Option: Developmental and school psychology

Developmental psychology is the scientific study of the changes occurring in human beings throughout their lifespan. Initially mostly interested in infants and children, this domain has expanded to include adolescence, adult development, and aging. Therefore, it examines changes over the entire life in a wide range of areas. Studying developmental psychology can lead to a career as a psychologist for children and adolescents or school psychologist. This Master Option also allows for acquiring fundamental knowledge for anyone wishing to work in connection with children.

  • Structure
    Modules ECTS
    Basis module (E) 15
    Module I 15
    Module II 15
    Practical Experience 15
    Master Project and Thesis, incl. Colloquium 30
    Module IIIa or Specialisation Module A/B 15
    Specialisation Module A/Bb 15


    a: Option Module III is obligatory for students of the Master Option “Clinical & Health Psychology”. Option Module III is optional for students of the Master Option “Cognitive Neuroscience”. 
    b: Specialisation Modules A and B can belong either to the same or to different Master Options. They are taken outside of the main Master Option of each student.

  • Detailed descriptions of general modules (75 ECTS)

    Basis module (15 ECTS)

    This module includes state of the art lectures on important basic areas in psychological sciences. Lectures are mostly held by members of the department and involve topics that either represent basic psychological functions, influences, and processes, or general areas of applied psychology and related disciplines. The goal of this module is to provide students with a basic and current knowledge and understanding of core areas of psychology and of the focal themes of the department research units. All courses are taught in English, and a total of 15 ETCS must be validated.

    Module I: Developmental Psychology DEV (15 ECTS)

    The module DEV focuses on developmental psychology and, more specifically, on the theories and models in typical and atypical development, such as blind or physically disabled children. Although most courses are in French, some may be offered in English.

    Module II: School Psychology SCOL (15 ECTS)

    The module SCOL focuses on school psychology. It shows how learning takes place during life, especially in the so-called fundamental skills (reading, writing, numbers) during childhood. It also introduces how different deficiencies could affect learning. The courses within this module are complemented by practical exercises and by the presentation of the psychometric tests mostly used by school psychologists. Although most courses are in French, some may be offered in English.

    2 Specialisation Modules A/B (30 ECTS)

    Detailed description of specialisation modules

  • Practical experience (15 ECTS)

    The practical experience is equivalent to 8 weeks full time in a psychology-related clinical, industrial or research environment. The practical experience can also be completed part-time. Alternatively, the practical experience can be attained by lab rotations. The goal of the practical experience is to refine the basic competences of students, to deepen their specialized knowledge, and to broaden their professional networks. The practical experience must be attained under the supervision of a psychologist und must be related to the Master Option chosen by the student. The activities and learning experiences during the practical experience or lab rotation must be described in a written report and will be evaluated.

  • Master thesis (30 ECTS)

    The Master thesis encompasses a research project that is conducted by students and related to their chosen Master Option. Though guided by expert supervisors during the whole process, students are responsible for preparing the project, recruiting human participants, conducting studies as well as preparing and analysing statistical data. Students must actively attend a master colloquium. Finally, students produce a written thesis, normally in the form of an extended research paper. This thesis can be written in English, German or French.