Faculty of Life Sciences
Programme structure Psychology with focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Master of Science)
In planning: University Bachelor and Master Program Psychotherapy at MSH
Studying Psychotherapy: This will be possible from the winter semester 2020/21 at the MSH Medical School Hamburg. The recognition procedure for the Bachelor's and Master's programs Psychotherapy has been initiated. Thus, the MSH is prepared for the bill, which is coming in the next months.
Of course, all students enrolled in the Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs in Psychology until the entry into force of the new Act will be able to continue their studies according to plan and their psychotherapeutic training afterwards. This is guaranteed in the new law with a transitional period of twelve years currently envisaged.
The Master degree Psychology with focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is offered at the Faculty of Life Sciences at MSH Medical School Hamburg. This faculty is an officially state-approved academic institution, equivalent to a University.
The key objective of the Master degree Psychology with focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is to qualify students with the best possible skills for one of the practical fields in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. We focus on skill acquisition – together with the Bachelor degree in Psychology at a University – needed to enter the psychotherapeutic training. With successful completion of the degree at the Faculty of Life Sciences, you are qualified to progress to this next level of training.
The degree is conceptualized as a full-time degree, lasting four semesters. With completion of the Master of Science, students proof their reflective and critical thinking skills and their ability to independently conduct academic research.
The special feature of the MSH: Everything under one roof
In order to work as a psychotherapist, a minimum of three years of training is required after graduation. The special feature of the MSH: The curriculum of the Bachelor program Psychology, together with the curriculum of the Master program Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Faculty of Human Sciences, meets the current and future minimum requirements for access to psychotherapy training, subject to the approval of the competent state authority.
After successfully completing your Master's degree and having passed the prerequisites, you will have the opportunity to join the Psychological Psychotherapist Training at the HIP Hafencity Institute for Psychotherapy at the MSH. There we currently offer you the training in the specialization methods Behavioral Therapy and Psychology-based Psychotherapy, Child and Youth PsychotherapyKinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeut as well as the subject Analytical Psychotherapy.
Well-experienced and qualified teachers and professional practitioners accompany you through your training as a certified psychotherapist. A large number of concluded cooperation agreements with clinics and socially approved institutions as well as the institute's own training outpatient clinic ensure the practical part of the training.
As a certified psychotherapist, you can apply for admission from the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and start your own practice as well as take on leading positions in institutions such as clinics or counseling centers.
What we offer: a dual Master degree
The Master degrees in Psychology at MSH are conceptualized in a way that graduates of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy can acquire a second degree within only one additional year of study. The Master degrees build on the foundations of professional decision-making and responsibility skills. Study content of this module can be accredited in the second Master degree. Within the duration of two semesters, you acquire technical skills of the second Master degree Psychology with focus on Forensic Psychology (M.Sc.) and you proof your academic skill in the subsequent Master thesis.
Combining studies and research
Key fields of research in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at MSH include the diverse fields of psychological research questions and warrant a close connection of teaching and research. The majority of our research projects are clinically related and are attached to the psychotherapeutic academic clinic in the MSH.
The psychotherapeutic academic clinic in the MSH Medical School Hamburg is an outpatient clinic authorized for teaching and research. The clinic offers services in the field of diagnostics, counselling and treatment.
The full-time degree encompasses two calendar years that are composed of four semesters. During lecture times, lectures and seminars take place with usually 24 hours per week. Each semester comprises five months of lecture time and an additional lecture-free months/examination period.
Study fees for the degree are 695,- Euro/month and cover all services needed for the successful completion of the degree (lectures, seminars, assessments, examinations, facilities, support, administrative arrangements). Costs for accommodations, public transport (semester HVV ticket) and additional costs emerging with placements, excursions etc. are not covered under these fees.
Further information on financing options
Recognition by the Occupational Union of German Psychologists
As a first private academic institute, MSH Medical School Hamburg has been recognized by the Occupational Union of German Psychologists in regards to the BDP-Membership for the Master degree Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Voices of our teaching staff
Professor Dr rer. nat. Silke Wiegand-Grefe, Professor for Clinical Psychology:
»For me, psychology is one of the most fascinating academic disciplines, because it embraces all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience. In our degree Psychology with focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy we try to teach this discipline in a practically relevant way so that students are ideally prepared for their future professional roles.«