessions.

The Work and Organizational Psychology modules of our program include components that comply with the European Certificate in Psychology (EuroPsy), the European standard of education, professional training and competence in psychology, set by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

Requirements: English proficiency - IELTS 6.0; CAE 47-51; TOEFL iBT 69-70, TOEFL Computer-based 196; TOEFL Paper-based 525.


The graduate program is appropriate for students who hold an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field of study. Students falling into the latter category are obliged to complete supplementary, free-of-charge, undergraduate psychology modules, including: introduction to methodology and statistics, social psychology, personality psychology, and psychology of individual differences. The additional modules should be completed by the end of the first year of study.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Applied Social Psychology program can pursue three major paths in their professional careers, including researcher, consultancy, or policy advising. As researchers, working at universities and research institutes, they may study antecedents of problematic behavior and design intervention programs, or evaluate their effectiveness. As consultants and policy advisors, graduates may assist individuals, groups, organizations, or communities in resolving various problems. They may be involved in training and development, coaching, leadership and management, communication and public relations as well as teaching and coaching within those areas, both in professional and personal life.

Financial support: Scholarships for International Candidates
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Financial support: Scholarships for SWPS University Students
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Applied, Research and Cultural Diversity Training

Applied Social Psychology Program follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing both applied and research training. Students are exposed to various aspects of psychology, including cultural diversity in organizations (e.g. diversity management and cultural values in various contexts and applications), social neuroscience (e.g. psychophysiology and neuroscience techniques in the study of social and cognitive psychology), the use of technology in psychology (e.g. the use of mobile phone applications in psychological interventions and health monitoring), and dynamic social psychology (e.g. metatheory that helps to understand diverse phenomena in economics, population biology, and complex social relations).

International Scope

Students of Applied Social Psychology have a chance to learn from specialists with international background, incluidng Professor Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak, Lecturer at Florida Atlantic University and a recipient of 2011 Ashoka International Social Innovation Fellowship. Furthermore, students meet practitioners, who have experience in working with both international business and governmental organizations, such as Agnieszka Lenton, co-founder of the Polish Psychologists' Association in the United Kingdom.

Highly Qualified Faculty

During the course of study, students have an opportunity to meet influential practitioners and leading scholars in the field of Applied Social Psychology as well as active researchers, authors of numerous scientific papers published in international academic journals.

Faculty and Guest Lecturers

Application Step By Step

  1. Fill in the application form and upload required documents
  2. Pay the Application Fee (PLN 85.00) via PayU - you will be asked to do so in the application form 
  3. Pay the Tuition Fee
  4. Wait for the Acceptance Letter
  5. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  6. During the first semester, submit the Nostrification of your diploma (if applicable)

This is the application procedure for international candidates. Polish candidates should follow the application procedure provided on the corresponding Polish site here »

Application Fee

Application fee in the amount of PLN 85.00 should be paid via PayU while submitting university application through the Application Portal.

The application fee is non-refundable unless:

  • the program of study that you applied to has been cancelled (except when you decide to enroll in a different program of study at SWPS University).

Persons exempt from the application fee:

  • Graduates of undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and doctoral programs completed at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (formerly Warsaw School of Social Psychology SWPS)
  • Graduates of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies completed at Collegium Da Vinci (formerly University of Humanities and Journalism)ych
  • Graduates of Liceum Akademickie Da Vinci (Da Vinci High School)

Tuition Fee Discount

  • Children of SWPS University alumni who enroll in degree programs at SWPS University are eligible for a 5% discount on tuition fee for every year of the program.


2020-2021 Tuition Fee
Full-Time Studies
10 installments EUR 550 / each
2 installments EUR 2,700 / each
1 installment EUR 5,200

Admissions Office

  • admissions@swps.edu.pl
  • +48 22 517 99 61 (English)
  • +48 22 517 98 92 (Russian and Ukrainian)
  • Following the changes in the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, our Admissions Office is resuming some of its pre-pandemic operations. The office continues to provide services to candidates exclusively online and by phone. However, we encourage candidates to start sending original documents or documents certified by a notary public via post or courier. You can find the deadline for submitting the original documents in your Admission Decision letter.
  • Office Hours:
    Monday 10:00-18:00
    Tuesday to Friday: 9.00-17.00
  • SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815, Warsaw, Poland
    room 004, main hall on the ground floor 

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