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 / Photo 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: 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: €194.30 (further information)
    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.

    Starting in the fall semester 2021/2022, the new general bachelor's program in Psychology (B.Sc.) at the University of Mannheim will implement the requirements of the new German medical licensing regulations for psychotherapists (Approbationsordnung). Depending on the selected subject-specific focus, the program qualifies students for a master's degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy or for a master's degree in psychology with additional areas of application. 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).

  • 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 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. 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.

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


  • Further study

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

    Master’s program in Psychology – Cognitive and Clinical Psychology (M.Sc.) 

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

    In addition, if you choose the corresponding subject-specific focus, you can take up a master's program in clinical psychology and psychotherapy.

  • Application and selection

    Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a tradional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, 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.

    German language proficiency
    If you are not a German citizen 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.

    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.


    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semester 2022/2023 will start on 1 June and will end on 15 July 2022.

    Read more: Website of the Admissions Office

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


    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.


Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Program Manager Psychology
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