The Catholic University of Uruguay has been offering the country’s first Doctorate in Psychology since 2011.

Currently, the School of Psychology has a significant number of national and international Doctors who focus on innovative academic training, prepared for teamwork, and respectful of ethical principles in research.

Why pursue a Doctorate in Psychology at the Catholic University of Uruguay?

Because doctoral training in this discipline implies training a group of high level academicians with solid knowledge of the conceptual and methodological foundation necessary to carry out research relevant to the country and the region.

Because UCU has a strong tradition in innovation in teaching, as well as a great vocation for research. This doctoral program is presented as a new instance for the transmission, creation and dissemination of new knowledge, with a focus on training researchers teachers in excellence.

Because it is necessary to build and adapt the instruments and techniques that are used in our environment in the area of psychology.

Because a doctoral program helps answer the country’s problems by conducting local research of the highest level, with academic excellence and ethical quality.

The program requires a dedication of approximately 10 hours per week. Intensive seminars will be offered by foreign teachers.

Master´s Programs

Clinical Psychology (option children and adolescents)

The Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Children and Adolescents systematically trains candidates in theory, technique, practice and research. It aims to update and deepen participants’ knowledge in development, psychopathology, diagnosis, and therapeutic actions within a continuous and supervised individual clinical practice. The supervised practices, which take place at the University Clinic, allow for the use of a one-way mirror and filming resources which greatly enrich supervision and clinical training.

The program also encourages students to create new knowledge in the area of clinical psychology by providing spaces for reflection and search that will be reflected in oral presentations and written assignments, based both on training and participation in conceptual or empirical research.

Degrees awarded:
Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Children and Adolescents

Early Childhood Care > In agreement with the University of Málaga (Spain)

Early childhood care is the focus of professionals involved in the psychoeducational development of children aged between 0 and 6. This set of actions aimed at the child, family and environment must be planned by a team of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary orientation which responds to the needs of children with developmental disorders or risk of suffering as soon as possible.

These actions aim to optimize child development, reduce the effects of a deficiency, and decrease the development of secondary effects by introducing compensation mechanisms, removing barriers, promoting autonomy and adaptation to their specific needs in the fields of family, school and social life.

Uninterruptedly since 2000, the University of Málaga has been responding to this demand for training through the Master’s Program in Early Childhood Care Dr. Miguel de Linares Pezzi. The Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology in the School of Psychology at the Catholic University of Uruguay presents the Master’s Program in Early Childhood Care as a double degree.
Recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture in resolution of January 29, 2015 (No. 5836/012).

Psychotherapy following Jungian Analytical Psychology

The School of Psychology at UCU presents the first master's program in Jungian psychotherapy and, in this way, responds to the current need for specific professional training in the field of psychotherapy.

Jungian psychotherapy is an approach that has proven to be effective in addressing psychopathological and clinical problems. It is a theoretical-practical framework that also allows the professional to address contemporary problems such as searching for the meaning of life, transcendental dimension, and deep spiritual needs that arise in the individuation process. The contemporary Jungian perspective is characterized by openness to the complexity and diversity of the theoretical-practical contributions of psychology: neuroscience and anthropology.

The Master’s program in Jungian Psychotherapy is an academic program of professional theoretical, technical, and practical training aimed especially at psychologists and psychiatrists interested in their training as psychotherapists. It allows for solid ethical, scientific, and professional training in the acquisition of the necessary competences and abilities in the field of intervention.

The master’s program has Jungian teachers and analysts, members of the Uruguayan Society of Analytical Psychology (SUPA), and affiliated with the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). In addition, analysts from the Brazilian Society of Analytical Psychology (Brazil) and the Master’s Program in Jungian Analytical Psychology from Adolfo Ibáñez University (Chile) also participate in the project.

Degree awarded: Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and Counseling in Jungian Psychology


Psychotherapy in Adults, Couples and Families

The Master in Psychotherapy in Adults, Couples and Families, with a Cognitive-Systemic focus proposes instruction which integrates the systemic and the cognitive approaches for the clinical work, and a study of the main disorders and corresponding treatments based on the results of the research.  


Graduate Programs

Analytical Psychology

The School of Psychology of UCU presents its Graduate Program in Academic Specialization in Analytical Psychology. It thus responds to the noticeable increase in demand, nationally and internationally, for a specialized and in-depth study of the work of Carl Gustav Jung and his most outstanding followers. Analytical Psychology has become one of the basic perspectives of contemporary psychology, through its contributions to culture, clinics and research.

This program is organized by our school with the participation of the Brazilian Society of Analytical Psychology (SBPA-Brazil), the Uruguayan Society of Analytical Psychology (SUPA-Uruguay) and the Analytical Psychology Foundation C.G. Jung (FCGJ-Uruguay). Its teachers, researchers, supervisors, and Jungian analysts are members of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP-Zurich). This program also aims to contribute, from the scientific perspective, to the development and improvement of research in psycho-sciences, as well as to enable, from the academic perspective, the completion of the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on Analytical Psychology.

Degree awarded: Postgraduate Degree in Academic Specialization in Analytical Psychology

Integration of Health from the Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE)

The Graduate Program in Health Integration from Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE) aims to be, in its first year, a degree for psychologists, doctors, nutritionists, and other health professionals. The second year is only for doctors and psychologists. It provides training and scientific updating in the psyche-soma-environment relations with contributions from neurosciences and psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology.

The clinical implications of an integral understanding of health and disease processes are considered when dealing with human beings in all their dimensions, both in diagnostic evaluation and in therapeutic strategy. This leads to the development of integrative medicine and psychotherapy as well as an integral approach in other health disciplines.

Medical and psychological practice, as well as daily life observation, allow us to verify how the expression of conflictive psychology occurs along with disorders at an organic level. Likewise, organic pathologies occur with psychic alterations and interpersonal relationships. Psychosomatic unity of the human being demands considering the interaction of biocognitive-psychoemotional-socioecological and spiritual factors in any condition, whether the symptoms be expressed predominantly at the somatic or mental level.

Degree awarded:

In the first year, the Graduate Diploma in Integration in Health from Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology is awarded.

The second year is only for physicians and psychologists and requires, after its completion, a Final Dissertation in order to receive the Postgraduate Specialization Degree: Integration in Health from Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE).

Academic Point of Contact: Dr. Margarita Dubourdieu (PhD), Master’s in Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology (PNIE), is the coordinator of the program and is also in charge of the integration of different thematic contents from the PNIE perspective.