Entrance examination Psychology

The admission to this programme is possible only if you successfully participate in the entrance examination and fulfil all requirements for admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

If you do not have proficiency in German at level B1 or higher, please read the information about proficieny in German and about the entrance procedure carefully.

The entrance procedure at a glance

  • Available Places: 500
  • Registration period: expired for the academic year 2017/18
  • Payment of examination fee (50 Euro): expired for the academic year 2017/18
  • Entrance exam: 29 August 2017, written multiple choice test
  • Alternate dates: none
  • Language: German
  • Personal enrolment: after results are announced until 30 November 2017

Reading list

  • Gerrig, R. J. (2016): Psychologie, (20. akt. Aufl.), München: Pearson Studium, ISBN 978-3868942163 

The book is available for sale in good bookstores and for download in digital form at the Vienna University Library

Details about the required chapters see below

Examples and further info (in German)


The registration period for the entrance examination for the academic year 2017/18 is over.

All registered people, that pass the entrance exam and fulfil the requirements to study a degree programme at the University of Vienna, can be admitted to this degree programme


Step 1: Registration in u:space (deadline expired)

Step 1: Registration and application for admission to a degree programme


Register via u:space and activate your u:account, which you will use throughout your entire degree programme. Log in to u:space and upload each of the required documents as one single pdf-file. Documents with more pages need to be uploaded as one PDF-file. Pay the examination fee of Euro 50 via credit card or eps online payment (only possible if you have an Austrian bank account).

As soon as you can see “submitted” in u:space in "My applications" the application has reached the University of Vienna and you are registered to participate in the entrance examination. This status does not change anymore!

You will receive a confirmation of registration via e-mail. You will receive further information necessary for the entrance examination at the e-mail address saved in your u:space registration. Please check the spam folder of your mailbox frequently and add the e-mail address of the University of Vienna to your address book, so you do not miss any important information.

Do the remaining steps of the entrance examination.

Step 2: The written exam


At least 14 days before the entrance exam you will receive a personal invitation by e-mail. This will contain information about the exact schedule for the entrance exam. Without this invitation letter you may not participate in the written entrance exam. 

Please save the whole day for the test and if you come from abroad/outside Vienna be advised to travel at least the day before.  

The written part of the entrance exam comprises tasks evaluating: 

  • the comprehension of simple texts relating to the discipline in English and German language
  • the ability of formal-analytic thinking
  • the ability to acquire subject related contents from a reading list for beginners. For this part of the examination studying the specified chapters from the above mentioned bool is a prerequisite.

The pure working time for the exam will be 3.5 hours.

At the end of the examination you will be informed about the further steps. The results will be sent via e-mail.

Here you find samples for the written exam (in German)

Step 3: After the result


The admission to the degree programme is possible after the announcement of the results if you have been successful in the entrance examination and fulfil all requirements for a bachelor degree programme at the University of Vienna.

Reading List

Gerrig, R. J. (2016): Psychologie, 20. akt. Aufl., München: Pearson Studium,
ISBN: 978-386894-213-2 

Version 2016 and version 2014 of the 20. edition are identical appart from additional online-content.

Aus Kapitel 01: Psychologie als Wissenschaft

1.1 Was macht Psychologie einzigartig?
1.2 Die Entwicklung der modernen Psychologie

Aus Kapitel 02: Forschungsmethoden der Psychologie

2.1 Der psychologische Forschungsprozess

Aus Statistischer Anhang – Statistik verstehen: Daten analysieren und Schlussfolgerungen ziehen

A.1 Datenanalyse

Aus Kapitel 03: Die biologischen und evolutionären Grundlagen des Verhaltens

3.2 Das Nervensystem in Aktion
3.3.1 Ein Blick ins Gehirn

Aus Kapitel 06: Lernen und Verhaltensanalyse

6.1 Die Erforschung des Lernens
6.2 Klassisches Konditionieren: Lernen vorhersagbarer Signale 
6.3 Operantes Konditionieren: Lernen von Konsequenzen

Aus Kapitel 07: Gedächtnis

7.1 Was ist Gedächtnis? 
7.2 Nutzung des Gedächtnisses für kurze Zeiträume 
7.3 Langzeitgedächtnis: Enkodierung und Abruf

Aus Kapitel 09: Intelligenz und Intelligenzdiagnostik

9.1 Was ist Diagnostik?
9.2 Intelligenzdiagnostik 
9.3 Intelligenztheorien

Aus Kapitel 10: Entwicklung

10.1 Erforschung und Erklärung der Entwicklung 
10.2 Körperliche Entwicklung im Laufe des Lebens 
10.3 Kognitive Entwicklung im Laufe des Lebens 
10.4 Spracherwerb

Aus Kapitel 16: Soziale Kognition und Beziehungen

16.1 Die Konstruktion der sozialen Realität 
16.2 Die Macht der Situation 
16.3 Einstellungen, Einstellungsänderungen und Handlungen 
16.6 Aggression, Altruismus und prosoziales Verhalten

Bachelor in Psychology

  • Type of degree programme: bachelor programme
  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Required ECTS credits: 180
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Details of the programme (in German): Studienprofil