MA Cultural Studies

Psychoanalysis & Culture

Consultation hours Student Office
Questions about study course
Katja Overmann
Stromstr. 3b - Room 0.42
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-562
E-Mail: katja.overmann(at)

Office Hours
In Person
Tue.     10:00-12:00
Fr.        11:00-14:00
Tue.     15:00-16:30
Fr.        9:00-11:00
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
E-Mail: admissions(at)

Programme is only offered in German.

Cultural studies perspectives in a psychoanalytical framework

In this Master's programme, we impart cultural studies perspectives 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).

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 processes and paths of knowledge. Just as the analytical attitude can become productive for cultural studies, the latter in turn offer the possibility of a critical questioning of psychoanalytical concepts. 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 interrelationships for you and offers a unique level of analysis.

Structure of the studies

The Master's programme in Cultural Studies is offered on a part-time basis and can only be completed part-time. 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-theoretical 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
  • and much more

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 get to know the study contents. This participation can be certified. For more information, please contact us at fortbildung(at)

Zusatzangebot zur Einführung in transkulturelle und geschlechtsreflektierte Beratung (I und II)

Um aktuelle gesellschaftliche Transformationen zu reflektieren und Teilhabeprozesse zu fördern, braucht es spezifische Kenntnisse und Handlungsperspektiven. Dieses Zusatzangebot vermittelt zwischen Theoriekonzepten und berufspraktischen Grundlagen im Bereich der Gender-, Transcultural- und Diversity-Kompetenzen für (Organisations-)Beratung und Personalentwicklungsprozesse (bspw. Teamentwicklung, Coaching und Supervision). Im ersten Teil werden Grundlagen für die Beratungspraxis erarbeitet, der zweite Teil gibt konkrete Einblicke in damit verbundene Berufsfelder. Eine kritische Reflexion der Konzepte begleitet die Veranstaltungen.

Das Zusatzangebot ermöglicht Studierenden der Kulturwissenschaften, Perspektiven für die eigene berufliche Praxis zu erproben. Die beiden Teile werden in den Semesterferien zu zwei Zeitpunkten im Studienverlauf angeboten, nachdem sich die Studierenden im vorangegangenen Semester auf konzeptionell-theoretischer Ebene mit dem Kulturbegriff, der Transkulturalität bzw. Geschlecht und sexueller Differenz befasst haben. Studierende der Kulturwissenschaften können durch das Zusatzangebot in einen Austausch mit Studierenden des M.A. Leadership und Beratung kommen. Vor dem Hintergrund eines gemeinsamen Interesses an Beratung profitieren die Studierenden in der Auseinandersetzung mit diesen Themenfeldern von ihren unterschiedlichen Hintergründen und Perspektiven.

Das fakultativeZusatzangebot ist zweigeteilt, die Teilmodule I und II können unabhängig voneinander besucht werden. Teil I hat einen stärkeren Fokus auf berufspraktische Kenntnisse zu Gender, Transkulturalität und Diversity, Teil II legt den Schwerpunkt auf Berufsfelder, in denen transkulturelle, geschlechtsreflektierte und diversitätssensible Beratung relevant ist.

Zeitrahmen: Zwei Mal neun Stunden, samstags 9:30 – 17 Uhr, sonntags 9:30 – 13 Uhr (inkl. Pausen).
Zielgruppe: Studierende des MA Kulturwissenschaften und des MA Leadership und Beratung.
Nächster Termin: 3. und 4. September 2022, Anmeldungen bitte an katja.overmann(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 activities. You can also further qualify yourself scientifically. 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.

Current application deadlines can be found 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 or the total tuition fee in advance € 12,900. Tuition fees and expenses associated with the studies are tax-deductible.

Financial support

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.

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 the whole of Berlin.

Further information on the Deutschlandstipendium

Lecturers in the course of studies

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


Course of Studies

MA Cultural Studies

Director of the course of studiesProf. Dr. Insa Härtel
DegreeMaster of Arts
TypePart-time course of studies
Credits120 credit points
Duration8 semesters
Number of studentsapprox. 15
Teaching formatsLecture, seminar, workshop, study projects, "relocation”
Teaching languageGerman
Study locationInternational Psychoanalytic University Berlin
PrerequisitePrevious degree (e.g. cultural sciences, humanities or social sciences)
Costpayment semesterly € 1.800, monthly € 320 or in advance € 12.900.
Start of studiesSummer and winter semesters