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What happens when humans interact? How do personalities differ from one another? And what actually constitutes a mental disorder? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
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Key facts
Bachelor of Arts
Supplement to degree
minor in a multi-subject bachelor’s programme
Admission restriction
without admission restriction (without NC)
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychology
Application & Deadlines

Programme content

How do we feel, think, dream and learn? What theories and models help to explain psychological phenomena? What shapes our personality? All these questions are explored by the science of human experience and behaviour. Our everyday lives are full of psychological structures. Some we experience consciously, while others gradually become embedded in our mind. Have you ever grabbed the branded yoghurt from the supermarket refrigerator without even thinking? Have you ever bought something you didn’t need after seeing an advert on social media? Yes? Don’t worry! That happens to a lot of people – the advertising industry has a whole host of psychological tricks up its sleeve. By the way, the study of unconscious processes is only a small branch of psychology. This science is as diverse as people themselves!

If you take ‘Psychology’ as your minor subject, you will add a psychological dimension to the knowledge acquired in your major subject. You will focus on essential schools of thought and the body of knowledge amassed in our field. In the first semesters, you will also get an overview of different research methods and general psychology before learning more about selected sub-areas of psychology. 


Multi-subject bachelor’s programme
Multi-subject bachelor’s programme
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A bachelor’s degree is the first professional qualification that can be obtained at a university. The standard length of the programme is six semesters, and different types of courses are offered for each module (e.g. seminars, lectures or practical classes).

A multi-subject bachelor’s programme consists of a major subject worth 120 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject worth 60 ECTS credits.  As a minor subject, ‘Psychology’ can be combined with all major subjects offered at the University of Jena.

From the third semester onwards, you will choose basic subjects tailored to your major subject. From the fifth semester onwards, you will choose an applied subject and learn to transfer your basic knowledge to contexts relevant to the professional world. The minor subject consists of nine modules and includes five compulsory modules and four required elective modules, one of which has to be chosen.

How might your degree programme shape up?

The following table shows the possible structure of your degree programme with ‘Psychology’ as your minor subject:

Semester Modules

Introduction to Psychology and its Methods (10 ECTS)

2 General Psychology (10 ECTS)

Three of the following courses have to be taken in the Basics of Psychology I module (10 ECTS): 

  • Developmental Psychology I
  • Differential Psychology and Personality Psychology I
  • Social Psychology I
  • General Psychology – Memory, Thought and Language
  • General Psychology – Learning and Behaviour

Three of the following courses have to be taken in the Basics of Psychology II module (10 ECTS):

  • Developmental Psychology II
  • Differential Psychology and Personality Psychology II
  • Social Psychology II
  • General Psychology – Perception, Awareness and Consciousness
  • General Psychology – Motivation, Volition and Emotion

Two of the following courses have to be taken in the Basics of Psychology III: Subject-Specific Study Methods module (10 ECTS):

  • Developmental Psychology III
  • Differential Psychology and Personality Psychology III
  • Social Psychology III
  • General Psychology III

Required elective module* (10 ECTS)


Abbreviations: ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (credit points)

* The following elective modules are offered: Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology; Biological and Clinical Psychology; Intervention and Evaluation; and Educational Psychology.

You can find more detailed information in the module catalogue for the degree programmeExternal link.

Why study in Jena?

  • Excellent research: The Institute of Psychology is very strong in researchExternal link. Our activities can be divided into two main areas: perception and interaction and development and health.
  • Excellent teaching: In addition to the methodological focus of our degree programme, we are defined by our modern teaching methods that draw on international influences and are further supported by a number of cooperative and evaluative projects on a national and international level.
  • A world of possibilities: Experience our international flair! Our University appeals to students and researchers from all over the world and helps to shape Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan city that is fit for the future – it’s the perfect place for international studentsmp4, 57 mb · de.
  • Adventures abroad: You can easily realize your dream of spending a semester abroad during your studies. We have a global network of partner universities.

A look behind the scenes

Institut für Psychologie in Jena
Welcome to the Institute of PsychologyExternal link
We cover the entire spectrum of basic and applied psychology in our research and teaching. The Institute of Psychology is based at Steiger 3 in Jena.

What can you do after your studies?

Career opportunities:

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  • Healthcare and social services
  • Education sector
  • Business and administration
  • Academia

What are we looking for in prospective students?

  • An interest in topics related to behavioural and social science
  • Sociability
  • Social intelligence
  • Language skills
  • An interest in interdisciplinary work
  • Good observation skills and judgement
  • Methodical thinking skills
  • Good knowledge of mathematics, biology, German and English

Admission requirements

  • University entrance qualification

    A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

    More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

  • Language requirements

    Admission and language requirements for applicants of foreign nationality and without German Abitur:


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