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:
  • Chair (elected for two years; term 08/2021-07/2023: Rainer Greifeneder)
  • Dean of Research (ex officio; term 02/2021-01/2023: Jörg Rieskamp)
  • Chairs of the specialized departmental doctoral programs (currently Alexander Grob, SEED; Rainer Greifeneder, SWE)
  • PhD-student (suggested by PhD-students; term 07/2021-06/2022: Sarah Kuhn)
  • Coordinator (ex officio; advisory vote only)


Promotionsordnung and educational program

The graduate training is based on the Promotionsordnung. Within the doctoral programs, additional requirements apply (see SEED and SWE). The GSP stipulates no further requirements or duties. 

Upcoming Workshops:
Modul Überfachliche Qualifikationen (interdisciplinary skills) 
  • Writing Research in Psychology
    • Teacher: Stephan Meyer (Universität Basel - Sprachenzentrum)
    • Date: 24.09., 17.12.2021 and 25.02.2022 export event as iCal
    • Introduction to Science Communication
      • Teacher: Dr. Tobias Maier (NaWik)
      • Date: 05.11.2021 export event as iCal
    • Statistical Power Analyses: Basic and Advanced Use of G*Power and multiTree
      • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Edgar Erdfelder (Universität Mannheim)
      • Date: 11.11.-12.11.2021 export event as iCal
    • Thesis Defense Training
      • Teacher: Dr. Malte Engel (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
      • Date: 18.11.-19.11.2021 export event as iCal


    Past Workshops:
    Modul Überfachliche Qualifikationen (interdisciplinary skills)
    • Conflict Management
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)
    • Herausforderungen in der Führung
      • Teacher: Dr. Urs Tschanz (DIACOVA)
    • Writing for Publication in Psychology
      • Teacher: Stephan Meyer
    • Conflict Management
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson
    • Thesis Defense Training
      • Teacher: Malte Engel
    • 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


    To register for workshops, please go to MOnA
    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.