Master of Science
Semester fee
71 Euro
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
4 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

The Master’s degree program in Psychology has an applied approach that covers all areas of psychology. Students gain knowledge and acquire key methodological skills that are required for the main areas in which psychology is applied as well as for selected research topics.

The Master’s degree program in Psychology builds on the Bachelor’s degree program in the same subject and provides students with more advanced knowledge of content and methods. It equips them with the skills they need to work in professions related to psychology and also qualifies them to pursue academic research. The Master of Psychology qualifies students to become psychological psychotherapists.

The program in detail


The program includes both required and elective modules. In the required modules, students develop skills in diagnosis, assessment, and statistics, as well as planning experiments and analyzing data. They may choose their elective modules from a broad selection that is grouped into three areas, two of which they study in depth.

Specialization Clinical Psychology

In the specialization field of Clinical Psychology, students acquire knowledge and skills in diagnosing, treating, and conducting research into psychological disorders.

Specialization Economics and Work

In the specialization Economics and Work, students acquire knowledge and skills in fields such as personnel psychology, organizational psychology, mediation, occupational rehabilitation, ergonomics, and health psychology.

Specialization Development and Cognition

In the Development and Cognition specialization, students gain in-depth knowledge of fundamental research on cognition and neurosciences and the associated methods, and study theoretical and practical topics in applied developmental psychology.

Each student must obtain 10 ECTS credits in the elective area.

In the context of the Master’s thesis, students approach a scientifically relevant question by using their acquired subject-specific knowledge and methods.

Students complete a 12-week professional internship during their studies.

Module plan

The program in awards and rankings

In the student survey (area of studies and teaching), the Master's degree program in Psychology is among the top five Master's programs in Germany! The Eichstätt degree program is in the top group in 6 of 7 areas.

More information is available at

Rankings and assessments

The KU is the most popular university in 2022

KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2022 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the second time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

Studying abroad

Within the framework of the ERASMUS program, students of Psychology can apply for a 6-months exchange with the following institutions:

Partner universities

  • University of Oulu, Finland (teaching language: English)
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Italy (teaching language: German and English, preparatory language courses available)
  • University La Sapienza, Italy
  • University of Algarve, Portugal (teaching language: German, English and Portuguese)
  • Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia (teaching language: German, English)
  • Université Catholique de Lille, France (FUPL) (teaching language: French)
  • Université Catholique de Lyon, France (teaching language: French)
  • University West, Sweden (teaching language: English, Swedish) B. Sc.
  • John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland (teaching language: English, Polish)

Support during the application process as well as information about the semester abroad is provided by the International Office at the KU.

Practical connection

During their course of study, students must complete a 12-week required professional internship. This internship can be split into four- and/or eight-week partial internships. The total working time (in hours) must correspond to the usual weekly working hours in the industry.
The internship can be completed, for example, in specialized clinics, private therapy practices, consulting institutions or companies.

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

Psychologists work in many different professional fields. You can work as a psychological psychotherapist, in various counseling centers, in research, in diagnostics, in free enterprises and in many other fields.

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

Studierende vor der Zentralbibliothek

What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


in Psychology; Selection procedure: see examination regulations
Language requirements
Application period winter
May 01 - Jul 15
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.

Study places

Total of available study places for the Master’s degree program in Psychology:

arrow right iconWinter semester: 60

Please note, that the selection process is highly competitive.