Psychology in IT (Bachelor of Science)
(Psychologie in IT, B.Sc.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Language: German, some lectures/modules may be held in English. Students should be able to read professional literature in English.|
|Internship: Internships within the study programme (see semester course schedule)|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: Restrictions on admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Studies: No|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: July 15|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
The Bachelor of Science programme Psychology in IT at the TU Darmstadt constitutes a crossing of contents from psychology on the one hand and computer science on the other.
Programme contents are the fundamentals of computer science, mathematics, biology, and psychology, followed by algorithmically oriented informatics and scientific-experimentally oriented psychology. The programme includes two internships at the university.
Psychology addresses the exploration, description, and prediction of the human experience and actions. In computer science, information is systematically processed using technical i.e. artificial systems. A considerable part of the studies correspondingly consists of analysing similarities and differences between natural (human) and artificial (machine) processing of information. Associated with this is the objective to improve the coordination of the two disciplines. There is often a great demand for knowledge in the field of psychology for computer science and vice versa. Examples to be mentioned in this context are robotics and IT security where individual security needs of people are to be reconciled with modern information technologies; or the field of artificial intelligence – e.g. machine learning or automatic speech processing – which is dependent on the findings of cognitive psychology.
The Bachelor of Science Psychology in IT is divided into the following areas:
- Research Methods;
- Computer Scientifical Foundations;
- Psychological Foundations;
- Elective Subject Area Computer Science: Computer Scientifical Technologies;
- Elective Subject Area Psychological Technologies;
The module handbook will help you gather detailed information on the content of the programme.
Further information on the institute may be found at: www.it.psychologie.tu-darmstadt.de
How to Prepare for the Programme
For a beginning, start with TU Darmstadt's own specific Online Self-Assessment tool.
As mathematical knowledge is important for the study programme, it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.
Please do also check the general information on pre-courses.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
A central prerequisite for a successful course of study of Psychology in IT for a Bachelor of Science degree is first and foremost a general interest in psychology and informatics. Students must also be willing to deal intensively with both sciences.
Those considering pursuing this degree should possess a good basic understanding of mathematics and should furthermore be willing to immerse themselves further in mathematical fundamentals and in algorithmic research strategies.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
Throughout the course of the studies, students acquire the ability to design, create, and use and to understand and comparatively assess computing systems taking psychological competencies into account.
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General Information: With the Bachelor of Science, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Science is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Psychology in IT (M.Sc.) (Psychologie in IT, M.Sc.)|
The opportunities on the labor market for graduates of the Psychology in IT programme are promising. In the IT sector, and here particularly on the higher decision-making levels, the demand for workers who are proficient in psychology and have extensive knowledge in the field of software development is increasing. The combination of these two qualifications can be sought after, for example, for conducting market research or designing man-machine interfaces.
Even those institutions, organisations, companies, and educational institutes that only used to hire “plain” psychologists are increasingly looking for graduates who bring additional expert knowledge in the field of IT to the table.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie DGPS (German Society for Psychology DGPS)
Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen e.V. (The Association fo German Professional Psychologists)
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) (German Informatics Society)