Psychology in IT (Master of Science)
(Psychologie in IT, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: German, some lectures/modules may be held in English. Students should be able to read professional literature in English.|
|Internship: internship within the study programme (see degree course scheme); internship regulations|
Requirements for Admission: |
1. a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in IT of the TU Darmstadt or an equivalent degree;
2. the passed entrance exam.
Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on the Master of Science degree programme as well as the information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: The instructional literature is in English. Therefore, English skills are required.|
The Master of Science programme Psychology in IT – like the preceding and corresponding Bachelor’s programme – represents a link between contents of psychology and IT. The objective is always to detect interfaces between the two sciences and make connections.
Psychology addresses the exploration, description and prediction of the human experience and actions. In Informatics, information is systematically processed using technical, i.e. artificial systems. A considerable part of the studies correspondingly consists of working out 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 often is great demand for knowledge from the field of psychology in informatics 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.
Graduates of the programme are able to describe, differentiate and evaluate terminologies, approaches, methods and findings of informatics and psychology and to apply the findings of informatics and psychology to the development of new solutions of specific research and development issues at the interface of psychology and computer science.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates and to analyse the subject based on research. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own subject-specific focus.
For this reason, it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Related Degree Progammes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
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, in conducting market research or designing man-machine interfaces.
Even those institutions, organisations, companies, and educational institutes that used to only 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
Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen e.V. The Association of German Professional Psychologists
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) German Informatics Society