Psychology M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2023

Admission to Higher Semesters

NC for the 2nd-4th Core Semester

Dates and Deadlines


Students advanced the academic qualifications they acquired in their Bachelor studies by studying increasingly more complex subject content in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Master course of study Psychology. Students should become able to have an understanding of larger topics in pyschology, apply scientific findings and methods in the work world, and to reflect on and implement their importance and scope for solving complex research and social problems.

Content of the Course of Study: This Master's program serves to develop and deepen specialist knowledge in the fields of applied cognitive psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, as well as health psychology and the practice of particular psychological research methods.

Students focus on following areas:

Cognitive Psychology

Executive functions, cognition, and activity

Industrial Psychology

Occupational safety, working conditions, strains, and stress

Personnel and Organizational Pyschology

Selection and assessment of personnel, staff development

Health Psychology

Basics of health psychology, diagnostics of health psychology, and intervention techniques

Elective supplement the mandatory courses in every area. In the electives, students advance their basic knowledge and can practice applying the material they have learned. By picking a project module, students also acquire their first practical experiences in one of the fields of application.

Methodological training teaches material in the following areas:

  • Psychological Diagnostics: testing and deciding, test design and analysis, preparation of reports
  • Research Methods: measurement and scaling models, multivariate processes, evaluation research

The Master course of study is supplemented through courses on the presentation and communication of one's own research findings and current findings in literature and research.


Degree Content

The Master course of study in Psychology is laid out in modules. The instruction modules are separated into modules for advancing knowledge in various areas of application, a project module to acquire practical experience in an area of application, modules for expanding methodological skills, and modul on communicating research findings. Students complete a Master thesis during the fourth semester.



A prerequisite for starting studies in a first university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven, as determined in the exam regulations. The exam board determines whether it fulfills the entrance requirements.


Career Prospects

The Master course of study in Psychology prepares graduates for work as an expert in human resources and organizational management in public offices, in the industry/economy, and for a research career. Fields of occupation include human resources, company, and organizational consulting; educational institutions or further occupational training, occupational safety and ergonomics, technical testing centers, rehabiliation institutions, surveying, and social science research institutions.


Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.



The Master course of study in Psychology is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.