The Jacobs BSc in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology is built on a multi-level approach to human behavior, reflecting the insight that behavior is constrained and shaped by factors that range from biological and psychological variables to socio-cultural contexts. These factors interact in an intricate fashion in their effects on behavior. Our program focuses on equipping you with the skills to analyze, model, and eventually influence those multi-level interactions. You will explore in depth how diverse, for instance, relationships between individual people, between social groups, and even between cultures, may become as a function of influences from those different levels.
The Jacobs BSc program in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology lays a solid foundation for careers in a range of directions: advertising, counseling, diversity management health promotion, human resource management, intercultural relations, management consulting, market research, media, psychotherapy, and sales, as well as applied research in companies, public institutions ,and non-governmental organizations.
In particular ISCP prepares for roles in which you contribute to strategies for facing the challenges of diversifying societies.
Job description and job opportunities
The B.Sc. in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology at Jacobs opens doors beyond academic research. You will be a strong candidate for junior positions in all jobs that require skills in analyzing, designing, or improving human interaction, presentation, and communication. Therefore, your career opportunities will be in fields such as advertising, counseling, diversity management health promotion, human resource management, intercultural relations, management consulting, market research, media, psychotherapy, and sales, as well as applied research in companies, public institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
Moreover, you will be well prepared for international specialized Master programs in psychology and its neighboring fields, as well as for integrated, research-focused Master-PhD Programs. However, given its interdisciplinary focus, the Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology does not guarantee admission to general Master programs in Psychology at German universities. In Germany, general M.Sc. Psychology programs entitle graduates to enroll in state-recognized, regulated psychotherapy training programs that lead to licensure (“Approbation”) and admit only graduates from general B.Sc. Psychology programs. For more information, see the website of the German Society of Psychology at https://studium.dgps.de/ (site available in German only).
The graduates of the preceding program “Psychology B.A.” have been admitted to programs at renowned institutions such as:
- University of Exeter, Social Psychology, MSc
- University of Amsterdam; Cultural Psychology, MSc
- University of Groningen, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, MSc
- University of Heidelberg, MSc in Psychology
- University of East Anglia, The Gut-Brain Axis in Ageing and Dementia, direct PhD
- Florida International University, Legal Psychology, direct PhD
- LMU München, Systemic Neurosciences, MSc
- Karolinska Institutet, Biomedicine, MSc
- King's College London, MA, Terrorism, Security & Society, DWS
- University of Aberdeen, Strategic Studies & Management, MSc
- Columbia University, Developmental Psychology, MA
- University of Cambridge, Biological Science (Psychology), MPhil
- University of Oxford, Psychological Research, MSc
- London School of Economics, Social and Cultural Psychology, MSc
- University College London, Mental Health Services, MSc
Jacobs University’s Career Services Center (CSC) and the Alumni Office will support your career development. The CSC provides you with high-quality training and coaching on writing your CV and cover letters, preparing for job interviews, presenting effectively, as well as on business etiquette, employer research and many other things that will help you identify and pursue a rewarding career after your time at Jacobs University. The Alumni Office helps you establish a long-lasting and worldwide network, which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.
Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.
The ?rst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. Further ISCP students select four modules from other study programs of their interest and to pursue a minor.
Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.
ISCP students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
- CHOICE Module: Essentials of Cognitve Psychology (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Essentials of Social Psychology (7.5 CP)
The introduction modules establish a general framework of human cognition in which many phenomena of thinking, interaction, and communication can be analyzed and predicted. Attention, perception, learning and memory will be some of your topics in the first semester, as well as intelligence, language, emotion, motivation, and personality. You will use the conceptual and analytical tools from the first semester in your explorations of major fields of psychology in the second semester.
In the module component developmental psychology, you will look at how people acquire their capacities, which are learnt (and at what age), and which are innate. In the module component social psychology, you will deal with the influence the actual or perceived presence of others might have on people’s behavior. What can and cannot be inferred from psychological theories, how they relate to models and hypotheses, and what it takes for research findings to be “valid” are some of the topics in the Essentials of Psychological Methodology module component.
In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
ISCP students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:
- CORE Module: Learning and Memory (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Social Psychology (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Organizational Psychology & Communication (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Neurobiology of Behavior (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Neuroscience Methods (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Attention, Sensation, and Perception (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Judgment & Decision Making (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Health Psychology (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Cultural Psychology (5 CP)
The Learning and Memory module is geared toward understanding, how information is stored and retrieved, why we forget, and whether we can improve memory. Students will learn how biopsychologists arrive at their insights by getting to know their methods in the Neuroscience Methods module. In the Attention, Sensation, and Perception module, students will deal with essential processes for humans and other animals to learn about the world.
In the Social Psychology module, students will take an in-depth look – from the lab to the ‘real world’ – at the role of the actual or imagined presence of others as one of the more obvious of those factors. Students will also look at culture as one of the less obvious drivers in the Cultural Psychology module, analyzing why people from different corners of the world perceive the same things in very different manners. In the Organizational Psychology and Communication module, students will adopt a social cognition perspective in the study of behavior in organizations, as well as of fundamental processes of (non-)verbal communication and interaction.
15 CP in CORE modules can be selected in the second year of studies according to interest and with the aim to pursue a minor in a second field of studies.
During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.
The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
ISCP students take major-specific and major related advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.
ISCP students can choose four of the following Specialization Modules:
- Specialization: Human Neuroscience Advanced Lab (Intersession) (2.5 CP)
- Specialization: Pathophysiology and Psychotherapy of Depression (2.5 CP)
- Specialization: Managing Demographic Change in Organisations (2.5 CP)
- Specialization: Lifespan Behavioral Neuroscience (5 CP)
- Specialization: Psychology of Food (2.5 CP)
- Specialization: Psychology of Happiness (2.5 CP)
- Specialization: Science of Happiness (2.5CP)
- Specialization: Applying Social Science Research (5 CP)
The specialization modules are intended to let you apply the general psychological skills you acquired during your first two years of study to specific fields of empirical research or professional practice in order to expand and refine those skills and to foster self-reflection on your career perspectives. As defined by the specific needs for action in a given field, you will familiarize with and acquire new and advanced methods of problem analysis, data collection and analysis, and problem-solving. The modules in application-oriented fields (e.g., Managing demographic change in organizations) may also focus on exploring additional professional skills (e.g., conflict management) and specific career profiles. While the specialization modules vary widely in their topics, all modules take contemporary developments and current issues into account, as well as your interests.
Some of the points that will usually be covered in the specialization modules include, for instance: ways quantitative theories may (and may not) be applied to individual people, groups of people, or institutions; practitioner-research strategies to bridge the generalization gaps unaddressed by academic theories; defining specific actions based on empirical data; communicating without information loss high-level research to non-experts (who might be in decision-making roles); goals and formats of stakeholder management when applying research findings.
Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.
Fees & Finances
We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.