Master's in Psychology

The master's degree program enables you to extend and deepen the basic knowledge acquired at bachelor's degree level. You choose two areas of Psychology, in which you mainly attend courses.

The master's degree program in Psychology is less structured and allows you greater freedom of choice than the bachelor's degree program, requiring and encouraging independent working. Unlike the bachelor's degree program, the master's degree program is a mono program. There are thus no minors.

From a content point of view, the master's degree program is organized locally. The necessary information regarding the courses to attend can be found on the relevant office's website.

Master Psychologie
Basic information
Degree: Master of Science in Psychology, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs:
  • Mono 120 ECTS credits

 

Offer for other degree programs:

  • Minor 30 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualification is required for admission to the master’s degree program in Psychology (mono):

Bachelor's degree from a recognized university, or an equivalent degree, with a major in Psychology* 
* Application with a bachelor's degree from a recognized foreign university:
Academic qualifications will be assessed to ensure that they are consistent with the University of Bern bachelor's degree. 

Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. These can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

The bachelor's degree is valid for five years without restriction. Recognition will be individually decided upon if the degree is more than five years old.

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Psychology, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Postgraduate training in Psychotherapy 

Psychotherapy postgraduate master's degree program

with the objective of becoming a recognized psychotherapist in Switzerland. Bern has been providing psychotherapy training since 1992, with a special qualification in Bernese concepts (Grawe, Caspar).

MAS degree program in Psychotherapy

The MAS degree program in Psychotherapy was established in 2012, with a special qualification in behavioral therapy and with the objective of students becoming recognized psychotherapists in Germany, with teaching largely taking place in German centers.
This MAS degree program is offered in cooperation with the German Society for Behavioral Therapy (DGVT) and leads to a German license to practice medicine and, if criteria are satisfied, also to an MAS awarded by the University of Bern.

Postgraduate studies in Educational Counseling

If, at a later date, you wish to work in Educational Counseling in the canton of Bern, you need to provide evidence of at least 30 ECTS credits to the Institute of Educational Science. In this case, you are therefore recommended to provide evidence of at least one minor earning 30 ECTS credits in Education.

Further information on postgraduate training as an Educational Counselor can be found on the Minister of Education's website.

Master of Advanced Studies in Psychology of Career Counseling and Human Resources Management

The objective of the Master of Advanced Studies in Psychology of Career Counseling and Human Resources Management degree program is to develop the requisite skills for working as an independent psychologist in various fields of activity relating to Personal Psychology, Counseling Service Academic Careers Advice and Career and Rehabilitation Psychology.