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Psychology (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Students acquire in-depth scientific and methodological knowledge and practical skills qualifying them for research and careers in psychology. They can work as freelance psychologists in research and in practice.

On the one hand, the Master's programme offers the opportunity to gain broad qualifications in different areas of psychology, but on the other hand it also allows the development of a personal profile by focusing on one of the following three areas:

  • Occupational psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychology of ageing

The supplementary area (formerly: minor subject) offers a further possibility for individual focus. Here you can choose between a number of subjects from other scientific disciplines, e.g. biology, gerontology, human biology, computer science, linguistic computer science, economics, philosophy, physiology, psychosomatics. Alternatively, modules from the M.Sc. Psychology elective offerings can also be submitted.

The degree programme prepares students for senior positions and freelance work in specific occupational fields (healthcare and social services, education, research, administration, industry, legal services). By choosing a specialisation subject you can gain the required knowledge to take up further postgraduate training in psychology, in particular in psychotherapy. Furthermore, graduates with a Master's degree are eligible for doctoral studies.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree (BSc) in psychology are eligible.

Modules and degree programme structure

Methodology modules (compulsory modules): M1 to M3

  • M1 Multivariate Statistics
  • M2 Research methods
  • M3 Psychological diagnosis

Basic modules: M4 or M5

  • M4 Cognition, motivation, emotion
  • M5 Developmental psychopathology

2 application modules (compulsory elective modules)

(with the exception of the clinical modules M9 to M12, these can be freely combined)

  • M6 Staff and profession
  • M7 Leadership, Team, Organization
  • M8 Work, health, prevention
  • M9 Clinical Psychological Interventions
  • M10 Basic psychotherapeutic skills
  • M11 Clinical psychology in specific contexts
  • M12 Practice of psychotherapy
  • M13 Legal psychology
  • M14 Basics of Age Psychology
  • M15 Cognitive and emotional aging
  • M16 Fundamentals of psychogerontological intervention
  • M17 Methods of psychogerontological intervention

Other modules (compulsory modules)

  • M18 Project work
  • M19 Complementary area
  • M20 External internship
  • M21 Master's thesis
Admission requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a German or international university or an equivalent qualification in psychology (Bachelor's degree or Diplom). This qualification must be equivalent to the B.Sc. psychology of the FAU.

In justified cases, other degrees in psychology-related subjects may also be considered. An admissions committee decides here after the application on the admission to the selection procedure.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Numerus clausus
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology