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Bachelor's Program in Psychology

Studying Psychology at the University of Mannheim was the right choice for me. From the fourth semester onwards, you can choose your own specializations which give you an insight into the different areas of Psychology. My personal highlight is the ability to spend a semester abroad at one of the world’s leading universities. Thanks to the numerous exchange programs, you don’t have to pay the tuition fees, which can be really expensive, and anyone can study abroad.

Lisanne Halbe, student of the bachelor's program in Psychology / Credit: Lisanne Halbe
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (= 3 years)

    ECTS credits: at least 180

    Language of instruction: German, English

    Language requirements: If you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1. 

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Social Sciences

    Semester fee: EUR 204.30 (more information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: EUR 1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: EUR 650

  • Program overview

    The polyvalent bachelor's program in Psychology (B.Sc.) teaches students general psychological principles, research methods, and selected areas of applied psychology.

    The general psychological principles studied include theories on general human experiences, and relate to psychological processes such as perceiving or thinking, the behavior of people in groups or the development of a person over their lifetime.

    To address scientific questions, you will learn about, and use, research methods such as experiments, assessments, and observations, and perform statistical data analyses.

    During modules in applied psychology, you use the general psychological principles learned to solve practical tasks and problems from the field of clinical psychology, for example on the effectiveness of certain therapies, or from the field of work and organizational psychology, for example, on the optimization of organizational structures. Consumer psychology deals with topics like advertising and purchasing decisions, while educational psychology covers learning processes and performances.

    The polyvalent program in Psychology (B.Sc.) at the University of Mannheim, which is recognized under professional law, implements the requirements of the new German medical licensing regulations for psychotherapists (Approbationsordnung) of 4 March 2020. Depending on the selected subject-specific focus, the program qualifies students for a master's program in clinical psychology and psychotherapy (study option II) or for a master's program in psychology with additional areas of application (study option I and II). The focus can be chosen upon completion of the third subject-specific semester.

  • Why study Psychology at the University of Mannheim?

    Psychology at the University of Mannheim has repeatedly been ranked well over the years. Mannheim is one of the best universities in this field in Germany. Take a look at the rankings here.

    In Mannheim, you can even select a specialization during your bachelor’s program. You can develop your knowledge of Economic Psychology in modules on Work and Organizational Psychology, and Market and Advertising Psychology. You should specialize in Clinical Psychology if you want to go on to complete additional, state-regulated training to become a psychotherapist (Psychotherapeutin/Psychotherapeut) in accordance with the German legislation on psychotherapy (Psychotherapeutengesetz). The fourth option is a specialization in Educational Psychology.

  • Career opportunities

    The Bachelor of Science is the basis for a career in one of the many fields that involve Psychology. You could, for example, work in human resources or organizational development, psychotherapy, or product development, or become an educational psychologist or school counselor. Alternatively, you can pursue an academic career.

    Provided that they select the respective relevant subject-specific focus, the bachelor's program offers students the opportunity to pursue a career as a psychotherapist in accordance with the requirements of the German psychotherapist training reform act dated 15 November 2019.

    Read more about your career prospects

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Psychology should

    • be interested in science and math,
    • be capable of analytical thinking,
    • have a good level of English proficiency,
    • have strong communication skills and be able to empathize with others.

    Find out whether the course suits you in the online self-assessment test (OSA-Psych).

  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    You can integrate a period of study abroad into your degree program by taking part in one of the many exchange programs in place with leading universities in the US and Europe. We recommend studying abroad in the fifth subject-specific semester. The Program Manager for Psychology can help you to prepare for your semester abroad.

    Internships

    Students complete a practical training in experimental psychology in the fourth semester and a training in psychological assessment in the fifth and sixth semester during courses. Students also complete a twelve-week internship during the program. If you wish to qualify for a subsequent master's degree with a focus on clinical psychology and psychotherapy, you need to complete an internship in accordance with the German medical licensing regulations. The Internship Office can support you when choosing and completing your internship.

    Sample course schedule
    This is how your course schedule for the first semester could look like.

  • Continuing Education

    Certificate programs
    Strengthen your potential, deepen your knowledge, find solutions for challenges we will face tomorrow – there are many good reasons to think outside the box, get to know and try out new things even during your studies.

    At the University of Mannheim, you can do this in the “Studium Oecologicum” which focuses on sustainability. In our certificate program, you will acquire interdisciplinary expert knowledge which can help you to act ethically and to make holistic decisions.

    Continuing education services in academics

    Language courses
    Making language learning easier: No matter if you want to learn Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish or Norwegian, take the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE), The European Language Certificates (telc) or the TOEFL test – each semester, the University of Mannheim offers language courses and language certificates in more than 16 languages for students and non-university members, online and on campus!

    Language courses at the University of Mannheim

    Studium Generale
    Are you interested in IT or communication trainings or theater, music, or drawing courses? Studium Generale has a vast range of courses available to all.

    Current Studium Generale program

  • Further study

    The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:

    Master’s program in Psychology – Work, Economy and Society (M.Sc.) 

    Master's Program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (M.Sc.)

    Starting in the fall semester 2023/2024, the University of Mannheim will offer a master's program in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Graduates of this program are qualified to participate in the licensing examinations for psychotherapists. Choosing the corresponding subject-specific focus in the bachelor's program (see study option II) is a requirement for the master's program in clinical psychology and psychotherapy.

  • Application and selection

    At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold!

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

    In our selection process for the Bachelor's Program in Psychology, we take the following criteria into account:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • other achievements relevant to your application(e.g., vocational training, internships, voluntary work, time spent abroad)1,
    • additionally the result of the voluntary student aptitude test BaPsy-DGPs.

    1Please note: As of the application year 2024, other achievements relevant to your application (studienrelevante Leistungen) will no longer be a selection criteria (subject to the consent of the university bodies, which is expected to be obtained on 13 March 2024).

    German language proficiency
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

    If the program of study is currently not selective, you will receive a study place if you fulfill all admission requirements and apply in due time and form.

    Application

    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semesters starts on 1 June and ends on 15 July.

     

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    Voluntary aptitude test BaPsy-DGPs

    You can earn up to 40 additional points for your application by participating in the voluntary aptitude test BaPsy-DGPs. The BaPsy-DGPs is a subject-specific aptitude test on general cognitive abilities and prior knowledge relevant for a Psychology program. Taking part in the BaPsy-DGPs aptitude test is voluntary. For information on the BaPsy-DGPs voluntary aptitude test, please refer to the website of the BaPsy-DGPs aptitude test.

Contact

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc. (she/her)

Program Manager Psychology
on parental leave
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
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Building A – Room A 419
68159 Mannheim
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