Psychology (Master)

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The objective of the master’s programme in Psychology at the University of Vienna is to teach comprehensive knowledge in the empirical research, description and explanation of human behaviour and experience, taking into consideration biological and socio-cultural basics. At the same time, it aims at teaching comprehensive knowledge in the application of psychological knowledge for shaping human living and working conditions through assessment, counselling and intervention offers for groups and individuals in professional, business and school contexts and in social or personal conflict, problem or decision-making situations. Moreover, the master’s programme provides students with in-depth knowledge in the following three thematic areas: Applied psychology: work, education and economy; Psychological basics: mind and brain; Health, development, enhancement and intervention.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 840

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

Special Admission Requirements 



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of compulsory modules on the following subject areas: Statistics, research methods, assessment; work and organisational psychology; educational psychology and evaluation; social and economic psychology; cognitive psychology and neuroscience; research approaches and special topics in the area of cognitive psychology and neuroscience; psychology of health, illness and impairment; differential development psychology; special assessment methods and intervention; and additional practical courses. In addition, students have to complete a master’s thesis seminar, including a master’s thesis and a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Organisational psychology
  • Ergonomics
  • Intervention strategies
  • Neurosciences
  • Assessment

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates of the master's programme in Psychology are qualified to practise independently as psychologists according to the Austrian Psychologengesetz (psychologists' act, BGBI, No. 360/1990).  Depending on their specialisation, they can pursue a career in the following occupational areas: work and organisational psychology, educational psychology and evaluation, economic psychology, research on consumer behaviour, applied social psychology; cognitive sciences and neurosciences. In addition, they are qualified to carry out research in a wide range of occupational areas, such as at university and non-university research institutions, but also in application-oriented fields, such as ergonomics, usability, clinical and health psychology and media. They are able to evaluate academic findings in the subject areas described above, develop theories and models, lead and counsel individual persons, groups of persons and institutions on subject-related problems and issues in the area of health, development, enhancement and intervention. Furthermore, they are able to apply a variety of assessment methods and intervention strategies (prevention, counselling, treatment, rehabilitation, follow-up treatment) in professional practice.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates