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As a science, psychology studies how people experience, understand and organize their personal life in their social relationships and communities through their behavior. The psychologists develop their knowledge from natural, social and humanist models of thought and research approaches and use their life- and practice-oriented knowledge to improve individual and social processes in families or other communities.
The bachelor's degree in psychology provides basic knowledge of psychological methods, psychological diagnostics, theories and research findings as well as introductory knowledge in the application disciplines of the subject. The focus of the course is on the basic sciences (e.g. biological psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology) as well as the classic applied subjects of psychology, clinical psychology and health sciences, work and organizational psychology as well as educational psychology.
The consecutive Bachelor / Master’s program in the Department of Psychology is closely based on the recommendations of the German Society for Psychology. In addition, the subject of psychology is a constituent part of the Cognitive Science Excellence Area at the University of Potsdam.


The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module.
The bachelor's degree in Psychology has a total of 180 credit points and includes the content shown in the overview below.
An internship of 12 weeks should enable you to orientate yourself through your own work on the professional fields of psychological practice and to practice the applications of psychological work and research techniques under supervision. 


Credit points

Introductory and basic modules (compulsory modules) 102 LP

Introduction to psychology and its research methods
Practice and application of empirical-experimental psychological research
Statistics I
Statistics II
Empirical-experimental internship
Basics of diagnostics and test theory
Applied diagnostics
General psychology I
General psychology II
Biological psychology
Developmental psychology
psychology Social psychology

9 LP
6 LP
6 LP
6 LP
6 LP
9 LP
6 LP
9 LP
9 LP
9 LP
9 LP
9 LP
9 LP

Application modules (compulsory modules) 42 LP

Work psychology
Organizational and personnel
psychology Clinical psychology I
Clinical psychology II
Educational psychology I
Benefit-inspired basic research

6 LP
6 LP
6 LP
6 LP
6 LP
12 LP

Application modules (compulsory elective) 6 LP

Clinical Psychology III
Educational Psychology II

6 LP
6 LP
Extra-psychological competencies (compulsory elective modules)
As part of the extra-psychological competencies, one of the following modules with a total of 6 CP must be taken:
6 LP

Introduction to Neurology
Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
Introduction to Morphology
Introduction to Syntax
Introduction to Semantics
Mathematical and Logical Basics
Introduction to Psycholinguistics
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Sociological Theory
Introduction to Organizational and Administrative Sociology
Basics of Programming
Algorithms and data structures
Data and knowledge-based systems
Artificial intelligence
Mathematics for computer scientists I
Multimedia technology
Mathematics I
Law for non-lawyers

6 LP each

Occupational field-specific competencies (compulsory module) 12 LP
internship 12 LP
bachelor thesis  12 LP
total 180 LP


Proof of a university entrance qualification is required for the bachelor's degree at the University of Potsdam. 
Most of the specialist literature on the subject of psychology is written in English, so you should have a good command of English or acquire the required English at the latest during your studies.
A good basic education in mathematics and science is also helpful, as statistics and experiment planning take up a large part of the course, especially in the first semesters. In the meantime, it has also become essential to use computers and the Internet - research, learning, teaching, presentation and communication is also carried out with this in psychology studies.
A keen interest in scientific questions, the joy of reading, interpreting and writing texts, the ability to work with others in a team and the self-confidence to present knowledge on certain topics critically in front of others are also of great advantage for academic success to discuss.


The bachelor's degree in psychology lays the foundation for a direct career entry or for further studies to acquire a professional master's degree in the field of psychology and other scientific disciplines by imparting professional and practice-oriented qualifications. The focus is on solid knowledge of the basic psychological subjects as well as initial specialist knowledge of the application disciplines.
The course prepares students for practical activities as a psychologist, for example in health and social services, education, administration, industry or law, which do not require a master's degree or diploma in psychology. The course qualifies the students for psychological and, in an extension of the previous professional profile, also for psychological-technical assistance activities.
Psychologists make important contributions to effective, motivating and performance-friendly learning in society, to promoting health and well-being, but also to overcoming fears and depression and coping with loss and other traumatic experiences.

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