Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2022

Admission to Higher Semesters

NC for the 2nd Core Semester
from Core Semester 3

Dates and Deadlines


Anyone who wishes to work as a psychotherapist in Germany must, following a polyvalent Bachelor's degree in psychology, complete a Master's program that meets the requirements of the new Psychotherapy Act and the Approbation Regulations for Psychotherapists. In addition, after the Master's degree, a psychotherapeutic examination must be taken, which is conducted under the supervision of the authority responsible under state law. After passing this examination, the candidate may then apply for their license to practice.

Only the license to practice enables a person to take up an independent medical activity in the field of psychotherapy and it also enables them to found their own outpatient psychotherapeutic practice.

The curriculum of the Master's program at RWTH fulfills the requirements of the Approbationsordnung (German licensing regulations) and imparts all the required knowledge and skills. It builds upon the polyvalent Bachelor's program and expands and deepens the knowledge and skills acquired there. For this purpose, in addition to the clinical-psychological course content, the prescribed practical and professional training elements of psychotherapy are also provided. The course imparts important methodological knowledge in the field of clinical psychological research and diagnostics - including assessment. In addition, students acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in selected basic psychological areas. The focus of the program is on psychological disorders in all age groups and their psychotherapeutic treatment.

The transfer of theoretical knowledge and the development of therapeutic competencies are linked as closely as possible throughout the entire course of study, with due regard for patient safety and patient rights. While the university teaching is carried out by means of lectures, seminars and internships, the professional practical assignments are completed under expert guidance in cooperating clinical facilities. These are, for example, the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics and the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy of Childhood and Adolescence at the Uniklinik RWTH Aachen.


Degree Content

The course of study of the Master's program is divided into four semesters. The course content is taught within the framework of modules, in which thematically or methodologically related courses are bundled. The modules have a scope of two to ten semester hours and typically extend over one or two semesters of an academic year.

In order to meet the requirements of the Approbationsordnung (licensing regulations), professional internships are mandatory in the Master's program. The following internships must be completed:

  • "Research-Oriented Internship II - Psychotherapy Research" provides in-depth practical experience in the research of mental, psychosomatic and neuropsychological illnesses and their psychotherapeutic treatment.
  • "Professional Qualifying Activity III - Applied Practice of Psychotherapy" serves to strengthen practical skills in psychotherapeutic care.

Programs Abroad

An option for a semester abroad that is anchored in the curriculum does not feature in the course of studies, since it would have to expressly adhere to the legal requirements of the Approbationsordnung (licensing regulations) and these do not allow for a sufficiently large time window for a mobility phase in the sense of a semester abroad. However, the study plan at RWTH has been designed in such a way that it supports you in planning your own period abroad. All modules extend over one to a maximum of two semesters. Module examinations that relate to the contents of two consecutive semesters have been dispensed with. This design allows students to postpone individual courses or modules with relative ease. It also allows them to always complete a single part of a module independently of the other parts.

Structure of the Course
Theory of Psychotherapy/Psychology ECTS
1 Advanced scientific aspects 10
2 Advanced research methods 10
3 Special disorders and procedures of psychotherapy 11
4 Applied psychotherapy 5
5 Documentation, evaluation and organization of psychotherapeutic treatments 2
6 Advanced psychological diagnostics and assessment 10
7 Professional activity II (BQT II) 15
8 Self-reflection 2
9 Master thesis and research colloquium 30
Practical elements ECTS
10 Research-oriented internship II 5

Professional qualifying activity III, inpatient, 450 hours

Professional qualifying activity III, outpatient, 150 hours


You must have a university degree to be admitted to the program. The professional education that you need to have is described in the examination regulations. The examination board determines whether the admission requirements have been met.


Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Master's program and subsequent licensure open up access to employment as a psychotherapist in clinics and similar institutions. During further training to become a specialist psychotherapist, you will determine which age range you would like to work with - children and adolescents or adults - and you will determine which psychotherapy method you would like to specialize in.

This legally prescribed training path enables you to manage your own psychotherapeutic practice. However, professionals with expertise in clinical psychology and psychotherapy also work in many other areas of diagnostics and intervention, for example, in acute and rehabilitation clinics, counseling centers, prevention facilities, and occupational and public health care.

A purely academic career is also possible if graduates would like to work in research and teaching.

After completion of the licensing examination, you will receive your license to practice as a psychotherapist. In order to be recognized under social law, further training is then required, which takes place after the studies at further training centers. In the course of this further training, you will decide on which age range you wish to work with- children and adolescents or adults - and which psychotherapy method you wish to use - e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy.

The Master's program also provides graduates with a broad qualification for activities in research, teaching and practice in psychotherapy and clinical psychological counseling, prevention and health promotion, psychosocial and developmental intervention, as well as in disease management and rehabilitation. The degree also qualifies students for academic careers in the psychological field.


Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply in principle to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, as well as detailed information on proof of the required language skills, can be found in the Comprehensive Examination Regulations of RWTH. Examination regulations are only published in German due to their legally binding nature.

The subject-specific examination regulations regulate legally binding study objectives, study requirements, study procedure and examinations.



The Course of Study is offered by the Faculty of Medicine. On the faculty website you can find more information about the course of study (de).