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Except some “hot” classes, basically, the Department of Psychology welcome every student who is interested in psychology every school year. Students can find information about the place and time of every class on the website: https://nol.ntu.edu.tw/nol/coursesearch/index.php?lang=EN.

Some professors might require that all students include non-credit earning students should take examinations, some professors might ask non-credit earning students for avoidance.

There are significant differences between psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy roles and they tend to deal with different types of problems, although there is also considerable overlap in their work.

Below is a brief description of each of the careers and you can visit our pages on psychology and psychotherapy for more information.

What is psychology?

Psychology is the study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying such behaviour.

Psychology is a discipline that is firstly concerned with the normal functioning of the mind and has explored areas such as learning, remembering and the normal psychological development of children. Psychology is one of the fastest growing university subjects and is becoming increasingly available in schools and colleges.

Psychologists deal with the way the mind works and can specialise in a number of areas, such as mental health and educational and occupational psychology.

Psychologists are not usually medically qualified and only a small proportion of people studying psychology degrees will go on to work with patients.

What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the study of mental disorders and their diagnosis, management and prevention. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have qualified in psychiatry. They often combine a broad general caseload alongside an area of special expertise and research.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is conducted with individuals, groups, couples and families. Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits.

There are many different approaches in psychotherapy, or talking therapies, which include:

cognitive behavioural therapies
psychoanalytic therapies
psychodynamic therapies
systemic and family psychotherapy
arts and play therapies
humanistic and integrative psychotherapies
hypno-psychotherapy
experiential constructivist therapies

A psychotherapist may be a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional, who has had further specialist training in psychotherapy. Increasingly, there are a number of psychotherapists who do not have backgrounds in the above fields, but who have undertaken in depth training in this area.

Consultant psychiatrists in psychotherapy are medical doctors who have qualified in psychiatry and then undertaken a three or four-year specialist training in psychotherapy. Their role is in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with psychiatric illnesses.

In Taiwan, a "Clinical Psychologist" must go through at least 7-years undergraduate and graduate school's training in order to abtain the qualification for license examination.

 

[Source: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/psychological-therapies/differences-between-psychology,-psychiatry-and-psychotherapy/]

Further studies

Bachelor’s degree students may enter such graduate institutes as Psychology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Behavioral Medicine, Criminology, and Business Administration and Management for advanced study. 

Career options

(1) For Bachelor’s Degree in psycholog

There is no particular professions tailored to students with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, but there are lots of professional fields that need employees with training and background in psychology. The Bachelor's degree students, with their interests and background knowledge, are suited for work in a wide range of career paths, including (but not limited to) marketing research, product promotion, advertising, human resources and training, materia-medica research and development, and academic support.

(2) For M.Phil / Ph. D., Degree in psychology

Most graduates of the M.Phil. and Ph. D., programs enter scientific and research work. Others join the following fields:

a. Graduate students of the Psychobiology program: materia-medica research and development, school teaching
b. Graduate students of the Psychometrics program: marketing research, survey research, school teaching
c. Graduate students of the Industrial / Organizational program: human resources and training, marketing, administration and management, architect of advertising, and school teaching
d. Graduate students of the Cognitive and Developmental programs: school teaching (especially in preschool for Graduate students of the Developmental program)

(3) For M.S. / Ph. D., Degree in Clinical Psychology

Most graduate students of this program enter hospitals as clinical psychologists. Others become teachers, join government agencies (e.g., Bureau of Health), or serve as counselors in foundations.

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