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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Psychology

Degree

Mono-bachelorBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

Cf. course catalogue

Course structure

The bachelor’s course requires you to acquire 180 credit points (CP*)

Mandatory Modules: 120 CP (including bachelor’s thesis)
Mandatory Elective Modules: 40 CP
General Elective Modules: 20 CP

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Course objectives

The course aims to convey the knowledge, skills and experiences that enable students to work in selected areas of Psychology. Graduates of the bachelor’s course in Psychology are qualified for jobs involving primary diagnostic and counselling duties in health and social care, education and training and administration, business and industry. Graduates can also work in the fields of scientific studies and subject-specific education, further training and continuing education as well. The career area options include human resources, health education, school system, counselling roles in education, clinical psychology and occupational psychology, as well as the area of surveys and market research. Students also acquire the skills that enable them to progress to post-graduate master’s or doctoral degrees, above all in psychological subjects.

The skills are taught through a combination of frontal teaching, virtual teaching and self-study, both alone and in groups. The HU Psychology course provides its students with the opportunity to contribute to research and development projects at an early stage.

The course is designed to enable students to spend the 5th - and potentially the 6th - semester abroad. The modules that last for semesters 5 and 6 can also be taken in a single semester.

Why should you study Psychology at Humboldt-Universität?

Psychology has a long tradition at Humboldt-Universität. Internationally-renowned academics such as Hermann Ebbinghaus, Wolfgang Köhler, Kurt Lewin and Friedhart Klix taught here. The department is currently very well-staffed with 14 professors. This provides a good lecturer/student ratio. The tradition mentioned above means that Psychology at HU has a strong orientation to the natural sciences. This is expressed in a preference for empirical or experimental investigation techniques and in the examination of the physiological foundations of psychological processes or mental illnesses. This tradition also gives rise to a focus on clinical psychology, cognitive and biological psychology, occupational, operational and organisational psychology, as well as personality and developmental psychology. The university’s guiding principle of unifying teaching and research is a key feature of our programmes. Students are actively involved in research in a range of teaching sessions from the first year onwards. A further important feature of the department the very active body of student representatives (Student Representatives Psychology) who are committed to representing the students’ interests.

A clip about study at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in German you will find under: http://www.berufe.tv/studienberufe/gesellschafts-und-sozialwissenschaften/psychologie/

Course content

The best places to find information about course content is the annotated university calendar or the current timetables. They are online at hu.berlin/vorlesungsverzeichnis. The Course Advisory Service is also available to help you (see below: addresses). You’ll find module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details in the course and examination regulations, available online at www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 6/2020.

Mono-bachelor's Course with 180 CP

Mandatory subjects (125 CP)

Module

Size

Methodology I and Scientific Working Methods

10 CP

Methodology II

10 CP

General and Biological Psychology I

10 CP

General and Biological Psychology II

5 CP

Personality Psychology

5 CP

Social Psychology

5 CP

Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

10 CP

Psychological Diagnostics I

10 CP

Psychological Diagnostics II

5 CP

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

10 CP

Occupational, Engineering, Organisational Psychology

10 CP

Internal internships

15 CP

Professional internship

10 CP

Bachelor’s thesis

10 CP

Subject-specific mandatory elective modules (30/35 CP)

Module

Size

General and Biological Psychology (In-depth A)

5 CP

General and Biological Psychology (In-depth B)

5 CP

Personality Psychology (In-depth)

5 CP

Social Psychology (In-depth)

5 CP

Developmental Psychology (In-depth)

5 CP

Occupational, Engineering, Organisational Psychology (In-depth)

5 CP

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (In-depth)

5 CP

Epistemological Foundations of Psychology

5 CP

Interdisciplinary mandatory elective modules (20/25 CP)

Students must take interdisciplinary mandatory elective modules worth 25 CP (20 CP if the module ‘Epistemological Foundations of Psychology’ is taken). These are listed in the relevant module catalogues of other subject areas (see "Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich" on http://agnes.hu-berlin.de/). The students can freely select the subject areas of the modules. We recommend a combination with Business Administration, Biology, Educational Sciences, Protestant Theology, Gender Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Mathematics, Musicology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Law, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Sciences, Sports Sciences or Economics in particular.

Alternatively, students can take advantage of the services of the Career Center (e.g. presentation techniques and moderation techniques) or the Language Centre of Humboldt-Universität.

Psychology as a cross-disciplinary mandatory elective module in other bachelor’s courses

As a cross-disciplinary mandatory elective module, the study of Psychology offers students of other subjects an overview of the content, issues and research methods of Psychology. Each of the following modules can accommodate up to five students from other subject areas:

General and Biological Psychology I

10 CP

General and Biological Psychology II

5 CP

Psychological Diagnostics

10 CP

Social Psychology

5 CP

Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

10 CP

Occupational, Engineering, Organisational Psychology (In-depth)

10 CP

Master’s degree

HU offers a master’s programme in Psychology (M.Sc. - 120 CP) (www.amb.hu-berlin.de Nr. 38/2013). You’ll find other programmes in the current course catalogue.

Important addresses

Department of Psychology, Rudower Chaussee 18, 12489 Berlin, www.psychologie.hu-berlin.de/
Course Advisory service and classification and recognition of studies and qualifications, Prof. Dr. Beyer, +49 30 2093- 9385, reinhard.beyer@psychologie.hu-berlin.de
Applications: Applications: www.hu-berlin.de/interessierte, www.hu-berlin.de/en/studies

Links to job market: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie  (https://studium.dgps.de), careers information centre, employment market reports, Hochschulteam calendar of events

Version: February 2020
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