Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural StudiesPsychology in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy – Master of Science

Students at the department of psychology deal with human experience and behaviour. Based on empirical research, they will attempt to describe, understand, and predict human behaviour in all situations of life, as well as to derive implications for psychological interventions from this.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionMainly German, partly English
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with admission restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Master’s Programme in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (KLiPP) meets the requirements for Master’s degree programmes based on the currently reformed Licensing Regulations for Psychotherapists (PsychThApprO). The Master KliPP comprises specialisation in psychological-scientific skills and a preparation for later work in a psychotherapeutic context. Building on the Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which is in compliance with licensing requirements, students will receive a Master’s degree and be admitted to the state licensing examination as psychotherapists. The Master’s degree programme is divided into the following areas: Research methods and diagnostics, strengthening basics of psychology, research and master’s thesis, disorders and procedures in psychotherapy, applied psychotherapy, documentation, evaluation, and review, self-reflection.

The Master’s degree programme is practice-focused. Comprehensive contents and methods of psychotherapy are taught, psychotherapeutic techniques and skills are acquired and tested in outpatient and (partly) inpatient work placements in small groups and seminars. Basic psychological specialised knowledge is offered as lecture content. The KliPP degree programme thus is targeted at early interlocking of theoretical psychological-psychotherapeutic knowledge and psychotherapeutic practice. The skills acquired with their Master’s degree and successful licensing examination qualify students to work in numerous psychological-psychotherapeutic professional fields, e.g., in psychotherapeutic practices, psychiatric clinics, or neuropsychological rehabilitation centres. Graduates also have an opportunity of working in a counselling and public capacity, or to pursue a scientific career, e.g., in psychotherapy research.

Course Structure

Students start out by undergoing detailed training in methods and diagnostics and attend seminars of their choice to deepen their knowledge of the basics in their first year of study. They also acquire detailed knowledge in the areas of psychological-psychotherapeutic disorders and procedures for a wide range of patient groups and disorders. Initial clinical-psychological skills will be tested in practice-related case seminars under the guidance of experienced psychotherapists.

The second year of study will focus on linking the acquired specialised knowledge with psychotherapeutic practice through self-reflection, clinical diagnosis, and review in small groups, outpatient and inpatient work placements as well as a research component including a Master’s thesis, e.g., in the context of psychotherapy research.

The course of studies gives students thorough scientific as well as practice-oriented diagnostic, expert, and clinical-therapeutic competences. It enables them to critically reflect, discuss, and present relations of psychological theories, empirical findings, and their practical implications in greater detail.