The Bachelor of Arts Psychology course at the International Psychoanalytic University imparts psychology as a science which maps the human as a social and cultural being. Students learn how human individuals develop themselves in social and societal contexts, how they shape and structure their surroundings, how they become mentally ill under unfavourable conditions, and how they can become healthy again in a conducive relationship bond using psychological means.
Psychoanalytical psychology has been developed in practice and it has to prove itself in real applications. The intention with the course is to reflect the interdependence between theory formation on the one hand and application on the other: The students learn, in close contact with practice, how psychological concepts emerge from the practical resolution of concrete problems and impact on them in turn. One essential aspect here is that the graduates from this study course become capable of working independently in the field of psychology; to this extent, the BA PsychologyPLUS at the IPU is intended to provide a long-term qualification for a professional career in psychology. The study course has been approved and officially accredited until 2017 by the Berlin Senate.
Course Structure and Organisation
The BA PsychologyPLUS is structured as a full-time course of studies over 6 semesters comprising 180 ECTS credits. The syllabus covers the "classic" subjects of psychology, such as general psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and empirical research methods, as well as biopsychology and neurocognitive psychology in addition to work and organisational psychology. The "clinical" subjects with differential psychology and diagnostics as well as theories and methods of psychological intervention form one focus of this study course, because experience shows that most of the graduates from psychology courses work in the counselling or psychotherapy fields. In addition, there is an "affine" area with courses offered from neighbouring disciplines. Furthermore, the students gain work experience by completing practical, work-placement professional training.
Bachelor of Arts Psychology graduates are capable of working competently and independently in numerous fields of applied psychology. The intention is for them to become capable of analysing the results of scientific research and use them in their work. The graduates of this course can of course subsequently undertake a Master's degree (MA) in psychology studies. The graduates from the BA Psychology study course fulfil the requirements for subsequent admission to the training to become a psychological psychotherapist in accordance with German law.
Applicant Entry Requirements
The BA Psychology study course can be taken in the summer and winter semester. Next course begins in the winter semester 2016-17. In order to apply for the study course, applicants must have a general qualification for university entrance (such as the A levels in Great Britain or the Abitur in Germany) or a subject-specific certificate of access to higher education in accordance with Sec. 11 Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHg).*
The IPU strives to ensure that a personal selection process with an interview is conducted with each applicant for this course. Enrolment into a later semester in accordance with Sec. 23a Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHg) is possible provided previous course achievements can be evidenced which are sufficiently similar to the IPU's BA Psychology study course with respect to their scope and thematic focus. Likewise, competencies which have been gained outside higher education can be taken into account. Recognition of prior knowledge or qualifications achieved is undertaken by the exam commission (chairman: Prof. Dr. Stürmer). Enrolment into a later semester can be conditional on taking Bridging Courses in general psychology, developmental psychology or methodology, including the successful conclusion of a entry exam. When processing applications, the university management reserves the right to defer or reject an application. With such a decision, the management takes into consideration the overall impression gained from the application: The secondary school results, the motivation for choosing the profession, the applicant's interests and their prior experience or social commitment as the case may be. The majority of the applicants are invited to a personal interview. The minutes of the interview are recorded and result in a recommendation to the university management to accept or reject the applicant. Applications for the 2016-17 winter semester may be submitted until 30 September 2016.
(*Sec. 11 provides a range of differing options. For which reason prospective students should study it carefully.)
The PLUS in the Bachelor at the IPU
The BA PsychologyPLUS at the IPU is now offering certified in-depth practice-related competencies as a further option.
In addition to the undergraduate subject areas in the BA study course, now you can also receive a "Psychodynamic Communication Skills" Certificate which is awarded when you complete a full course week of supervised communication skills, which are being offered for the first time in March 2016, and you have already completed the following regular subject areas in the study course:
- "Practice of Clinical Psychology" exercises in "Module 7 Principles of Clinical Psychology"
- Attend the "Introduction to Intervention" lecture in Module 9
- The "Basic Competencies for Psychological Intervention and Counselling" practical seminar in Module 9
- The "Introduction to Scientific Work, Presenting and Communicating" seminar in Module 12
- Complete an English course in which specialist psychological-psychoanalytical English is taught by a qualified native speaker
The "Psychodynamic Communication Skills" Certificate and the acquisition of the specialist English terminology are free of charge and in addition to the study components which have to be completed. The intention with them is to further improve your career prospects already gained with your BA degree.