Psychological science - a.y. 2019/20

The Bachelor’s degree course in Psychological Science will disclose to you one of the most intriguing and contemporary domains where theoretical study and clinical, experimental activities are on the same level. You will study with scientific rigour and also enjoy yourselves in the process.


Level: Bachelor

Field of study: L-24 - Psychology

Degree awarded: Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science

Start date: October 2019

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy: 55; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 35 (4 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

The programme is designed to provide you with strong foundations in psychology. You will study subjects such as Brain and behaviour, Developmental psychology, Social psychology and communication, Clinical psychology and Foundations of health psychology. The course includes both compulsory and optional teachings and aims to lay the scientific basis for your future studies in the field and prepare you to work in a variety of sectors. The theoretical learning will be integrated with practical work and experimental activities and so you will attend lectures and also work in study groups. Seminars and workshops will also be part of your educational training. Our aim is to encourage our students to take a critical approach to their studies and gain an international perspective.

  Course structure

Each academic year consists of two semesters.

  • First semester: classes from October to January - Winter exam session: January to February
  • Second semester: classes from March to June - Summer exam session: June to July

First year: The first year of the programme will include: Basic concepts of psychology, Brain and behaviour, Developmental psychology, Social psychology and communication, Dynamic psychology.
Second year: The second year will include: Statistical methods in psychology, Work and organisation psychology, Clinical psychology, Animal psychology and Neuropsychology
Third year: The third year will include: Genes and behaviour, Cognition and sensory perception, Spatial cognition, Psychology of language, Health psychology and of course the goal of the three-year course: graduation!

Each year, students must also attend optional courses, such as Human sexuality, Artificial intelligence and many others, to reach the required amount of credits.

  Career opportunities

Graduates in Psychological Science may find professional occupations in public or private bodies, in education and in enterprises and organisations of the third sector.

Under the supervision of a professional Psychologist they can work in services caring for the individual, groups, organisations and communities in promoting health. All these sectors are related to psychometric assessment, psychosocial assistance and development of human resources across the life span.

  Entry requirements

Early/First selection (January-February)

Admission requirements are:

  • Secondary school diploma
  • SAT test (Scholastic attitude Test only, the optional Essay is not required)

If candidates do not have the SAT test, only non-EU citizens residing outside Italy will be invited to take a Skype interview. However, priority will be given to candidates with a SAT test score.

Summer/Second selection (May-August)

Every year, should there be any available places after the first selection, a new Call for applications is published at the bottom of this page in May/June. This selection is open only to European and non-European candidates residing in Italy. Admission requirements are 1) Secondary School diploma and 2) SAT test.

  Language requirements

This programme does not require students to provide any English language certificate, nonetheless a fluent level of English is essential, being all the activities of the BA’s (i.e. lectures, exams, textbooks, etc.) totally held in English.


For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

Please read carefully the Call for Applications before applying online. Guidelines for application are available below.

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. Guidelines are available below.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2019/20 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2018/19. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2018/19) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees > Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:



Programme Coordinator: Prof. Sara Mondini, Chair of the degree course in Psychological Science (


Info: Laura Toti (