Its curriculum is based on the recommendations of the German Society of Psychology, however, the course focuses on the application-related switching of diagnostic, therapeutic and of consulting skills base. His psychoanalytic orientation shown by the fact that in addition to behavioral therapy, gestalt therapy, systemic and other psychoanalytic process are the main focus of study.

In addition, learning about empirical and statistical methods should also include those methods which are particularly suited to detect and map the process and the result of psychoanalytic treatments. Finally psychoanalytic orientation also appears that the students will get to know psychoanalysis not only as a psychotherapeutic method, but also as a cultural theory and applied social science. The course is approved by the Berlin Senate and until 2017 officially accredited.

Design and Structure

The program comprises 120 credits, the full-day program in four semesters or 8 semesters part-time study can be purchased. The credits split roughly evenly across the semester, where in the last semester the Master thesis is written. In the case of part-time study for working adults and External a presence of one week and four weekends per semester is expected.

The teaching areas of study are divided into five areas of study. In addition an elective course, which the student is to give the opportunity to their abilities to create a scientific focus. In addition, the student must complete an internship.


The Master's Degree in Psychology is designed to enable students to work independently as clinical psychologists to further develop scientifically and possibly to pursue a university career. Graduates can apply for the training as a psychological psychotherapist after Psychotherapeutengesetz. You are free to provide a recognized after PThG psychotherapeutic directions (behavior therapy, depth psychology, psychoanalysis) to choose.

Graduates of this program meet the requirements for access to training to / for psychological psychotherapist / psychotherapist by German law.

It is expected that graduates are particularly well prepared for the content and goals of psychoanalytic training after PThG basis of their experience in the application-related courses (Erstinterviewseminare, case presentations, casuistic seminars). However, a guarantee for inclusion in the training as a psychological psychotherapist can not be given. In particular, those graduates who have not started for a bachelor psychology, but as a "cross" with a social science exam the Master Program in Psychology at the IPU, can not expect to be included in the training as a psychological psychotherapist's current view of the state audit offices.


Prerequisite for admission is the bachelor's degree psychology at a university. Graduates of other social science courses (such. As medical, educational sciences, theology, sociology) have completed at least 60 credits in psychology, which were acquired in a previous university studies. A recognition of inputs makes the examination committee. This also can be a maximum 4 bridging courses each 5 ECTS impose (General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychological Methods).

According to the current interpretation of the law as we know it country Examination Offices (in Berlin it is the State Office of Health and Welfare) have graduates of the MA Psychology only the opportunity to apply for training as a psychological psychotherapist, when they have completed previously a Bachelor Degree Psychology.

For the application process applies: The university administration reserves the right to defer or reject an application. This decision takes into account the overall impression of an application: The career choice motivation, the interests of the applicant / candidate and possibly his / her previous experience and social commitment. The majority of the applicant (s) will be invited for an interview. This is recorded and opens into a recommendation to the university management to accept or decline the applicant / the applicant. Applications for the winter semester 2016/17, up to 30th September 2016 will be submitted.

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