Economics & Law

Wirtschaftspsychologie

Business Psychology

Master

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The content of the master’s degree program refers to the current social and digital transformation in the world of work. This transformation changes the requirements and structural conditions for companies and employees. Besides that, it places new demands on professional self-management and entrepreneurship.

In view of these profound changes in living, working and organizational forms, the master’s degree in businss psychology wants to contribute to the challenges of coping with existing and emerging problems. Students should acquire practi... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

31.05.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

31.05. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The content of the master’s degree program refers to the current social and digital transformation in the world of work. This transformation changes the requirements and structural conditions for companies and employees. Besides that, it places new demands on professional self-management and entrepreneurship.

In view of these profound changes in living, working and organizational forms, the master’s degree in businss psychology wants to contribute to the challenges of coping with existing and emerging problems. Students should acquire practical knowledge and skills for research as well as practice, in order to make social systems economically successful, socially responsible and ecologically compatible.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The master’s program prepares for professional roles in management, leadership, personnel, team and organizational development, as well as for tasks in consulting, adult education, job analysis and design. Furthermore, it prepares students for careers in marketing, market research, and quality management. Due to the interdisciplinary skills, graduates are perfectly qualified to take responsibility in many sectors and institutional contexts. Graduates can also continue their academic career in a variety of research fields which include personnel and organizational research, management and leadership research as well as general psychologically oriented social research.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

PhD studies

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The focus of the master’s program is on an interdisciplinary link between business, organizational and occupational psychology contents. The interactive didactics by lecturers and interdisciplinary teams of students is a unique feature in this program. Students carry out independent research projects in exemplary research fields. These projects have relevance for application in the real world. 

In the first semester of the four-semester program, disciplinary foundations of psychology and industrial/organizational psychology as well as business are taught or refreshed. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are another focus of the first semester. In the second semester, industrial and organizational psychology gets a deeper focus. Theoretical approaches of organizational theory are also be looked at. The third semester contains a further specialization of business psychology topics. The fourth semester contains only the master thesis. Graduation from this program allows for PhD studies.

The curriculum of the University of Bremen differs from other German master’s degrees in business psychology due to the interdisciplinary focus of the degree program. Another factor is the high proportion of industrial and organizational psychology content as well as a focus on qualitative methodological research. Therefore, a high level of qualification in the area of quantitative methods (12 CP statistics / mathematics) is required for admission.

Course schedule

Typical course types

The forms of teaching and learning which are used in the master program vary in order to meet requirements of imparting comprehensive theoretical knowledge as well as practical competences. This will be followed against the background of the overarching objective to combine theory, methodology and application. In this respect, the individual modules include among others:

·         Impulses held by the lecturers

·         Seminars which are designed by the students and contain their own contributions

·         Tutorials in which the students act as instructors to convey specialist knowledge

·         Workshops for presenting results of research projects

·         Independent studying of technical content with accompanying advice by the lecturers

·         Independent research projects by students

Foreign language skills

Proficiency in English: Level B2 (European Framework: upper intermediate level) or similar certification.

Proficiency in German (only needed if students did high school or university education in another language other than German): Lectures are mainly taught in German, so applicants have to pass a German Language test (normally DSH or TestDaF). For detailed information see: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/studies/orientation-application/applying-for-a-place/applications-from-abroad/german-language-skills-for-degree-programs/

Study abroad

Although a semester abroad is not compulsory, it is recommended. In the Course of the advised course and study structure of the program, a semester abroad would be best planned for the third or fourth semester of studies. As a result of the elective range within the major, there is a high flexibility in regard to the courses that can be recognized and therefore a semester abroad can be considered without having to extend the duration of studies. Support in organizing a semester abroad is offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs. Further information can be found on the homepage of the faculty under the category of 'International'. (https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/wiwi/international-affairs/international-affairs-of-the-faculty/).
As part of the application process for a place at a foreign university, the required foreign language abilities will be verified. When participating in the Sokrates/Erasmus Program students are asked to proof a level of B2 in the respective language of instruction at the host university.
Extensive advisory services in this area are offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs.

Exams forms

The master’s degree in business psychology mainly includes portfolio examinations. Portfolio examinations include either the preparation of individual work packages or a maximum of three interrelated services (e.g. lesson preparations, presentations, learning diaries, short presentations or homework). In both forms, the partial performances are assessed individually and an overall grade is determined in the end. There are also occasional homework assignments, oral tests and written examinations.

Particularities

· Orientation to management theory based on behavioral sciences

· Interdisciplinary student group

· General qualifications

· Application-related method training through independent work on a study-related research project

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

We expect special interest from our students in the following topics:

·  Interdisciplinary student group

·  General qualifications

·  Self-organized studying

·  Application-related method training which is checked via exemplary research projects. A behavioral science-based management theory, in order to acquire the necessary problem-solving, research and design skills, with which social systems can be geared towards the future in the long term.

The master’s program requires a bachelor’s degree in one of the following study programs: Business Studies

·  Economics

·  Psychology

·  Business psychology

If your first university degree is equivalent to these subjects, the content proximity is regularly recognized. In this case a transcript of records is sufficient for the application.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 31.05. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 31.05. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

The Chair in Sustainable Management conducts research on the fundamental questions of transforming companies and organizations to a more complex and modern level of development. In addition to a resource-oriented sustainability approach, innovative methods of visualizing complexity, such as system constellations are used. The goal of teaching is to develop transdisciplinary teaching-learning formats in which practitioners, students and scientists can explore current topics together.

The Chair in Human Resources department researches socially relevant issues of work, personnel and economic psychology with a focus on the changes in the world of work driven by digitization and automation. Research topics are high responsibility teams, teamwork and team training, crew resource management, human factors and human-technology interactions, analysis of needs in complex work environments, training evaluations, debriefing and feedback as well as the evaluation of requirements and resources of employees in changing work contexts through digitization and automation. The research is conducted mainly with qualitative methods, but also with quantitative and experimental psychological designs.

The markstones institute conducts research on relevant topics of marketing and brand management. Current technological developments like big data and artificial intelligence are also taken into account. In each of its research projects the institute strives for solutions to relevant practical decision-making problems. This practical relevance of research is achieved through a theory-based and methodologically innovative approach. Research topics include consumer behaviors, brand management, international marketing, internal brand management or social media marketing.

Teachers

Lectures are held by three professors from the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics with a psychological or behavioral-sciences background and several other lecturers from different research backgrounds.

Students

80 female students

33 male students

Collaborations

·     Companies in and around Bremen

·     Foreign partner universities

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Nadine Husenbeth
Building: WiWi1, Office: A3330
E-Mail: wipsy(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 218-66784

By arrangement

Studies centre

FB 7 Study center
Building: WiWi1, Office: A3050
E-Mail: stzwiwi(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421 218-66533

By arrangement

The study center understands itself as service facility for students and staff of the department. It forms, for example, a point of contact for questions on the organization of studies, examination procedures, recognition procedures, curriculum planning. The study center actively participates in the quality management of the faculty in teaching and studies.

Katy Roseland-Müller
Building: WiWi1, Office: A3050
E-Mail: krosel(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421 218-66504

By arrangement.

Practice office

Beate Heitzhausen
E-Mail: heitzhausen(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49-421-218-68505

Faculty secretariat

Marion Roy
E-Mail: psycho(at)uni-bremen.de

Department secretariat

Jens Glagau
E-Mail: jglagau(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49-421-218-68501

Examination’s Board secretariat

Dominic Platen
E-Mail: zpa-fb11(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49-421-218-61216

Status

20.04.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The content of the master’s degree program refers to the current social and digital transformation in the world of work. This transformation changes the requirements and structural conditions for companies and employees. Besides that, it places new demands on professional self-management and entrepreneurship.

In view of these profound changes in living, working and organizational forms, the master’s degree in businss psychology wants to contribute to the challenges of coping with existing and emerging problems. Students should acquire practical knowledge and skills for research as well as practice, in order to make social systems economically successful, socially responsible and ecologically compatible.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The master’s program prepares for professional roles in management, leadership, personnel, team and organizational development, as well as for tasks in consulting, adult education, job analysis and design. Furthermore, it prepares students for careers in marketing, market research, and quality management. Due to the interdisciplinary skills, graduates are perfectly qualified to take responsibility in many sectors and institutional contexts. Graduates can also continue their academic career in a variety of research fields which include personnel and organizational research, management and leadership research as well as general psychologically oriented social research.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

PhD studies

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The focus of the master’s program is on an interdisciplinary link between business, organizational and occupational psychology contents. The interactive didactics by lecturers and interdisciplinary teams of students is a unique feature in this program. Students carry out independent research projects in exemplary research fields. These projects have relevance for application in the real world. 

In the first semester of the four-semester program, disciplinary foundations of psychology and industrial/organizational psychology as well as business are taught or refreshed. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are another focus of the first semester. In the second semester, industrial and organizational psychology gets a deeper focus. Theoretical approaches of organizational theory are also be looked at. The third semester contains a further specialization of business psychology topics. The fourth semester contains only the master thesis. Graduation from this program allows for PhD studies.

The curriculum of the University of Bremen differs from other German master’s degrees in business psychology due to the interdisciplinary focus of the degree program. Another factor is the high proportion of industrial and organizational psychology content as well as a focus on qualitative methodological research. Therefore, a high level of qualification in the area of quantitative methods (12 CP statistics / mathematics) is required for admission.

Course schedule

Typical course types

The forms of teaching and learning which are used in the master program vary in order to meet requirements of imparting comprehensive theoretical knowledge as well as practical competences. This will be followed against the background of the overarching objective to combine theory, methodology and application. In this respect, the individual modules include among others:

·         Impulses held by the lecturers

·         Seminars which are designed by the students and contain their own contributions

·         Tutorials in which the students act as instructors to convey specialist knowledge

·         Workshops for presenting results of research projects

·         Independent studying of technical content with accompanying advice by the lecturers

·         Independent research projects by students

Foreign language skills

Proficiency in English: Level B2 (European Framework: upper intermediate level) or similar certification.

Proficiency in German (only needed if students did high school or university education in another language other than German): Lectures are mainly taught in German, so applicants have to pass a German Language test (normally DSH or TestDaF). For detailed information see: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/studies/orientation-application/applying-for-a-place/applications-from-abroad/german-language-skills-for-degree-programs/

Study abroad

Although a semester abroad is not compulsory, it is recommended. In the Course of the advised course and study structure of the program, a semester abroad would be best planned for the third or fourth semester of studies. As a result of the elective range within the major, there is a high flexibility in regard to the courses that can be recognized and therefore a semester abroad can be considered without having to extend the duration of studies. Support in organizing a semester abroad is offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs. Further information can be found on the homepage of the faculty under the category of 'International'. (https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/wiwi/international-affairs/international-affairs-of-the-faculty/).
As part of the application process for a place at a foreign university, the required foreign language abilities will be verified. When participating in the Sokrates/Erasmus Program students are asked to proof a level of B2 in the respective language of instruction at the host university.
Extensive advisory services in this area are offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs.

Exams forms

The master’s degree in business psychology mainly includes portfolio examinations. Portfolio examinations include either the preparation of individual work packages or a maximum of three interrelated services (e.g. lesson preparations, presentations, learning diaries, short presentations or homework). In both forms, the partial performances are assessed individually and an overall grade is determined in the end. There are also occasional homework assignments, oral tests and written examinations.

Particularities

· Orientation to management theory based on behavioral sciences

· Interdisciplinary student group

· General qualifications

· Application-related method training through independent work on a study-related research project

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

We expect special interest from our students in the following topics:

·  Interdisciplinary student group

·  General qualifications

·  Self-organized studying

·  Application-related method training which is checked via exemplary research projects. A behavioral science-based management theory, in order to acquire the necessary problem-solving, research and design skills, with which social systems can be geared towards the future in the long term.

The master’s program requires a bachelor’s degree in one of the following study programs: Business Studies

·  Economics

·  Psychology

·  Business psychology

If your first university degree is equivalent to these subjects, the content proximity is regularly recognized. In this case a transcript of records is sufficient for the application.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 31.05. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 31.05. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

The Chair in Sustainable Management conducts research on the fundamental questions of transforming companies and organizations to a more complex and modern level of development. In addition to a resource-oriented sustainability approach, innovative methods of visualizing complexity, such as system constellations are used. The goal of teaching is to develop transdisciplinary teaching-learning formats in which practitioners, students and scientists can explore current topics together.

The Chair in Human Resources department researches socially relevant issues of work, personnel and economic psychology with a focus on the changes in the world of work driven by digitization and automation. Research topics are high responsibility teams, teamwork and team training, crew resource management, human factors and human-technology interactions, analysis of needs in complex work environments, training evaluations, debriefing and feedback as well as the evaluation of requirements and resources of employees in changing work contexts through digitization and automation. The research is conducted mainly with qualitative methods, but also with quantitative and experimental psychological designs.

The markstones institute conducts research on relevant topics of marketing and brand management. Current technological developments like big data and artificial intelligence are also taken into account. In each of its research projects the institute strives for solutions to relevant practical decision-making problems. This practical relevance of research is achieved through a theory-based and methodologically innovative approach. Research topics include consumer behaviors, brand management, international marketing, internal brand management or social media marketing.

Teachers

Lectures are held by three professors from the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics with a psychological or behavioral-sciences background and several other lecturers from different research backgrounds.

Students

80 female students

33 male students

Collaborations

·     Companies in and around Bremen

·     Foreign partner universities

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Nadine Husenbeth
Building: WiWi1, Office: A3330
E-Mail: wipsy(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 218-66784

By arrangement

Studies centre

FB 7 Study center
Building: WiWi1, Office: A3050
E-Mail: stzwiwi(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421 218-66533

By arrangement

The study center understands itself as service facility for students and staff of the department. It forms, for example, a point of contact for questions on the organization of studies, examination procedures, recognition procedures, curriculum planning. The study center actively participates in the quality management of the faculty in teaching and studies.

Katy Roseland-Müller
Building: WiWi1, Office: A3050
E-Mail: krosel(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421 218-66504

By arrangement.

Practice office

Beate Heitzhausen
E-Mail: heitzhausen(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49-421-218-68505

Faculty secretariat

Marion Roy
E-Mail: psycho(at)uni-bremen.de

Department secretariat

Jens Glagau
E-Mail: jglagau(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49-421-218-68501

Examination’s Board secretariat

Dominic Platen
E-Mail: zpa-fb11(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49-421-218-61216

Status

20.04.2020