Study information
Key facts
Master of Science
4 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

Students in all three specializations acquire key methodical skills (research methods, evaluation, and diagnostics) in the core courses. These modules go beyond what students learned in their first-degree programmes and include techniques such as systematic analysis, integration, and the evaluation of scholarly literature. Students will be able to independently develop and use diagnostic instruments and hypothesis-testing procedures as well as to formulate psychological assessments. In addition, an internship module is required in which students are introduced to professional and research contexts in which psychology is practiced. Other course requirements depend on the students' area of specialisation.

Special features

The specialisation modules give students the opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge of scientific, methodical, and diagnostic skills and abilities in an area of their choice:

  • Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology for Work, Education and Society (before "Dynamics of Human Behaviour in Groups and Organizations")
  • Abnormal Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Health

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme are qualified for high-level and independent work in a variety of fields, including but not limited to the following:

  • Health care and social work
  • Education
  • Research
  • (Public) Administration
  • Free enterprise
  • Judiciary system

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Expand entry

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree.

The bachelor’s degree must comprise 40 ECTS (or equivalent) credits in the basic branches of psychology (=general psychology, biological psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and differential and personality psychology), 30 ECTS credits in the fields of research methods, psychological diagnostics and statistics. 10 credits must at least have been obtained in statistics. Candidates must also provide credits in two applied psychology branches such as clinical psychology, educational/pedagogical psychology, work and organisational psychology.

Your undergraduate studies must comprise 150 ECTS-credits or equivalent credits in Psychology.

Selection procedure Expand entry

For this course, a strictly limited number of admissions is set. The attribution of study places takes place via a selection procedure. The admission committee defines a specific ranking for the attribution of study places in accordance with the pre-defined selection criteria. In case the number of applicants exceeds the number of available study places, applicants will gain admission in accordance with this ranking for the respective specialisations. Admission among applicants with equal rank is decided by lot. 

Language requirements Expand entry

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency for international applicants:

  • German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)
  • for the specialization in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, applicants without German language proficiency at min. level DSH-2 (or equivalent) must demonstrate language proficiency in English at level C1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) by a recognized language certificate

Application documents

Registration form Expand entry

Once you finish an online application via the application portal OLAS, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need to print out this document, sign it, scan it and send it as PDF file of good quality within the application timeframe to the Master Service Centre:

CV Expand entry

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

University entrance qualification certificate Expand entry

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Expand entry

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Corresponding transcripts Expand entry

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme (minimum requirement is the transcript/mark sheet up to the semester before the last). This trancript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

You need at least (reduced on reasons of the ongoing pandemic) 120 credits (ECTS) by the time you apply.

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Expand entry

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Proof of English language proficiency Expand entry

For the specialization in Cognitive Psychology, applicants without German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or equivalent) must demonstrate proficiency in English language at level C1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). A recognized language certificate is mandatory.

Translation of foreign/external application documents Expand entry

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Expand entry

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

Certificate APS Expand entry

Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Expand entry

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - Prof. Dr. Peter Noack
Student Subject Advisor - Jannis Prieschenk
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