Bachelor's Program in Psychology

Studying Psychology at the University of Mannheim was the right choice for me. From the third 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 B.Sc. Psychology / Private photo
  • 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, some courses are taught in English

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level. 

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Social Sciences

    Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    The Bachelor of Science in Psychology teaches students general psychological principles, research methods and selected applied psychological subjects.

    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 including, for example, experiments, assessments, and observations, and perform statistical data analyses.

    During modules in applied psychological subjects, 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.

  • 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. It also achieved a good result in the 2016 QS University Rankings by Subject. 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 (psychologische Psychotherapeutin/psychologischer Psychotherapeut) in accordance with the German legislation on psychotherapy (Psychotherapeutengesetz).

  • 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.
    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 various exchange programs in place with leading universities in the USA and Europe. We recommend studying abroad in the fifth or sixth semester. The Program Manager for Psychology can help you to prepare for your semester abroad.

    Practical training in experimental psychology and psychological assessment is completed during courses in the fourth and fifth semesters respectively. Students also complete a twelve-week internship during the program. The Internship Manager can support you when choosing and completing your internship.

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


  • Further study

  • Application and selection

    We take the following criteria into account in our selection process:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • other relevant (voluntary) work experience, time spent abroad, and extracurricular activities,
    • additionally the result of the voluntary student aptitude test STAV-Psych
    • if you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualifications (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1.

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

    Please note:

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis, the application deadline will be postponed. You can apply from July 6 to August 20. 
    Read more: Pages of the Admissions Office

    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    You can apply from May 15 to July 15.


    Self assessment test

    With your application, you have to include proof that you have taken aptitude test (for the application year 2020, the online self assessment test OSA-Psych).

    Voluntary aptitude test STAV-Psych

    You can earn up to 40 additional points for your application by participating in the voluntary aptitude test STAV-Psych. All information about the voluntary aptitude test STAV-Psych is available on the website of the STAV-Psych coordination office.

    If you take the voluntary aptitude test STAV-Psych, please enclose with your application, the certificate issued by the STAV-Psych coordination office confirming participation and the total number of points obtained as well as the percentile rank.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.


Dr. Anika Skotak

Dr. Anika Skotak

Program Manager B.Sc. Psychology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 419
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Consultation via phone: Thu 10am – 12pm
In–person consultation hours are still suspended.
You can reach me via phone.

Attention: There will be no telephone consultation hours on 13.08.2020 and 20.08.2020.
Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Program Manager Psychology
On parental leave
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 419
68159 Mannheim
Admissions Office

Admissions Office

University of Mannheim
L 1, 1 – Room 157, 158
68161 Mannheim