Clinical psychology on a psychoanalytic basis is the focus of the master's program in psychology. You will get to know the range of psychological interventions in a practical and research-oriented way. You will deal with all common orientations such as cognitive-behavioral and systemic psychotherapy procedures and in a special way with depth psychology-based and above all psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Through the psychoanalytical perspective, you will learn about cultural-theoretical, subject-scientific and social-psychological aspects of this modern, transdisciplinary human science. This is the quality and the distinguishing feature of the IPU Masters Psychology from the predominantly behavioral-oriented courses at public universities.
In terms of method, we impart empirical, statistical and qualitative methods that are particularly suitable for recording and mapping the process and the result of psychoanalytic treatments. Your studies also always relate to practice. Many of the teachers are clinically experienced and practicing psychoanalysts.
By completing the Master of Psychology at the IPU, you meet the requirements for access to training as a psychological psychotherapist according to German law. Due to the strong practical relevance, the IPU is ideally prepared for the intended legal changes in training as psychotherapists.
Structure and structureThe course comprises 120 credit points, which you can earn in four semesters full-time or eight semesters part-time. The credit points are distributed approximately evenly over the semesters, with the master's thesis being written in the last semester. If you would like to complete the part-time course as a student and working person, the attendance times are divided over four weekends and one block week per semester. The study areas are divided into five study areas. In addition, there is an elective subject, which should give you the opportunity to put a scientific focus in your own interest. In addition, an internship is mandatory.Student applicationA bachelor's degree in psychology from a university is a prerequisite for admission. If you have completed other social sciences courses (such as medicine, educational sciences, theology, sociology), you have to provide solid advance psychological achievements of at least 60 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which you obtained in previous university studies have acquired. These preliminary performances are checked during the admission interview. The examination committee (chair: Prof. Dr. Birgit Stürmer) recognizes the preliminary work. This can impose bridging courses of 5 ECTS each in clinical psychology and / or psychoanalysis.Personal selection process with interviewsThe IPU strives for a personal selection process with interviews with all applicants. The overall impression of your application is relevant here: your motivation to choose a career and interests, your previous experience and your social commitment. The majority of applicants are invited to an interview. This is recorded and results in a recommendation to the university management, which decides on admission or rejection.
Goals of the courseAs a student, you will be able to work independently as clinical psychologists in a psychoanalytical manner. You can then apply for training as a psychological psychotherapist according to the Psychotherapist Act (PsychThG). You are free to choose one of the psychotherapeutic directions recognized by the PsychThG (behavioral therapy, depth psychology, psychoanalytic). This applies without restriction if you start your master’s degree after a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
As a graduate of the course, you also have the best prerequisites to carry out interdisciplinary research and further scientific qualifications. It is to be expected that you, as a graduate, will be particularly well prepared for the content and goals of a psychoanalytical and / or psychology-based training based on the experience in the application-related courses (first interview seminars, case presentations, casuistic seminars).International exchange programsThe IPU is networked through the International Office with numerous universities in Europe and abroad. All registered students can spend an internship or an entire semester at one of these partner universities abroad. The recognition of the credit points achieved in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is already contractually regulated.tuition feeYou can choose between three different payment methods for paying the tuition fees:Full-time: EUR 970 per month, EUR 5,600 per semester or EUR 21,400 in full in advance
Part-time: 540 euros per month, 3,100 euros per semester or 22,200 euros in full in advanceIn addition, all full-time students currently receive EUR 298.80 per semester, which enables students to use the services of the Studierendenwerk. This also includes the semester ticket, which entitles you to use public transport in Berlin. Please note that the semester fee can change per semester. The fees for the two-month bridging courses for career changers without a previous academic degree in psychology amount to a maximum of 2,000 euros; if evidence is provided, this amount is reduced accordingly.Financial supportThe IPU participates in the Deutschlandstipendium program, for which every student can apply. The most important criteria in order to receive such funding of € 300 per month are previous performance, social commitment and any financial need that may exist.
In addition, the IPU offers talks with Chance eG. With the reverse generation contract offered there you can finance your studies and only have to pay the costs as soon as you earn enough money yourself.
The IPU has been a member of the Studentische Darlehenskasse Berlin eV (DAKA) since 2019. As a student at the IPU, you can get a loan there at the most favorable conditions throughout Berlin.