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Degree: Master of Science
Application: mandatory
Course commences: winter semester only
Standard course duration: 4 semesters
Format options: full-time only
Language requirements: None
Language of instruction: German, partly English
Other features: postgraduate / consecutive


Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies

Course outline

The M.Sc. course in Psychology builds on a previous B.Sc. degree course in the same subject. It provides its students with deeper insights into the relevant subject matter, skills and methods with a view to qualifying them for a professional career either as practitioners or in academic research on psychological issues related to one of the two focal areas they can choose between.

Focal areas

1. Developmental and Clinical Psychology
Students who select this focus are committing themselves to in-depth engagement with basic research in General, Differential, and Developmental Psychology plus application-related research in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology. They will acquire sound knowledge on emotion and cognition and their neuronal foundations, their development, the differences between individuals, and abnormal psychological development. Major topics are interaction and self-regulation of emotion and cognition, personality development, causes of psychic disorders at different ages, psychological intervention methods, and the psychology of health. Focus 1. is dedicated equally to research and application and bridges the gap between science and practice.

2. Organisational Behaviour and Adaptive Cognition
Students who select this focus are committing themselves to in-depth engagement with basic research in General and Social Psychology plus application-related research in Occupational Psychology and Organisational Psychology. Teaching centres on the way in which people in organisations use information and make decisions, how they interact in dyads, groups and at the organisational level, and how they influence one another or are themselves influenced. Major topics are psychological diagnostics in organisations, human resource management, process and change management, leadership, and health management. Focus 2. is dedicated equally to research and application and bridges the gap between science and practice.

The Heidelberg M.Sc. course

Career prospects for graduates

Course structure

The M.Sc. course is modular in structure and invites students to opt for a focal area of their choice. In 10 of the total of 13 modules there are (usually) various teaching offerings to choose from. In the first two semesters, students attend classes both in their own and in the other focal area, in the third and fourth semester they concentrate fully on their focal area. Work on the M.Sc. thesis also begins in the third/fourth semesters.

The study guide is available here as a PDF file.

Completion of the course

The M.Sc. course concludes with the completion of the M.Sc. thesis, the topic of which will be related to the focal area the student has opted for.

For more information on the M.Sc. programme, go to the website of the Institute of Psychology.

Formal requirements

Access and Admission

Access and admission to the course are restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students (both German and international) must apply directly to Heidelberg University via an online application procedure.

Application deadline

15 May for the winter term of the current year

Further information

Current information on procedure
Website of the Institute of Psychology

Admission to the second year of study

The admission restriction also applies to the transition from one semester to the next. Applications must be addressed directly to the Institute of Psychology by 15 July latest.

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations M.A. (22 June 2010)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisor

Hannah Neubauer, MSc
Institute of Psychology
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Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Consultation during the break only with appointment.


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