Master Psychology focusing on Organisation – Transformation Processes in Work, Society, and Environment
This multidisciplinary MA Psychology program with an organizational focus aims to foster a reflective socio-critical stance in its students. You will explore subjects revolving around transformation processes in the context of organizational psychology, environmental psychology, health psychology, and related areas.
Changes within the work environment are unfolding in a society, in which the significance of progress and growth must be rethought, especially considering current complex global challenges such as climate change and digitalization. Psychologists maintain decisive roles within numerous professional fields by providing support to individuals and organizations that are coping with transitions and challenges of today’s society. The social change raises the question of the level of significance different organizations have and should have in contemporary society. This is accompanied by new forms of interpersonal relationships and dynamics between man and machine, in addition to the challenges associated with sustainable business strategies. “Work, Society, Environment” are therefore not merely buzzwords put together in a title; more than that, they can be understood as highly intertwined concepts that systematically focus on the dynamics in animate and inanimate relationships. In the process of understanding and guiding such changing environments, psychodynamic approaches are of central importance.
Who Can Apply?
This MA Psychology program is targeted at bachelor graduates in psychology or economics and related fields who wish to pursue a career within the field of organizational psychology while implementing a psychodynamic perspective. Whether it be NGOs, governmental agencies, environmental organizations or other directions, this MA program will excellently prepare you for a diverse professional life and career.
As a graduate of this MA program, you will be equipped with theoretical and practical skills that provide essential competencies for developing sustainable solutions by reflecting on social dynamics and change processes. Moreover, the integration of knowledge acquisition and independent reflection offered by this MA program fosters strengthened systemic competencies in recognizing and assuming responsibility, which accommodates the ability to make independent decisions in leadership positions.
The program encourages the development of your communication skills through the practice of scholastic discussion and the maintenance of a reflective stance. The didactics of the degree program are primarily oriented towards interactive forms of teaching and learning. From the first semester onwards, you will learn how to independently research academic questions, how to present and discuss them, and how to deal constructively with criticism. These communication skills will enable you to obtain competencies associated with professional leadership positions. Moreover, particular emphasis is placed on the development of a reflective attitude within interdisciplinary and international dialogues, which serves the ultimate aim of promoting a professional identity and the formation of an associated interculturally significant ethical attitude.
Course Structure and Organisation
All degree programs offered at the IPU Berlin are both research-based and application-oriented and designed to help students develop independent, socially reflective, and solution-oriented professional abilities.The teaching itself is also varied: In addition to lectures and lecture-oriented seminars, students participate in workshops, which provide the space for reflection on their own experiences. These insights are then used for learning and research practice.The MA Psychology focusing on Organisation consists of 120 ECTS credits, which you can earn during four full-time study semesters. The ECTS credits are divided evenly across three semesters, with the master thesis to be written during the final (fourth) one.
The program is divided into five overarching areas of study
Reflective Psychology and Theoretical Psychology
Work, Organizational, and Business Psychology
Health and Environmental Psychology
Social and Cultural Psychology
The content is spread across the following 10 modules
Psychology as a Critical Social Science Psychology (6 ECTS)
Current Research Findings in Work- and Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS)
The Individual and the Organization (9 ECTS)
Environment and Society in the Tension Field between Demand and Reality (9 ECTS)
Work, Health, and Prevention (6 ECTS)
Consulting (9 ECTS)
Research Methods (6 ECTS)
Research and Project Workshop (8 ECTS)
Strategic communication (6 ECTS)
Work experience / Internship (15 ECTS)
How To Apply
Candidates wishing to enroll in the MA Psychology focusing on Organisation can apply online via uni-assist, which is a non-profit organization that evaluates international school and university certificates on behalf of German universities. They examine if the submitted school/university certificates are equivalent to German school/university degrees, i.e. whether they qualify in principle for admission to university studies in Germany.
Applications will open in October 2021.
Finances / Funding
In order to pay the fees, you can choose between three different payment options (full-time):
Payment on a monthly basis: €1,020
Payment on a semester basis: €5,900
Complete payment of study fees in advance: €22,500
Students with no/limited previous knowledge of psychoanalysis or research methods are required to attend up to three preparatory courses (450€ for one course and 700€ for two courses).
Approximately €300 per semester. The semester fee includes a ticket for the public transportation system in Berlin, which is valid throughout the entire semester. In addition, it includes a small contribution to the Studierendenwerk (which is in charge of the university canteens and student housing) and the IPU Berlin student council (student representatives of the university).
Costs of Living
Students should expect to need €900 per month to cover all their costs of living (rent, insurance, personal expenses, etc.).
There are various financing options, such as scholarships, stipends, student or study loans, student grants, and study support, available at the IPU Berlin, in addition to financial support under the German Professional Education Support Act (BaföG), as well as student jobs and other options to finance studies.