MA Psychology

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

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Marius Digel
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Victoria Shefer
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E-Mail: admissions(at)ipu-berlin.de

MA Psychology – Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

The IPU master's program offers practical clinical learning and allows students the opportunity to develop their own socially reflective and solution-oriented perspectives about their future careers. The focus of this program is to build and develop psychotherapeutic abilities. Courses are also offered in a varieties of ways: In addition to lectures and seminars, students will also participate in workshops, in which they will have space to gather first-hand experience that will be essential for future research or practice.

This study course follows the legal requirements as set out by the approbation ordinance, which was revised in March 2020, and will prepare students for psychotherapist approbation examinations. All requirements for university teaching and practical work detailed in the approbation ordinance are met by this program. Teaching within this course is highly oriented towards clinical and psychological applications and research, which covers all scientifically recognized psychotherapy practices. As part of the in-depth curriculum, courses are taught on subjects such as the scientific history of psychoanalysis and epistemology, as well as psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches to psychological and philosophical knowledge. Based on a transdisciplinary understanding of psychoanalysis, lectures and discussions find themselves at the intersection of psychology, social sciences, humanities, cultural studies, and philosophy.

This program's priority is to implement the new approbation study course in a highly innovative way, which involves hard sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and also offers a transdisciplinary perspective on subjectivity and mental disorders. The variety of perspectives and the localization of the subject between the natural sciences and humanities are shown through courses in epistemology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as the program's reflective approach and the concluding degree of Master of Arts.

Program Contents

This program is a consecutive, full-time master's program. It is comprised of 120 credits, which can be accomplished over the course of four semesters. In three modules (research methods, research-oriented practicum, and master's thesis), students will be exposed to the full methodological repertoire of the social sciences and humanities, as well as the natural sciences, in order to be able to identify appropriate research methods according to the research topic and question. During the research-oriented practicum, small groups of students under supervision will work together through the entire experimental process, from developing a research question through the interpretation of results. In other modules, fields of research will be identified, whose questions can also play a part in the research practicum. This program is also highly oriented towards practical applications. Courses focused on practical experience will work in close cooperation with the IPU outpatient clinic as well as other psychotherapeutic institutions in and around Berlin.


This study course requires a bachelor of psychology from a program that is oriented towards a career in a clinical field with possible subsequent psychotherapist training after the approbation. A requirement for admission is a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS that qualifies the recipient for professional work, and which is accredited by the country of origin. The degree must have been acquired at a university or an institution of equal level, and the study program must have been in compliance with the professional requirements according to Section 9, Paragraph 4, Clause 2 of the Psychotherapists Act (PsychThG). An equivalent degree may be accepted if it fulfills the requirements according to section 9, paragraph 5 of the approbation ordinance for psychotherapists. Students who earned a bachelor's degree at IPU Berlin will be prioritized during the selection process.

The IPU strives for a personal selection procedure via interviews with all applicants. The relevant factors are the overall impression of your application: your career choice motivation and interests, your previous experience and your social commitment. The majority of applicants will be invited for an interview. This interview leads to a recommendation to university management, which decides on admission or rejection.

Current application deadlines can be found here.

Goals of the course

As a graduate, you will be able to work independently as a clinical psychologist with a psychoanalytic orientation. You can then apply for training as a psychological psychotherapist according to the Psychotherapeutengesetz (PsychThG). You are free to choose one of the psychotherapeutic orientations recognised by the PsychThG (behavioural therapy, depth psychology, psychoanalysis). This applies without restriction if you start your Master's programme after a Bachelor's degree in psychology.

As a graduate of the programme, you also have the best prerequisites for interdisciplinary research and further scientific qualification. It is to be expected that as a graduate you will be particularly well prepared for the contents and goals of a psychoanalytically and/or depth-psychologically founded training due to your experience in the application-related courses (initial interview seminars, case presentations, casuistic seminars).

International exchange programmes

Through the International Office, the IPU is networked with numerous universities in Europe and around the world. All registered students are invited to do an internship or a whole semester at one of our partner universities abroad. The recognition of credit points achieved in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is already contractually regulated.

Tuition Fees

You can choose between three different payment methods for tuition fees:

On top of these fees, all full-time students currently will be charged an additional € 310.20 Euro per semester, which means that students can use the services of the Studierendenwerk (Students’ Union). This also includes the semester ticket, which entitles students to use all public transport in Berlin. Please note that this additional semester fee is subject to change. The fees for the two-month bridging courses for lateral entrants without a previous academic degree in psychology amount to a maximum of € 2,000; if proof of previous performance is provided, this sum is reduced accordingly.

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.

In addition, the IPU offers discussions with Chancen eG. With their “reversed generational contract”, you can finance your studies on credit, but only have to begin the repayments as soon as you actually earn enough money.

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.


Course of Studies

MA Psychology

Head of the course of studiesProf. Dr. Simone Salzer
DegreeMaster of Arts
Credits120 credit points
Duration4 semesters (full-time) or 8 semesters (part-time)
Number of studentsapprox. 60 per academic year (full-time)
Teaching formatsLecture, seminar, research workshop, e-learning
Teaching languageGerman
Study locationInternational Psychoanalytic University Berlin
PrerequisiteGeneral higher education entrance qualification or subject-related university entrance qualification according to § 11 Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHg), Bachelor's degree according to Psychotherapist Law
Costpayment semesterly € 5,600 (part-time: € 3,100), monthly € 970 (part-time: € 540) or in advance € 21,400 (part-time: € 22,200)
Start of studieswinter semester