Psychology is quite a sensitive field to study, especially if you are doing it in a foreign country. The psychology schools initially following different approaches towards the study of mind, following different psychology masters as a direction offer direction based syllabuses that students might find difficult to choose. In Germany, as in any other developed country, there are numerous Universities that provide for quality and innovative study programs concerning the field of Psychology, albeit as in every other country every University takes a stand on which are supposedly the best methods into developing this complex subject. Several criteria need to be met in order for a University to rank in the best position among the best Universities in Germany regarding the study of psychology, and apropos to the predetermined standards offered by Zeit Online, the following criteria are some of the most important and required conditions for any psychology students aiming to get the best out of his/her studies.
- Citation per Publication – Average number of citations per publication. The number of citations per publications states how often the publications of the scientists of the faculty were on average quoted by other academics, meaning how pivotal the published contributions were to research.
- International Orientation – International orientation of the course(s), composition of different facts: obligatory stays abroad/joint degree program; percentage of international students; internationality of the scientific staff; percentage of classes given in foreign language. A certain number of points can be gathered from the four areas, with a maximum of 14 points (10 for German language and literature). The top-group is reached with 6 points (4 for German language and literature), the middle group with at least 2 points. With less than 2 points a course assigned to the bottom group. On the faculty/department-level, the result of the best course of the faculty/department is displayed.
- Contact to Students – Students assessed Cooperation with other students and contacts to other students. An indicator of the atmosphere at the faculty.
- Research Orientation – Which tertiary institutions are the leading ones according to the opinion of the professors in research? Naming the own tertiary institution was not taken into consideration.
- Study Organization – Students assessed among other things the completeness of the courses offered in respect of the study regulations, the access opportunities to compulsory events and the co-ordination of the courses offered with the examination regulations.
Zeit Online rankings for the year 2013/2014, according to the aforementioned criteria, offer this top ten German Universities list to study Psychology. The criteria are all based on students, alumni, professor judgments as well as facts concerning every institution alike.
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN
For Jacobs University, the highest standards in teaching mean strong professor-student interaction, and challenging curricula. Students are encouraged and expected to interact with their instructors and fellow students, discussing material and deepening their understanding of the field while working both independently and in groups. This enables them to push the cutting edge of scientific knowledge. Jacobs University offers a 180 ECTS credit three-year Bachelor of Science program in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, which conforms to the guidelines established for an accredited degree. Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience majors at Jacobs University study the structural, functional, and physiological aspects of humans and biological systems. In the first two years, students take a broad range of natural science courses and other electives. Third-year students pursue guided research on experimental and theoretical problems in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience.
BOCHUM UNIVERSITY RUHR
Located in the midst of the dynamic, hospitable metropolitan area of the Ruhr, in the heart of Europe, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) hosts 20 departments, RUB’s disciplinary institutional units, and its 5,000 employees. There are over 36,500 students from 130 countries that are currently studying at this university. All the great scientific disciplines are united on one compact campus. The members of the universities teach others and, at the same time, learn from each other – whether in science, studies, engineering, or management. The Faculty of Psychology is an internationally oriented and research-based institute with thousands of enrolled students. The faculty consists of nine departments each lead by a full professor as well as four assistant professors and about 40 scientists and research assistants. Thus, the entire spectrum of scientific psychology in research and teaching is well represented.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Mannheim is one of the leading research and teaching institutions in Germany. It focuses mainly on the research areas of Economic Psychology, Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. One of the outstanding goals of the department is to connect and expand these research areas by creating new and innovative academic facilities. The Department of Psychology offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs. The Bachelor’s program (B.Sc. Psychology) conveys knowledge and skills in both basic and applied areas of Psychology, including experimental methods and test theory. The department also offers two Master’s study programs, which have been thematically based on its main research areas: M.Sc. Economic Psychology, which focuses on the areas of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Consumer Psychology, and M.Sc. Social- and Cognitive Psychology, which focuses on the areas of Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology.
In the current university ranking “Diverse Excellence” by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), the psychology of the TU Dresden cuts excellent. The new ranking certifies German universities not only due to excellence in research but also evaluates standards relating to research, internationality and student orientation. It soon became clear that the strength of the German higher education system lays in the variety and quality offered by its institutions. The Department of Psychology in Dresden University of Technology is one of the few psychology departments in any German University that stands strong and up-to-date within all the dimensions. To get to all four dimensions (research, application reference, and internationality and student orientation) in the top group, it needs the power of a team whose members place equal highest quality standards in research as well as to the doctrine. International and national 5 years university degree in psychology for a professional qualification is required in psychology. The Bachelor of Science prepares students for the Master’s program.
Learning by research – this is one of the main characteristics of studies at Chemnitz University of Technology. A great number of interdisciplinary courses of studies are influenced by several subjects: for example, the Bachelor’s and Master’s course of studies “Computational Science” includes elements of mathematics, computer science and natural sciences or media communication for instance which combines technical sciences, economics and journalism. The study system of the Chemnitz University of Technology was entirely converted into the two-stage Bachelor’s and Master’s scheme since 2007. Increasing global competitiveness, international compatibility and even more practice-orientation are only some of several reasons for establishing this model of studies within the European Higher Education Area.
Psychology is one of six disciplines at the Faculty of Sciences. Its research activity makes it one of the most active and successful psychology departments in Germany. Regarding research and teaching, the University focuses on future challenges therefore it emphasizes the public relevance of neuroscience and social sciences. About 625 students are currently enrolled in our various programs, with approximately 112 students beginning the bachelor’s program each winter term. If you are interested in studying psychology as a degree or as an exchange student at Konstanz University, you will find information about our research and teaching and about the application process on this website. The 4-year Bachelor’s program offers two possible fields of concentration: “work and health” as well as “clinical psychology & clinical neuro-psychology”. However, you do not have to focus on one field exclusively in the Bachelor’s program. The 1-year Master’s program offers in-depth studies of basic and applied subjects.
The Institute of Education and Educational Psychology at Ulm University was founded in the mid-1980s for the purpose of offering complementary subjects in the Media and Computer Science program as well as teacher training programs. This is the reason why the Institute of Psychology and Education (as it is called today) belongs to the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences. Students that are introduced to the fundamentals of psychology, methodology get an overview of different fields of application. They can attain both, a vocational qualification in psychology as well as a solid background to continue in a Master’s program. Courses in methodology offer a basic but also a comprehensive introduction to psychology and its diverse methods. Fundamental courses provide essential knowledge about human experience and behavior. Applied courses are offered in the following areas: organizational psychology, clinical psychology and educational psychology.
The institute of psychology at the Jena University relies in conductive research.
Through a variety of collaboration and evaluation projects with industry, clinics, practitioners and social organizations we support them in this respect the application of research and teaching. In our research focus, we focus on attracting competitively evaluated externally funded projects, cooperation with national and international partners, and the transfer of research into teaching and practice. By combining excellent research and application projects with internships and theses the majority of the graduates will be seamlessly inserted into targeted professional and research fields. The University maintains a close relationship with the aforementioned through the Alumni Association, special events and professional or internship exchanges. Through internal optimization and external quality control, the Institute of Psychology in Jena aims at a continuous improvement of the quality of research and teaching.
The University of Gießen is among the oldest institutions of higher educations in the German-speaking world. Although the university has no defined campus, buildings and facilities are grouped together according to their subject areas and situated in various locations around Gießen. At the Department of Psychology currently, there are about 850 students that major in psychology. The subject currently comprises 15 professors and three assistant professors. Thus the entire spectrum of scientific psychology is represented in research and teaching. The Giessen Department of Psychology is also characterized by strong Application subjects. These include in particular the industrial and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology and legal psychology.
Since the winter semester of 2007/2008, the Department of Psychology in Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg has started offering the Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology. Moreover, one can also take psychology as a minor subject in the Bachelor of Arts study in combination with liberal arts major and another minor course of study. A common misconception is that psychology primarily deals with disturbing behavior and mental health problems. Another popular view is the equation of psychology and psychoanalysis – the therapy on the famous “couch”. Both, however, are only some of the topics of psychology, offered by this department which moreover has many other and very different faces.
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