Studying Psychology at the Department of Psychology in Potsdam
Master of Science in Psychology
Often-asked questions about application and admission into the M.Sc. Study in Psychology
As of 8.05.2017
How do I apply?
The application for M.Sc. study in Psychology is done via the online application system uni-assist.
Where do I find the current admission regulations?
Discipline-Specific Admission und Enrollment Regulations for the M.Sc. in Psychologie with Specialization in (1) Work and Organizational Psychology (2) Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (3) Educational Psychology (4) Cognition and Behavior Across the Lifespan at the University of Potsdam from 14 December 2016
...you need to scroll down and click at "Psychologie" to see a link to the PDF file.
What documents must be submitted electronically? What documents must still be sent by post?
All information can be found on the page Consecutive Master Degree Programs in item 2.
Further information can be found by scrolling to the bottom of that page and clicking on "Psychology".
Do I submit my application online or by post?
Applicants must sign to the the online portal and complete the online application form for the study at the desired university. At the end, you must do two things:
- Submit the application form electronically. This ensures that the online application is properly registered. Without properly submitted online application, the application sent by post will not be processed.
- Print the application form, sign and send by post to uni-assist as instructed by uni-assist, including the required attachments (see §5 (3) and (4)).
Do I have to submit all module descriptions?
If you are studying at a German state-accredited university, you do not need to submit the module descriptions. Otherwise, submit the descriptions as a pdf file (upload to Uni-Assist) or provide a link to a website of your university where we can find the module descriptions for your study program.
I uploaded or sent wrong documents to uni-assist. What should I do?
Please send the correct documents to uni-assist annotating them with your application code.
Must all documents that I submit be certified?
No. Normal copies are enough (see ZulO § 5).
Do I need a motivation letter?
What is a Diploma Supplement?
Do I have to submit a Diploma Supplement?
The submission egulations require to submit:
"a copy of the Diploma Supplement or another suitable document from the university that shows the coursework completed for the until the first professional degree (including data on the credits and infos about the form, content and examination)" -- from § 5(3)c)
It is sufficient to provide the course catalog and the Study and Examination Regulations. However, please do NOT send them printed. It suffices if you give us the links to website at your university, where those documents are available. If the documents are not available online, please load them up into Uni-Assist.
May I apply for the M.Sc. study if my bachelor thesis is not submitted to the Examination Office yet?
§ 7 sect. (4) of the General Admission Regulations (ZulO) state:
The admission decision is made in this case on the basis of an appropriate educational qualification (Transcript of Records) for the current study program if the missing bachelor's degree credits are less than 40 and the grade point average (overall average grade) is achieved.
Does the Bachelor thesis have to be already registered at the time of the application?
No. You must prove that you have already at least 140 credit points (of 180 total points). (§7 sect. (4) of the Admission and Enrollment Regulations)
How many credit points do I have to have to apply?
§7 sect. (4) of the Admission and Enrollment Regulations: "In this case, the approval decision is made on the basis of a suitable transcript of records from the ongoing study program for the bachelor degree, with a minumum of 40 points, and the achieved average score."
What specialization can I apply for?
You can choose one of the following specializations:
(1) Industrial and Organizational Psychology,
(2) Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counseling Psychology,
(3) Educational Psychology,
(4) Advanced Topics in Cognition and Behaviour Across the Lifespan.
May I apply for more than one specialization?
You specify the desired specialization when filling out the application form. Multiple selection is not allowed.
Does a master's degree in Psychology suffice as such as training to become a psychological psychotherapist or psychotherapists for children and adolescents regardless of the specialization?
Unfortunately, this question can't be answered generally. The approval process varies from state to state in Germany. The German Psychotherapy Law stipulates having a university degree in psychology with an examination in Clinical Psychology. Therefore, it is safer to receive the master's degree with specialization in Clinical Psychology.
Should I choose the specialization in Clinical Psychology in order to combine my studies with a training as a psychological psychotherapist or psychotherapist for children and adolescents?
The master's degree in Psychology at the University of Potsdam offers formal examination in Clinical Psychology only for the specialization in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. Therefore, an admission to a psychotherapy training with the other specializations can't be guaranteed even if your bachelor's degree in Psychology included an examination in Clinical Psychology. The minimum requirement (min. 12 LP in Clinical Psychology) is interpreted differently in various German states, but the critical aspect is the examination in Clinical Psychology.
Is my English sufficient?
Please provide with your application all the documents that prove your English skills.
A high school diploma, which shows that you have English knowledge, is recognized as proof. (Even if the number of years with English courses or their level are not indicated, the Maturity Exam (Abitur) certificate is accepted as the proof.)
What can be considered to obtain additional points? What documents should be submitted?
The ranking of the applications for the winter semester 2017/18 is done according to the §5 of the Discipline-Specific Admission und Enrollment Regulations for the M.Sc. in Psychologie.
You may get additional points for "particular professional achievements like a stipend, awards, scientific publications or certain recognitions relevant to the M.Sc. study" and by "proof of completing the course "Hands-On Empirical and Experimental Psychology" when studying for the B.Sc. degree."
In the Uni-Assist questionnaire, I am asked for credit points for statistics and methodology. At my university, there is no separation between these two subjects. What should I do? How exactly is the distinction between methodology and statistics made?
Fill out the form with discernment. The evaluation takes place after the application has been completed on the basis of the submitted certificate or ToR.
I have questions about completing the online form by uni-assist which are not answered in the FAQ here. What can I do?
Fill out the form as best as you can - to the best of your knowledge and belief. Please understand that with more than 1,000 applicants no individual assistance can be offered. Provide supporting documents for everything you claim. You can simply upload appropriate PDF files. When your application is examined, this evidence will be surely be checked.
My university does not give me a certificate of the relative grade. What can I do?
Apply without the relative grade.
See also §9 sect. (5) of General admission and admission regulations for the non-teaching Master degrees at the University of Potsdam from February 24, 2016
Where can I find legal regulations for the admission to the M.Sc. program?
the general admission regulations (ZulO) from 24 February 2016: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/am-up/2016/ambek-2016-03-076-082.pdf
from the discipline-specific admission regulations, that is Admission Regulations for the M.Sc. Degree in Psychology, only the section defining the prerequisites for application applies. See: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/studium/konkret/rechtsgrundlagen/zulassungsordnungen-auswahlsatzungen.html (scroll down the page and click at Psychology)
Have I met the admission requirements?
Verification of meeting the admission requirements occurs after the application is submitted to uni-assist and providing all required documents.
Do I have a realistic chance to be admitted?
This depends on several factors, e.g. fulfilling the admission requirements, final grade from the Bachelor study, number of applicants, number of places available, etc. Since not all factors are known or can be checked until later, it is not possible to assess a chance of your being admitted.
What are the prerequisites for the selected specialization?
- for the specialization (1) Industrial and Organizational Psychology:
academic record in industrial, corporate, organizational or business psychology,
- for the specialization (2) Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology:
academic record in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, health or counseling psychology,
- for the specialization (3) Educational Psychology:
academic record in educational psychology, educational, school and counseling psychology,
- for the specialization (4) Advanced Topics in Cognition and Behaviour Across the Lifespan:
completion of an empirically-experimental internship.
Must the Bachelor Diploma be submitted before the enrollment or is it enough to submit the "Proof of completed Bachelor's degree (not teacher-related)" form?
Applicants must demonstrate that all requirement for the first degree are met at adequate level before enrollment. For intra-university applicants, the forementioned form allows the enrollment when the grades of the thesis are not yet available but both evaluators confirm that work is checked and is adequate to pass. When external applicants can submit equivalent certificates, they will also be allowed to enroll.