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.
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: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Social Sciences
Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
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.
The polyvalent program in Psychology (B.Sc.) at the University of Mannheim 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.
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.
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.
The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.
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 USA and Europe. We recommend studying abroad in the fifth or sixth subject-specific semester. The Program Manager for Psychology can help you to prepare for your semester abroad.
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 Manager can support you when choosing and completing your internship.
The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:
Starting in the fall semester 2023/
Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a traditional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, we take the following criteria into account in our selection process:
German language proficiency
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 prove German language proficiency at C1 level.
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.
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.