Psychology, Specialization: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, B.Sc.
Success starts with people
Organizational psychologists provide indispensable support with the recruitment, professional development and long-term motivation of employees. They are the ones with the answers to companies’ central questions:
How can we recognise the brightest and most creative applicants? How can we effectively reduce stress in the workplace to keep our employees healthy and motivated? Which targeted strategies can we use to encourage the creative and innovative energies of employees, teams and our organization as a whole?
Over the course of our degree programme you’ll take an intensive and interdisciplinary look into these and other key issues for companies around the world. With your resulting expertise, you’ll be in a position to help tackle the many personal, economic and social challenges of the working world to come.
What you will study
Over the first three semesters you’ll lay the groundwork of your future expertise by studying the fundamentals of psychology and psychological methods. At the same time, you’ll begin purposely developing your interpersonal, social and methodological skills. Practical relevance is an important part of this early stage, which includes numerous small-group projects focused on exploring the challenges of the field based on practical cases.
In the 4th semester the focus shifts to key topics from industrial and organizational psychology, such as communication and collaboration, staff motivation, leadership, recruitment and organizational development. This semester includes modules in business economics, philosophy and law, providing important additional skills and depth to your growing professional profile.
The 5th and 6th semesters are dedicated to applying your accumulated expertise in real-world settings. You’ll begin with a significant semester project, in which you’ll collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to tackle actual issues of the field in a scientific manner. In the following 6th semester you will undertake either an internship or an exchange semester abroad in order to acquire practical work experience or an additional dimension of intercultural competency, respectively.
Following an intensive preparation period focused on research methodology, you’ll conclude your studies in the 7th semester with your thesis.
A wide range of possible careers are open to you after completing this interdisciplinary and practice-oriented degree programme.
Industrial and organisational psychologists frequently work in areas of human resources (recruitment, leadership, development of personnel) or they’re responsible for promoting occupational safety and health or ensuring human working conditions. They build occupational health management systems and develop organisational structures that support employees’ continued growth and development. Other potential career fields include organizational consulting, training and skills management, coaching and mentoring, and knowledge and quality management.
We welcome applications from nationals of all countries. Please check here for general admission requirements.
Other requirements for Psychology, Specialization: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, B.Sc.:
- A sufficient level of German language proficiency (CEFR level B2 or better).
- A passion for people, organizations and social issues.
When and how to apply
Application guidelines for international applicants
Please contact us for more information and advice
Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25, Germany
Tel.: +49 2842 90825-0
Head of Degree Programme
Prof. Dr Nicki Marquardt
Prospective students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Rhine-Waal students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Exchange students please contact our International Office.
Place of study
Duration of study
7 semesters of full-time study
Bachelor of Science
No preparatory internship necessary