Faculty of Psychology
Duration / ECTS - Credits
6 semesters / 180 ECTS
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Science, BSc.
Qualification Level
ISCED–2011: Level 6 and EQR/NQR: Level 6
Information on the Curriculum*
Mode of Study
Language of Instruction
Location of Implementation
Online bewerben

The Bachelor Psychology degree programme is oriented towards cultural and social sciences and provides a basic education in scientific psychology. According to the Austrian Psychologists Act, the degree represents the first stage in the training to become a psychologist in Austria. 

Please note that this programme is offered in German at SFU Linz. If you are already studying / have studied at SFU, please contact the Studies Service Center before creating a new account in the online application

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines:

Summer semester 2024: 31 March 2024
Winter semester 2024/25: 30 November 2024

Enrolling in the psychology degree programme is also possible in the summer semester.

Formal prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor Psychology programme at SFU Linz is proof of an university entrance qualification such as

  • a secondary school leaving certificate (Matura or Abitur), vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung) or equivalent (foreign) qualifications (e.g. high school diploma); or
  • a relevant university entrance qualification examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung); or
  • a subject-relevant study admission examination as regulated in the examination regulations of the Faculty of Psychology under § 12.

Language skills: If the native language of an applicant is not German, proof of German language skills of at least level B2 (according to CEFR) is required for the degree programme in German.

The admission regulations can be found at Regulations & Notifications (in German).

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure consists of the online application and the selection procedure. If the admission procedure is passed, a study place will be allocated subject to the availability of places.

Online application
Please upload the following document to our Online Application Platform

  • Proof of an university entrance qualification
  • CV (PDF, in German) incl. 300 words of motivational text 
  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • Copy of e-card
  • Possibly proof of language skills
  • Photograph

Selection process
The selection procedure consists of a review of the cognitive and linguistic competences required for the study programme in an admission interview with Univ.-Prof. DDr. Alfred Barth. The interviews take place by prior appointment at psychologie-linz@sfu.ac.at or +43 732 99 57 99.

Course Structure, incl. Curriculum

Please note that the Bachelor programme in Psychology is offered in German at SFU Linz.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The students acquire competences for the scientific processing of theoretical and practical problems in psychology. They have a sound knowledge of social science research methods, can independently apply scientific working techniques, are aware of the current state of knowledge of the basic sub-disciplines of psychology, have an overview of the epistemological interests and research strategies of individual disciplines bordering on psychology and have developed and expanded their communicative action competences in their own practical modules.
A Bachelor’s thesis is required for successfully completing the degree programme.

Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

A Master’s degree is expected to be a prerequisite for working as a psychologist (Austrian Psychologists Act).
The most common fields of activity for psychologists: Health care (clinical psychology, psychotherapy, neuro- or rehabilitation psychology), work, organisational and business psychology (industrial psychology, personnel management, labour market administration, business and personnel consulting, advertising), educational psychology (school psychology, educational counselling centres), university (research, teaching, student counselling) and traffic psychology.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee (as of summer semester 2024): 

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme (BSc., 6 semesters): € 7.215,00 per semester
  • Costs admission procedure: € 480,-

Tuition fees are charged for the standard programme duration (Bachelor’s Degree: 6 semesters). The total costs of studying at SFU will not increase in case a student’s studies are extended by one year.

Contact Department of Psychology Linz
Mail: psychologie-linz@sfu.ac.at
Tel: +43 732 99 57 99
Office hours: Mo – Fr, 9 am – 1 pm
Address: Adalbert-Stifter-Platz 2, 8th floor, 4020 Linz

Contact Finance and Controlling SFU Vienna
Mail: psy-accounting@sfu.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 798 40 98 304
Opening and telephone hours: Mo-Thur: 10 am–3 pm / Fr: 10 am–3 pm, by telephone only 
Address: Freudplatz 1, 3rd floor, room 3002

Scholarships and Financing

Following the applicable criteria, Sigmund Freud University awards scholarships every year.


The Bachelor Programme in Psychology at SFU Linz was accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) in 2012.
All SFU Accreditation Reports are available in German (SFU Vienna website).

Orientation of the SFU Bachelor's Programme in Psychology to the Reform of Psychotherapy Training in Germany

According to the reform of psychotherapy training in Germany, students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in psychotherapy after completing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology must complete a defined amount of courses that are intended to prepare them for the future profession of psychotherapist as part of the Bachelor’s degree programme.

In our psychology programme (at SFU Vienna only), we have therefore integrated an elective module with corresponding courses into the regular curriculum of the Bachelor’s degree programme (from winter semester 2020/21 onwards), which is oriented towards the requirements of the legal reform. If there are additional changes with regard to the legal requirements or implementation guidelines in Germany, we will further adapt the courses in this elective module.

For further details contact us at psychologie-linz@sfu.ac.at


Contact Department of Psychology Linz
Mail: psychologie-linz@sfu.ac.at
Tel: +43 732 99 57 99
Office hours: Mo – Fr, 9 am – 1 pm
Address: Adalbert-Stifter-Platz 2, 8th floor, 4020 Linz
Opening hours: Mon – Fri from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fri from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(closed on Friday afternoons during holidays)