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This programme is only offered in Danish.

The Master’s degree programme in Psychology is a two-year programme leading to an MSc (Psychology) degree. Teaching takes place at the Department of Psychology, located in the University Park at Aarhus University.

Applied psychology in focus

In comparison to the Bachelor’s programme, the Master’s programme allows you to specialize in selected fields, and the programme focuses increasingly on applying theory to practice although the practical skills required to obtain authorization to practice psychology are developed after graduation.

As a Master’s student in Psychology, you must acquire a theoretical foundation and a broad knowledge of different areas within psychology in preparation for future clinical work, such as direct contact with clients, consulting psychology or preventive therapy. A solid theoretical grounding is also required if you decide to pursue a research career in academia.

Teaching in the Master’s programme is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and written assignments, and the teaching staff includes both permanently employed faculty and external lecturers in private practice.

A broad range of subject areas

Research at the Department of Psychology is organized in a number of research units, and the research environment is characterized by a broad range of subject areas, concentrating around the following:

  • Social psychology and personality psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Work and organisational psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Educational psychology

The broad range of fields implies that both basic research and applied research is conducted at the department.

Admission requirements

How to apply with different types of qualifications

Danish language requirements

This programme is taught in Danish and requires Danish language skills (Danish A).

Admission requirements

Students are admitted to the Master’s programme in Psychology on the basis of a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or an equivalent Bachelor’s degree programme. In case of the latter, attainment of 180 ECTS is a prerequisite and the Bachelor’s degree programme shall include elements equivalent to the subjects below

  • Social psychology and personality psychology (20 ECTS)
  • Cognitive psychology (20 ECTS)
  • Developmental psychology (20 ECTS)
  • Clinical psychology, children and adults (10 ECTS)
  • Work and organizational psychology (10 ECTS)
  • Educational psychology (10 ECTS)
  • Research method 1: Statistics (10 ECTS)
  • Research method 2: Qualitative methods (10 ECTS)
  • Research method 2: Quantitative methods (10 ECTS)
  • Bachelor’s project (20 ECTS)

In addition, it should be noted that an equivalent BSc from universities abroad may consist of various subjects or subject elements equivalent to a specific subject offered by the Department of Psychology, i.e., e.g. the Bachelor’s project may be equivalent to two short essays of equivalent level and content.

Period of limitation

In relation to examinations in the basic disciplines of general psychology, the curriculum must reflect contemporary theory and practice. The basic literature is expected to be updated in applications based on successfully completed Bachelor’s degree programmes less than 15 years ago. Applications based on successfully completed Bachelor’s degree programmes more than 15 years ago are expected to be supplemented by an overview of the then used literature. Based on a concrete academic assessment of the contemporary nature of the literature mentioned, admission will be conditional on supplementing previous examinations in the form of writing a general psychological thesis (Bachelor’s Project).

Legal right of admission

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Aarhus University have a legal right of admission if they apply to the Master’s degree programme no later than three years after they have completed the Bachelor’s degree. The three-year period is calculated starting with the summer intake immediately following the completion of your Bachelor’s degree and ending immediately after the summer intake three years later.
Read more about extended legal right of admission.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark obtained in the courses equivalent to the admission requirements.

Grade average (summer admission 2019): 7.90 (the Danish grading scale).

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

The Department of Psychology is located in the original yellow-brick university buildings in the university park, and gives easy access to many of the joint facilities at Aarhus University.

You can participate in a wide range of activities at the department. For instance, FAPIA - the student association for psychology students - organizes a wide range of academic and social events.

As a senior student, you may also engage in the department’s anxiety clinic. The specialist clinic offers free cognitive-behavioural therapy to children and adolescents with social phobias or anxiety disorders. Therapy is offered both individually and in groups and is undertaken provided by a number of employed clinical psychologists and senior students under supervision.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

When you hold an MSc in Psychology, you need two years of practical clinical work under supervision before you qualify for authorization to work as a psychologist in private practice.

The Master’s degree (and the authorization) also provides you with many other career opportunities.

The daily activities of a psychologist could be:

  • Clinical interviews, psychological testing and diagnosis of clients
  • Therapy sessions with clients, both individual and group sessions
  • Preparation of treatment plans, e.g. remedial instruction, therapy or forced removal
  • Communication with relatives of clients
  • Supervision and teaching of personnel
  • Coaching of managers, HR development, conflict resolution, etc.
  • Research
  • Teaching at universities, nursing schools, training colleges, etc.

Many psychologists are employed in hospitals, mental institutions, public mental health care, educational and psychological counselling, family counselling, refugee centres, drug rehabilitation centres, day care and 24-hour care centres, children’s homes and youth institutions, social services, educational institutions, occupational health services, private practice, private consulting firms and research institutions.

You may also pursue a research career in academia by completing a PhD degree. Please refer to Aarhus BSS Graduate School for more information.

Competence profile

It is important that Master’s degree students acquire the theoretical skills necessary to apply their general knowledge of psychology. This application can be in the form of direct contact with individuals, consulting work with individuals, groups or systems and in general preventative work and/or research work. Compared with the Bachelor’s degree programme, the teaching uses a different perspective in that the applied aspects of the subjects in the Master’s degree programme are given more weight without pre-empting or replacing the practical training that is part of the authorisation as a psychologist.

A psychology graduate is able to:

  • Explain cases (including obtaining and interpreting test results) of a psychological nature relating to individuals, groups and organisations and to plan treatment.
  • Communicate about psychological issues (relating to individuals, organisations, society and culture), explain and organise treatment of these issues, including theoretical, empirical and application-oriented aspects.
  • Create and implement projects that help develop psychological aspects of living conditions and quality of life.
  • Plan, implement and assess psychologically relevant course programmes.