Our Bachelor's programme in Business Psychology is FIBAA accredited.
In the study program of Business Psychology at the HFT Stuttgart you will learn to apply scientific findings from psychology to business management issues. How can teams work together efficiently? How do consumers make their purchasing decisions? How do you prepare a company for digital change?
Social and political changes are contributing to the fact that "the human factor" is increasingly gaining attention in the business context. In a world that is becoming increasingly dynamic and complex, intelligent economic decisions can only be made if psychological background knowledge is available.
In a close supervising relationship you will learn business and psychological contents in equal parts. Individual majors can be set in the areas of Human Resource Management, Marketing & Market Research and Consulting.
Benefit from a high degree of applicable contents at an applied state university and use our attractive partner network to realize study projects with companies from the surrounding area. Study Business Psychology in the Metropolitan Region Stuttgart!
Due to the corona pandemic, there will be changes in the application procedure for the winter semester 2020/21.
Further information and the latest changes due to the current situation can be found here.
The following requirements must be met for admission to the Bachelor's degree in Business Psychology:
Further information on the admission requirements can be found in the admission and selection statutes.
If you are already in a Bachelor's programme at another college or university and would like to change to our programme for a higher semester, please refer to the following information sheet on changing colleges and universities and click on the following link:
Even without the advanced technical college entrance qualification it is possible to be admitted to the course of studies under certain circumstances, if a corresponding professional qualification is available. Please inform yourself under the following link:
The allocation of study places is based on a university selection procedure, whereby the following criteria are particularly taken into account:
Further information on our selection procedure can be found in the admission and selection regulations.
In the study programme B.Sc. Business Psychology only a certain number of students can be admitted per semester. Currently, 36 study places are offered per semester.
The following figure shows the Numerus Clausus and the number of waiting semesters from previous years. It should be noted that all these numbers are indicative, as the NC and the waiting time will not be known until after the end of the admission procedure.
The waiting period is calculated from the time you acquire the university entrance qualification and only counts for the period during which you were not enrolled at a German university. This means that semesters enrolled at a German university are deducted from the waiting period.
Digitalization, globalization, Industry 4.0, but also sustainability, customer proximity and agility are topics that are currently triggering far-reaching transformation processes in companies and require a high degree of flexibility from employees and managers. Many questions that arise in connection with these challenges require practical answers at the interface between business administration and psychology. And this is exactly where business psychologists come into action!
The central qualification goal of the Bachelor's programme in Business Psychology is the application-oriented teaching of business and psychological contents. Individual priorities can be set in the areas of marketing & market research, human resources management and consulting, as these are the most important professional fields of activity for business psychologists. In addition, empirical research methods are trained and the development of intercultural as well as transdisciplinary competences is strengthened.
In the first two semesters of the programme, the basics of business administration and psychology are taught. This phase includes courses such as personality and general psychology, marketing and sales, accounting, labour law and personnel management. In addition, our students receive a well-founded training in scientific methods to enable them to independently conduct empirical research projects.
The third and fourth semesters are characterized by a strong practical orientation. In numerous exercises, our students learn to apply their knowledge in practice and to expand their methodical skills. Particularly noteworthy is the Business Psychology Project, which offers students the opportunity to work on an exciting consulting project in cooperation with a company.
In addition, at the beginning of the third semester, two of the three main areas of study are selected from the fields of Human Resource Management, Marketing / Market Research and Consulting. A personal profile can thus be designed according to individual interests.
In addition, courses such as social psychology, controlling, project management and industrial and organisational psychology are used to further deepen the business and psychological knowledge already acquired.
In the final phase of the study programme, skills and knowledge are developed into competences. A six-month internship in a company offers our students a great opportunity to try out their skills in a possible future working environment and to make valuable professional contacts.
Finally, in the sixth semester, the bachelor's thesis is written, which is usually done in cooperation with a company.
We offer you opportunities to structure your studies flexibly and to set individual priorities. At the beginning of the third semester, our students have the opportunity to choose two of three specializations from the areas of Human Resource Management, Marketing & Market Research and Consulting.
In addition to the basic knowledge of business administration and psychology, our students receive a well-founded empirical training in methods during their studies. With a successful completion of their studies, they can develop and implement application-oriented research designs and answer empirical questions on a scientific level on the basis of statistical knowledge.
Our students are able to answer relevant questions and problems with empirical methods of social research. In times of "fake news" in which trust in reliable institutions and findings is dwindling, we are consciously setting a counterpole.
With the most modern research tools such as eye tracking technology or virtual reality glasses, which are available to our students in the business psychology laboratory, we enrich their studies at the University of Applied Sciences. Due to the exclusive access to our extensive inventory, we are an attractive cooperation partner for companies in the Stuttgart Metropolitan Region that benefit from projects with our students.
As a university of applied sciences, we provide our students with a lot of practical training. Practical experience is integrated into the curriculum in various ways. Doing so, students can build up a valuable network for their career start already during their studies.
The BPS study project is a six-month company internship, which is completed in the fifth semester. For our students, it is a great opportunity to make valuable contacts in the business world during their studies and to apply what they have learned in the lectures to everyday business life.
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The business psychology project is an application-oriented study project in the 4th semester. Under the supervision of a professor, students work on concrete questions from the operational practice of selected companies. Throughout the semester, solutions to the respective problems are developed in small groups and presented to the respective companies at the end of the semester.
Guest speakers are regularly invited to give exciting lectures on their experiences from corporate practice and current challenges.
Every 1.5 years the Day of Business Psychology takes place at our university. On this day, numerous representatives from business and science as well as alumni of the HFT meet to exchange views on a topic of business psychology and current relevance. In addition to keynote speeches, interactive formats offer space for linking research and practical experience.
I did my internship in operational market research at Ritter Sport. Due to the wide range of tasks, conducting my own studies and participating in large departmental projects, I have gained a very comprehensive insight into the work as a market researcher. My practical experience has been very helpful for the following lectures at HFT and I still benefit from it today.
The students of business psychology at the HFT Stuttgart have investigated the acceptance of air taxis for Volocopter at the airports of Frankfurt and Stuttgart. The cooperation was professional and cooperative and the study results have given us valuable insights into one of the most important factors for the introduction of air taxis in the world's major cities. From this student project, a further cooperation in the field of research has developed.
The semester abroad in Canada was definitely worth it. Not only could I improve my language and professional skills, I was also able to get to know the beautiful country Canada and many nice people. I was particularly impressed by the familiar atmosphere on the UPEI campus and by the winter months in Canada.
The numerous partner universities abroad enabled me to spend a great semester at Edinburgh Napier University, which I would repeat at any time. The tuition fees were covered by a scholarship and the academic international office of the university prepared me very well.
The semester abroad at the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City was the best time of my program. I learned Spanish, discovered beautiful landscapes and made friends for life. At the beginning it was a journey into the unknown, but the hospitality of the Mexicans in combination with delicious food and breathtaking sunsets quickly captivated me. On top of that the Tec is the best university in the country - what more could you ask for? ;-)
Thanks to the profound education in the two core disciplines of business administration and psychology, which are central to the success of companies, students of business psychology are given access to professional fields at almost all levels and in all areas: From private enterprises, research institutions and the public sector to consulting, the course stands for a wide range of opportunities after graduation.
Our bachelor's degree program is the best way to prepare them for a career start or an advanced master's degree program. Thisbecomes also clear by the careers of our graduates: One half of the students decide to enter working life directly after their Bachelor's degree; the other half starts a Master's degree programme.
In order to present the different career paths and perspectives in business psychology, we let our alumni tell from their experiences:
It should be noted that the internship is a preliminary commercial internship of at least 30 days' attendance and must be completed before the start of the course. The areas of responsibility should have a clear business management reference. In certain cases, the crediting of a commercial vocational training is possible. Please note that we can only recognise the pre-study internship if it was completed after obtaining the university entrance qualification. Unfortunately, we cannot recognise purely school-based training and further education as a pre-study internship.
You can find further information under the tab "Application" in our Pre-internship guideline. The requirements that we set for the pre-study internship are also included in this document and areas in which the internship can be completed are listed.
Unfortunately, we cannot carry out an individual examination in advance to determine whether your internship meets the requirements. Please try to decide for yourself on the basis of the above information whether your work as a pre-internship can be credited.
The pre-study internship can also be completed abroad. The certificate should then be issued in English or German.
It would be advantageous if you already have an internship in prospect by the application deadline. However, we need proof that you have an internship place at the latest when you enrol in the study program.
You do not have to have completed the pre-study internship by the application deadline. It is best if you enclose a confirmation to your application that you have an internship place. We will then need your internship certificate at the latest at the beginning of your studies. One week before lectures start, there is a preparation week for first-year students of all Bachelor's programs, so that the internship must be completed by this time.
It is possible to divide the course into two internships of 3 weeks each. However, less than 3 weeks in a row does not make sense because you can only gain a more detailed insight into the company after a certain period of time.
Proof of the pre-study internship does not have to be submitted with the application. However, if you are admitted, you would have to prove that you have a suitable pre-study internship at the time of enrolment and that you will finish it in time. You must then submit the remaining documents (internship report, etc.) by the start of your studies.
For the winter semester you can apply from the beginning of May, for the summer semester from the beginning of November. Application deadline for the winter semester: July 15. Application deadline for the summer semester: January 15.
Applications for the winter semester can be submitted by July 15 and for the summer semester by January 15. Unfortunately, it is not possible to say exactly when the notifications will be sent out.
It is not possible to apply outside the official application period. If it is not possible for you to apply during the application period, you can alternatively authorize someone to apply. If you have more detailed questions in this regard, you can contact our Student Secretariat, which is responsible for the application and admission procedure.
Completed vocational training in the commercial sector leads to a grade increase of 0.1. Only vocational training completed after obtaining the university entrance qualification is taken into account.
From a grade of 2.0 or better in the final high-school exam in maths, the A-levels grade will be raised by 0.1 during the application procedure. If there is no final high-school exam in maths, the average of the last four high school semesters counts (scores of 10,9,10,11 = grade increase / 10,10,10,9 = no grade increase)
As a state university we do not charge tuition fees. There are only administrative costs of about 200 € per semester. Different regulations apply for a second course of study. You can find further information here.
Lecture times can change every semester, generally lecture times between 08.00 and 19.00 Mo-Fr (in exceptional cases on Saturday) are possible. On some days you will have the whole day of lectures, on other days only a few hours. Occasionally there may be time gaps between lectures. However, assume that you will be studying full-time, i.e. plan 40 hours per week for your studies.
Every year in November, a study information day takes place at our university, where you are welcome to inform yourself about our study course in Business Psychology. On the study information day, prospective students receive valuable tips on the upcoming choice of the right course of study. Sample lectures and exercises in the laboratories provide an exciting insight into the university's activities. In addition, all courses of study and all facilities of the university are presented at information stands. You can find further information here.
There are no official introductory lectures, but if you are interested, you can attend lectures by arrangement with the respective lecturer. It is best to proceed as follows:
1. take a look at our lecture plans. At the bottom of the page you will find WP1 - WP6, this refers to the 1-6th semester of the Business Psychology course. Here you can now view the week views.
2. choose 1-2 lectures that interest you and write directly to the respective lecturer. You can find the contact details here.
Yes, it is possible to have modules from a previous course of study credited. However, this can only be decided individually after the start of your study program. If you are admitted to the 1st semester, we recommend that you contact the teachers of the respective course directly after the start of the study program and ask for possible crediting.