Study in Münster

Here you can get a first impression of what it is like to study psychology at the WWU. You can find information about semester times, the courses in general and the courses held in English. You can also find some tips on how to prepare for your stay in Münster.


  • General information and important dates


    On the homepage of the Department of Psychology you can find the  programme structure and course requirements for the bachelor's degree, which can help you picture what your studies in Münster might look like.

    In addition to the courses you attend at the University, you also have to complete an internship of 420 hours in total. Information about your possibilities are available here [de] (only in German).


    The homepage also lists all the specialisations you can choose for the master’s programme in psychology at the WWU.


    Important dates

    Overview of all lecture periods, semester breaks, general dates and deadlines for students

    The lecture period at the WWU is split into a winter and a summer semester. The Department of Psychology has a fixed period of time in which the examinations of the attended lectures have to be taken, they can be oral or written examinations. This period starts one week after the end of the lectures. You can find the exact dates for the examinations of the bachelor's programm [de] and the master's programm [de].

    • The winter term starts on 1 October and ends with the examinations in February.
    • The summer term starts on 1 April and ends with the examinations in July/August.

    The exact dates of the semester and the holidays are published about one year before.





  • Course selection and courses in English

    Before your stay in Münster, you must contact the  ERASMUS coordinator of the Department of Psychology to get all necessary and current information concerning the psychology courses offered (seminars, lectures, ECTS points awarded, etc.) as well as language courses. You will also have to discuss your course selection with the ERASMUS coordinator via email to check if everything will work out as you have planned.

    If you are interested in completing your entire studies in Münster (degree-seeking student), you choose your courses in the first week of the winter semester. You will get the necessary information about the organisation of your studies then. Before that, the homepage of the WWU Department of Psychology can help you answer upcoming questions about the Münster master’s and bachelor’s degree programmes in psychology. Of course, you can also contact the ERASMUS coordinator with questions concerning course selection or study organisation in general.

    Here, you can find important and detailled information concerning the course choice for international students at the Institute of Psychology at the WWU.


    Courses in English

    The following seminars are taught in English during the winter term 2022:


    • General Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: Attention (3 ECTS), Cognition in lab and life (3 ECTS)
    • Developmental Psychology: Social-emotional development (3 ECTS)
    • Personality Psychology: Personality and interpersonal perception at zero acquaintance (3 ECTS)


    • Work and Organizational Psychology: Work-life balance and organizational health management (4 ECTS)


    The following seminars are taught in English during the summer term 2022:


    • General Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: Attention (3 ECTS)
    • Developmental Psychology: Culture and Developmental Psychology (3 ECTS)
    • Personality Psychology: Personality and interpersonal perception at zero acquaintance (3 ECTS)
    • Social Psychology: Discrimination and Privilege (3 ECTS)

    Differences between seminars and lectures


    Lectures are courses which are completed with a written or an oral exam, and they usually take place once or twice a week. There is no compulsory attendance for the lectures, which are mostly held as a presentation by the lecturer. Some lectures are accompanied by a tutorial, in which the subject matter of the lecture is dealt with in more detail. To pass the lecture, you have to achieve a grade of 4,0 or better (the best possible grade is 1,0) in the oral or written exam of the lecture.



    Seminars are courses in smaller groups of about 20 to 30 people in which you have to take part actively. Mostly good knowledge of German is necessary to be able to successfully participate in these courses (exception: seminars held in English). The course examinations usually take the form of presentations, group work, discussions or an academic paper. In some seminars there is compulsory attendance and you should always attend the first session and get the agreement of the teacher first before missing one or more sessions. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will get a place in the seminar of your choice because of a restriction of places available – but normally it works out as planned.

    You have to sign up for all courses (lectures and seminars) you want to attend before the start of the semester. Please contact the ERASMUS coordinator of the Department of Psychology to be enrolled in courses. There is no online enrolment system for courses at the Department of Psychology.

  • Work sample of the studies at the WWU

    Curriculum content of the studies of psychology can differ a lot between countries and universities. That's why you have the possibility to get an insight into selected exercises and topics taken of the study program at the department of psychology to the WWU .

    These examples only show a small part of the study content and do not represent the complete study programs. All lectures and seminars offered at the department of psychology at the WWU are visible in the course catalogue.

    1. Scientific publications

    Dealing with scientific literature constitutes an important component of the studies of psychology. Thus, how to work with  scientific publications is already taught in the first semesters. Most scientific literature is in Englisch. Here you can find an example for a typical scientific article (developmental psychology) used, for example, in seminars or in preparation for an exam.

    2. Statistics

    Statistics have a special status and are taught from the first semester onwards. They are the key to the understanding of scientific articles in the field of psychology. Here you find examples of exercises [de] which are used in the first semester to introduce the students to the topic. Don't be afraid if you cannot solve the exercises as they shall only give an impression of the content.


    3. Video recording of a lecture

    Besides seminars, lectures make up for a large part of the teaching. To get a realistic impression and to check, if you can follow the teacher with your language skills, you can watch a short excerpt from lecture "Furcht und Schrecken" [de]  in the field of general psychology and cognitive neuroscience here.