MA Psychology

Master's program with clinical focus

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Victoria Shefer
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Clinical psychology on a psychoanalytic basis

Clinical psychology on a psychoanalytic basis is the focus of the Master's programme in Psychology. This way you will get to know the broad range of psychological interventions in a practical and research-oriented way. You will deal with all common orientations such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and systemic psychotherapy methods, and will gain insights especially into psychodynamically founded therapies and above all psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Through the psychoanalytic perspective you will get to know the cultural-theoretical, subject-scientific and socio-psychological aspects of this modern, transdisciplinary field at the intersection of humanities and science. This is the quality and distinguishing feature of the IPU's Master's in Psychology in comparison to the predominantly behavioural science-oriented courses at public universities.

In terms of methodology, we provide you with empirical, statistical and qualitative methods that are particularly suitable for recording and mapping the process and outcome of psychoanalytic treatments. In addition, your studies will always relate to practice. Many of the instructors are clinically experienced and practicing psychoanalysts.

With the Master's degree in Psychology from the IPU, you fulfil the requirements for access to training as a psychological psychotherapist under German law. Due to its strong practical relevance, the IPU is well prepared for the planned legal changes in the training of psychotherapists.

Completing this master's degree in psychology from the IPU, combined with a bachelor's degree in psychology or a psychology-related field, will qualify you for entrance to a training institute to become a psychological psychotherapist according to the regulations in place before the reform in September 2020. This program is offered as part-time study, and can be combined with the parallel full-time MA Psychology program taught in English. If there are enough interested students in the English track, it is possible for individual seminars from the full-time program to be taught in German. You can join the new MA Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy program (in German) if your bachelor's degree includes all of the necessary credits according to the new licensing regulations. It is also possible to make up missing credits at IPU before beginning your master's studies.

Structure and Outline

The programme comprises 120 credit points, which you can earn in eight semesters of part-time study. The credit points are distributed more or less evenly over the semesters, with the Master's thesis being written in the last semester. In-person attendance times are divided into four weekends and one block week per semester. The subject areas of the courses are divided into five areas of study, which are detailed in the sample course plan. In addition, there is a compulsory elective subject, which is intended to give you the opportunity to focus on an academic subject of your own interest. An internship is also obligatory.


The prerequisite for admission is a Bachelor's degree in psychology from a university. If you have completed other social science courses (e.g. medicine, education, theology, sociology), you must have a solid background in psychology of at least 60 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which you obtained in a previous university course. The examination of these preliminary achievements takes place during the admission interview. The Examinations and Admissions Committee evaluates your previous achievements and may require the completion of bridging courses of 5 ECTS each in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, and/or research methods. Bridge courses must be completed before the start of the Master's programme. We ask you to apply early so that admission requirements can be clarified and you can complete possible bridge courses before the start of your studies.

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 (cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, 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 expected that as a graduate you will be particularly well prepared for the contents and goals of a psychoanalytically and/or psychodynamically founded training programme due to your experience in our 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) has already been contractually regulated.

Tuition Fees

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

  • €540 per month, €3,100 per semester or full payment of €22,200 in advance

Fees for the bridging courses, which may be required for admission, are €450 for one course, €700 for two courses, and €900 for all three courses.

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, and only have to begin repayments as soon as 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 can recieve 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
TypesPart-time course, extra-occupational
Credits120 credit points
Duration8 semesters part-time
Number of studentsapprox. 30 per academic year
Teaching formatsLecture, seminar, research workshop, e-learning
Teaching languageGerman, and some courses in English
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 in Psychology (at least 60 ECTS)
Costpayment €3,100 per semester, €540 per month or €22,200 in advance
Start of studieswinter semester