Faculty of Natural Sciences (University)
Psychology with a Focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Master of Science)
The Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is offered at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the MSB Medical School Berlin, thus offering a university degree.
The general goal of the Master's Degree program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is to equip graduates with the best possible skills in one of the practical fields of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. This, together with a bachelor's degree in psychology at a university - also provides the competences required for psychotherapeutic training. With a degree from MSB’s Faculty of Natural Sciences, this path is open to you.
The standard period of study is four semesters and takes place full-time. The Master of Science degree proves that graduates are both reflective practitioners and can undertake high-level scientific work.
- Content and Structure
- Module Overview
- Career Prospects
Dual Master’s Degree
The dual Master's Degree in Psychology at the MSB is conceived to enable graduates of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy to obtain a further Master's degree in Psychology with a Focus on Forensic Psychology (M.Sc.) in just one additional year. The content of the Master's Degree program builds on professional and inter-professional competences, so that these study contents can be accredited in the subsequent Master's in Forensic Psychology. In two semesters you will thus acquire the specific technical skills of the additional Master's program and prove your abilities in the final Master's thesis.
The full-time study course comprises two years of study, which are divided into four semesters. During the lecture period, the courses usually last 24 hours a week. Each semester comprises five months of lecture/seminar time and one month of lecture-free /examination time.
The tuition fees currently amount to 650 euros per month and cover all services required for a successful completion of studies (courses, examinations, material-spatial necessities, supervision, administrative processes). Not included are costs of accommodation, travel costs (semester ticket) and additional costs in connection with internships, excursions etc.
Content and Structure
What can you expect in the Master’s program in psychology and psychotherapy at the MSB Medical School Berlin?
The profile of the Master's program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is based on the following five fields of competence:
- Professional competence
- Trans-professional decision-making skills
- Advanced technical skills
- Practical application
- Scientific and methodological competence
The core foundations of clinical psychology and psychotherapy are taught within the framework of professional skills. These relate in particular to the spectrum of mental illnesses/disorders, neurosciences, research methodology and medicine for psychologists. In addition, you will gain insight into behavioral therapeutic interventions and the initial foundations of depth psychological/psychoanalytical interventions, as well as intervention in childhood and adolescence.
Interdisciplinary skills are taught in all MSB psychological master's courses with the modules Quality Assurance and Quality Management, as well as Management for Psychologists. This corresponds to MSB's innovative approach to learning and working in interdisciplinary health care teams, to implement practical projects together.
In the module area of extended specialist skills, students intensify their knowledge in the field of the intervention forms of deep psychological/psychoanalytical psychotherapy and intervention with children and adolescents. You will also acquire knowledge in systemic and hypnotherapy as well as forensics. In the mandatory elective area you can choose any two of the following modules: public health, intercultural psychotherapy, gerontopsychology, expert opinion seminar.
The main goals here are to familiarize students with the major clinical-psychological and psychotherapeutic fields of practice, as well as the exchange with professionals and the experience of dealing with specific problems and psychological impairments of patients and others seeking advice.
The study course ends with preparation of the master thesis, including a colloquium, with which you can prove your abilities in the scientific field.
Overview in german
What requirements are necessary to apply for the Master Degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the MSB Medical School Berlin?
The following admission requirements exist at the MSB for admission to our Master's Degree program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy:
- Eligibility to study in Master's program in accordance with § 10 BerlHG (General Study Permit)
- Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in psychology (usually an average grade of at least 2.5), which corresponds adequately to the curriculum of the bachelor's degree course in psychology at MSB’s Faculty of Natural Sciences
Please note: For the admission of applicants with international degrees to our Master's program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, all application documents and those relevant to admission (certificates, vitas, internship certificates, module descriptions) must be translated into German and officially certified.
What are the career prospects after completing your Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the MSB Medical School?
Psychological disorders have increased considerably in recent years, partially due to the problems and demands of the working world. This is proven by the countless analyses already made by large health insurance providers.
According to current epidemiological studies, the need for psychotherapeutic treatment continues to increase apace. In contrast, it is unlikely that the current pool of psychotherapists can be maintained unless higher training capacities are created at universities and training facilities.
A recent study on the extremely long waiting lists for outpatient psychotherapy impressively points out the existing shortcomings. The economic importance of psychotherapy with a proven positive cost-benefit ratio continues to be significantly underestimated.
A major aspect of the course is that its curriculum creates the prerequisite for subsequent additional psychotherapeutic training, subject to recognition by the competent state authority. The curriculum of the Master's program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, together with that of the Bachelor's program in Psychology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, corresponds to current and future minimum requirements for access to psychotherapy training. Admission to psychotherapy training is exclusively granted by the competent state authority.
Upon meeting the corresponding conditions, a successful Master’s degree enables you to pursue a doctorate.
Current trends suggest existing and increasing employment needs, particularly for the following fields of activity:
- Medical rehabilitation
- Counselling centers, e.g. psychological counselling centers, child and youth guidance centers
- Hospitals, health centers, medical care centers, in the context of integrated care
- Outpatient practices/communal practices
- Health and health care research, health monitoring
Areas of application:
- Medical Rehabilitation
- Private Practice
- Health and Health Care Services Research