Studying Psychology

Bachelor programme at Leuphana College

Studying psychology at Leuphana College means much more than just earning a Bachelor degree. You learn to understand different ways of thinking, adopt different perspectives, and critically question your personal point of view continuously. In addition, you will learn to better understand society and our social coexistence and acquire the knowledge and skills it takes to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development and change in our society.

Course content: Psychology B.Sc.

Psychology course content at Leuphana  College ©Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Studying Psychology: Course content at Leuphana College

Course structure: BSc Psychology

The Leuphana Semester is the chance for an in-depth and fundamental engagement with science and academic methods. You hone your critical thinking skills so that you are able to question the familiar, learning how to select the right approach for systematic investigation and knowledge acquisition, and how to deal responsibly with scientific and academic findings. At the same time, you will be given an introduction to psychology. This means that you will gain some first insights into the basic psychological subjects as well as their application to practical fields within society. You will also deal with descriptive statistics and psychological measurement methods. Learning the principles of academic analysis, writing, and research in general, and the introduction to the major in particular,are the fundamental goal of the interdisciplinary Bachelor programme in psychology.

The minor is an applied subject that supplements and complements the Psychology major. You get to choose: The Psychology & Society minor focuses on applying psychological theories and processes in socially relevant contexts. In the Business Psychology minor, you look at psychological aspects that are particularly relevant in business and industry.

Complementary Studies is your chance to satisfy your thirst for knowledge by discovering a new field each semester, for example gender roles and spatial structures, Islamic law and design thinking. By moving beyond the boundaries of your own discipline and engaging with others, you develop an understanding of the diversity of academic and scientific cultures and acquire interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary skills.

Possible minor combinations

Business Psychology (GER)
Psychology and Society (ENG)

The Leuphana Bachelor enables the combination of different interests through major and minor. With the minor choice you can move within traditional disciplines or give your Bachelor an individual profile. You can also choose a minor that is not listed in the overview.

Language of instruction

ENG Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge sub­ject: no Ger­man re­qui­red
GER Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject: Ger­man re­qui­red
GER / ENG Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject can also be ta­ken in Eng­lish

Course content: BSc Psychology

Students of psychology at Leuphana College acquire in-depth theoretical and methodological skills in fundamental areas of psychology.

The first three semesters provide a basic introduction to psychology. The focus is on the cognitive (e.g., problem-solving), motivational (e.g., self-regulation), emotional (e.g., fear) and biological processes (General Psychology and Biological Psychology), the interplay of these processes, intrapersonal and interpersonal processes (Differential Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology) as well as the translation of these psychological processes into behaviour in socially relevant domains. You also acquire knowledge about methods in psychological research (Empirical / Experimental Placement and Inferential Statistics).

The content and methods of basic psychology are addressed in more depth in the fourth and fifth semesters. Students also look at psychological diagnostics and its application in practice and and learn about empirical, academic, and scientific methods. The course contents in these two semesters prepare you for both your Bachelor dissertation and your research or business placement.

The Bachelor dissertation is the final component of your psychology degree and is completed in the sixth semester. Your dissertation project about a research question of your choice, you will demonstrate that you can apply the principles and methodology you have learned about throughout your studies to current questions in psychology and society. Alongside the Bachelor dissertation, you also go on a placement in the sixth semester in order to get in touch with the practical work as a future psychologist.

Graduates of the psychology programme at Leuphana College are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Compulsory Modules

In the Psychology major, you will take the following compulsory modules:

Leuphana Semester

  • Transforming knowledge: responsible action
  • Problematising knowledge: critical thinking
  • Producing knowledge: methodologies
  • Producing knowledge: research methods for Psychology
  • Psychology: introduction to the discipline

2 semester

  • Inferential Statistics I
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • General Psychology I
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

3 semester

  • Inferential Statistics II
  • Differential Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • General Psychology II
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

4 semester

  • Test Theory and Computer-assisted Data Analysis
  • Experimental Project
  • Advanced Topics in Developmental, Differential and Social Psychology
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

5 semester

  • Psychological Diagnostics: Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Topics in General and Biological Psychology
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

6 semester

  • Bachelor dissertation
  • Advanced empirical scientific work
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

At a glance: BSc Psychology

  • Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Extent: 180 ECTS
  • Study places: 70
  • Language: English (no German required)
  • Fees: no tuition fees
  • Semester contribution: approx. EUR 318,15
  • Semester abroad: possible
  • Start date: October 1 (winter semester)
  • Application period: Mid May 15 July
  • Requirements: university entrance qualification and English skills
  • Restricted admission: yes
  • Admission: own procedere at Leuphana College

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Events for prospective students

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Applications and admissions

Leuphana College accepts new students each winter term. If you wish to be considered for a Bachelor degree programme, your application must be received by July 15.

For applicants from EU and EEA countries the University operates a special admissions procedure for the award of places. It considers not only applicants' grades, but also special skills, experience and non-academic achievements such as periods spent studying abroad, and volunteering work.

Online applications

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Programme Director

  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wallot