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Courses

The Chair of Health Psychology offers courses both at the bachelor’s and the master’s level. To find out when lectures and seminars are scheduled to take place, please log in to Portal2 (you need to be enrolled to see the dates). 

Final thesis

  • General information

    • In general, students write their final thesis in small project teams. Together, they work on the same broad topic, though each student focuses on an individual subtopic (specific research question).
    • The teams usually collect data together (that way, they can attract more participants to generate a larger set of data which in turn provides for the testing of scientifically more relevant and more complex hypotheses).
    • Each team member analyzes the data independently and writes their thesis on their own while being supported by their supervisor.
    •  Please e-mail Prof. Mata directly if you would like to write your final thesis at the Chair of Health Psychology.
  • Bachelor's thesis

    • Please submit a research proposal of three to five pages in APA style to the supervisor of your thesis before you start collecting data. Your research proposal serves to explain the theoretical framework of your study, your hypotheses and what they are based on as well as your methodological approach. Please make sure the supervisor is given ample time to correct and give feedback on your proposal.
    • Your bachelor's thesis is supposed to have the format of a scientific paper. It can be written either in German or in English and must be written in APA Style. The thesis, including references and figures but excluding the annex, should not exceed 25 pages.
    • Before you hand in the final version of your thesis, you may submit three pages of your draft thesis to your supervisor, e.g. the hypotheses section as well as an excerpt of your introduction and an excerpt of your results, to receive comprehensive feedback on your work. Again, please make sure your supervisor is given ample time to get back to you (1 to 2 weeks).

    Information on Writing a Bachelor's Thesis

    Currently there are no files available.

  • Master's thesis

    • Prior to data collection, you present the theoretical framework, your hypotheses and what they are based on, and your methodological approach during the health psychology research colloquium.
    • You submit a research proposal of approximately five to seven pages in APA style to the supervisor of your thesis before you start collecting data. Your research proposal serves to explain the theoretical framework of your study, your hypotheses and what they are based on as well as your methodological approach. Please make sure the supervisor is given ample time to correct and give feedback on your proposal.
    • Before you hand in the final version of your thesis, you may submit five pages of your draft thesis to your supervisor, e.g. the hypotheses section as well as an excerpt of your introduction and an excerpt of your results, to receive comprehensive feedback on your work.

    Information on writing a master’s thesis

    Currently there are no files available.

Career Paths

Health psychologists are employed in a variety of settings and engage a wide array of activities, including

  • Health counselling and coaching
  • Health training, prevention, and rehabilitation programs
  • Health promotion at the organizational and community level and in schools
  • Development of educational and training materials in health psychology
  • Public relations and media work
  • Academic teaching and research

The British Psychological Society has information about career paths and working conditions for health psychologists. For further information, please read this interview with a health psychologist at LearnPsychology’s website [link].

Tip: The Practical Health Psychology blog may be of interest to students who want to learn more about the application of health psychology research in practice.