MA Psychology

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Programme is only offered in German.

Master’s Programme with a Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Focus

The psychology master’s program, which is concluded with a state licensing exam, allows for subsequent treatment of patients in the context of postgraduate practical training. This is one of the changes included in the Psychotherapy Training law reform, which goes into effect on September 1, 2020. At this time, a relevant licensing act is still forthcoming, but when the regulation is enacted, we will offer a Master of Arts in Psychology—Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, starting in the Winter Semester 2021/2022, which will optimally prepare students for their licensing exams. For the twelve-year transition period (starting September 2020), those who are aiming to complete the Psychotherapist training can still do so without delay according to the old guidelines. For this purpose, we will continue to offer our existing psychology master's program.

Significant proportion of practical learning at IPU Berlin
Among other things, the amount of practical learning when studying psychology will be increased under the new law. At IPU, this was already very high anyway. Numerous members of the academic personnel at IPU actively practice psychotherapy. This allows for a vital combination of theory and practice, which was highlighted in the most recent CHE-University Ranking as well as the Graduate Survey from the Institute for Applied Statistics (istat). IPU stands for both significant practical learning with a scientific foundation as well as academic rigor on a university level. The master’s program provides students with excellent conditions for continuing on to pursue a career in psychotherapy. A course plan as well as module structure will be included on this page as soon as the legal and formal conditions of the law reform have officially been passed.

The transition period leaves many doors open for those interested
After the law takes effect on September 1, 2020, there will be a transition period of twelve years, in which practical psychological psychotherapist training can still be completed in the context of the pre-reform legal framework. This regulation grants the opportunity for graduates of related disciplines such as sociology and educational sciences to study in the IPU master’s program. The completion of 60 ECTS in relevant psychological areas such as general psychology, research methods, developmental and social psychology during previous study can qualify a student for acceptance to IPU as a lateral entry (“Quereinstieg”). This also allows for the completion of subsequent practical training towards the desired psychotherapeutic method (psychoanalysis/analytical psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, systemic therapy).

Who can apply?
This opportunity is oriented towards graduates of bachelor’s programs in psychology who completed their studies according to the new legal regulations and aspire to complete the training to become a psychotherapist. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at IPU have priority for available spaces.

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