Psychology – Master of Science


Our Master's Programme in Psychology is strongly research-based and builds on the four-year Bachelor's Programme in Psychology.

Psychology is the science dealing with human behaviour and experience, as well as their causes and effects. Psychology’s task on the one hand is to record and explain behaviour and experiences, i.e. to establish the conditions prevailing in the environment and in the organism upon which the various manifestations of behaviours and experiences depend. On the other hand, the task is to develop suggestions and guidelines on how to create the best possible psychological conditions, and to contribute towards their realisation.

In this master’s programme you will acquire comprehensive knowledge in the applied subjects (work and health psychology, clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology) as well as in-depth knowledge in basic subjects. You can individually combine your subjects. Furthermore you will acquire key qualifications for working as a psychologist, such as psychological techniques of conversation and counselling.


DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study2 semesters
Application period13.5. - 15.6. | 3.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsyes
Number of places:SS 20/ WS 65

Why study Psychology at Konstanz?

  • Case study seminars and research practice seminars in the applied subjects
  • Deepening of knowledge in the basic subjects
  • Excellent qualification for ongoing academic activities (doctoral programmes)
  • Fulfilment of requirements for training as a psychotherapist


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

There are very many different professional openings for psychologists with a master’s degree, depending on your focus area of studies.

Possible working areas are:

  • Clinical-psychologists' offices, psychotherapists' offices, psychological services with public authorities, regional authorities, with judicial authorities, police administration services and youth offices, school psychological services at the regional and local level
  • Psychological counselling services run by local communities, churches or independent bodies, hospitals, sanatoriums, rehabilitation facilities
  • Homes for the disabled, homes and institutions for social education and special education, retirement homes
  • Teaching and research facilities, adult education institutions, schools and preschool facilities
  • Large companies, e.g. in an industrial psychology service, in the personnel sector, in a company’s internal education and further training section
  • In the public service domain, e.g. the Federal Labour Office, local authorities
  • Market and public opinion research institutes, advertising agencies, publishers

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.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

During the two semesters you will choose four modules and complete academic performance assessments worth 8 credits for each module. Additionally, you will write a master’s thesis (28 credits) within a period of six months.

You can choose four out of the following nine modules:

Module 1: Cognitive and affective neuroscience, 8 cr
Module 2: Psychology of action, 8 cr
Module 3: Health and work 1, 8 cr
Module 4: Health and Work 2, 8 cr
Module 5: Advanced research methods and diagnostics, 8 cr
Module 6: Diagnostic methods of clinical psychology, 8 cr
Module 7: Psychotherapeutic techniques, 8 cr
Module 8: Practical interventions, 8 cr
Module 9: Neuropsychological diagnostics and rehabilitation, 8 cr
Master’s thesis, 28 cr
Total: 80 credits

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

Internship and study abroad


An internship during your studies is not mandatory, but if you are interested in gaining practical experience, the staff of our department and the university’s Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

Generally, you can include a study abroad stay in your master's programme. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • General interest in psychological work
  • Readiness 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 master'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

The language of instruction and examinations usually is German. Some individual courses are held in English.

Admission requirements

  • A degree from a four-year bachelor's programme in psychology
  • A completed six-month internship in an area relevant for psychology

Fulfilling these requirements does not guarantee you admission, as we can only accept a certain number of students into the master's programme.


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 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: 13.5. - 15.6. (winter semester) and 3.12. - 15.1. (summer 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

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Application for admission
  • Documentation of your academic degree. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far
  • Documentation of your internship
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).
  • Informal application for recognition as a case of hardship (if applicable), please attach documentation

International applicants:

  • Questionnaire for international students (see online application);
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi