The standard period of study in the Bachelor degree programme Psychology is six semesters. Having successfully completed the Bachelor examination, graduates are awarded the academic degree “Bachelor of Science” (B.Sc.) in Psychology.

Psychology as an academic discipline is concerned with human thinking, experience, feeling and behaviour and the underlying causes and conditions. The curriculum of the MHB Bachelor programme comprises basic and application subjects of psychology. Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • General psychology A and B
  • Development psychology A and B
  • Social psychology
  • Differential and personality psychology
  • Psychological diagnostics and test theory
  • Biological psychology A and B
  • Clinical psychology / Psychotherapy 1: Foundations
  • Clinical psychology / Psychotherapy 2: Behavioural therapy approaches
  • Clinical psychology / Psychotherapy 3: Psychodynamic approaches
  • Health psychology
  • Clinic Day and TRIK
  • Statistics 1 and 2
  • Qualitative methods
  • Empirical – experimental internship
  • Studium fundamentale
  • Internship
  • Bachelor thesis

Optional compulsory modules:

  • Work and organisational psychology
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Neuropsychology

For more details see the course catalogue.


Access to the Master programme requires a Bachelor degree in psychology or an equivalent first university degree with a professional qualification acquired in a course which is conducive to the attainment of academic goals.

The standard period of studies in the Master programme is four semesters. Having successfully completed the programme, graduates are awarded the academic degree of “Master of Science” (M.Sc.) in Psychology.

The Master programme aims to convey scientific, clinical-psychological and basic psychotherapeutic competences and train students in clinical psychology and psychotherapy science based on the current state of knowledge in the field. Curricular contents cover theoretical as well as more specialised scopes of application. Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to clinical psychology and psychotherapy
  • Medical psychology, rehabilitation and health psychology
  • Specialisation in health psychology
  • Neurosciences and clinical psychology / psychotherapy
  • Capacity building (4 modules)
  • Introduction to research methodology in clinical psychology / psychotherapy
  • Specialisation in quantitative research methods
  • Specialisation in methodology (qualitative approaches, Mixed Methods etc.)
  • Studium fundamentale
  • Internship
  • Research workshop 1 (developing a research design)
  • Research workshop 2 (research process)
  • Master thesis

For more details see the course catalogue.

Teaching formats

For a more detailed description of the teaching formats we use, see the following list with short explanations:


Lectures are teaching formats where instructors primarily present information in an interactive atmosphere.


Proseminars comprise conveyance of theoretical knowledge by instructors as well as students’ own contributions, to be rendered in the form of presentations, debates, case discussions and/or a written term paper.

POL seminars / advanced seminars

Problem oriented learning (POL) is a method of teaching and learning which facilitates the acquisition and structured exchange of knowledge and aims to trigger cognitive processes in students. Advanced seminars pursue the same objectives, with the additional requirement of students’ own contributions.


Tutorials are the context where selected and defined subject matter from a lecture is transferred to application. The focus here is on the process of monitored but independent comprehension and reproduction, i.e. exercise, along specified applications and decisions, procedures, assignments, problems or difficulties. The core objective is to strengthen students’ competences of action and decision-making.

Team work, reflection, interaction, communication (TRIK)

Core elements in TRIK seminars are the conveyance, practice and acquisition of relational skills. One key focus, apart from basics in communication psychology, is on self-awareness, e.g. via role plays. Students are encouraged to develop a fundamental attitude of empathy and to acquire the necessary competences for successful communication with patients, relatives, colleagues and staff.


Components of the internship include the obligatory Clinic Day on wards or in functional clinic divisions of university clinics or partner hospitals, and the obligatory internship period.

Test subjects

Acting as test subjects, students gain valuable insights not only into the role of the object under examination but also into the structures and procedures of psychological examinations in various areas of the discipline.

Grading system

Below you find detailed information on the grading system and examination formats for the Psychology programmes. A Learning Agreement will be concluded between your institution and the MHB to ensure compatibility between the two systems and take all requirements in terms of time and content duly into account. Here you find an example of a Learning Agreement. Please contact the International Office of your home institution to draw up a Learning Agreement.

Having completed their stay at the MHB, students receive a Transcript of Records to document their academic performance.

ECTS credits are used to grade a student’s performance in the modules of the Bachelor and Master programmes in psychology. Here is an overview.
ECTS credits are credit points which students can acquire as evidence of academic performance at an institution of tertiary education. They serve as a quantitative tool to describe the workload for students that is required to complete their learning activities at a specific level and achieve the specified results. Here is more information.

Examination formats

Each module concludes with a final examination. As a rule, each semester ends with one written or oral examination. The fourth semester in the Bachelor programme ends with a practical examination in the form of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

Written examinations
The following test formats, in part with open-ended questions, are used at the MHB:

  • Multiple Choice format (MCQ): written tests with predefined answers to select from.
  • Modified Essay Questions (MEQ): written tests with short answers in free text and sequential questions to be answered consecutively.
  • Free formats in writing: project documentations, term papers or posters.

Combined examinations
The following oral, written and/or practical test formats are used at the MHB:

  • Free formats in writing: project documentations, term papers or posters.
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): Students pass a sequence of test stations to document practical skills with the help of simulation patients. Examiners use standardised checklists to assess students’ performance.