Psychology – Bachelor of Science


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

Psychology is the science dealing with human behaviour and experience, as well as their causes and effects. On the one hand, psychology records and explains behaviour and experience, on the other hand it develops suggestions and action guidelines to achieve the best possible psychological conditions.

Psychology is an empirical science. For this reason a large part of your studies will be devoted to empirical and experimental methods as well as practical psychological work. In addition to this you will acquire practical skills, such as psychological techniques in conducting conversations, experimental methods and systematic observation, and you will employ social-scientific survey methods.


DegreeBachelor of Science
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study8 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
Obligatory minor subjectno
Number of places:112

Why study Psychology at Konstanz?

  • Broad spectrum of methodological training (methodology, statistics, test theory and diagnostics)
  • 4-year bachelor’s programme with special qualifications
  • Basic requirement for applicants to the one-year masters’ programme in psychology at the University of Konstanz
  • Fast Track option: above-average students can be admitted to doctoral studies without having to complete a master’s thesis
  • Possibility to gain an additional certificate in forensic psychology
  • Research-oriented experimental internships in small work groups
  • Integrated half-year internship in your 5th semester


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

The bachelor’s degree qualifies you to immediately enter the work market. The programme in Konstanz offers good chances in this respect. Typical fields of work for psychologists include:

  • Therapeutic-clinical fields, counselling services
  • Educational / school sectors
  • Scientific research, diagnostics, evaluation
  • Market research, opinion research, advertising research
  • Personnel and organisation development

If you want to work as a psychotherapist, you will need to follow up with a masters’ degree in psychology and then three to five years training in psychotherapy.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the one-year Master's Programme in Psychology.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

The study programme covers 8 semesters. This includes one semester for a six-month internship and one semester for your bachelor’s thesis.

During the first four semesters you will become acquainted with the different areas in psychology and gain insights into the methods involved in psychology.

You will spend your 5th semester doing a six-month internship. During the 6th and 7th semesters you will deepen the basic subjects that interest you, and you will select modules from the 2 application areas: work and health, or clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. If you wish, you can also choose modules from both of these application areas. As a rule, you will write your bachelor thesis during the 8th semester.

For details on the study programme and more information visit the department website.
In addition to this you will study non-psychological elective subjects.
The overview you will find here: Non-psychological elective subjects.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


You will do a six-month internship in the 5th semester.

Study abroad

You can spend semesters abroad at numerous European and non-European universities. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • A general interest in the areas of psychological work
  • A strong motivation to learn methods of empirical and experimental basic research
  • Very good knowledge of mathematics
  • Good English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for the bachelor's programme. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

German and English

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

You will find the current regulations for the selection process in the admission regulations.

Documentation Orientation Test
When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants special exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application Guide
The PocketGuide Application will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.