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Psychology: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Master of Science (M.Sc.)




The Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in "Psychology with a focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy" is a modular programme at JLUL's Faculty 06 (Psychology and Sport Sciences). It is consecutive to a polyvalent bachelor's degree programme in psychology. With the Master's degree, graduates fulfill the prerequisites for the state examination and can apply for admission to the State Examination Office. With the state examination, the license to practice medicine is obtained. The state examination takes place (as before) independently of the universities.

The contents of the study programme correspond to the contents of the Approbation Regulations, so that the Master's programme conveys not only in-depth methodological and scientific knowledge, but also theoretical knowledge and, in particular, psychotherapeutic and professional practice skills, with due regard for patient safety and patient rights.

The programme prepares students for independent work in selected professional fields with a clinical-psychological and psychotherapeutic focus, especially in health and social services, but also in the scientific field.


Target group

In addition to previous knowledge of the natural sciences and an interest in a course of study with a high practical component, students should also be proficient in English.


Duration of studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credits Points (cp)



expected April 2021


StET Master



Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Duration of Studies

  • 4 semesters - 120 credit points (cp)


Composition of the study programme

In total, 120 CP are acquired in the M.Sc. "Psychology: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy", which is designed for 4 semesters. Of these, 105 CP are acquired in the programme's own teaching unit and 15 CP are acquired in the context of the professional activity III in (partially) stationary cooperation institutions. The curriculum imparts all contents and competences provided for according to the PsychThApprO and consists of 10 compulsory modules. Within those compulsory modules, there are options for parallel courses with different weighting of content.

The curriculum includes 3 core modules, 1 basic module, 3 application modules, 2 practice modules and 1 thesis module:

Core Module: Research Methods in Psychology (9 CP)
Core Module: Psychological Diagnostics (10 CP)
Core Module: Research-oriented internship (5 CP)
Basic Module: Biological aspects of mental illness (10 CP)
Application Module: Special Disorders and Behavioral Theory Parts 1 and 2 (6 CP; 6 CP)
Application Module: Applied psychotherapy (7 CP)
Practice module: Occupationally qualifying activity II and III (15 CP; 22 CP)
Thesis module (30 CP)


Most modules include a module-based examination, since the courses within the modules have different and often practice-related competence objectives, which must be specifically accredited for each respective module. During the research-oriented internship, students actively participate in research projects of the clinical-psychotherapy working groups and are thereby prepared for their final theses.


Information on the course of study and the modules

A description of the modules can be found in the special regulations for the course of studies (appendices "Course of Studies" and "Module Descriptions").

to the Special Regulations (only in German)



Information on courses can be found in the JLU course catalog:

to the electronic course catalog (eVV) 



Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester.


Admission requirement

Admission to the Master's programme in Psychology with a focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy requires a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology or a degree recognized as equivalent, and which has professional recognition in accordance with the Psychotherapists Act and which complies with the Approbation Regulations for Psychotherapists. You can use this form for this purpose.


A course of study is considered to be relevant if it meets the criteria of the study regulations. You can find the study regulations here.


For admission to the Master's programme, the applicant must submit a declaration that the examination entitlement in the Master's programme in Psychotherapy has not been lost irrevocably.

The decision on admission to the Master's programme as well as on exceptions is made by the examination board.


Applicant procedure

The ranking of applicants is determined by a score formed from the following criteria:

a.) Points are awarded for the grade of the degree required for the master's programme: A grade of 1.0 equals 100 points, 2 points are deducted for each tenth of a grade lower (1.1=98 points, 1.2= 96 points, etc.). A tabular overview of all grades and their point values can be found in the special regulations of the study programme § 3 (2) a.) under the following link.

b) For special knowledge, 10 points each are awarded as follows:

for documented credit of at least 18 CP from the field of study Quantitative Methods/Test Theory,
for documented credit of at least 20 CP from the field of applied experimental methods and scientific work in psychology,
for the documented credit of at least three applied subjects (Clinical Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology), with at least 9 CP each,
for documented credit of at least 45 CP from basic psychological training (general psychology, biological psychology, differential psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology), and
for documented voluntary service (of at least 12 months) or a completed subject-relevant professional training.



The degree programme is subject to local admission restrictions. Places are allocated in accordance with the Hessian University Admission Ordinance. More
Application deadline for winter semester: 15.07.
Further information and the link to the online application portal can be found in the application portal from the beginning of June.


Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More

Career Options

Occupational fields

Occupational fields

With the new master's degree in psychology with a focus on clinical psychology and psychotherapy, you can then take the licensing exam and pursue the new continuing education programme to become a psychotherapist. (Further information)

Further information from the German Psychological Society


Continued studies at JLU

Continuing studies in Psychological Psychotherapy - Behavioral Therapy



Doctoral studies

After successful completion of the Master's degree, a doctorate is also possible.



International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences
Graduate Centers:



Study Abroad in Giessen for International Students (incomings)


Information and Counseling


International Office
Counseling and support for international students and study applicants

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact details and office hours
Contact persons in the department 06


Stays abroad during studies (outgoings)


In the study programme M.Sc. Psychology with a focus on clinical psychology and psychotherapy, mobility is restricted due to the narrow specifications of the study content by the Approbationsordnung (licensing regulations), or is difficult to realize without loss of time.


Information and Counseling


International Office
Counseling and support for international students and study applicants

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact details and office hours
Contact persons in the department 06

More Information

More information

PDF Documents about the study programme




(with module descriptions and study plans)


Courses in the course catalogue

Electronic Course Catalogue (eVV)



Course Specific Academic Counselling ("Studienfachberatung")

Ruth Augustin, M.Sc.
Psych, Psychol. Psychotherapist


Contact information and advising hours can be found on the Psychology Student Advising pages.




Central Student Advisory Service

Advisor in the Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB):
Alexander Kohrt (M.A.)

Directions and Reception Student Services


ZSB-Stempel: Bild und Text

Editorial office: Central Student Advisory Service