Psychosocial counselling and therapy in the feeld of social work (MA) — Part-time programme

At a glance

Study programme
Psychosocial counselling and therapy in the feeld of social work (MA) — Part-time programme
Social Work
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Type of programme
Part-time programme (blended learning with e-learning modules)
Standard Duration
5 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
This study programme is restricted by the numerus clausus system. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, admission is based on admission capacity according to the regulation on the allocation of university places in the (German) fede
Admission Requirements
First-level degree (Bachelor's, Diplom) with a final grade of at least 2.5 according to the German grading system in a study programme related to social work, 210 credits, Between 15 and 30 hours of employment in a field of social work that is verifiably related to one of the subjects of the Master's degree programme, Previous knowledge of computer-aided communication using state-of-the-art technology
Language of instructions
Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2-level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
Application Deadline
20 August
Specific Features
Orientation event in May/June every year.

What Is This Programme About?

The Psychosocial Counselling and Therapy programme allows social workers or social education workers already involved in counselling with a university degree (BA/Diplom) to achieve a higher academic qualification. Students extend their theoretical and methodical competencies and test them in a carefully reflected way.

The academic training equips students with the core skills and specialist expertise needed to work independently and responsibly in the area of psychosocial counselling. They are also eligible to participate in the qualification procedure to obtain the license to practice in the area of child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Why Choose This Programme?

The Master's degree in Psychosocial Counselling and Therapy is aimed at individuals who already work in an advisory capacity in relevant areas of social work and want to obtain a higher qualification and/or find a new role in counselling. This part-time Master's programme satisfies the qualification requirements of such employees. The study programme also provides students with the practical research and leadership skills needed for management roles, or research and planning responsibilities in social work.

How is the programme structured?

The study programme comprises 15 modules. Eight modules are offered as e-learning modules over the course of half a semester. Four modules are taught on campus. Two "reflective modules" also take place on campus. In a final module, students prepare their Master's thesis. All modules are compulsory modules.

According to the blended learning approach, subjects not requiring the physical presence of students are taught in e-learning modules. This means that students do not have to attend classes that are not absolutely essential, saving them travel costs and travel time. This offers them the freedom and flexibility to balance professional and family needs.

Where does it lead?

The main career opportunities lie counselling roles in social work. Advisory, methodological and managerial competencies are among the key skills – irrespective of the specific field of work – and are often cited as a central precondition for employment.

In most German federal states, a Master's degree is also seen as the de facto admission requirement for training and continuing education in the field of psychotherapy for children and adolescents.

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Subject-related advice

Andrea Hilger

Study Programme Coordinator

Building 21 , Room 203
Andrea Hilger+49 661 9640-2444
Office hours
Mon to Fri 8 am – 3 pm

General advice

Karin Heß

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Deputy Head of Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Building 10 , Room 212
Karin Heß+49 661 9640-1431
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue, Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Tue – Thu: 8 am – 3 pm

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 202
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr