Studying Psychology (Principles)

Bachelor programme

The Psychology (Principles) major is embedded in the Leuphana Bachelor with Minor, Leuphana Semester, and Complementary Studies. The Leuphana Bachelor gives you the great opportunity to develop your own individual profile, to immerse yourself in different fields of knowledge and to develop viable solutions for the challenges of the future together with other college students.

Course structure: BSc Psychology (Principles)

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. The course also provides an introduction to psychology, teaching you about descriptive statistics and psychological measurements. Exploring the principles of academic analysis, writing and research in general and the introduction to the major are the basis of the interdisciplinary Bachelor programme in psychology.

The minor is an applied subject that supplements and complements the Psychology (Principles) major. You have a choice: the Psychology and Society minor focuses on aspects of occupational, organisational and business psychology. Students on the Business Psychology minor focus on psychological aspects of particular relevance to 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.

Compulsory modules

Students on the Psychology (Principles) major take the following compulsory modules:

Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Humanities
  • Methods I
  • Methods II: Environmental Psychology
  • Introduction to the discipline: Psychology

Second semester

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

Third semester

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

Forth 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

Fifth semester

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

Sixth semester

  • Bachelor dissertation
  • Advanced empiricalscientific work
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

Possible minor combinations

The Psychology (Principles) major can be combined with one of the following minors:

  • Psychology and Society (ENG)
    The English-language minor covers aspects of educational psychology and occupational, organisational and business psychology. In combination with the Psychology (Principles) major, the minor meets the quality criteria set by the German Psychological Society (DGPs) for Bachelor programmes.
  • Business Psychology (GER)
    This minor focuses exclusively on aspects of the applied field of business psychology. The course focuses on behaviour and experience in a business context.

Language of instruction

ENG English-language minor: no German required
GER German-language minor: German required

Course content: BSc Psychology (Principles)

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, motivational, affective and biological principles of experience and behaviour (General Psychology and Biological Psychology) and the intrapersonal and interpersonal process (Differential Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology). You also explore methods in psychological research (empirical/experimentation 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 at empirical, academic and scientific methods. Exploring the topics and methods of basic psychology in more depth prepares you both for your Bachelor dissertation and for 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 should demonstrate that you are able to apply the principles and methodology you have learned to a question of your choice, and to engage with current questions in psychology. Alongside the Bachelor dissertation, you also go on a placement in the sixth semester.

Students who successfully complete the Psychology (Principles) course are awarded the title of Bachelor of Science (BSc).

At a glance: BSc Psychology (Principles)

  • Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Length of study: 3 years
  • Total credits: 180 ECTS
  • Total places: 64
  • Language of instruction: English (German not required)*
  • Tutition fees: none
  • Semester fee: approx. EUR 353
  • Semester abroad: optional
  • Start of classes: October 1
  • Application period: mid-May - July 15
  • Admission requirements: university entrance qualification and English skills
  • Selective admission: yes
  • Admission procedure: internal selection process
     

*Please note

The Major in Psychology will be offered in English starting in the winter semester 2020. Please learn about which language certificates are accepted for English-language major programmes. If you want to continue your master’s studies in psychology, select the Minor in Applied Psychology in Society. If you want to continue with a master’s in management or business, select the Minor in Business Psychology.

Applications and admissions

Leuphana College accepts new students each winter term. If you wish to be considered for a place on the Bachelor, your application must have been received by 15 July.

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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Contact & Counselling

Initial Information

Information Office (Infoportal)
Building 8, ground floor
Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2277
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Fr 9 - 12 h

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Open Con­sul­ta­ti­on Hours
(Without an appointment)
Tue 2 – 4 PM
Thu 4 – 6 PM
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Entry / Residence / Accommodation

International Office
Building 14, first floor
Uni­ver­sitätsal­lee 1, 21335 Lüne­burg
Claudia Wölk
Phone +49.4131.677-1072
cwoelk@uni.leuphana.de

Programme Director

  • Prof. Dr. Roman Trötschel