Mark Twain International School

Psychology Course Description

Standard Level and Higher Level

Mark Twain International School offers a strong social studies and humanities content and curriculum.


Psychology has its roots in both the natural and social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications, and providing a unique approach to understanding modern society.

Course Aims

Develop an understanding of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors affecting mental processes and behaviour.
Develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied to address real-world problems and promote positive change.
Understand the importance of ethical practice in psychological research in general and observe ethical practice in their own inquiries.

Syllabus and Course Content

IB Psychology course has two main parts: core elements and options.


1. Biological approach to understanding behaviour with main themes referring to brain and behaviour, role of hormones, genetics and animal research in understanding human behaviour.
2. Cognitive approach to understanding behaviour with an emphasis on cognitive processing and its reliability, how emotion influences the way we perceive the world and the influence of technology and digital world on cognitive processing.
3. Sociocultural approach to understanding behaviour having as main topics the individual and the group, the culture influences on individual attitudes, identity and behaviours and how globalization impacts human behaviour.
Studying different options like abnormal behaviour, developmental psychology, human relationships and health psychology will enable the development the psychological knowledge and skills leading to a better understanding to the human behaviour.
Duration of the course?
2 years covering Grade 11 and Grade 12.


Results varied from good to excellent during the last 10 years of delivering IB Diploma Programme.


Melania Ilinca – IB teacher & school psychologist

Mark Twain IS Alumni who applied for a Psychology Degree?

Stefana Radu – United College of London, UK
Noam Yosef – The University of Sheffield, UK – Degree in Organisational Psychology
Ana Iosifescu – University of Lincoln, UK – Degree in Educational Psychology
Inbal Iahr – Royal Halloway University of London, UK
Ioana Mesterelu – Facultatea de Psihologie, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj Napoca, Romania