Entrance exam procedure Psychology

  • The registration period for the entrance exam procedure of the academic year 2019/20 is over. The deadlines of the academic year 2020/21 will be announced in spring 2020. 
  • Prospective students who have registered in due time will be informed about the further steps by e-mail.


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

The registration for the entrance exam procedure is possible without a secondary-school leaving certificate. Upload all required documents for the admission directly after you get them.

If you do not have proficiency in German at level B2 or higher, please read the information about proficieny in German and about the admission procedure carefully.

In the personal enrolment for the degree programme proof of German proficiency at C1 level (or higher) is required.

The entrance exam procedure at a glance

  • Available places: 485
  • Pegistration period: over
  • Examination fee: Euro 50 (to be paid during the registration)
  • Entrance exam: 27 August 2019
  • Alternate dates: none
  • Language: mainly German, in parts English
  • Personal enrolment: after the announcement of the results until 28 November 2019

Reading list

  • Maderthaner, Rainer: Psychologie. Wien, Facultas, 2. Auflage 2017, ISBN: 978-3-8252-4585-6  

The book is available for sale in good bookstores and is available for free download in digital form for applicants.

Details about the required chapters see below

Information about the entrance exam (in German)

Your steps in the entrance exam procedure


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

The deadline for the registration and application is already over.

Step 2: The written entrance exam

At least 14 days before the written entrance exam you will receive an e-mail with information about the exact schedule for the entrance exam and a link to your "Einlassbestätigung". Without this "Einlassbestätigung" you may not participate in the entrance exam. Please save the whole day for the written entrance exam and if you come from abroad travel at least the day before.

The written entrance exam entails questions evaluating the following skills: 

  • Part A: Ability to acquire the knowledge expected of students starting this degree using the learning materials provided (see "reading list")
  • Part B: Ability to think formally/analytically
  • Part C: Ability to understand simple texts on the subject matter in English and German   

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

At the end of the exam you will be informed about the further steps. Around 14 days after the exam the results as well as information about your further steps will be sent via e-mail as well.


The entrance exam consists of three parts. The standardised, weighted scores of each part are added up. The parts are weighted in a ratio of 2:1:1 (A:B:C). The results are ranked according to the sum of the standardised, weighted scores per part. The highest sum corresponds to rank 1, the lowest to rank n (n = the number of participants). Persons who achieve a ranking from 1 to 485 will be admitted to the degree programme.

Information about the ranking (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 exam procedure and fulfil all requirements for the admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

Reading List

Maderthaner, Rainer: Psychologie. Wien, Facultas, 2. Auflage 2017, ISBN: 978-3-8252-4585-6 

  • aus Kapitel 01 Einleitungskapitel:
    • S. 11 bis 14 - Abschnitt 1.1
    • S. 18 bis 25 - Abschnitte 1.3 bis 1.4
  • aus Kapitel 02 Definition, Ziele und Positionen der Psychologie:
    • S. 27 bis 49 - Abschnitte 2.1 bis 2.4
  • aus Kapitel 03 Forschungsmethodik der Psychologie:
    • S. 53 bis 97 - Abschnitte 3.1 bis 3.8
  • aus Kapitel 06 Lernen und Anpassung:
    • S. 165 bis 201 - Abschnitte 6, 6.1 bis 6.11
  • aus Kapitel 07 Gedächtnis:
    • S. 205 bis 238 - Abschnitte 7, 7.1 bis 7.5
  • aus Kapitel 08 Problemlösen – Denken – Intelligenz:
    • S. 245 bis 252 - Abschnitte 8.1 bis 8.2
    • S. 261 bis 291 - Abschnitte 8.4 bis 8.6
  • aus Kapitel 09 Emotion – Motivation:
    • S. 293 bis 308 - Abschnitte 9.1 bis 9.5
  • aus Kapitel 10 Soziale Prozesse:
    • S. 329 bis 357 - Abschnitte 10, 10.1 bis 10.5
  • aus Kapitel 12 Gesundheit und Krankheit:
    • S. 409 bis 418 - Abschnitte 12.5 bis 12.6


  • Type of degree programme: bachelor programme
  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Required ECTS: 180
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Curriculum: study profile