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Psychology: Cognitive Psychology, Learning and Work

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Are you just finishing your bachelor's degree and want to deepen your scientific knowledge of psychology? Do you want to gain insight across all psychological sub-disciplines and into professional and research practice? If so, the Master of Science in Psychology: Cognitive Psychology, Learning, and Work is the next stop on your professional career path. The broad-based Master of Science program takes you from fundamentals to practice. Questions of practice are in turn addressed in basic research.

Within four semesters of master's studies, you will become familiar with cognitive psychology, social psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, and educational psychology fields of practice and research. Through the various main topics, you will acquire in-depth knowledge, versatile skills and the ability to work independently using scientific findings and methods. 

Language of instruction:

German and English

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

ECTS points:


Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University)
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

2. - 4. study semester: restricted admission (University): The admission requirements are specified in the selection statutes (see section "Statutes" below). For further information on the selection procedure, please refer to the selection statutes for higher semesters (see the section "Statutes" below) and this page.

Application period: First semester: until 15 July
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 15.07., Sommer Semester: until Bis 15.01.
Application: Please check out the programme website before you apply.
Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Economics and Behavioral Sciences

This thematically broad degree program leads from theoretical foundations to practice. It focuses on cognition, emotion, interaction, and communication, often in particular fields of application, such as learning with new media, human resources development, or teamwork in organizations. The teachers of the program have received multiple awards for their instruction and research. Students of the program learn how to work with scientific findings and methods independently in various professions. Graduates find positions in research, training and continuing education, school psychology, human resources and organizational development, and in freelance professions. They can also go on to complete a course of study in psychotherapy.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The central academic advisory service - the Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr. Yvonne Ziegler
Institut für Psychologie
2. OG, Raum 2038
Engelbergerstr. 41
79085 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-9449

Präsenzberatung: Mo und Do 9-11 Uhr
Telefonsprechstunde: Mo und Do 11-12 Uhr


Examination Office

Engelbergerstraße 41, EG, 79106 Freiburg
Fax: 0761 203-2471
Sprechstunden: montags und donnerstags von 8:30 bis 11:30 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung

Dr. Michael Scheuermann, Telefon: 0761 203-2499
Kornelia Kappeler, Telefon: 0761 203-9406