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Study psychology at the KU

The focus of the Psychology degree program is on human experience and behavior. Psychology is an empirical science that combines features from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It deals with issues in basic research as well as practical questions. The diversity of the discipline is reflected in the various theoretical and applied courses in the degree program. A unique aspect of KU’s Bachelor’s degree program in Psychology is that, in addition to gaining empirical knowledge, students have the opportunity to reflect upon the purpose of actions and the values on which they are based. In accordance with the Psychology department’s research priorities, topics related to values are also part of the program.

Theoretical disciplines:

  • General psychology
  • Biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality psychology and differential psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Psychological research methods

Applied disciplines:

  • Occupational psychology
  • Organizational psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Psychological diagnosis and assessment

Students who decide to study psychology should have an interest in the principles of human experience and behavior, and enjoy academic work. The academic nature of the program means that it requires strong learning capabilities and resilience. Due to the breadth of the content and its international nature, students should have a good command of German and English. An aptitude for mathematics is also an advantage.

Graduates may pursue careers in a wide range of areas. They may work in hospitals, schools, or counselling services, as well as in the private sector or in educational and research institutions. Psychologists may have roles in counselling, therapy, mediation, and research, and may also pursue self-employment. Further study is required or recommended for many career paths. For example, a Diplom or Master’s degree is required in order to train to be a psychotherapist. The Bachelor’s degree program provides the foundations for successful Master’s study.

More information on studying psychology, including details of the degree program structure, is available in German on the Psychology website.