Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural StudiesPsychology – Bachelor 100%

Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University – 17. November 2021

This year, the prospective student information day will consist in a mix of on-campus lectures, online presentations, videos, and podcasts. Learn more about the degree programmes available at Heidelberg University, gain insight into the diverse subjects on offer, and pick up all the important information you need about studying at Heidelberg.
Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University

Update

In the winter semester 2021/22, the polyvalent Bachelor’s degree programme in psychology will be introduced. This programme aligns with requirements for licensure. Students have the option of continuing with their current programme of study, or alternatively, they can select to study content required for entry to a Master’s degree programme in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. For further information, please contact the academic advisory services for psychology.

Students of psychology learn about the human experience and human behaviour. Based on empirical research, students attempt to describe, understand, and predict human behaviour in all areas of life, and subsequently deduce implications for psychological interventions.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Science
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionprimarily German, with some content in English
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with admission restriction in the scope of the dialogue-oriented services procedure
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
Enables licensureYes

Course Content

The polyvalent Bachelor’s degree programme in psychology (100% weighting) prepares students to begin a career as a psychologist or psychotherapist. The degree programme initially equips students with basic knowledge of the various branches and applied fields which fall within the broad spectrum of psychology. In addition, students gain understanding of psychological diagnostics, as well as in-depth knowledge of methods used in psychological research. By combining elective course components, students are able to develop their own areas of specialism (this includes specialisation in content required for entry to a Master’s degree programme in clinical psychology and psychotherapy), or they may choose to select course components from across the various branches of psychology.

Course Structure

The first two thirds of the course are mainly dedicated to learning about all relevant fundamental and application areas as well as acquiring substantiated research methods:

  • general introduction (introduction to psychology and epistemology, trial research)
  • basic techniques of the academic programme (critical reading of specialist literature, own literature research)
  • knowledge of scientific methods (experiment design, empirical project seminars, statistics, introduction to computer-based data analysis)
  • knowledge of traditional fundamental areas (general psychology, differential psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology)
  • knowledge of relevant areas of application (pedagogical psychology, health and prevention, clinical psychology, occupational and organisational psychology)
  • basic skills in psychological diagnostics and testing theory

 

In the final third of the course, students are able to select areas which they will study in more depth, thereby building on the basic knowledge and understanding of applied areas gained previously (this also includes content required for licensure as a psychotherapist). Students might select, for example, from the following compulsory modules:

Application-orientated specialisation

  • Educational psychology or
  • Clinical psychology and psychotherapy or
  • Health and prevention or
  • Workplace and organisational psychology

Interdisciplinary competencies

  • Academic fundamentals
  • Basics of psychotherapeutic practice

Practical work experience

 

In the Bachelor's thesis, students demonstrate that they are able to work independently to develop a research question within the field of psychology, and address this using academic methods.