Structure and content
Students in the Master’s degree programme deepen and expand their professional and methodological skills in many different core elective modules and acquire a very individualized, science-based profile with a strong practical orientation.
The Master’s degree programme teaches in-depth foundations of applied psychology and is strongly action- and application-oriented. It is therefore especially appropriate for students who wish to prepare for specific professional fields of work.
The Master’s programme can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The workload of 120 ECTS credits is the same for both. The standard duration for full-time study is 2 years, or 4 semesters. The duration of part-time study can be determined individually. The programme has a modular structure. Modules are study units on specific topics; a module consists of one or more courses. Most of the courses are taught in German.
In addition to acquiring foundation knowledge and methodological skills in required modules, the internship, and the Master’s thesis, students choose from a broad spectrum of core elective modules to focus on specific topics. From this great diversity of core elective modules, Master’s students put together their individual plan of study for 40 ECTS credits.
- Applied cognitive science and decision-making
- Diagnostics and counselling
- Developmental and family psychology: child and adolescent psychology as well as resource-oriented work
- Clinical psychology: adult as well as children and adolescent clinical psychology
- Media psychology
- Organization development and consulting
- Traffic and safety psychology
- Ageing society
- Health psychology
- Integration and participation
- People and digitization
- Environmental and sustainability psychology
The Swiss Federal Act on the Psychology Professions provides that the Master of Science (MSc) in applied psychology entitles the holder to use the professional title ‘psychologist’. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees awarded by universities of applied sciences and by universities are equivalent. A qualified Master’s degree also makes it possible to do doctoral studies leading to the doctorate.
To work as a psychotherapist, additional training is required to earn the federal postgraduate title ‘psychotherapist’. Certain specializations also additionally require the acquisition of a specialist title, for example in school psychology services the specialist title ‘child and adolescent psychologist’.
Before applying, please become familiar with:
Degree: Master of Science ZHAW in Applied Psychology
Workload: 120 ECTS credits
Duration of studies: Full-time 4 semesters; part-time individually determined
Full-time or part-time study possible
Admission requirements: Swiss Bachelor’s degree in psychology and assessment if grade point average less than 5.00
Programme start: Fall semester, week number 38
Location of instruction: Toni-Areal campus in Zurich
Language of instruction: German; English language skills required
Tuition fee: CHF 720.- per semester
«I appreciated the personal atmosphere between students and teaching staff in the applied psychology programme as well as the wide-ranging studies with the variety of course contents.»
Jessica Güntert, MSc in Applied Psychology
«Completing the Master's degree programme in applied psychology opened many doors for us – I chose research on humans in the environment.»
Dr. Swen Jonas Kühne