The Top Ten Psychology Programs in Germany

Much of the foundation of modern psychology came from the German-speaking world, and today Germany's universities offer many competitive programs to prepare students for work in the field. Here's our list of the top 10 universities for Psychology in Germany.

University of Bamberg

Location: Bavaria

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 560

Degrees Offered:

Psychologie (BS)

Psychologie (MS)

The Psychology Department at the University of Bamberg offers a wide range of study areas within the discipline. Students receive a practical orientation in their field and conduct empirical research. Advantages include: Small seminar sizes, mentoring groups and tutorial support, and intensive supervision. 

University of Greifswald

Location: Mecklenburg-West Pommerania

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 450

Degrees Offered:

Psychologie (BS)

The study program in Greifswald offers courses with a focus on emotional wellbeing and psychological health. All instruction within the program is supported by online materials and individual lectures are also available for later review online, a rarity in German higher education. Many courses also use a blended learning approach, including both classroom and online elements.

University of Heidelberg

Location: Baden-Wuerttemberg

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 870

Degrees Offered:

Psychologie (BS)

Psychologie (MS)

The Psychology department at the University of Heidelberg provides students a foundational understanding of the subject throughout research-oriented coursework and practical experience. Students also learn about the diversity of the psychology profession through seminars, research projects, and internships. The major is also structured to allow students to study abroad and pursue their particular interests in the field.

University of Kassel

Location: Hesse

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 620

Degrees Offered:

Psychology (BS)

Psychology (MS) 

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (MS) 

Kassel offers students the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of psychological methodology and diagnostics, and also develop skills in the fields of of cognitive psychology, psychology of learning and motivation, developmental psychology, the psychology of personality, and social psychology as well as the applied fields industrial, organisational, clinical, educational, and environmental psychology. Students also receive an introduction to applied methods such as counseling and supervision. Like many psychology programs, courses combine theory and practical experience to prepare students for work in the field.

University of Lübeck

Location: Schleswig-Holstein

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 250

Degrees Offered:

Psychology (BS)

Psychology (MS)

The Lübeck model of the psychology studies links scientific study with clinical application, with a focus on interdisciplinary research at the interface between psychology and medicine. Students learn foundational clinical research methods and can develop their knowledge in the fields of psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychosomatics, and clinical neuropsychology.

University of Mannheim

Location: Baden-Wuerttemberg

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 640

Degrees Offered:

Psychology (BS)

Cognitive and Clinical Psychology (MS)

Students in Mannheim psychology programs benefit from small class sizes and a good student-teacher ratio, as well as innovative e-learning components to various courses. Students are also able to choose from a broad array of focuses, including cognitive psychology, personality psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, clinical psychology, and educational psychology.

University of Marburg

Location: Hesse

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 1000

Degrees Offered:

Psychology (BS)

Psychology (MS)

Psychology - Research and Application (MS)

The Department of Psychology at the University of Marburg is organized to ensure provide instructional oversight and offer students new and innovative ways to interact with the discipline, including online coursework and workshops. The department also hosts numerous ongoing research projects and offers students many opportunities to study abroad during the course of the degree program.

University of Osnabrück

Location: Niedersachsen

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 710

Degrees Offered:

Psychology (BS)

Clinical Psychology (MS)

Intercultural Psychology (MS)

Students in the Psychology Department in Osnabrück receive comprehensive methodical training (research methods, statistics and data analysis), an understanding of perceptual and memory processes, the development of learning and emotions, as well as the bio-psychological basis of the behavior and experience of man. Questions of personality and the development of individuals are also examined in different cultures and age groups, as well as the behavior and attitudes of groups. Students are able to further develop their study interests at the graduate level, where they can choose to pursue a degree in clinical or relationship-based psychology.

University of Witten/Herdecke

Location: North Rhine-Westphalia

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 280

Degrees Offered:

Psychology and Psychotherapy (BS)

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (MS)

The courses of the Department of Psychology at the University of Witten/Herdecke combine the development of basic knowledge of psychology with a focus on the fields of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Students engage with the theoretical, practical and research elements of the clinical side of psychology to develop skills for careers as psychological psychotherapists, or psychological psychotherapists, or pediatric psychiatrists.

University of Bochum

Location: North Rhine-Westphalia

Total Number of Students Enrolled (2015): 1010

Degrees Offered:

Psychology (BS)

Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (MS)

Clinical Psychology (MS) 

Bochum's Department of Psychology offers students a broad, professionally-focused education with different instructional approaches with opportunities to specialize in Business Psychology, Cognitive Neurosciences, and Clinical Psychology. Instruction is closely linked to current research and knowledge gained from professor's individual research projects. Bochum also has one of the top neuroscience departments in Germany, giving students the opportunity to develop research projects as they gain professional skills.