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Master's Programme Psychology

Faculty Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
Duration / ECTS-Credits semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0313 Psychology
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 840
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2011W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates
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* Information on the Curriculum (2011W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core area: Methodology
  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core area: General Psychology and Biological Psychology
  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core area: Interpersonell and Intrapersonell Psychology
    (Developmental  Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality and Individual Differences)
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core area: Clinical Psychology
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core area: Applied Psychology
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Psychological Diagnostics

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

           5.0 ECTS-Credits: Psychological Diagnostics I
         10.0 ECTS-Credits: Basic Research
           7.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Clinical Psychology I
           7.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Work and Organisational Psychology I

Second Semester »

         10.0 ECTS-Credits: Methodology and Philosophy of Science
           5.0 ECTS-Credits: Psychological Diagnostics II
           7.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Clinical Psychology II
           7.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Applied Psychology 

Third Semester »

           2.5 ECTS-Credits: Psychological Counselling
         10.0 ECTS-Credits: Internship
           5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
           5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
           5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
           5.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis › continue fourth semester!

Fourth Semester »

 25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
   2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defence

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Psychology is grouped among the natural sciences. It provides in-depth scientific vocational training and qualifies graduates to work as psychologists according to laws regulating the profession (BGBL No. 360/1990, current version). Building on the bachelor's programme, the focus of the theoretical training is on in-depth treatment of the fundamentals of emotional psychology and the psychology of action. Students acquire in-depth knowledge and practical skills in psychological basic research, clinical psychology and applied psychology, including theoretical and methodological principles as well as methodological competences. One of these areas may be chosen for specialization within the elective modules. Graduates are able to independently understand, critically assess, analyse and find solutions for complex research and applications problems in psychology.

In addition to subject-specific skills, the master's programme conveys key competences for occupational activities:

  1. Scientific training leads to improved analytical capabilities, such as the ability to analyse and structure complex problems.

  2. The programme promotes improved communicative competences, cooperative abilities and organizational and teamwork skills.

  3. The acquired methodological competences are key qualifications that are valuable in all areas of human science requiring the generation of scientific knowledge.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the areas of psychological basic research, clinical psychology and applied psychology. They are able to apply their competences in the areas of psychology and at the intersections to other disciplines. Through scientifically correct argumentation and reflection, they are able to achieve interdisciplinary and innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The master's programme provides the prerequisites for further studies in a post-graduate programme (e.g. doctoral programme, psychotherapeutic training, training as a clinical psychologist, health psychologist or organizational psychologist). Graduates are able to conduct psychological diagnostics independently, to provide responsible, scientifically sound counselling and intervention, e.g. in clinical, educational, healthcare, workplace and organizational contexts as well as in societal or personal situations characterized by crisis, conflict or decision making. The acquired competences also enable graduates to pursue professional activities in areas involving the human sciences and psychology, for example in the healthcare industry, personnel management, occupational science, technology development, administration, market and media research, and crisis and security management.

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Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits or 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Mag. Dr. Christine Unterrainer
OR Mag. Dietmar Kratzer

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Barth, Bakk. MSc

Start of Studies
phone: +43 512 507-56006

Admission Procedures
phone: +43 512 507-96004

Information for students with disabilities

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