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Applied Psychology

Bachelor

Understand the world of psychology through a practically focused lens for use in the working world with our B.Sc. Applied Psychology.

Online Studies

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

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Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Overview

Start your online Bachelor in Applied Psychology

Interactions in work and everyday life are complex, determined by thoughts, feelings and actions. Every day we have to make decisions, motivate ourselves, and interact with others in various situations. Learn how to apply your psychological expertise in interpersonal situations and processes in the work environment with the IU International University of Applied Sciences B.Sc. Applied Psychology.

While the classical study of psychology is more scientifically empirical, studying applied psychology enables you to take a practical direction in one of the fields of psychology. Whether in business, health, media or communication psychology - the world needs experts on people who know how to apply the findings of psychology in practice.

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
Study model
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
180 ECTS
Language: English
Study duration & extension
36 - 72 months (depending on time model)
Free of charge extension period
Start your studies later
Tuition fees
Starting from € 199 (US$ 209)* per month

*based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)
Accreditation
180 ECTS - English
Currently in the process of being accredited
Past education recognised
Save time and earn your degree faster by having your previous achievements/experience recognised
Online studies:
Available from 01.08.2023 (English, 180 ECTS)
Information about state accreditation
This programme is still in the process of accreditation. We are expecting Ministry approval at the very latest by the start of the study programme. So far, all IU programmes have been accredited and approved successfully on time.
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Versatile & Innovative

Your digital learning journey with personal support!

Top-Level Education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96 %

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Study contents

Online course overview

This online degree programme teaches you all the important basics of psychology such as industrial and organisational psychology, clinical and educational psychology as well as psychological research and practice, highlighting the links to fields of application.

The methodological and statistical subjects are also oriented towards the skills needed in practice. During your studies, you will delve deeper into behavioural and evolutionary research as well as into the areas of counselling, communication, conflict management, intercultural psychology and positive psychology. This gives you the know-how to work with people in many different situations, be they clients, patients or applicants. In addition, you have the chance to discover your desired field of psychology by specialising in health, communication, business or media psychology.

Semester 1
ModuleECTS

Psychology

5

Introduction to Academic Work

5

Occupational and Organizational Psychology

5

Differential and Personality Psychology

5

Social Interaction Psychology

5

General Psychology: Learning, Emotion, Motivation and Attention

5

Semester 2
ModuleECTS

Introduction to Empirically Scientific Psychology

5

Statistics

5

General Psychology: Perception, Memory, Language and Cognition

5

Developmental Psychology

5

Positive Psychology

5

Introduction to Psychological Assessment

5

Semester 3
ModuleECTS

Psychology of Behavior and Evolution

5

Basics of Counseling

5

Research Methodology and Data Analysis

5

Implementing Diagnostic Tools

5

Clinical Psychology: Mental Disorders

5

Basics of Occupational and Organisational and Educational Psychology

5

Semester 4
ModuleECTS

Intercultural Psychology

5

Collaborative Work

5

Seminar: Methods of Individual and Group Counseling

5

Health and Prevention

5

Project: Communication for Practical Problem-Solving

5

Empirical Social Research

5

Semester 5
ModuleECTS

Conflict Management and Mediation

5

Interaction and Communication in Organisations

5

Practical Project: Psychology

5

Systematic Counseling and Coaching

5

Elective A

10

Semester 6
ModuleECTS

Elective B

10

Elective C

10

Bachelor Thesis

10

Electives overview

Elective A

In your 5th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Health Psychology: Stress and Coping

10

Psychology of Communication and Persuasion

10

Agile Management and Leadership

10

Media Psychology and User Research

10

Elective B

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Health Psychology: Interventions

10

Negotiation and Facilitation of Groups

10

Organizational Development and Change Management

10

Psychology of Human- Computer Interaction

10

Elective C

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Occupational Health Management and Burnout Prevention

10

Corporate Communication and PR

10

New Work and Personnel Psychology

10

Design Thinking and Prototyping

10

Studium Generale

10

Module guide
Online course schedule
Admission

Entry requirements

How To Start Your Degree with the Online Degree Saver Programme:

Once you've enrolled and started on your studies, you'll have access to a part of your courses, based on the time model you choose. You will be registered as a student only after 50% of the total ECTS have been successfully completed. Then you will gain access to the rest of your courses, and will be able to finish your degree.

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here.

General academic requirements
  • Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate such as A-Levels or IB Diploma and your transcript of records.
  • A subject-related higher education entrance qualification.

Depending on your qualifications, you might have to meet additional requirements, such as successfully passing a university entrance examination or one of the following programmes to make sure you are ready to study with us:

  • Bachelor Entrance Examination (included in Online Degree Saver Programme)

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team to find out the exact requirements applicable for your application.

English language skills

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international work market. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with a proof of your English language skills. 

Is English your native language or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language skills. 

You can prove your English skills with an English B2 level certificate (no older than 5 years). Don’t have this at hand? No problem! You can quickly get your English certified with Duolingo. 

  • Take the online test in just 45 to 60 minutes 
  • Receive your certified results within 2 days 
  • Save valuable money and time 

Find out if the Duolingo test is suitable for you. Click here to try it for free. In order to be accepted to your study programme, a minimum of 95 points in the Duolingo exam is required. 

Did you take the test and not get the 95 points required? Don’t worry! We’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency.

We also accept the following English language skills certificates: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B) or 
  • Equivalent proof, such as a B2.2 Certificate from the free IU English course - further information can be requested from our student advisors.* 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years.
*Please note that course isn't accepted as a language certificate for on campus study programmes

Earn a high school diploma and a Bachelor’s degree – at the same time!

Don’t have a high school diploma? Have one but your grade average doesn’t meet our admission requirements? We have a solution for you! 

With the High School Diploma Study Pathway, you can earn a high school diploma and start your online Bachelor’s degree at IU – at the same time.

Visit our High School Diploma Study Pathway page for more details. 

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Careers

Your Applied Psychology career outlook

With your B.Sc. Applied Psychology degree, you can expect versatile tasks in media, user research, in the area of health promotion, in organisational development and consulting, in personnel recruitment as well as in all communication areas where a psychological background is required. After graduation, you can work as a ...

Prevention and Health Promotion Officer

As a prevention and health promotion officer, you manage and implement health-related prevention programmes in organisations such as health authorities, health insurance funds or companies.

Corporate Communications Officer

As a corporate communications officer, you manage internal communication processes. In doing so, you always keep an eye on the different target groups and develop customised and well-founded communication concepts.

User Research/ User Centricity/ User Experience Specialist Manager

As a User Research /User Centricity/User Experience Specialist Manager, you will collect and process data on customers of virtual products and help to create user-friendly services and products on the basis of your findings. In addition, you test alternative designs with regard to their acceptance and market relevance.

Student reviews

This is what our students say

  • I wanted a career change but still be able to apply the knowledge I've gained to my work.

    Anne-Kathrin Gansebohm

    Online student

  • IU offered a great international, yet intimate, atmosphere and a portfolio of study programmes with a global outlook.

    Leonie Andereya

    Graduate

  • In general, IU is a very well equipped university with a perfect staff.

    Mantas Paskevicius

    BSc Computer Science, Lithuania

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.

Tuition fees

Online study model & fees for your Bachelor degree in Applied Psychology



Full-Time

Duration 36 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

US$ 385
US$ 345 /mth* Apply now
* € 329 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time I

Duration 48 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

US$ 333
US$ 303 /mth* Apply now
* € 289 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time II

Duration 72 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their courses on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

US$ 229
US$ 209 /mth* Apply now
* € 199 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)
Additional charges

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Free 4-week trial
  • Online tutorials and guidance from tutors
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn English for free
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Have you completed a course or a learning path through IU LinkedIn Learning, and earned a certificate? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, and complete your studies at IU sooner.

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment. Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.