The master's degree in “Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology” is an application-oriented degree that, by combining clinical and health psychology, takes national and international health policy developments and the associated changes on the European labor market into account. Ecological, social, cultural and institutional conditions as well as the influence of gender roles are explicitly included in the course content.

A well-founded training in methods and diagnostics is guaranteed. The imparting of general methodological skills is supplemented by subject-specific method seminars on care and intervention research and on specific diagnostic procedures, as well as by individualized advice on planning and carrying out the master's thesis. Further methodological skills are acquired through participation in research projects in clinical psychology or health psychology.

Students can choose between working on practical projects or research projects in clinical psychology or health psychology. Further options are available in the minor subjects clinical forensic psychology, gerontology, prevention and clinical child and adolescent psychology, clinical neuropsychology, decision neuroscience, specific methods of psychological research, research fields of psychological diagnostics and personality psychology.




The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified. 

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Core curriculum
module Research methods
module Applied psychological diagnostics
module Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology

Department of Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology

Compulsory modules
module Research workshop for clinical psychology and health psychology
module Practice of clinical psychology and health psychology
module Specialization in clinical psychology and health psychology

Elective modules (2 of 7 to be completed)

module Clinical neuropsychology
module Prevention and clinical child and adolescent psychology
module Clinical forensic psychology
module gerontology
module Research fields in psychological diagnostics and personality psychology
module Specific methods of psychological research
module Decision Neuroscience



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or an equivalent university degree that includes at least six semesters of psychology studies. At least 10 CP from the field of statistics, 10 CP from the field of clinical psychology, 10 CP from the field of psychological diagnostics and 5 CP from the field of industrial, organizational and business psychology as well as another 5 CP from another psychological application subject must be proven.
  • If the bachelor's degree is not yet available at the time of application, proof must be provided that the bachelor thesis has either been registered or has already been submitted (evidence from the registered module in the Transcript of Records or a registration certificate issued by the examination office)
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational establishment in which English is the language of instruction. Proof of language proficiency can be proven through various English tests as well as 6 years of English lessons at school.

The course is restricted in admission. Applicants who have not yet achieved their bachelor’s degree at the time of application must provide evidence of at least 120 CP in completed modules and registration for the bachelor’s thesis.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The master’s course enables graduates to acquire broad qualifications for activities in the fields of health, social and educational services, meet the entry criteria for training as psychological psychotherapists and for post-graduate training and further education in clinical psychology and health psychology, and qualify for an academic one Career in the clinical-psychological and / or health-psychological field.

Depending on the type of previous bachelor's degree, both areas of the master’s course in Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin qualify for training as a psychological psychotherapist. Further information on frequently asked questions regarding training as a psychological psychotherapist can be found  here . Due to a lack of experience, no statement can be made about approval in other federal states.

The master’s course prepares students for activities in research, teaching and practice in psychotherapy and clinical-psychological counseling, prevention and health promotion, psychosocial and development-oriented intervention as well as in coping with illnesses and rehabilitation.

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