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Master of Science Psychology: Modules available for international students

Below you find descriptions of the content of all modules available for international students and that are offered in the M.Sc. Psychology. More details (semester, duration, general language of instruction, recommended prior knowledge) can be found in the Study Guide's appendix.

Please take into account that not all courses of these modules are taught in English. For a listing of all courses taught in English in the current semester go to: Courses taught in English at the Psychology Department

Core Modules

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-DG: Data analysis and psychological reportsM-DG: Data analysis and psychological reports

    Module Coordinator: Sarah Teige-Mocigemba (Substitute: Gunnar Lemmer)

    A lecture (M-DG lecture) deals with practical questions and problems arising from preparation and analysis of quantitative data (i.e. checking requirements for inferential statistical methods, dealing with violation of these requirements etc.). Specific methods of data analysis (i.e. structural equation models with adequate software, modeling and testing of change, handling hierarchical data) are discussed in a seminar (M-DG seminar). A workshop (M-DG workshop) outlines single elements in the development of a psychological report. Psychological reports are written on the basis of a given case.

    Students deepen their knowledge of statistical data evaluation and writing psychological reports. They are able to transfer conceptual basics referring to a) preparation and statistic evaluation of quantitative data and b) investigation, integration and interpretation of diagnostic data for writing psychological reports to concrete questions. They have advanced understanding of potential, snares and limitations of data evaluation and interpretation. They are able to apply main principles of diagnostic reasoning and judgment to questions in different areas of psychological diagnostics. Furthermore, in order to answer a diagnostic question, they can decide which diagnostic information is needed in an individual case, how this information has to be evaluated and integrated and how the whole process and its results should be documented appropriately in written form (i.e. as psychological report or expert’s opinion). After having completed the module, students are able to a) competently and autonomously use complex statistic methods for data analysis and b) to independently write psychological reports.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-MA: Final moduleM-MA: Final module

    In this module you will be writing your master's thesis.

Elective Modules

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-KJS1: Disorders in childhood and adolescence – Views from developmental psychopathology, clinical psychology and educational psychologyM-KJS1: Disorders in childhood and adolescence – Views from developmental psychopathology, clinical psychology and educational psychology

    Module Coordinator: Hanna Christiansen (Substitute: Martin Pinquart)

    It is an important task for psychology of childhood and adolescence to know about different disorders, to identify conditions under which they arise, to prevent the development of disorders or to correct existing disorders. This refers to mental disorders in general as well as disorders in particular areas of life such as school learning or establishing social relations to adults and peers. Students gain knowledge of both the development of these disorders and the effectiveness of intervention methods. Additionally, they transfer their knowledge by applying an intervention to concrete cases. A lecture (M-KJ lecture) deals with developmental psychopathological, clinical psychological and educational psychological aspects of different disorders. Practical knowledge of clinical and non-clinical interventions in childhood and adolescence is imparted in a workshop (M-KJ workshop).

    Students deepen their knowledge of the development of disorders in childhood and adolescence and about the design of prevention and intervention strategies in childhood and adolescence in different contexts (clinical practice, school, counseling). They are able to combine scientific findings with questions of application in order to design prevention and intervention measures. After having completed the module, students are able to a) apply theoretical findings and scientific results to analysis of disorders in different areas of life in childhood and adolescence and to b) autonomously conduct interventions in order to prevent or reduce these disorders

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-KJS2: Interventions for promoting academic performance, health and positive developmentM-KJS2: Interventions for promoting academic performance, health and positive development

    Module Coordinator: Malte Schwinger (Substitute: Hanna Christiansen)

    In addition to the contents of the M-KJS1 module, a seminar (M-KJa seminar) deals with measures for prevention of psychological diseases, health promotion and promotion of a positive development of children and adolescents. In another seminar (M-KJb seminar), educational psychological interventions for promoting school achievement (i.e. specific disorders) are outlined.

    Students deepen their knowledge of designing measures for prevention and intervention in childhood and adolescence in different contexts (clinical practice, school, counseling). They acquire skills to combine scientific findings and questions of application in order to design prevention and intervention measures. After having completed the module, they are able to autonomously plan, conduct and evaluate interventions in order to prevent or reduce disorders or to promote health and positive development in childhood and adolescence

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-KPS1: Clinical Psychology and psychotherapy in research and practice – TheoryM-KPS1: Clinical Psychology and psychotherapy in research and practice – Theory

    Module Coordinator: Winfried Rief (Substitute: N.N.)

    The following contents are presented in a lecture (M-KP lecture):

    1. Aetiology, diagnostics, biological and psychological mechanisms and interventions for selected disorders in adulthood
    2. Classification and treatment of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence
    3. Practical psychopharmacology, effects of placebo and nocebo
    4. Conditions of psychotherapy, treatment settings, legal aspects; culture and gender aspects
    5. Research paradigms and new developments in clinical psychology and psychotherapy

    The aim of a seminar (M-KPa seminar) is to combine scientific findings from basic and applied research with further research questions and developments in clinical practice. Current results regarding aetiology, diagnostics, biological and psychological mechanisms as well as interventions are discussed. Students have the possibility to critically evaluation empirical research findings within their own empirical endeavor as well as practical exercises.

    Students deepen their knowledge of mental disorders, involved mechanisms as well as clinical psychological practice. They are able to combine scientific findings and clinical questions of application. They know about recent topics and interventions and apply their knowledge. After having completed the module, students are able to evaluate recent research approaches and results according to their usefulness in order to improve the understanding of aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics and intervention of mental disorders and to integrate them into practical decisions.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-KPS2: Clinical Psychology and psychotherapy in research and practice – PracticeM-KPS2: Clinical Psychology and psychotherapy in research and practice – Practice

    Module Coordinator: Winfried Rief (Substitute: N.N.)

    In a seminar (M-KPb seminar) different approaches and traditions of psychotherapy and ideas of men associated with them, but also integrative approaches and trends are presented. Underlying theories, procedures, areas of application, empirical basics as well as contextual or extra-therapeutic conditions (i.e. therapist-client relationship) are outlined, if possible by consulting academics with different therapeutic focuses. A workshop (M-KP workshop) could for instance deal with: future trends of traditional approaches of psychotherapy; practical psychotherapeutic procedures for children and adolescents; psychotherapy according to Grawe’s Model of general effects; couple and family therapy/systematic psychotherapy.

    Students deepen their knowledge of mental disorders and involved mechanisms. They are able to combine scientific findings and clinical questions of application. Besides, they know about clinical psychological practice and recent topics and interventions which they apply. After having completed the module, students are able to autonomously conduct interventions corresponding to current developments in psychotherapy research.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-NPS1: Neuroscientific Psychology: Research and applicationsM-NPS1: Neuroscientific Psychology: Research and applications

    Module Coordinator: Anna Schubö (Substitute: Rainer Schwarting)

    A lecture (M-NP lecture) deals with current topics and methods in research and application of neuroscientific psychology. The interface of basic research and approaches of application is presented and discussed. Advanced knowledge in clinical neuropsychology is imparted in a seminar (M-NPa seminar) which deals with prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of neuropsychological disorders (i.e. diagnostic evaluation in consideration of clinical neuroscientific findings, planning, conduction and evaluation of treatments and measures of reintegration, documentation and assessment). Further areas of application in neuroscientific psychology may be outlined (i.e. clinical neuropsychopharmacology, neuroscientific interventions, neuroplasticity, developmental neuropsychology).

    Students deepen their knowledge of questions, terms, methods and theories in research and application of neuroscientific psychology. They learn how to critically reflect and assess scientific papers in research and application of neuroscientific psychology. They understand the interface of basic research and application and gain knowledge and skills in preparation for neuropsychological occupational areas.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-NPS2: Research in Neuroscientific psychologyM-NPS2: Research in Neuroscientific psychology

    Module Coordinator: Anna Schubö (Substitute: Rainer Schwarting)

    Two seminars (M-NPb & M-NPc  seminars) deal with topics of cognitive neuroscience and neuroscientific methods. Students will discuss theoretical concepts, models and findings, learn how neuroscientific research questions are developed, and discuss different experimental and methodological implementations. Practical and methodological skills needed to implement own neuroscientific research questions into experiments are trained in two workshops (M-NPa & M-NPb workshops). Furthermore, the workshops train how to use different neuroscientific methods, implement data analysis algorithms, data interpretation and presentation of results.

    Students deepen their knowledge of questions, terms, methods and theories in research of neuroscientific psychology. They learn to design, conduct, interpret and present their own research projects and to critically reflect and evaluate scientific research of neuroscientific psychology. They understand the interface of basic research and possible fields of application.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-WPS1: DiversityM-WPS1: Diversity

    Module Coordinator: Ulrich Wagner (Christopher Cohrs)

    Diversity and continuous change are characteristics of modern societies. Amongst others, social background, gender and cultural background as well as different skills and knowledge levels are important dimensions of diversity of people. Diversity offers prospects for innovation, but may as well be a reason for conflicts. A lecture (M-WPa lecture) introduces ways of psychologically engaging in diversity, the influence of diversity on innovation and the development of conflicts, and approaches to constructively deal with diversity. A seminar (M-WPa seminar), building on the lecture, focuses on handling diversity using case studies and practical interventions.

    After having completed the module, students know about organizational reasons of diversity and change, the psychological consequences of diversity, as well as potentials and limits of constructively dealing with diversity. They can apply their knowledge to operational processes of job design and measures of personal or organizational development. Students are able to identify current problems related to diversity and change, to develop interventions, and implement and evaluate them based on their knowledge of moderation of groups and leadership in teams.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-WPS2: Change ManagementM-WPS2: Change Management

    Module Coordinator: Kathleen Otto (Substitute: Sandra Schladitz)

    Diversity and continuous change are characteristics of modern societies. Diversity of people offers prospects for innovation, but may as well be a reason for negative conflicts. In a lecture (M-WPb lecture) diversity is applied to topics which are relevant for companies such as restructuring, outsourcing and novel concepts of work and career as well as their consequences for employees, their work and interventions derived from this (i.e. leadership, personal and organizational development). A seminar (M-WPb seminar) which is dedicated to the lecture and a workshop (M-WP workshop) deepen those topics and deal with possibilities of handling diversity of groups and work teams as well as processes of change in organizations using case studies and practical interventions.

    After having completed the module students know about organizational reasons for diversity and change, their psychological consequences as well as possibilities and limits of constructively handling them. They can apply their knowledge to operational processes of job, organizational or individual interventions. Students are able to identify current problems with diversity and change, to autonomously develop interventions, implement and evaluate them based on their knowledge of moderation of groups and leadership in teams.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-KJP: Disorders of childhood and adolescence in the context of clinical and educational psychologyM-KJP: Disorders of childhood and adolescence in the context of clinical and educational psychology

    Module Coordinator: Martin Pinquart (Substitute: Malte Schwinger)

    Mental disorders, learning and performance problems, as well as social problems are common problems in children and adolescents. The students will gain knowledge of the origin and the course of these disorders, paths of prevention and intervention. Further, students learn about the effectiveness of these measures. In a lecture (M-KJ lecture), knowledge is imparted about the developmental psychopathological aspects, clinical-psychological aspects and pedagogical psychological aspects of various disorders. Depending on availability, students can choose one of two seminars. Either (M-KJa seminar) prevention/intervention of mental disorders, measures of health promotion and the promotion of positive development of children and adolescents, or (M-KJb-Seminar) pedagogical-psychological interventions.

    The students deepen their knowledge of the origin of disorders in childhood and adolescence and for the design of prevention and intervention measures in childhood and adolescence, whereby the emphasis is placed on a context (clinical practice or school). Students acquire the competence to link scientific knowledge with the application questions in the design of prevention and intervention measures. After successfully completing the module, the students are able to, a) analyze disorders in different areas children’s and adolescents’ lives, and b) apply this knowledge at the selection of practical decisions.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-KPP: Clinical psychology and healthM-KPP: Clinical psychology and health

    Module Coordinator: N.N. (Substitute: Winfried Rief)

    In a lecture (M-KP-lecture) the following content will be presented in depth:

    1. Etiology, diagnostics, biological and psychological mechanisms as well as interventions for selected disorders

    2. Relevance of patient characteristics in psychotherapy (age, cultural and gender aspects)

    3. Practical psychopharmacology, placebo and nocebo effects

    4. Framework conditions of psychotherapy; Treatment settings; Legal Aspects; Cultural and gender aspects

    5. Research paradigms and new developments in clinical psychology and psychotherapy

    The aim of a seminar (M-KPa or M-KPb seminar) is to combine scientific knowledge from basic clinical psychology and application research with further research questions or further developments in clinical practice. Current empirical findings on etiology, diagnostics, biological and psychological mechanisms or interventions are discussed. The students also have the opportunity to critically examine current empirical findings from clinical psychology in the context of their own empirical efforts and practical exercises.

    The students deepen their knowledge of mental disorders and the mechanisms involved. You will acquire the competence to combine scientific knowledge with clinical application questions. After successfully completing the module, students are able to independently assess new research approaches and results in terms of their usefulness for a better understanding of etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics and intervention in mental disorders. They are able to develop action implications, including the development of new ways of solutions.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-NPP: Neuroscientific psychologyM-NPP: Neuroscientific psychology

    Module Coordinator: Dominik Endres (Substitute: Martin Peper)

    A lecture (M-NP lecture) deals with current research topics and methods in research and fields of application in neuroscientific psychology. In addition, interfaces between basic research and possible application approaches are shown and discussed. A seminar (M-NPa seminar) provides in-depth knowledge of clinical neuropsychology. It deals with the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of neuropsychological disorders (e.g. diagnostic assessment taking into account clinical neuroscientific findings, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatments and reintegration measures, documentation and assessment). In addition, other areas of application of neuroscientific psychology can be addressed (e.g. clinical neuropsychopharmacology, neuroscientific anchored intervention approaches, neuroplasticity, developmental neuropsychology).

    The students deepen their knowledge in topics and applications of neuroscientific psychology. You will acquire a deeper understanding of the interfaces between basic research and possible fields of application. You will acquire knowledge and skills in preparation for professional neuropsychological fields.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen M-WPP: Change management and diversityM-WPP: Change management and diversity

    Module Coordinator: Kathleen Otto (Substitute: Christopher Cohrs)

    Modern societies are characterized by increasing diversity and continuous change processes. Diversity offers opportunities for innovation, but it can also be the cause of negative conflict tends.

    The module can be studied with two main focuses: In the first focus, a lecture (M-WPa lecture) introduces the psychological occupation with diversity and its importance for innovation and the development of conflicts. Dimensions of diversity include social origin, gender and cultural background, but also different skills and different knowledge. A seminar assigned to the lecture (M-WPa seminar) deepens these topics and the possibilities of dealing with heterogeneity as well as change processes based on case studies and practical intervention options. Access to the seminar depends on the number of free places. As an alternative to the M-WPa seminar, the M-WPb seminar can be attended. The seminar deepens the topics and the possibilities of dealing with organizational changes and changes in work and includes practical intervention options. In the second focus, a lecture (M-WPb lecture) deals with topics such as restructuring, relocation and new work and career concepts as well as their consequences for the employees, their work activities and measures derived from them (e.g. leadership, personnel and organizational development). A seminar assigned to the lecture (M-WPb seminar) deepens the topics and the possibilities of dealing with organizational changes and changes in work and includes practical intervention options. Access to the seminar depends on the number of free places. As an alternative to the M-WPb seminar, the M-WPa seminar can be attended. The seminar deepens the topics and the general possibilities for dealing with heterogeneity as well as change processes based on case studies and practical intervention options.

     Depending on the focus, the students have in-depth knowledge of the individual, structural and organizational causes of heterogeneity and change, their psychological consequences and the possibilities and limits of dealing constructively with them. They are able to recognize current problems in connection with heterogeneity and change processes, to design independent interventions and to implement and evaluate them based on their knowledge of moderating groups.