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    General Health Psychology + Gerontology

    About the Joint Master’s programme

    This official Joint Master’s programme is of a qualifying nature. It aims, on the one hand, to cover the current legislative need to pursue the Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology to be able to practise the profession of psychologist in the health sector and, on the other, to complement this recognition with a specialisation in gerontology.

    The latter field is currently booming as it is estimated that in 2035 around 26.5% of our population will be aged 65 or older (INE, 2020).

    Therefore, after completing this programme you will be able to:


    Work as a psychologist in the health sector

    - Consultations
    - Examination Centres
    - Detoxification Centres
    - Patients’ Associations
    - etc.

    It is the prerequisite for opening a psychology centre.


    Work in the field of Gerontology

    - Consultations
    - Day centres and gerontological and psycho-geriatric residences
    - Associations of patients and relatives
    - Psycho-gerontological centres
    - Gerontological social and health providers
    - etc.

    • Campus:

      Bilbao Campus

    • Programme name:

      General Health Psychology + Gerontology

    • Duration/credits:

      2 academic years - 126 ECTS

    • Language


    • Number of places


    • Programme type

      On campus

    • Application process:

      Admission process closed

    • Faculty:

      Health Sciences
    • Share:

    2 Master's degrees in 2 years

    Programme aim


    2 Master's degrees in 2 years

    Programme aim

    The plan has, on the one hand, a professional orientation, based on acquiring the necessary competences for professional practice in the health field, but also provides the necessary knowledge to evaluate and intervene in the field of Gerontology.

    Why Deusto

    Track record in both areas


    A complete tour through health

    Students will benefit from the extensive teaching and research experience of the Faculty of Psychology and Education in the field of health, as well as from a R+D+i Unit in Psychology and Health, which addresses clinical intervention in liaison with internationally consolidated research areas and teams.


    With our elders since the 1990s

    The University's awarenesstowards training in the field of gerontology and care for the elderly has been evident since the mid-1990s, as specific subjects were offered that focused on working with the elderly. Given the good level of acceptance among students, as well as the commitment of the University of Deusto to training in gerontology, the Specialist Course in Gerontology was launched for the first time in the 2003/2004 academic year.


    Launch of the official master's degree

    Subsequently, as it was well received by students and had the support of the local social actors (Biscay Regional Council, the Basque Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology and the Biscay Federation of Elderly Associations, the Master's Degree in Gerontology was launched and became an official Master's Degree in 2009/10. Since then, its graduates have highly appraised it and has had a high rate of employability.


    Two related areas

    The two master's degrees have always been connected throughout the Faculty’s history before the joint programme was launched. Proof of this is that the Master's degree in Mental Health and Psychological Therapies, replaced in the 2014/15 academic year by the Master's degree in General Health Psychology, already included theoretical and practical modules taught by specialists in the field of gerontology.

    Who is this programme designed for?

    This programme is for you if...

    You must have adegree in Psychology.

    As approved at the REACU meeting held on 15 January 2020 on the conditions of access to the master's degree in general health psychology after the incorporation of the specialism in health psychology to the curricula of the degree in psychology according to the order cnu/1309/2018, it is decided that Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the Licenciado en Psicología degree issued in Spain prior to the order CNU/1309/2018, have the necessary requirements for access to the Master's degree in General Health Psychology. Therefore, the holders of these degrees cannot be excluded from the selection processes, nor do they require additional courses.

    Having a B2 certificate in English will be an asset (graduates in Psychology from the University of Deusto are exempt from submitting it).

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    Specialised resources

    In your learning, you will have the Deusto Psych Unit available to you. This R&D&I Unit in Psychology and Health is equipped with the latest technology in psychophysiological instruments, virtual reality, assessment and psychodiagnosis, rehabilitation, and has large spaces and facilities.

    Approved academic standards

    A fully accredited degree



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