Cutting-Edge Degree, Excellent Career Prospects

Research and practice-oriented program with a cognitive and clinical focus

If you would like to work as a psychotherapist (Psychologischer Psychotherapeut) in the future, the German-taught master’s program in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology is the perfect choice for you. Throughout your studies, you will acquire specialized knowledge that is highly relevant for your subsequent training in psychotherapy. As the program strongly focuses on research, you will also be trained to a high standard in advanced methods of cognitive psychology and learn about the connection between clinical research and cognitive theory, preparing you for a career in research and teaching.

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I was waitlisted at first, but when I was eventually admitted to the bachelor’s program and came to Mannheim head over heals, I immediately fell in love with the place. I liked the Schloss, my amazing fellow students, the intriguing curriculum and intense hours of studying, our active departmental student committee, and the multicultural and lively city. As the quality of the courses was superb and the program extraordinarily well organized, I decided to stay in Mannheim for my master’s degree. Currently, I’m writing my doctoral thesis while working at the Chair of Education Psychology as an academic staff member.

Anne-Sophie Waag, graduate of B.Sc. Psychology and M.Sc. Psychology: Cognitive and Clinical Psychology / Photo credit: Elisa Berdica

After completing my bachelor’s program at the University of Mannheim, I knew I wanted to stay. I had always been an active member of one of the many student organizations and often attended activities offered by the university’s extensive sports program. I completed my mandatory internship in a hospital that specialized in psychosomatic medicine, and I liked it so much that I decided to focus on clinical psychology. The master's program also fulfilled my expectations: While my bachelor's program was more theoretical and methodical in nature, I gained hands-on experience as a master’s student, for example by attending practical courses on clinical interviewing and intervention techniques. One of the junior professors at the school introduced me to the fascinating field of child and adolescent psychology, which is why I am about to begin additional training to become a psychotherapist.

Franziska Metzger, graduate of M.Sc. Psychology: Cognitive and Clinical Psychology / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen

7 good reasons for pursuing your master’s degree in Mannheim

Studying at one of the top universities for Psychology (2019 CHE ranking of master’s programs)

Improved curriculum that includes practical courses, preparing students for a future career in psychotherapy

Research-oriented training in cognitive and clinical psychology, and analysis of the two fields’ interconnection

Thorough introduction to quantitative and empirical research methods, preparing students for a doctorate

Courses offered by leading psychologists from all over the world

Stay abroad at one of our many prestigious partner universities

Individual support by the program and internship managers

Research Institutions

Our Department cooperates with renowned research institutions. Among them are the Otto Selz Institute, which is part of the University of Mannheim, and the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI).


The Psychology program in Mannheim was number two in the 2019 CHE ranking of master’s programs.

The program

  • Specializing in clinical psychology leads to excellent career prospects

    Have you already completed your bachelor's program and would like to continue with your master’s? Would you like to pursue a career in clinical psychology or look deeper into cognitive psychology? Do you strive for a position in research and teaching?

    The master’s program, with a standard period of study of four semesters, not only focuses on the fields of cognitive and clinical psychology, but also trains you to a high standard in conventional and advanced research and evaluation methods and in making assessment-based decisions.

    By integrating practical courses on clinical interviewing and intervention techniques as well as modules on psychotherapeutic intervention and health psychology into the curriculum, we haven given the program a strong practical orientation with respect to clinical psychology and psychotherapy. The program has been aligned with current plans on reforming psychotherapist training put forward by occupational interest groups.

  • Going abroad during the master’s program

    We encourage you to go abroad during your studies, for example by spending a semester at one of our numerous partner universities or by completing your eight-week mandatory internship in another country. Go to the International Office’s website to find comprehensive information on what you need to do when planning a period of study abroad. The Internship Office will be happy to support you in finding a suitable internship.


  • Supplementing your program with an elective course

    During your studies, you can choose between taking an elective course from the areas of work, economy, and society or studying a minor. The most popular subject is Psychiatry, which is offered in cooperation with the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI). Apart from that, there is a variety of other minors you can choose from, such as Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, and Informatics.

  • Degree plan and module catalog

Studying Abroad

Discovering the world by spending a period of study abroad – just do it!


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Student Life
Student Life

From cobblestone paths to stucco walls – studying in Mannheim is a unique experience!

Career Prospects

What can you do with a master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology?


  • Admission requirements

    • A bachelor's degree in Psychology


    • another degree that has been recognized as equivalent, whereby at least 50% of the credits obtained on such a program must be psychology-related. The degree program must correspond to at least 180 ECTS credits or have a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters or 3 years.

    A program can only be recognized as equivalent if it includes the following modules:

    • Quantitative, Mathematical or Statistical Methods worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • Empirical or Experimental Research Methods worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • Test Theory or Psychological Assessment worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • General Psychology 1, General Psychology 2, or Cognitive Psychology worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • Social Psychology worth at least 6 ECTS credits,

    Additionally, applicants are required to have completed the following modules:

    • Biological Psychology or Physiology worth at least 6 ECTS credits,
    • Clinical Psychology worth at least 8 ECTS credits.

    Language of instruction: German

    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.

  • Selection criteria

    • final grade achieved in your bachelor’s degree or the grades achieved in all the modules and/or exams taken during your bachelor’s program before the application deadline,
    • results achieved in an admission test if applicable,
    • additional qualifications relevant to the program of study (e.g., vocational training, at least three months’ work experience, stays abroad, awards).
  • Admission test

    By taking the optional admission test, students can prove that their qualification is sufficient for the master’s degree they are applying to. The results can be taken into account in addition to the other selection requirements. To be able to complete the test, students will require knowledge that corresponds to the contents taught in a bachelor’s program in Psychology or an equivalent program.

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  • How to apply

    The University of Mannheim accepts applications every year between 15 March and 31 May. You must apply online. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the Admissions Office.

    For comprehensive information on the application process, please see the guide to applying for admission to a master’s program.

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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
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 419
68159 Mannheim