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Study Psychology in Germany

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Psychology, or the "study of the soul”, involves the observation and analysis of human behaviour and experience. It is an empirical science, and scientists in this field work in basic or applied research. Scientific methods are used to determine the general laws and formulas underlying mental processes and structures. This knowledge is then used to develop recommendations for achieving behavioural changes.


155 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Final Examination

German, English

2-12 Semesters

What content can I expect

Psychology is an interdisciplinary science that encompasses aspects from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. In your studies, you deal with questions such as how the brain works and what shapes your personality. You observe, categorise, and analyse human behaviour and study perception, the acquisition of knowledge, and emotions.
The field of study comprises the following subfields:

  • Biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Business, occupational, and organisational psychology

Studying psychology is very popular and the number of applicants regularly exceeds the number of available spaces. Therefore, a numerus clausus (NC) usually limits the number of students. Additional selection and aptitude testing procedures are often required. You should also bear in mind that some professions such as psychological psychotherapists, for example, require additional education or training after graduation.

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