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Psychology at Germany’s #1

Research-oriented and versatile

The German-taught bachelor’s program in Psychology (B.Sc.) teaches students general psychological principles, research methods, and selected applied psychological subjects. With your bachelor’s degree, you have various career options: You can, for example, start your career in business or you can continue studying in a master’s program to pursue a career in academia. With a master’s degree you can also take over a responsible position in HR, decide to become a school counselor or start training as a psychotherapist (Psychologischer Psychotherapeut) in accordance with the German legislation on psychotherapy (Psychotherapeutengesetz).


Studying Psychology at the University of Mannheim was the right choice for me. From the third semester onwards, you can choose your own specializations which give you an insight into the different areas of Psychology. My personal highlight is the ability to spend a semester abroad at one of the world’s leading universities. Thanks to the numerous exchange programs, you don’t have to pay the tuition fees, which can be really expensive, and anyone can study abroad.

Lisanne Halbe, student of B.A. Psychology / Private photo

5 good reasons for studying Psychology in Mannheim

Studying at one of the top universities for Psychology (2016 CHE University Ranking)

Courses offered by leading psychologists from all over the world

Stay abroad at one of our many prestigious partner universities

Living in a multicultural metropolitan region

 

Individual support by the program and internship managers


Self-Assessment Test

Do your expectations of the bachelor’s program in Psychology match its actual contents? Take the test and see for yourself!

Rankings

The Psychology program in Mannheim was number one in the 2016 CHE University Ranking.

The program

  • Degree plan

  • The Psychology program: varied insights, excellent job opportunities

    Have you always wanted to know what factors influence human behavior? Why do people change their opinion when they are in a group? Is intelligence a coherent concept or does it have multiple manifestations? What causes psychological disorders and how are they diagnosed? These and other questions will be addressed during the bachelor’s program in Psychology.

    In modules focusing on the planning of studies, you will learn how to carry out experiments yourself whereas modules in psychological assessment teach you how to develop and apply tests and modules in statistics how to analyze data. Courses on general psychology explore the basic principles of thought, language, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, and perception, which will help you understand how we process and cope with our surroundings. You will also acquire a solid foundation in the fields of developmental psychology, which deals with changes people undergo throughout their lifetime, and social psychology, which studies the behavior of people in groups. Furthermore, you will be introduced to differential psychology, which looks at personality and intelligence – two dimensions that set us apart from each other.

    Are you interested in process optimization in a company or in product development and marketing? Or have you always dreamed about becoming a psychotherapist? Or would you like to work as a school counselor in an educational environment? By choosing three out of four applied subjects, Work and Organizational Psychology, Consumer Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Psychology, you can tailor the degree program to your individual interests.

  • Broadening your horizon: the minor

    Students in their fifth and sixth semester will choose a minor in a related discipline. Psychiatry and Business Administration are among the most popular subjects – you should opt for the first if you plan to pursue a career in psychotherapy and for the second if you would like to work in an organization. However, there is a range of other subjects you can choose from, such as Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Informatics, and more. You decide!

  • Studying in a practice-oriented environment: the internship

    It is possible to complete the twelve-week mandatory internship either during the lecture period (in addition to your regular courses) or during the semester break or during a period of leave of absence – the decision is up to you. You can intern in any psychological field. The Internship Office will be happy to support you in finding a suitable internship. It also regularly informs all students at the School about vacancies (internships, part-time student jobs) in its newsletter and internship database.

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Student Life
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Student Life

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Career Prospects

What can you do with a bachelor's degree in Psychology?

    Application

  • How do I apply?

    The bachelor’s program in Psychology starts every fall semester on September 1. The University of Mannheim accepts applications every year between May 15 and July 15. You need to apply online. Click here for comprehensive information on the application process. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Admissions Office.

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  • How are study places allocated?

    Study places are allocated based on a selection process.

    Applicants whose application for admission to the University of Mannheim is governed by other rules and regulations (e.g. applicants for a second degree, cases of preferential admission or hardship) are exempt from the selection process.

  • What is the selection process like?

    The selection process takes into account the grade average achieved in your higher education entrance qualification (= Abitur or equivalent qualification) and other activities and achievements relevant to the program. Applicants receive points for these criteria and are ranked accordingly. A maximum of 80 points can be achieved. The total score is calculated as follows:

    1. The grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification is converted into points:

    • A grade of 1.0 equals 15 points.
    • The starting value of 15 points is reduced by 0.33 points for every 10 percent of grade average difference.
    • The result is rounded to the first decimal place and multiplied by 5.
    • This way, a maximum of 75 points can be achieved.

    2. Up to 5 points are awarded for other activities and achievements relevant to the degree program if you can prove that you dedicated at least four weeks to them (28 days with at least 30 hours per week). The admissions committee decides whether they can be considered relevant to the program and how many points you will receive.

    You can read more about this topic in the selection statute (only available in German). The latest version of the selection statute can be found on the central website of the University of Mannheim under Psychology.

  • What activities and achievements qualify as being relevant to my application?

    Any relevant professional or practical extracurricular activities such as vocational training, part-time jobs, and internships in the following fields:

    IT

    e.g. software development, IT consulting and support, data analysis, database development and maintenance, programming, business informatics

    Journalism/PR

    e.g. communications and public relations

    Teaching

    e.g. tutoring, language lessons

    Management

    e.g. corporate strategy and corporate philosophy, corporate management, change management, leadership, corporate culture, project management

    HR/ organization

    e.g. personnel recruitment, planning and deployment, personnel support, personnel marketing, personnel management and development

    Social work/ health services

    e.g. care for the elderly and the sick, work with disabled people, young people, and refugees, development cooperation

    Business

    e.g. marketing and sales, market research and analysis, advertising and sales promotion, product development and management, controlling, managerial accounting

    Social commitment

    School

    e.g. school newspaper, homework supervision, leadership roles at the class or school level, mediator/arbiter, mentor, participation in environmental clubs, competitions and simulation games (Stock Market Learning, Jugend denkt Zukunft), other outstanding achievements such as foundation of a pupil-run business or winning a maths prize

    Social sphere

    e.g. care for the elderly and the sick, work with disabled people, young people, and refugees, development cooperation

    Public sphere

    e.g. associations and clubs, volunteer fire department

    Political sphere

    e.g. active involvement in a party, local or youth council, youth parliament, government simulation game, NGO and/or foundation

    Cultural sphere

    e.g. theater companies, sports clubs, music societies

    Church

    e.g. youth work, altar server

    Voluntary work
      e.g. voluntary social year (FSJ), military and civilian service, comparable service in the health care, social or business sector

    Stays and internships abroad

      e.g. high school exchange, time spent as an au pair, work and travel
  • How do I apply for admission to an advanced semester?

    Students transferring to the University of Mannheim from another university or changing their degree program can apply for admission to an advanced semester. They can join the program in the fall semester (lecture period starts at September 1). The University of Mannheim accepts applications every year between May 15 and July 15. You need to apply online. Click here for comprehensive information on the application process. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • What criteria is admission to an advanced semester based on?

    Admission to semester

    Required coursework and examinations

    2

    Quantitative Methods 1 (4 credit hours + four-hour exam, 6 ECTS credits; or equivalent)

    At least 20 ECTS credits that are eligible for recognition* 

    3

    Quantitative Methods 1 (4 credit hours + four-hour exam, 6 ECTS credits; or equivalent)

    At least 30 ECTS credits that are eligible for recognition*

    4

    Quantitative Methods 1 (4 credit hours + four-hour exam, 6 ECTS credits; or equivalent)

    Quantitative Methods 2 (4 credit hours + four-hour exam, 6 ECTS credits; or equivalent)

    At least 70 ECTS credits that are eligible for recognition*

    5

    Quantitative Methods 1 (4 credit hours + four-hour exam, 6 ECTS credits; or equivalent)

    Quantitative Methods 2 (4 credit hours + four-hour exam, 6 ECTS credits; or equivalent)

    At least 90 ECTS credits that are eligible for recognition*

    Completion of at least 25 courses (with an exam or coursework), whereby the courses must correspond to those stipulated in the examination regulations for the bachelor’s program in Psychology at the University of Mannheim. The number of outstanding courses must not exceed 15.

    *Eligible for recognition means that the courses and ECTS credits to be recognized must correspond to those stipulated in the examination regulations for the bachelor’s program in Psychology at the University of Mannheim (only available in German). If you have completed more courses or obtained more credits in a previous program, this cannot be taken into account. Please note: It is not possible to recognize a bachelor’s thesis that has already been completed. Please see the module catalog for more information about the contents and requirements of the individual modules in the bachelor’s program in Psychology.

    Your application for admission to an advanced semester will only be considered if you follow the formal application process and if there are study places available. We will not make any preliminary statements as to whether or not you may be admitted to an advanced semester. To be able to determine the semester in which you can begin your studies we need you to fill in the form on the recognition of coursework and examinations in the bachelor’s program in Psychology (only available in German) and enclose it with your application. If you are admitted to the program, the semester in which you can begin your studies is provisional to begin with. Once you have enrolled at the university and have submitted proof of all examinations and coursework completed thus far, the respective examination committee will confirm the advanced semester in which you can join the program in Mannheim.

  • What should I keep in mind if I want to change my degree program?

    If you wish to change your degree program, you should apply for admission to the second semester of the new program. If you are applying for a study place in the third semester of the new program or later, you must include proof that you have sought advice with your application. You can seek academic advice at any German university that offers a bachelor’s program in Psychology. In Mannheim, the program managers are responsible for advising students on all aspects of changing their degree program.

Academic advising

Do you have any more questions? We’re happy to advise you!

If you have any questions on your degree program (course contents, program structure, stays abroad), don’t hesitate to contact our program managers. For questions relating to the application process, please contact the Admissions Office.

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Program Manager Psychology (Bachelor)
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 419
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Mon 11 a.m.–noon
Wed 2–4 p.m.
No office hour: October 2, 2019