What makes this course so unique is the double approach it takes: The psychoanalysis/culture interface is studied from both sides. On the one hand, cultural issues are an original element of psychoanalytical object formation, while on the other hand, psychoanalytical approaches are an essential element of cultural studies.

Organisation and Structure

The MA Psychoanalytical Cultural Studies course is offered as a part-time course to be taken parallel to working full-time.* The course is held on campus over three weekends (of which two run from Friday midday to Sunday midday, and one too late Saturday afternoon) together with one full week of lectures. The full week of lectures is usually recognised and accepted as educational leave from work (Bildungsurlaub), subject to the regulations in the various German federal states. When studied in its entirety, the course consists of eight semesters in total (120 ECTS credits), and is organised in two consecutive study phases:

  • Core subject studies (6 semesters, 90 ECTS credits)
  • Postgraduate studies / Master thesis (2 semesters, 30 ECTS credits)

It is possible to complete the Psychoanalytic Cultural Studies course as master degree programme with 120 ECTS or optionally as an advanced course of study at 60 or 90 ECTS or to study individual study sections as a certified further training with 30 ECTS.

(*The study course has been approved by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science.)


This study course with its decidedly inter- and trans-disciplinary focus, provides a multi-layered and illustrative approach to a wide spectrum of cultural phenomena and their unconscious dimensions. Doing so, the students will become familiar with and process e.g. artistic and media creations and products, as indeed everyday occurrences, cultures of knowledge and remembrance, social relationships and their transformations.

By altering the perspectives between the various approaches and levels, new views are developed and professional, cultural and social competencies gained. Through the examination and analysis of concrete subjects, the understanding of social dynamics and mechanisms, productions and problem areas is deepened and differentiated.

The course of studies is intended for cultural scientists, humanities scholars, humanists and social scientists who would like to broaden their scientific and psychoanalytic expertise, as well as for psychoanalysts, those working in therapeutic counselling and medical fields, or artists who would like to gain a cultural studies qualification.

Applicant Entry Requirements

A third level or university degree (Master's, graduate degree, state examination, Bachelor's) in a cultural, humanities, social, health sciences or artistic course of studies is a fundamental prerequisite for applying. Any exceptions to this are determined by the IPU's admissions committee. A selection interview is conducted personally with each applicant.

Program taught in:
  • German

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Oct 2019
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