The topical, care policy-related Master of Arts (MA) "Integrated Care of Psychotically Ill Persons" study course, intended to be taken parallel to working full-time, has been offered since the 2013 summer semester jointly by the IPU (primary responsibility) and three further universities, the Charité University Medical Department in Berlin, the Catholic University for Applied Sciences Berlin and the UKE Hamburg Eppendorf University Hospital.
This cooperative effort by these four universities permits the integration in a highly unique manner of different professional competencies, all of which are required when working with psychotically ill people. These include social work, social psychiatric, pharmacological, psychodynamic and somatic therapeutic competencies.
Lecturers from all of the participating universities are involved in the structure and design of the study programme. They supervise and support the students during their studies, which not only convey specialist knowledge and expertise to them but also encourage them to understand the psychodynamics of the therapeutic relationship in concrete work situations with psychotically ill people and to reflect on their own participation in this relationship. The study course has been accredited by ACQUIN® (Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute).
Organisation and Structure
The Master of Arts (MA) "Integrated Care of Psychotically Ill Persons" course is an eight-semester advance study course to be taken parallel to working full-time. The study course is intended for psychologists, doctors, social workers, pedagogues and members of other professions who have already gained professional experience and completed their first university degree qualifying them for their profession.
The Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHg) specifically permits the option with advanced study courses to credit evidence of prior professional experience to the planned study time. In order to be able to have the first two "basic studies" credited in this manner, the IPU offers oral examinations (maximum 60 minutes) at which the applicants can demonstrate that they have already gained the knowledge through their practical experience which they would have received in the basic studies course. The IPU provides literature recommendations in advance for these examinations.
Thus, the students are enrolled directly in their third specialist semester. The study course then covers the four-semester core subject studies and concludes with the awarding of a certificate. Interested students can progress to a two-semester postgraduate course, during which they write a Master thesis in order to be awarded their Master of Arts academic degree and become qualified to fulfil managerial tasks in therapeutic and psychosocial facilities.
Together with the two semesters credited at the start (30 ECTS credits), as well as the core subject studies (4 semesters, 60 ECTS credits) and the postgraduate studies (2 semesters, 30 ECTS credits), the graduates earn a total number of 120 ECTS credits.
Applications for the Summer Semester Applications are accepted November 2016 for the 2017 summer semester. Should you be interested in commencing studies at the IPU in the coming 2017 summer semester, please contact the Admissions Office. Mr Marius Digel will provide you with further information there.
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