Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences


The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences was founded in 1968 and is a part of Aarhus BSS, which holds the internationally recognised accreditations AACSB and AMBA as well as the EQUIS accreditation for its business activities.

Generating knowledge about people and society
The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences teaches and conducts research within all of the most significant subject areas of psychology. The department also contributes to communicating psychological research to society. Once graduates gain the relevant work experience and supervision, their Master’s degree in psychology will qualify them for authorisation in Denmark in accordance with the international EuroPsy criteria.

The department contributes with research and knowledge exchange within the field of psychology in relation to society at large. The researchers at the department enter into close national and international collaborative agreements and have a strong tradition for collaborating with researchers from a broad range of academic disciplines, including other social sciences, psychiatry, education, health and neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, the study of religion, management, and human relations.

The department’s academic staff is organised in a series of research units and academic groups, which conduct research into:

-       Cognitive Psychology

-       Developmental Psychology

-       Clinical Psychology

-       Work and Organisational Psychology

-       Educational Psychology

-       Biological Psychology

-       Social Psychology and Personality Psychology

The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences has 55-60 members of academic staff and 45-50 PhD students.

The department is home to several large research centres, such as Con Amore (financed by the Danish National Research Foundation), Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, and CEBU – Centre for the Psychological Treatment of Children and Adolescents.

Research-based teaching
The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences bears the overall responsibility for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in psychology (cand.psych.), as well as the subsidiary subject programme in psychology. The department also contributes to the Flexible Master of Public Governance (FMOL), and the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research offers the Master in Drug and Alcohol Research.

At the time being, approximately 225 students are enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree programme on a yearly basis and everyone who passes the Bachelor's degree exams can continue on to the Master’s degree programme. In addition to this, a number of Masters’ degree graduates enroll in the PhD programme each year, aiming for a research career.