Master of Arts (MA) Psychology in German


Program Description

Its curriculum is based on the recommendations of the German Psychological Society, but the program focuses on the application-oriented communication of diagnostic, advisory and therapeutic basic competences. His psychoanalytical orientation is shown by the fact that besides behavioral, Gestalt therapy, systemic and others, psychoanalytic procedures are the focus of the study.

In addition, the teaching of empirical and statistical methods should also include procedures that are particularly suited to capture and depict the process and outcome of psychoanalytic treatments. Finally, the psychoanalytic orientation also appears in the fact that the students will get to know psychoanalysis not only as a psychotherapeutic procedure, but also as cultural theory and applied social science. The program is approved by the Berlin Senate and officially accredited until 2017.


Structure and structure

The program comprises 120 credit points, which can be obtained in four semesters full-time study or eight semesters part-time study. The credit points are distributed approximately evenly over the semesters, with the master's thesis being written in the last semester. In the case of part-time study for professionals and foreigners, a presence of one week and four weekends per semester is expected.

The teaching areas of the study are divided into five study areas. In addition, there is a compulsory elective subject, which should give the student the opportunity to lay a scientific emphasis on their own interest. In addition, the student should complete a work placement.


The Master program Psychology should enable students to work independently as clinical psychologists, to further their scientific education and, if necessary, to pursue a university career. Graduates can apply for training as Psychological Psychotherapists under the Psychotherapists Act. You are free to choose one of the psychotherapeutic directions recognized by the PThG (behavioral, psychodynamic, psychoanalytical).

The graduates of this degree program meet the requirements for access to training as psychotherapist / psychotherapist according to German law.

It is to be expected that the graduates are particularly well prepared for the contents and objectives of a psychoanalytical training according to the PThG on the basis of their experiences in the application-related courses (initial interview seminars, case studies, casuistic seminars). However, there can be no guarantee of admission to training as a psychotherapist. In particular, graduates who have not started their Master's Degree in Psychology at the IPU after completing a bachelor's degree in psychology, but rather as "lateral entrants" with a social science exam, can not expect to be included in psychotherapeutic training.



Prerequisite for admission is the bachelor's degree in psychology at a university. Graduates of other social science programs (such as medicine, education, theology, sociology) must have at least 60 credits in psychology acquired in a previous university degree. A recognition of the advance payments is made by the examination board. It can also impose a maximum of 4 bridging courses of 5 ECTS each (General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Methods of Psychology).

According to the current legal opinion of the state examination offices known to us (in Berlin it is the State Office for Health and Social Affairs) graduates of the psychology MA only have the opportunity to apply for a training as a psychotherapist if they have previously completed a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For the application process applies: The university management reserves the right to postpone or reject an application. In this decision, it takes into account the overall impression of an application: career choice motivation, the interests of the applicant and, if applicable, his / her previous experience and social commitment. The majority of applicants will be invited for an interview. This is logged and ends in a recommendation to the university management to approve or reject the applicant. Applications for WiSe 2016/17 can be submitted until 30 September 2016.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The IPU is a state-recognized private university with its campus and administration in Berlin. The International Psychoanalytic University Berlin gGmbH limited liability company is the body responsibl ... Read More

The IPU is a state-recognized private university with its campus and administration in Berlin. The International Psychoanalytic University Berlin gGmbH limited liability company is the body responsible for the university, and the sole shareholder of the company is currently the Foundation to Promote University Psychoanalysis. Read less