Psychologie (Master of Science)

The Master’s degree program in Psychologie is oriented on the recommendations issued by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs) and guides students over the course of four semesters to an academic degree (M.Sc.) that qualifies them to work independently as psychologists.

The degree program is structured in three profiles, one of which is chosen prior to beginning the program. It is not possible to change profiles during the course of the program. The following profiles will be available as of the winter semester 2014/15: Clinical Psychology, Business Psychology and Communication Psychology.

The degree program starts with the winter semester each year. The application deadline is May 15.

Degree program content

The compulsory modules on research methods and evaluation, advanced diagnostics and the creation and presentation of expert reports further enhance the methodical-diagnostic skills acquired through the Bachelor’s degree program in Psychologie.

In addition to the basic modules, students can elect to specialize in one of three profiles: Clinical Psychology, Business Psychology or Communication Psychology.

Students selecting Clinical Psychology must also complete the following two modules:

  • Causes and treatment of psychological problems, Psychotherapy research
  • Basic psychotherapeutic skills

Students selecting the Business Psychology profile must also complete the following two modules:

  • Basics of psychological personnel, team and organizational development
  • Advanced psychological personnel, team and organizational development

Students selecting the Communication Psychology profile must also complete the following two modules:

  • Communication and media psychology
  • Political psychology and communication (link to follow)

The degree program also includes two additional elective modules, a non-psychological compulsory elective, a 12-week internship in the field and a Master’s thesis.

Prerequisites

The following are the requirements for admission:

  1. A Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (B.Sc. Psychology). Students who have not yet completed a Bachelor’s degree program when submitting an application for admission to the Master’s degree program in Psychology must be able to demonstrate they have already acquired least 120 credit points in a B.Sc. in Psychology degree program. However, their enrolment in the Master’s degree program under these conditions will become invalid if they do not successfully complete the Bachelor’s degree program in Psychology by the end of the first semester of the Master’s degree program. If you already have or will have a degree other than the Bachelor of Science in Psychologie you can find further information on the necessary equivalence review of your qualification here.
  2. At least 8 of the 120 credit points must be acquired in the subjects of Methodology/Statistics and Diagnostics.
  3. Only students who can demonstrate participation in B.Sc. courses in clinical psychology equivalent to at least 6 semester hours or 8 credit points will be eligible to select the Clinical Psychology profile.  The same applies to the Business Psychology profile with regard to courses in business psychology. No profile-specific admission requirements apply to the Communication Psychology profile.

Do you hold a degree other than a B.Sc. in Psychology?

(E.g. a B.Sc. in Business Psychology or similar) In this case the examination committee will carry out a review of your degree to verify that it is equivalent to the B.Sc. in Psychology.  For this purpose, please complete and submit this form and the relevant documents together with your application. Your application cannot be processed without this review.

Applications

The regular application period for the WS 2014/15 ends on May 15, 2014.

It is essential to include a valid email address with your application as the invitation to participate in an academic aptitude test will probably be sent by email.

If you are unable to submit your Bachelor’s degree diploma at the time of application, please make sure you provide details of the average grade of your academic performance to date. If necessary, you should explicitly request the details from your university. Your application cannot be processed without your average grade.

Applications are to be submitted through the university’s application portal.

Are you completing your Bachelor’s degree outside of Germany? Then please apply via Uni-Assist. It is important that you nonetheless submit the completed application form and relevant documentation to the university when you apply. You can find further information on the faculty’s web pages.

Academic aptitude test

If you meet the admission criteria you will be required to sit an aptitude test in Landau. The next test will take place on July 4, 2015.

The test result will accounts for 40% of your ranking score in the admission process. The test covers the four subjects you can study for the B.Sc. in Psychology at Landau.  Please select three of the four subjects for the test. You can find literature references here. The test results are given a weighting of 40% as part of applicants’ ranking score; non-participation does not lead to exclusion from the application process.

If you are prevented from participating in the test for medical reasons you can participate in a repeat test (held one week after the regular aptitude test) assuming you have provided a doctor’s certificate. There are no other alternative dates while remote participation from a different location is not possible.

The possibility of participating in the repeat test can be considered in the following cases provided a corresponding official statement (!) is submitted together with the application: Inability to participate in the regular test due to a study-related period abroad, voluntary social year or participation in other social or ecological projects. As the test is held at the weekend the reason for not participating must demonstrably apply to the day of the test.

Place allocation

The number of places in the Master’s degree program at the Landau campus is limited to 100. 60 of these places are assigned to the Clinical, 30 to the Business Psychology and 10 to the Communication Psychology profile.

20% of study places are assigned taking into account special circumstances and waiting times (after completion of the Bachelor’s degree). In this case ranking is determined by the time spent on the waiting list. The remaining places are assigned on the basis of ranking scores calculated for all applicants within the scope of the university’s own selection process.

Profile

Degree program content

Basic module:

  • Research methods and evaluation
  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Creating and presenting expert reports
  • In addition to taking the basic modules, students will also develop their personal profiles. To this end they select a profile; either Clinical Psychology, Business Psychology or Communication Psychology.
    They also choose two compulsory elective modules and complete one compulsory non-psychological subject, a 12-week internship in the field and a Master’s thesis.


Compulsory elective modules

  • Educational psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Cooperation and conflict
  • Humans and the environment
  • Causes and treatment of psychological problems, psychotherapy research
  • Communication and media psychology
  • Free workload
Study location
  • Landau campus
Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychologie or a qualification recognized as equivalent
Admission restrictions
  • Restrictions apply
Start of the degree program
  • Winter semester
Application deadline
  • May 15
Degree program duration
  • The standard period of study is 4 semesters
Internships
  • 12-week period of practical experience in the field
Qualification
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Accreditation
  • Accredited by ZEvA to Sept. 30, 2021
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