What is the purpose of studying psychology

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On this page you will find information on the bachelor's and master's degree in psychology as well as on the further training course in psychological psychotherapy. As a further education course, psychological psychotherapy requires the successful completion of an undergraduate course in psychology.

Psychological content (especially from educational psychology) can always be found within the framework of educational studies in teacher training courses.

Psychology (Bachelor)

Course of study

graduationBachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in 6 semesters
Expressions180-point single subject; a minor in psychology is not offered
Start of studies possible for a winter and summer semester
 

Admission / application

Admission restrictionLimited admission (university, dialogue-oriented service procedure)
 

Psychology (Master)

Course of study

graduationMaster of Science (M.Sc.) in 4 semesters
Expressions120-point single subject
Start of studies possible for a winter and summer semester
 

Admission / application

Admission restrictionAdmission restricted (Uni), additional technical admission requirements (attention: application required! information on deadlines and procedures)
Aptitude testNo

Psychological psychotherapy (advanced training course)

Course of study

final examState examination
ExpressionsContinuing education course
titlePassing the exam is a prerequisite
for applying for a license to practice medicine as a psychological psychotherapist
FacultyFaculty of Human Sciences
Normal period6 semesters (full-time), 10 semesters (part-time)
Start of studiesonly possible for a winter semester
 

Admission / application

Admission requirementsCompleted university degree in psychology, which includes the subject clinical psychology
Admission restriction Yes, you need to apply to the university
Qualifying Examinationpersonal selection interview
 

exams

linguistic proficiencynot mandatory
Midterm exam?yes, after the 3rd semester at the earliest
Free attempt possible?No

The Institute

In 1896, Oswald Külpe founded the Institute for Psychology at the University of Würzburg. The Würzburg Institute is one of the oldest psychological institutes in the world. Oswald Külpe and his colleagues succeeded in establishing a research direction that became world-famous as the "Würzburg School of Thinking Psychology". Today the Psychological Institute of the University of Würzburg regularly features top positions in numerous university rankings. In the 2009 CHE Ranking, the institute was placed in the “Excellence Group”.

Chairs and professorships

Chair of Psychology I

  • Biological psychology, clinical psychology and psychotherapy
  • Intervention psychology, behavior analysis and behavior regulation
  • Differential psychology, diagnostics and legal psychology
  • Experimental clinical psychology

Chair of Psychology II

  • Social Psychology and General Psychology
  • General Psychology 2
  • Industrial, industrial and organizational psychology

Department of Psychology III

  • Experimental on Cognitive Psychology
  • Traffic Psychology
  • Psychological methodology

Chair of Psychology IV

  • educational Psychology
  • Developmental psychology

Subject of the subject

As an empirical science, psychology is primarily concerned with research into human thinking, feelings and behavior.

This includes research into basic psychological functions such as perception, learning, memory, language, emotions and the control of behavior. In addition, psychology deals with the research of social factors influencing human behavior as well as research into the intellectual, social and emotional development of humans over the life span. She also deals with the research of personality traits and inter-individual differences in experience and behavior up to research into psychological disorders as well as their diagnosis and therapy.

Due to the scientific self-image of psychology, the fundamentals of scientific work such as the experimental verification of hypotheses, findings from the theory of science and statistics also play an important role.

A variety of different methods are used in psychological research. Subjective data are obtained through mostly standardized self- or external surveys, for example through questionnaires or interviews. Behavior monitoring and measurement, such as reaction times or latencies, are also used. Physiological variables such as skin conductivity or EEG are also recorded. Imaging methods have become increasingly important in recent years.

The Institute for Psychology at the University of Würzburg was founded in 1896 by Oswald Külpe. The Würzburg Institute is one of the oldest psychological institutes in the world. Oswald Külpe and his colleagues succeeded in establishing a research direction that became world-famous as the “Würzburg School of Thinking Psychology” and which has significantly influenced the development of psychology as a modern natural science. Today the Psychological Institute of the University of Würzburg regularly features top positions in numerous university rankings.

A naturally non-exhaustive list of the sub-areas of psychology, as they are also taught at the University of Würzburg, are general psychology, biopsychology, differential and personality psychology, developmental psychology, the history of psychology, social psychology, diagnostics, test theory and test development, clinical psychology, intervention psychology, neuropsychology, educational psychology, business psychology, ergonomics and traffic psychology.

Structure of the course (Bachelor)

  • Conveying basic content and scientific concepts in core psychological subjects (e.g. cognitive psychology, emotional and motivational psychology, biological psychology, developmental psychology, differential and personality psychology)
  • Acquisition of well-founded methodological knowledge (e.g. statistics, experimental work in small groups, methodology)
  • Supplement and expansion of acquired basic knowledge in application subjects (e.g. business psychology, clinical psychology) and freely selectable specializations (e.g. ergonomics, health psychology, lifelong learning, decision-making in a social context, cognitive basics of behavioral control)
  • Acquisition of subject-specific key qualifications & initial work experience as part of a career-oriented internship (12 weeks)
  • Creating a bachelor thesis

For more information about the structure of the course, exams and the course plan, please refer to the website of the departmental counseling for psychology.

Basics- and orientation test

In some subjects there is a basic and orientation test (GOP). This determines whether students have the basic knowledge for the subject and are suitable for the course.

In the subject of psychology (Bachelor 180 ECTS) there is currently no basic or orientation test (subject-specific provisions for ASPO 2015, § 5).

Structure of the program (Master)

The Master’s program in Psychology is divided into the compulsory and elective areas:

Compulsory area

In the compulsory area, you will take modules on methodology and diagnostics and complete a 12-week internship.

Elective area 1 (major) and elective area 2 (minor)

In elective areas 1 and 2, you can choose from three possible subjects, one as a major and one as a minor. It is not possible to take the same subject as a major and minor.

Choices are:

Work, cognitive & social psychology
Education, Development & Lifelong Learning
Clinical Psychology, Interventional Psychology & Clinical Neuroscience

Both major and minor in 'Clinical Psychology, Interventional Psychology & Clinical Neurosciences' are subject to a limited number of participants. If there are more applicants than places, the lot decides.

When applying for the master’s place, you have to specify which subjects you would like to select as major and minor. Together with the admission, you will then receive additional information as to whether you can prove your desired combination.

Elective project work

In the project work elective area, you can choose from the following subjects:

Cognition and behavior
Motivation and emotion
Inter-individual differences
Clinical psychology and experimental psychotherapy research
Psychological method, cognition and application
Education, Development & Lifelong Learning
Social cognition
Experimental business psychology
Behavior analysis and behavior regulation
Experimental clinical psychology

Even if we try to offer every subject every semester, this cannot be guaranteed in the project work elective area.

Elective minor subject

In the elective minor subject, you can choose from the following subjects:

Psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy
Introduction to computer science for students of all faculties <
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Neurobiology
Forensic psychiatry
Media communication
Non-psychological minor

Most subjects are limited in number. If there are more applicants than places, the number of semesters decides and, if there is a tie, the lot.

master thesis

The master's thesis as an empirical thesis has a length of approx. 50 pages.

Application for the master’s program in Psychology

The technical criteria are a mandatory requirement for a successful application and cannot be made up for in the master’s course. They do not have to be proven by the end of the application period, but at the latest together with the graduation on September 15. (WS) or 15.3. (SS).

Subject-specific criteria (subject-specific provisions for ASPO 2015, § 4):

At least 130 ECTS points in the core areas of psychology (general psychology, biopsychology, diagnostics, differential and personality psychology, introduction to empirical and experimental research methods, developmental psychology, introduction to the history of psychology, social psychology, test theory and test development, methodology, statistics, clinical psychology and intervention psychology, educational psychology, business psychology, neuroanatomy, physiology).

Competencies in all of the above-mentioned core areas of psychology must be proven. In each core area, competencies of at least 1 ECTS point must be proven; in individual core areas, however, competencies must be proven to the following extent:

  1. at least 12 ECTS points from statistics
  2. at least 9 ECTS points from biopsychology
  3. at least 3 ECTS points from neuroanatomy
  4. at least 3 ECTS points from physiology

It is not important that your courses had exactly the same title or were part of the regular curriculum, but that knowledge from the relevant area was imparted. If this is not evident from the title of the course, it is necessary that you provide evidence of this when you apply, e.g. with a confirmation from your lecturer. You can send these additional documents by email together with the documents requested when applying.

The Admissions Committee always assesses whether your degree meets the necessary technical criteria after you apply. It is therefore not possible to provide binding information in advance as to whether your degree meets the specialist criteria.

Structure of the course (advanced training course in psychological psychotherapy)

The further education course is recognized by the state and complies with the training and examination regulations for psychological psychotherapists. Successful completion of the advanced training course is therefore the prerequisite for the application for a license to practice medicine as a psychological psychotherapist and admission to medical care.

The aim of the advanced training course is to enable the participants to practice independent psychotherapeutic curative treatments with a specialization in behavioral therapy for mental and psychosomatic illnesses as well as the psychological sequelae of physical illnesses.

On the one hand, this includes theoretical knowledge of psychological and medical disorder and change models, diagnostic methods, psychological interventions and their potential impact factors, and institutional framework conditions. On the other hand, the course includes the practical ability to apply diagnostic methods and behavioral interventions competently and flexibly, taking into account the influence of one's own experience and behavior. These goals are achieved through a practice-oriented examination of theories and empirical findings of behavior therapy and its related disciplines and through the imparting of practical clinical-psychological / psychotherapeutic skills. The participants of the postgraduate training should be able to practice independent psychotherapeutic curative treatments with a specialization in behavior therapy for psychological and psychosomatic illnesses as well as psychological sequelae of physical illnesses.

This is achieved through a practice-oriented examination of theories and empirical findings of behavior therapy and its related disciplines and through the imparting of practical clinical-psychological and psychotherapeutic skills. Scientific knowledge and the practice of behavioral psychotherapy should be linked in this way. On the one hand, the course therefore includes the theory of psychological and medical disorder and change models, of diagnostic methods, of psychological interventions and their potential impact factors and of institutional framework conditions. On the other hand, the focus from the beginning is on the practical ability, diagnostic methods and behavioral interventions competently and to be used flexibly, taking into account the influence of one's own experience and behavior.

The continuing education course consists of four components.

The theoretical training comprises a total of at least 600 hours and consists of seminars that are coordinated in terms of content and didactics. Each year of the course is supervised by a regular lecturer for the duration of the entire training, who teaches the basics of behavior therapy (conversation, problem and behavior analysis, standard methods such as cognitive therapy) in the first training phase. In the second part of the training, it deals with advanced aspects of behavior therapy (advanced seminars) and also supports the course participants in the practical and case-related application of the skills acquired in the theoretical training in psychotherapeutic treatment approaches and intervention procedures. In addition, seminars with expert lecturers are offered. In the first year of training, the focus is on disorder-specific seminars on the classic indication areas of psychotherapy (e.g. depression, anxiety) and the imparting of overarching skills (e.g. crisis intervention, motivational strategies). The content spectrum of the seminars expands more and more in the course of the theoretical training, with newer psychotherapeutic approaches, methods and fields of application (e.g. so-called "3rd wave of behavior therapy", dealing with emotions in behavior therapy) being presented towards the end.

The self-experience comprises a total of 120 hours and serves to develop the therapist's personality with the focus on improving the therapist's skills and possibilities. It includes the reflection / modification of the personal requirements for the implementation of psychotherapies and the reflection / modification of significant aspects of experience and action in a therapeutic relationship.

The practical activity serves to acquire practical experience in the treatment of disorders and comprises a total of 1,800 hours. The continuing education course cooperates with a number of psychiatric clinical institutions and institutions for psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic care for the purpose of carrying out practical activities.

The practical training under supervision includes the implementation and documentation of at least six behavioral therapies with a total of at least 600 therapy hours. The outpatient treatments usually take place in the institute's outpatient clinic for the advanced training course and all therapies carried out are supervised by a qualified supervisor on average after every fourth hour of treatment.

fees

Every participant is enrolled as a student at the University of Würzburg during the entire course and therefore has to pay a semester fee (student union fee, semester ticket and administrative fee), which gives them discounts (cafeteria license, free public transport).

The total costs for the course amount to around € 19,000. The total costs can be reduced if the participants make use of supervision for on-site treatments carried out in the cooperating clinics (a maximum of 300 treatment hours with a maximum of 75 supervision hours), as these costs are usually borne by the facility.

Further information on the continuing education course

promotion

A doctorate in psychology is possible after prior direct application to the professors. Alternatively, you can apply for an interdisciplinary graduate school at the Würzburg Graduate School (funding period limited!).

Occupational fields / prospects

With a bachelor's degree in psychology, you have the basic qualifications for a wide range of activities in professional institutions and in the private sector, e.g. in the areas of health, education and training, the world of work and culture. In particular, the bachelor's degree lays the foundations for the master's degree, which then qualifies for scientific work and further training as a psychological psychotherapist.

The job description of psychologists reflects the diversity of the subject.

Most psychologists work in the field of clinical psychology, which means that therapy and counseling approaches are the focus of their professional activity. This is particularly the case in hospitals and when working independently in a practice, but also in advice centers and special educational institutions. Often, however, the additional three to five year training in "Psychological Psychotherapy" is required in this area of ​​work, for which a master's degree in psychology is required.

The second largest field of activity for psychologists is research and teaching, usually in higher education.

One area of ​​employment that has grown in importance in recent years is work, industrial and organizational psychology. Here, psychologists typically work in personnel selection and development and in-house training. Employment in the field of market research and advertising has also increased.

Other areas of employment include traffic psychology, forensic psychology and emergency psychology. You can also work as an employed psychologist at schools. Overall, the job situation can be described as good. Although the proportion of part-time jobs at over 40 percent is above average compared to many other occupational fields, the unemployment figures are well below the average unemployment in the academic professions.

Psychological psychotherapists diagnose and treat mental and psychosomatic disorders with disease value in people using scientifically recognized psychotherapeutic methods. Psychological psychotherapists work in psychotherapeutic practices, in hospitals, psychosomatic facilities or psychiatric clinics. Other employment opportunities are offered by universities, health care organizations and advisory institutions.

The labor market situation can be assessed as very good.

Tips for freshmen

Get-to-know days

As part of the first semester introduction, an information event for new students is offered at the beginning of each semester, which is carried out in cooperation with the Student Union Initiative Psychology (FiPs) and is intended to facilitate entry into the bachelor's degree in psychology. You can find more information about this event in the university's course catalog or on the website of the departmental counseling for psychology (section “Bachelor”).

Knowledge and skills

Good prerequisites for a successful course in psychology are in-depth knowledge of the following school subjects:

Psychology: If you have good grades in this subject, this makes it easier to start your studies.

Mathematics: Statistical methods play a special role in psychology. Therefore, linear algebra and probability calculus should not cause major problems for the students.

Physics / chemistry / biology: Solid basic knowledge, especially in biology and chemistry, makes sense, as psychology is increasingly developing in the direction of neuroscience. In addition, psychology is an experimental science: If you are familiar with the planning of experiments, this is very beneficial.

German: A must for the course: text comprehension, perfect expression and correct spelling! The subject of German is always important, especially since it also promotes logic and the ability to engage in dialogue and thus the ability to discuss and present clearly.

Latin: What is Latin for? With a knowledge of Latin one can derive medical or psychological terms and understand them better.

English: The specialist literature appears mainly in English, even in German publications. Students must be able to read and understand them quickly, discuss them in English, and write and give presentations in English.

Basic IT training: Studying without a PC and the Internet? Unthinkable. You have to be at least familiar with the basic operation. User knowledge is also required for the creation of specialist work.

Examination and study regulations

Bachelor / Master:

literature

Zimbardo, P.G. (2008). Psychology (18th current edition). Munich: PEARSON STUDIES

Stock, A. & Stock C. (2007). TK-Multimedial Psychologie: Experience, Behavior, Awareness, (2nd edition). Nuremberg: MMD GmbH.

Addresses

Institute

University of Würzburg
Institute for Psychology
X-ray ring 10
97070 Wuerzburg
Homepage of the institute

Student Advice

The Central Student Advisory Service helps and advises on all general and interdisciplinary questions.

Student Advice
Klara-Oppenheimer-Weg 32 (Hubland Nord campus), 97074 Würzburg
Postal address: Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg

Open consultation hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone service: 0931 / 31-83183 (Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Email: [email protected]

Academic advice

Dr. Hannes Münchow
Röntgenring 10, 97070 Würzburg
Tel .: 0931 / 31- 88586
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: see homepage

Student Council

Student council initiative psychology
Röntgenring 10, room 323, 97070 Würzburg
Email: [email protected]
Homepage

Examination Office

Examination office for the bachelor's and master's degree programs of the Faculty of Human Sciences
Visitor address: Josef-Martin-Weg 55 (Hubland Nord campus), 97074 Würzburg
Office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wed 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Postal address: Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg
Phone: 0931 / 31-80109
Fax: 0931 / 31-82102 (please specify course of study)
Email: [email protected]
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The study information presented here has been carefully prepared and is updated regularly. However, in exceptional cases they can contain errors, be out of date or do not reflect all special cases. Therefore, please make sure to check out the relevant website of the University of Würzburg or the legally binding source, usually the examination regulations for your degree program, in particular for topics critical to admission and exams. If you discover an inaccuracy, we would be happy to hear from you: the easiest way is to send an email to [email protected]