Master in Psychotherapy Science

Sigmund Freud University

Program Description

Master in Psychotherapy Science

Sigmund Freud University

Master in Psychotherapy Science

The Magistrum Degree Programme builds on the experiences gained from the Baccalaureate Programme and deepens students’ knowledge of theory, methodology and the historical development of psychotherapy. Students gain an in-depth understanding of general and method-specific psychopathology, diagnostic methods, the clinical course of disorders and appropriate treatment strategies. The programme places emphasis on the basic sciences of psychobiology, neuroimmunology and socio-scientific and socio-philosophical issues. It continues to widen students’ knowledge of theoretical principles and clinical theories in their chosen school of psychotherapy, the basic principles of which have been covered in the Bachelor’s Degree Programme.

The range and teaching of therapy methods is based on the most current developments of psychotherapy science and in line with the accreditation regulations as specified by Austrian and German law.

Deepening students’ capacity to pursue psychotherapy research is central to the Magistrum Degree Programme. During the programme students learn how to interpret, compare and pursue empirical research questions. The course is designed to broaden students’ theoretical knowledge base in methodology and put it into practice.

Integration of theoretical knowledge with the applied clinical experience is a core element of the Magistrum Degree Programme. Students will undertake supervised internships, both at an external facility and at the University Outpatient Clinic. They will learn the skills and competencies necessary for practicing psychotherapy in personal development courses which are compulsory.

To continue seamlessly with the Magistrum Degree Programme on completion of the Bachelor’s Degree Course students are required to choose the specialist option of psychotherapy while doing their Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Bachelor’s graduates who have opted for the specialist option of “Psychosocial counselling” may enter the Magistrum Programme on condition that they take certain courses which are part of the fifth and sixth semesters of the Bachelor’s Degree Programme.

Course Duration

The Magistrum Degree Course is a four semester programme including the time required to write the Master’s thesis.

University Degree

On successful completion of this degree programme students will be awarded a Master’s Degree (Magisterium) in Psychotherapy Science.

Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Clinical & Theoretical Principles of Psychotherapy: General
  • Clinical & Theoretical Principles in Psychotherapy: Method-Specific
  • Methods
  • Practice-Oriented Workshops: Method-Specific
  • Personal Development: Method-Specific
  • Praktikum and Praxis: Method-Specific



Semester 2

  • Clinical & Theoretical Principles of Psychotherapy: General
  • Clinical & Theoretical Principles in Psychotherapy: Method-Specific
  • Research Methods
  • Practice-Oriented Workshops: Method-Specific
  • Personal Development: Method-Specific
  • Praktikum and Praxis: Method-Specific



Semester 3

  • Clinical & Theoretical Principles of Psychotherapy: General
  • Research Methods
  • Practice-Oriented Workshops
  • Clinical
  • Philosophy and Social Science
  • Personal Development: Method-Specific
  • Praktikum and Praxis: Method-Specific



Semester 4

  • Clinical & Theoretical Principles of Psychotherapy: General                         
  • Comparative Psychotherapy Research
  • Practice-Oriented Workshops Method-Specific
  • Praktikum and Praxis: Method-Specific
  • Thesis Project
  • Examinations

Requirements for Graduate Programmes

Completion of the Baccalaureate Programme at SFU or completion of an equivalent and related Austrian or international university degree.

The advisory committee decides on whether candidates’ previously completed degrees are to be rated as equivalent and related. In consultation with the academic staff for the SFU Baccalaureate Degree Programme, committee members are empowered to require applicants’ attendance of certain courses from the Baccalaureate Degree Programme.

Successful attendance of two admission interviews with two academic staff members. These interviews are designed to familiarize applicants with the requirements of the degree programme and to assess their aptitude for the programme and the profession.

Successful participation in a seminar which is intended to explore applicants’ personality and aptitude in even greater detail.

Tuition Fees: EUR 6.830,- per semester

Tuition payment is due at commencement of term, or can be paid on a monthly schedule.

Enrollement fee:


A non refundable payment of € 500,- is necessary to secure the enrollement procedure.

Tuition fees include:

1. Theoretical coursework
2. Major share of costs for self-awareness training
3. Supervision
4. Practical training at the University Outpatient Clinic
5. Examination fees

Tuition fees are charged for the standard programme duration (Bachelor’s Degree: 6 semesters, Master’s Degree: 4 semesters, Doctoral Programme 6 Semesters).


The total costs of studying at SFU will not increase in case a student’s studies are extended by one year.

Tax Deductions

In line with the Austrian income tax law, students may deduct the total expenses of their study courses from their taxes if the degree programmes are rated as professional reorientation (Umschulungsmaßnahme) or continuing education (Weiterbildungsmaßnahme).

Study Grants

With regard to study grants, students at SFU are subject to the same conditions as students studying at Austrian state universities. We would be happy to provide you with details on various study grants.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
Duration
Duration
4 semesters
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
6,830 EUR
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Deadline
Start date Oct. 2016
Place
Austria Vienna
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Duration 4 semesters
Price 6,830 EUR
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