A Course of Studies that Places the Human at its Centre Like No Other

With the commencement of lectures in 2009, a gap was closed that had arisen in the one-sided natural sciences direction of academic psychology. The study courses at the IPU convey psychoanalysis as a science which maps the human as a biological, social and culturally imprinted being and which seeks to understand the individual against the background of their history and the influence of their unconscious. All of the study courses at the IPU are research-related, and provide close contact with clinical and pedagogical practice from the first semester.

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Guiding Principle

The IPU facilitates studies, advanced studies and further education, as well as research with a psychoanalytical basis, and pursues a transdisciplinary understanding of science in its fields of teaching and research. In a dialogue with other sciences, it contributes to the further development of psychoanalysis as an applied social science and cultural theory.

The scientists lecturing and researching at the IPU have gained many years of experience in practice, teaching and research. They enjoy excellent learning and working conditions with the required resources at their disposal. Analysis, discussion and shared development – on an interdisciplinary level and beyond the limitations of any status groups – represent a defining criterion of the scientific and organisational work at the IPU.

The IPU builds up networks and establishes cooperative arrangements with national and international partners in science, training and practice, which promote mutual enrichment in terms of content and a positive perception among the general public. The IPU fosters a (self) reflective attitude in teaching, research and on an application level, a close link between application and research, as well as an interdisciplinary and international dialogue. It contributes to the healthcare of the overall population.

The IPU was awarded its institutional accreditation by the German Council of Science and Humanities, the Wissenschaftsrat, effective as of 27 November 2014, and was successfully re-accredited in April 2020.