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    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Complete Course Guide

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    Masters in Psychology in Germany is a vocational two years post-graduate course that helps you to study human behavior and read the human mind concerning various situations. Available as a mainstream and specialization program, masters in psychology in Germany costs international students around 700-8,800 Euro (total program). A work placement of 3-6 months is often offered as an internship to the students pursuing masters at psychology colleges in Germany

    Masters in psychology is often available as an MS (Masters in Science) or an MA program allowing students to explore specializations like clinical psychology, psychopathology, pedagogic pathology, human resources & organizational psychology, and health psychology. A graduate in psychology from German universities can earn up to 40,000 Euro per month, depending on the specialization and experience of the individual.

    Why Study Masters in Psychology in Germany

    • Around 20 German Universities rank among the top colleges for psychology in the world. This makes Germany the third country with most ranking universities for psychology along with Australia, the top two are the USA and UK. 
    • Germany is the birthplace that revolutionized the subject of psychology by incorporating a mathematical aspect to it in the 1870s. Prior to this period, psychology was a part of the philosophy subject area.
    • Enrollment in a masters degree at a recognized university allows students to become a member of BDP- the association of German professional psychologists.
    • A master's in psychology is considered one of the top-paying degrees in Germany.
    Highest paying degrees in Germany

    *Students must note that the values mentioned are an approximation of the salaries offered in various fields of study to professionals at all the levels (entry and experienced combined).

    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Top Colleges

    Germany lies amongst one of the favorite study destinations for pursuing psychology degrees. Top universities in Germany offering masters in psychology are discussed briefly in the table below along with the duration of the program, university’s global ranking (psychology rankings QS-2020), and the fees of the course. 

    Universities/Colleges Global QS Ranks  Course  Program Fees (euros)
    Humboldt University, Berlin 38 Master of Science in Psychology (Neurocognitive Psychology/ Psychology of Lifespan/Clinical Psychology/Psychotherapy)
    Duration - 2years.
    1,200
    Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich 51-100 Master of Science in Psychology (Learning Sciences).
    Duration - 2 years.
    716
    Freie University, Berlin 51-100 Master of Science in Psychology (Clinical & Health Psychology).
    Duration - 2 years.
    1,248
    Ruprecht-Karl-University Heidelberg 101-150 Master of Science in Psychology (Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Adaptive Cognition). The part-time option is also available.
    Duration - 2 years.
    6,000
    University of Mannheim 101-150 Master of Science in Cognitive & Clinical Psychology.
    Duration - 2 years.
     
    6,760
    Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg (Freiburg University) 151-200 Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Neurosciences, Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology, Master of Science in Learning & Working.
    Duration - 2 years.
    6,000
    University of Hamburg 151-200 Master of Science in Psychology (Focus on Cognitive Neuro Sciences, Cognitive Developmental Neurosciences, Motivation Psychology, Current Research in Social, Developmental & Personality Psychology).
    Duration -2 years.
    1,200
    Goethe University, Frankfurt 151-200 Master of Science in Psychology (Cognitive, Neurosciences, Clinical, Organizational, Education).
    Duration - 2 years.
    1,480
    RWTH Achen University 201-250 MSc in Psychology.
    Duration - 2 Years.
    1,164
    Phillips University, Marburg 201-250 Master of Science in Psychology.
    Duration - 1 year (2 semesters).
    8,800

    Students must note that for most of the German universities, there is no tuition fee that is charged only a semester fee is to be paid.  

    What is a Masters in Psychology

    Masters in Psychology is a course that aims to study human behavior and read the human mind concerning society, work, organization, health, etc. The course focuses on cognition, emotion, human interaction, communication, human resources development, or learning with new media. It is a vocational two years course (generally) which involves plenty of research and fieldwork. After completing the Masters, you can apply for a Ph.D. in a similar field to move completely into the research domain. 

    • Duration - 2 years, 4 semesters.
    • Start of Study - Winter Semester.
    • Study Structure - Consists of credits for both specialist studies & Master Thesis.
    • Specializations -
      • Business Psychology: Applying modern psychological principles to the business world and maintaining a healthy work-life.
      • Clinical Psychology: Assessment and treatment of mental health and behavioral problems.
      • Psychotherapy: Generally termed as therapy, involves studying human behavioral and mental health issues through conversations on a regular basis.
      • Child Psychology: Study of psychological development of children, and implications for policy and practice.
      • Evolutionary Psychology: Study of human behavior through detailed exploration of evolutionary theory. 
    • Ample opportunity for research work through internships and work placements.

    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Admissions

    When planning to study abroad, international applicants must be familiar with the deadlines, eligibility, admission process, and documentation involved during the whole process. The sections below are a detailed attempt on covering all the important aspects of applying for master's in psychology in Germany. 

    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Deadlines

    Given below are the details of the intake seasons offered to masters of psychology aspirants along with the month in which the application deadlines are last submitted for the top universities offering Masters in Psychology in Germany.

    Universities/Colleges Intake Winter/ Fall Deadlines Summer / Spring Deadlines
    Humboldt University Winter & Summer May January
    Freie University Winter & Summer May January
    Ludwig-Maximilian University Winter & Summer May November
    Ruprecht-Karls-University/ Heidelberg University Winter July -
    University of Mannheim Fall & Spring May November
    University of Hamburg Winter & Summer July or March January

    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Admission Requirements

    The basic requirements to qualify for Masters in Psychology in Germany are:

    • Bachelors in Psychology degree required along with transcripts.
      • International students may be required to have a minimum of 80-90% in their bachelor's degree.
    • You will need TestDAF, DSH, or Goethe Institut Certificates as a proof for German proficiency.
    • English language proficiency proofs in the form IELTS, TOEFL, and CAE scores
    • A Valid passport along with a student visa.
    • Letter of motivation.
    • If you qualify the Test for Academic Studies, then it is an added advantage.
      • It is a centralized aptitude test used for comparing ranks of foreign (international) students who wish to study in Germany
      • This can improve the chances of admissions, however, it is still not mandatory to have taken this test. 
    • Any professional recommendations, work experience, and internships will be preferred.

    Language Proficiency for Studying in Germany

    International applicants are required to fulfill both German and English language proficiency criteria for getting admissions in masters in psychology in Germany. Given below are the scores required for the popular language tests to study in Germany.

    Universities  German Proficiencies IELTS TOEFL iBT
    Humboldt University TestDAF - 3 points in all 4 parts 6.5 100
    Freie University TestDAF - Level 4 in all 4 parts.
    German Language proficiency must be C1 as well
    5 80
    Ludwig-Maximilian University The language instruction is English, so the German proficiency test is not mandatory. 6.5. 79
    Albert Ludwig University German Language Skills are equivalent to the C1 level. 6.5 96
    Phillips University, Marburg German Language skills should be DSH2 6 72
    RWTH Aachen University DSH2 level, Adequate German Language proficiency from Goethe Institute, and equivalent. 6 90
    Heidelberg University DSH - 2 6.5 -

    Cost of Studying Masters in Psychology in Germany

    The cost of studying abroad has three components: Pre-departure Cost, Tuition Fees, and Cost of Living in Germany. Planning the expenses ahead helps an international student to apply for the scholarships available to study in Germany if required. The details of the expenses are as follows:

    Pre-Departure Cost

    To study in Germany, you will have to bear a certain cost before leaving your country. These include application fees, German student visa fees, exam fees, airfare, healthcare, etc. Some of the estimates are discussed below:

    Expenses Fee (euros)
    Visa fees Schengen Visa - 60
    National Visa (Below 18 yrs)-37.5
    National Visa (Above 18 yrs) - 75
    Health Insurance  110
    IELTS 229
    TOEFL 204
    TestDAF About 100

    Tuition Fees for Masters in Psychology in Germany

    The overall cost of the complete program is discussed above along with the top universities. The comparison of the annual fees of the top colleges offering the program are as follows:

    Tuition Fees for Masters in Psychology in Germany (Annual)

    The annual cost for pursuing master's in psychology in Germany for an Indian student is roughly around 30,000 INR to 3 Lakh INR. (conversion rate as off June 2020).

    Cost of Living in Germany

    The cost of living will highly depend on the choice of university, whether a student lives on-campus or off-campus, lifestyle choices, and various other factors. An estimate is given for the following expenses while incurred living in Germany:

    Categories Average Cost in Euro (per month)
    Food 168
    Transport 94
    Telephone, Internet, TV License 31
    Work / Study Materials 20
    Accommodation 300-420
    Leisure 61

    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Scholarships

    As the overall cost of studying ranges anywhere from 35,000 INR to 3 lakh INR annually, students might want to look for funding options to study in Germany. Fundings available for studying in Germany for international students include scholarships and loans. Given below is the list of few scholarship programs available to students pursuing Masters in Psychology in Germany:

    Universities Scholarships Coverage
    Humboldt University, Berlin DAAD Scholarships Available to International students covering the study cost of the Master's program.
    It includes 850 euros per month, health insurance, accident, travel allowance, monthly rent subsidy & monthly allowance.
    Freie University, Berlin Deutschlandstipendium All international students get financial aid up to 300 euros for two semesters.
    Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich Ludwig-Maximilians Scholarships Funding available up to 650 euros per month for extraordinary international students
    Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg Deutschlandstipendium All international students get financial aid up to 300 euros for two semesters.
    BVA (Federal Office of Administration) Financial aid provided to meritorious international students. Loans range - 1000 to 7,200 euros
    Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships It includes a fund of 850 euros to non-EU & International students as individual allowance.
    Phillips University, Marburg DAAD Scholarships Available to International students covering the study cost of the Master's program.
    It includes 850 euros per month, health insurance, accident, travel allowance, monthly rent subsidy & monthly allowance.

    Even though most universities do not ask for tuition fees, the overall cost for pursuing a master's degree from Germany can be overbearing for international students. Looking for scholarships to study in Germany? Click here to find out more scholarships and how to apply.

    Masters in Psychology in Germany: Scope

    International applicants are highly encouraged to apply for internships while studying the program. It will not only help you fund yourself  (450 Euros per month) but will also help you gain experience which can be utilized in scoring a job relatively easily. Post-study international students can extend their visa by 18 months. Germany offers good salaries for psychologists and related professions. Some of the popular job roles available to psychology graduates in Germany are as follows: 

    Job Roles Average Monthly Salaries (Euro)
    Clinical psychologist 13,300
    Counseling psychologist 26,300
    Clinical Neuropsychologist 13,300
    Psychologist 9,300
    Chief of Psychology 37,200
    Professor Psychology 16,900

    International students can also apply for jobs in various other countries. You can apply for getting a Europsy certificate which allows students to pursue their career across European Nations. Training and professional experience requirements must be met for a student to apply for getting a Europsy certificate. 

    The average salaries offered to international students in various other countries are 88,000 Euro/year in USA, 77000 Euro per year in Canada, 93000 Euro in UK, and so on. Hence, pursuing a master's in psychology from Germany can land you in jobs with cushy median salaries in Germany or other popular countries abroad. You can also pursue Ph.D. and research-based work post-completion.

    As per the Global Peace Index in 2019, Germany was ranked 22nd. It is way peaceful than many other developed nations. Most universities in Germany are public-funded. Hence most of them will not charge you tuition fees. Thus, the cost of the study is less here. So, if you are pondering on options to study psychology after your Bachelor’s, then you can consider studying Masters in Psychology in Germany.

    FAQS

    Ques. Is Germany good for pursuing master's in psychology?

    Ans. Apart from costing no or low tuition fees, Germany is considered as one of the top 10 destinations for pursuing psychology programs. This is major because around 20 German universities are ranked among the top psychology universities across the world as per QS Rankings’2020.  

    Ques. How do I become a psychologist in Germany?

    Ans. A student must complete basic education of 3 years' bachelor's followed by 2 years of master's program in psychology or closely related specialization. Individuals are suggested to apply for internships which can help them in gaining required professional training and make it easier to land with a job post completion of masters degrees. 

    Ques. How much can I earn postmasters in psychology in Germany?

    Ans. Post completion of the degree an individual can earn anywhere between 9,000 Euro/month to 30,000 Euro per month depending on the job description and the region you are applying to. Additionally, with each year of added experience, a minimum salary hike of at least 9-13% is expected.

    Ques. What are the eligibility criteria for studying masters in psychology in Germany?

    Ans. To apply for a master's in psychology in Germany, an international student must hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with at least an 80% score. They should also have German and English language proficiency scores. TestDaf level 4 for German, and IELTS- 6.5/TOEFL- 79 for English.

    Ques. How much do a masters in psychology cost in Germany?

    Ans. Masters in Psychology in Germany can cost somewhere between 358-4400 Euro per year. This is majorly the tuition fees for the popular universities offering the program. Additionally, students are required to have approximately 8000 Euro (minimum) to fulfill expenses involved in living in Germany. 

    Ques. What are the top universities for masters in psychology in Germany?

    Ans. Some of the top psychology colleges in Germany offering masters programs are the University of Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, LMU, RWTH Aachen, Humboldt University, and others.