Faculty of Psychology
Duration / ECTS - Credits
4 semesters / 120 ECTS
Academic Degree
Master of Science, MSc.
Qualification Level
ISCED–2011: Level 7 und EQR/NQR: Stufe 7
Information on the Curriculum*
Mode of Study
Language of Instruction
Location of Implementation
Online bewerben

The Master’s degree programme in Psychology offers a scientific education that prepares students for professional practice. The curriculum consists of a core study programme and in a specialisation in clinical psychology at SFU Linz. The degree entitles the holder to use the title of psychologist in Austria in accordance with the Psychologists Act (together with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology).

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.

The formal requirement for admission to the Master Psychology programme at SFU Linz is proof of university entrance qualification such as

  • a Psychology Bachelor Programme degree earned at the SFU or
  • a related and equivalent Austrian or international Bachelor degree in Psychology earned at a post-secondary educational institution or 
  • a Bachelor’s degree from another recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution with a social science, cultural studies, humanities or economics orientation. In order to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in Psychology, however, the management may impose conditions in which the completion of additional subject-relevant courses from the Bachelor’s degree programme in Psychology is required. In terms of professional law, however, completing the Master’s degree programme in Psychology without completing a relevant Bachelor’s degree programme in Psychology does not entitle the holder to use the title of psychologist.

Language skills: If the native language of an applicant is not German, German language skills of at least level C1 (according to CEFR) are required for the degree programme. For all applicants, English language skills of at least level B2 (according to CEFR) are also required.

Required grade point average: ≤ 2.0

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

Admission Procedure

Admission Procedure
The admission procedure consists of the online application and the selection procedure. If you pass the admission procedure, you will be allocated a place on the programme, subject to availability.
Important: If you are already studying / have studied at SFU, please contact the Study Service Center before creating a new account in the online application.

Online application
As part of the online application, the following documents must be uploaded on our Online Application Platform:

  • Proof of Bachelor’s degree
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • Copy of e-card
  • Proof of language skills, if applicable
  • Letter of motivation
  • Photograph

Selection procedure
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

The Master’s programme in Psychology at SFU Linz offers a specialisation in Clinical Psychology (in German).

Qualification Profile and Skills

In the core programme, which is compulsory for all students, the first year of study initially focuses on further deepening the training in social science research methods. At the same time, students acquire the corresponding subject-specific competences in their chosen specialisation. The acquisition of theory goes hand in hand with the practical testing of the knowledge to be acquired. The second year of study provides for a professional internship of at least four months as part of the curriculum in the core studies. From the third semester onwards, students start preparing for the scientific thesis; the Master’s thesis is then realised in the fourth semester.
The students are capable of independent scientific work, they have sound professional knowledge in their chosen specialisation and can apply their scientific expertise in practical professional contexts.

Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Completing the Master’s programme provides the prerequisite for further postgraduate training (e.g. doctoral studies, psychotherapy training, training to become a clinical psychologist and health psychologist, occupational and organisational psychologist). Graduates are introduced to the independent implementation of psychological diagnostics as well as responsible and scientifically sound counselling and intervention, e.g. in clinical, educational, health, occupational and organisational psychological contexts as well as in social or personal crisis, conflict and decision-making situations.
Acquired competences also enable professional activities in the human science-oriented fields of work related to psychology, such as health care, human resources management, labour science, technology development, administration, market and media research, crisis and security management.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee (as of summer semester 2024): 

  • Master’s Degree Programme (MSc., 4 semesters): € 7.800,00 per semester
  • Costs admission procedure: € 480,00

Tuition fees are charged for the standard programme duration (Bachelor’s Degree: 6 semesters, Master’s Degree: 4 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.

Dates and Deadlines


The Master Programme in Psychology at SFU Linz was accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) in 2015. 
All SFU Accreditation Reports are available in German (SFU Vienna website).


Contact Department of Psychology Linz
Mail: psychologie-linz@sfu.ac.at
Tel: +43 732 99 57 99
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)