Psychology (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

In Psychology, you study, describe and explain psychological development, human behaviour and experience and internal and external influences involved in these processes. It is an interdisciplinary degree programme involving content from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Psychology is an empirical science and you will use scientific methods including experiments, surveys and observations to collect research data. You will use this data on human experience and behaviour to analyse psychological structures and mechanisms. Learning statistics is essential in psychological research. If mathematics was not your strong suit in school, don't worry. Experience shows that all students manage to achieve good results in the statistics examinations thanks to the good support provided by our lecturers. However, you have to be ready to study and work hard.

What can I do with this degree?

The Bachelor's degree qualifies you for routine tasks and independent work supervised by psychologists with a Diplom or Master's degree. For many jobs in psychology, you will require a Master's degree which you can also study at FAU.

Occupational fields Bachelor's degree graduates can work in:

  • Occupational, company and business psychology:
    • aptitude testing
    • personnel selection (reviewing application documents, selection committees)
    • development of training concepts and methods for work organisation
  • Clinical psychology:
    • clinical psychological diagnosis
    • consultation
    • health management
  • Educational psychology:
    • diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders
    • educational counselling
    • methods for teaching psychological knowledge and skills in adult education

For some professions (psychotherapy) specific qualifications are required. Additional qualifications are always recommended.

What qualities and skills do I need?
  • a real interest in the human nature and behaviour
  • scientific thinking (the degree programme involves content from natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences).
  • good English and mathematical skills
  • readiness to reflect on your own behaviour and thinking
  • empathy
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • At FAU, we conduct basic and applied research.
  • We have a variety of research specialisations: clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, occupational psychology, educational psychology, gerontopsychology and forensic psychology.
  • The Institute for Psychology has numerous excellent training and research facilities including: a neurological outpatient clinic (since 2014), an EEG laboratory (also for children), observation areas, laboratories for experimental psychology, examination facilities, a hormone laboratory and a national information and research service for gifted individuals.
  • Thanks to exposure to diverse research projects, our students and research assistants can see how teaching and research are combined in practice.
  • Our highly qualified lecturers give students a broad overview of the entire subject area.
  • Practical research seminars and training and counselling projects teach our students to investigate relevant issues in small groups while receiving excellent individual support from the lecturers.
  • The Institute has many different regional, national and international collaborations with other institutes for psychology, other psychological disciplines (psychogerontology, business psychology, criminal law and criminology), public institutes (Institute for Employment Research, Central Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning) and industrial companies.
Potential challenges
  • The Bachelor's degree alone does not qualify you as a licensed practitioner. For instance, you will require additional qualifications to work as a profiler or psychologist.
  • To study psychology, you need good English language proficiency and you should be interested in mathematics.
  • This degree programme is not a substitute for professional help. You will not be able to treat yourselves or others.
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Degree program start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree program: Winter Term

The application for the 1st semester in the bachelor's degree course in psychology (full-time and part-time) is made via the "Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure" (DoSV) of the Foundation for Higher Education Admission. Further information can be found in the DoSV-Checklist.

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 50-150 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: Numerus clausus