Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Master)

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Mental disorders usually have complex causes. Clinical psychology aims to understand such mental problems and their development and maintenance at a high scientific level.

Psychotherapy provides methods for treating these complex phenomena. The research-oriented Master's program at the University of Kassel offers students who aspire to work in clinical therapy and/or counseling an optimal preparation for their future profession.

The guiding idea of the Master's program in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is the integrative teaching of procedure-specific and cross-procedural disorder and intervention models. This is combined with in-depth training in clinical psychological research methods. The goal of the program is to provide in-depth mastery of the complex field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. The master's program is designed for four semesters and is divided into the content areas: Diagnostics/Disorders, Intervention/Therapy, Research, and Interdisciplinary Topics.

Psychotherapists Act and Approbation Regulations

This Master's program meets the requirements of the new Psychotherapists Act (PsychThG) and the Approbation Regulations for Psychotherapists (PsychThApprO) of 2020.

In order to be admitted to the program, the bachelor's program must also meet the requirements of the PsychThG and the PsychThApprO. This means that you...

  • are studying in a professionally recognized (psychology) bachelor's degree program, or have been transferred to the corresponding new examination regulations, or
  • have completed a postgraduate course approved by the relevant state examination office , or
  • can demonstrate that the bachelor's degree program nevertheless fulfills the requirements (e.g. because it will be recognized under professional law in the foreseeable future).
The theoretical as well as practical requirements of the PsychThApprO regarding the bachelor's degree must necessarily be completed during the bachelor's program (while you are still enrolled). Subsequent qualification during the Master's program is not possible. At the University of Kassel, subsequent training is no longer offered within the Bachelor of Psychology.

At a glance

Degree: Master of Science

Start: Winter semester

Language of instruction: German

Duration/Scope: 4 semesters

Admission restriction (NC): Yes

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or at least an equivalent degree with a standard period of study of at least six semesters
  • English language skills at the level B2 (CEFR)

Applicants with certificates obtained in Germany can improve their grade for the admission procedure by 0.3 points. You can find a summary of the requirements for this under the frequently asked questions:

Application with German certificates

Application deadline

annually 01.06. - 15.07.

You apply for this degree program via our online application portal "eCampus".

How do I apply for this study program?

Application with foreign certificates

Application deadline

with foreign certificates:
annually 01.03. - 15.07.

If you are not yet studying at the University of Kassel or another university in Germany, but have obtained a first professional Bachelor's degree abroad, you must apply via the central assessment office in Berlin, uni-assist.

How do I apply with a foreign certificate?

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