MA Psychology

Part-time master's program with clinical focus (in German)

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. This is the quality and distinguishing feature of the IPU's Master of Psychology in comparison to the predominantly behavioural science oriented courses at public universities.

Dieser Studiengang ist ausgelaufen, neue Bewerbungen werden nicht mehr entgegengenommen. Bewerben Sie sich für unseren Master Psychology in englischer Sprache oder den Master Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie nach reformierter Gesetzgebung.

Course of Studies

Your studies will always relate to practice. Many of the instructors are clinically experienced and practicing psychoanalysts or psychotherapists. 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.

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 the IPU before beginning your master's studies.

Key Data

Questions about study course
Almuth Jung
Stromstr. 3b
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-542

  • Examination Office M.A. Psychology (part-time, German track)
  • questions about studies, course of studies
  • lecturer support
  • prospective student consultation

Office Hours:
Tue.   10:00 – 12:00
During block weeks or weekends:
Fr.  11:00 – 14:00
Also by appointment.

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 Prof. Dr. Tamara Fischmann
Degree Master of Arts
Types Part-time course, extra-occupational
Credits 120 credit points
Duration 8 semesters part-time
Number of students approx. 30 per academic year
Teaching formats Lecture, seminar, research workshop
Teaching language German, and some courses in English
Prerequisite General 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)
Cost payment €3,500 per semester, €610 per month or €25,100 in advance
Start of studies winter semester


The programme comprises 120 credit points, which you can complete 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 two semesters. 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. 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. Completion of an internship is also obligatory.

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 earning further scientific qualifications. 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).

This program is being offered for the last time in the winter 2022/2023 semester. 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. Examination of these preliminary achievements takes place during the admission interview. The Examinations and Admissions Committee evaluates previous achievements and may require the completion of bridging courses of 5 ECTS each in clinical psychology and/or psychoanalysis. 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.


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

  • €610 per month, €3,500 per semester or full payment of €25,100 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.

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 possible financial need.

The IPU is 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.

You can find more information on financing your studies here.

Through the International Office, the IPU is networked with numerous universities in Europe and around the world. All registered students are invited to complete 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.