Graduate School of Psychology

The Graduate School of Psychology (GSP) designs and coordinates the educational program for PhD-students at the Department of Psychology. The GSP's main goal is to support and advance the PhD-students’ academic development and their scientific careers. The training program of the GSP is tailored to the academic needs of the PhD-students and is matched with the department’s standards of excellence. 

Organizational structure

The GSP was formally established in 2019. All PhD-students are members of the GSP.

Executive board:
  • Tasks:
    • Supporting the executive board
    • Planning/coordinating/organizing the educational program
    • Administrative support
    • NOT: Administrative tasks associated with individual PhD candidates
  • Team:

Promotionsordnung and educational program

The graduate training is based on the Promotionsordnung. Within the doctoral programs, additional requirements apply (see HI-PSYSEED and, SC-PSY). The GSP stipulates no further requirements or duties. 

Upcoming Workshops:
Modul Forschungsmethoden
  • Foundations of Bayesian Statistics
    • Teacher: Dr. Bruno Nicenboim (Tilburg University)
    • Dates: 12.12.2024 & 13.12.2024
Modul Überfachliche Qualifikationen (interdisciplinary skills)
  • Project Management for Psychologists
    • Teacher: Dr. Oliver Schürmann (Schürmann Consulting & Research)
    • Dates: 04.10.2024 & 18.10.2024
  • Thesis Defense Training in Psychology
    • Teacher: Dr. Malte Engel (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
    • 05.12.2024 & 06.12.2024
Past Workshops:
Modul Forschungsmethoden
  • Introduction to oTree
    • Teacher: Dr. Philipp Chapkovski (University of Bonn)
  • Introduction to Bayesian statistical modelling: A course with R, Stan, and brms
    • Teacher: Dr. Ladislas Nalborczyk (PICNIC team, Paris Brain Institute)
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Bernd Bischl (LMU München)
  • Introduction to formR
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Kai Horstmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Mixed Models for (Longitudinal) Data Analysis
    • Teacher: Dr. Dale Barr (University of Glasgow)
  • Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling in R
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Paolo Ghisletta (University of Geneva)
  • Statistical Power Analyses: Basic and Advanced Use of G*Power and multiTree
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Edgar Erdfelder (Universität Mannheim)
  • Introduction to the Socioeconomic Panel
    • Teacher: Dr. Theresa Entringer and Laura Buchinger
Modul Überfachliche Qualifikationen (interdisciplinary skills)
  • Funding Academic Career Training (FACT)
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Rainer Greifeneder, Angela Leipold
  • Introduction to Science Communication
    • Teacher: Dr. Christine Blume (University of Basel)
  • Thesis Defense Training in Psychology
    • Teacher: Dr. Malte Engel (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
  • Thrive as an Early Career Researcher with Strong Digital Profile
    • Teacher: Maura Hannon (Karnarn GmbH)
  • Conflict Management
    • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)
  • Writing Research in Psychology
    • Teacher: Stephan Meyer (Universität Basel - Sprachenzentrum)
  • Elevate your LinkedIn Profile
    • Teacher: Maura Hannon (Karnarn GmbH)
  • Thesis Defense Training
    • Teacher: Dr. Malte Engel (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
    • Introduction to Science Communication
      • Teacher: Dr. Tobias Maier (NaWik)
    • Conflict Management
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)
    • Herausforderungen in der Führung
      • Teacher: Dr. Urs Tschanz (DIACOVA)
    • Writing for Publication in Psychology
      • Teacher: Stephan Meyer (Universität Basel - Sprachenzentrum)
    • Conflict Management
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)
    • Thesis Defense Training
      • Teacher: Dr. Malte Engel (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
    • Coaching für Lehrende in herausfordernden Zeiten
      • Teacher: Eva Buff Keller
    • Writing Productivity: Tools and Techniques
      • Teacher: Philipp Mayer
    • Visualize your Science
      • Teacher: Evelyne Trutmann
    • Introduction to Leadership Skills
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)


    To register for workshops, please go to
    All regular courses offered by the Department of Psychology can be found in the Course directory (Vorlesungsverzeichnis). 

    PhD Statistical counseling sessions (Statistiksprechstunde) offered by Dr. Andrea Meyer

    As part of the GSP’s educational program, Dr. Andrea Meyer offers support concerning statistical problems and questions. The GSP considers this offer as “help for self-help,” that is, Dr. Andrea Meyer provides support and advice, but will not run the data analyses himself. If you need help/advice, please adhere to the following procedure:

    • PhD-students can apply two to three weeks prior to the scheduled appointment via e-mail to Andrea Meyer. Your e-mail should contain some suggestions regarding time/date as well as a short description of your statistical problem (3-4 sentences).
    • PhD-students are expected to be well-prepared for the appointment and postprocessing is done self-reliantly according to the support given by Dr. Andrea Meyer.
    • Counseling sessions will take about 30 minutes.

    Seeking ethical approval for doctoral research

    The GSP strongly recommends that PhD-students seek ethical approval for all the research conducted as part of their dissertation, even if a specific research question does not necessitate such approval by federal law. More information on how to seek ethical approval is provided by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee. PhD-students are encouraged to discuss this matter regularly with their PhD-committee.