MA Cultural Studies

Psychoanalysis & Culture

In this Master's programme, we impart perspectives of cultural studies in a psychoanalytical framework and thereby use the psychoanalytical expertise of the IPU in order to make it productive for exploring cultural phenomena and processes. Culturally heterogeneous ideas, beliefs or forms of knowledge can thus be analysed as well as material outgrowths (e.g. media products, film, exhibitions, everyday objects or spatial structures).

Course of Studies

Since Freud, psychoanalysis has not been determined by the "material" it deals with, but by "the technology with which it works" (Freud, 1916-17) and has thus from the outset also been related to questions of cultural studies. Of course, this does not mean "putting the artist on the couch" or seeking the Oedipus conflict in every film. Rather, it is a matter of paying attention to the "unheard of". This means, for example, not to prematurely resolve the irritations and contradictions that arise in the contemplation of cultural phenomena, but to take them seriously and place them as a starting point at the beginning of reflection.

The reflective person becomes part of this process. In the individual classes, you will therefore also examine and explore your own working methods and thought processes. Just as the analytical attitude can become productive for cultural studies, the latter in turn offers the possibility critically questioning psychoanalytical concepts as well. In this way, for example, gender relations and structures of desire can be rethought.

Hence we apply a double focus: psychoanalytical approaches are as indispensable a part of cultural studies as cultural questions are constitutive for psychoanalytical thinking. The course opens up these relationships for you and offers a unique level of analysis.

Key Data

For questions about the organisation of the studies
Katja Overmann
Stromstr. 3b - Room 0.42
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-562

Office Hours:
Mo. 13:00 – 14:00
Tue.   10:00 – 12:00
During block weeks or weekends:
Fr.  13:00 – 14:00

Reachable by phone during regular office hours. Individual appointments in person or as a video call through Microsoft Teams are also possible.

Questions about application
Marius Digel
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-543
Victoria Shefer
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-547
Stromstr. 3b - Room 0.40/0.39

Head Dr. Sonja Witte (substitute)
Degree Master of Arts
Type Part-time, extra-occupational
Credits 120 credit points
Duration 8 semesters
Number of students approx. 15
Teaching formats Lecture, seminar, workshop, study projects, "relocation”
Teaching language German
Prerequisite Previous degree (e.g. cultural sciences, humanities or social sciences)
Cost payment per semester € 1.800, monthly € 320 or in advance € 12.900.
Start of studies Summer and winter semesters


The Master's programme in Cultural Studies is offered on a part-time basis and can be completed extra-occupationally. Teaching takes place on four weekends and one block week per semester. The block week can be recognised as educational leave depending on the federal state.

The study programme comprises 8 semesters (120 credit points) and is divided into two consecutive study sections:

  • Core studies (6 semesters, 90 credit points)
  • Postgraduate Studies/Master Thesis (2 semesters, 30 credit points)


The study can begin any semester. During your studies you will be taught cultural theory and psychoanalytical concepts as well as general approaches to specific subjects.

The contents of the course include reflections on

  • Cultural Production/Artefacts
  • Media culture
  • Knowledge and memory cultures
  • Everyday worlds
  • Dimensions of the difference
  • Social relations and transformations


At the IPU you will study cultural sciences through various forms of teaching and learning. In addition to the classic lecture formats, you will also work in study projects and with "relocations" to Berlin’s cultural institutions (e.g. museums).

Even before enrolment, you may participate as a guest student in seminars in order to become familiar with the study contents. This participation can be certified. For more information, please contact us at studienbuero(at)

The Cultural Studies programme is aimed at cultural scientists, humanities scholars and social scientists, psychoanalysts, doctors and artists who wish to qualify in cultural studies and acquire or expand psychoanalytical expertise. They can qualify, for example, for jobs in the intercultural/transcultural field, in educational work or for clinical and consulting occupations. You can also further qualify yourself academically. You are required to have a degree (magister, diploma, state exams, bachelor’ degree) in a cultural, humanities, social, health science/medical or artistic field. Exceptions may be possible. A personal selection interview is a prerequisite for admission.


Find current application deadlines here.


You can choose between three different forms of payment for the part-time Master's programme (eight semesters, incl. Master's thesis):

  • Monthly € 320,
  • per semester €1,800
  • the total tuition fee in advance € 12,900.

Tuition fees and expenses associated with the studies are tax-deductible.

The IPU participates in the Deutschlandstipendium programme, a scholarship programme funded by the German government and open to applications from all students. The most important criteria for receiving this scholarship of € 300 per month are previous performance, social commitment and a possible financial need.

The IPU offers consultations with Chancen eG. With their “reversed generational contract”, you can finance your studies on credit, and only have to begin repayments once your income is over a certain threshold.


And most recently in 2019, the IPU has become a member of the Studentische Darlehenskasse Berlin e.V. (DAKA). This means, that as an IPU student you get a loan with some of the best conditions in Berlin.


You can find current financing options here.


  • Dipl.-Soz.päd. Melanie Babenhauserheide
  • Dr. Pradeep Chakkarath
  • Prof. Dr. Lars Distelhorst
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Angelika Ebrecht-Laermann
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Insa Härtel
  • PD Dr. phil. Carsten Junker
  • Charlie Kaufhold
  • Dr. Margrit Kaufmann
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Christine Kirchhoff
  • Dipl.-Päd. Julia König
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Susanne Lanwerd
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Elfriede Löchel
  • apl. Prof. Dr. Michael Mayer
  • Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Pazzini
  • Victoria Preis M.A.
  • Dr. phil. Ute Siebert
  • Dr. phil. Jan van Loh
  • Dr. phil. Sebastian Winter
  • Dr. phil. Sonja Witte