Social Work, Community Psychiatry (MA) — Part-time programme

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Study programme
Social Work, Community Psychiatry (MA) — Part-time programme
Social Work
Theory and Understanding of Mental Disorders, Social Psychiatry Research, Project and Organisational Development in Community Psychiatry, Cooperation of Community Psychiatry Organisations, Social Law
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
Summer semester
Admission Restriction
The programme has admission restrictions. Contact the Department for more information.
Admission Requirements
First-level degree in Social Work (BA, Diplom) with a final grade of at least 2.5 least according to the German grading system (210 credits points or 180 credit points and proof of 30 additional credits). In addition, prior professional experience of at least one year in a relevant field of employment. Alternatively, a degree (BA, Magister, Diplom) in another subject and at least four years' appropriate professional practice in a relevant field of employment. Parallel to studies, relevant professional practice of between 15 and 30 hours a week.
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 31 October: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 November: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
Application Deadline
1 December to 15 January
Specific Features
Part-time study programme organised according to the blended learning concept which combines on-campus phases and distance learning with online supervision.

What Is This Programme About?

The Master's programme in Social Work focusing on Community Psychiatry enables students to study fundamental social work theories and develop research and management skills as well as expertise in organisational development relevant to the field. Students also acquire expertise in social law and a knowledge of cross-institutional cooperation in the context of community psychiatry.

Why Choose This Programme?

The programme is aimed at persons engaged in community psychiatry in residential or out-patient settings. It is of interest to all those who work with clients with mental disorders in the context of addiction support, disabled care, youth welfare or integration assistance. Students learn to develop strategies to create support arrangements that are tailored to needs of individuals and their social environment. It offers them the opportunity to qualify for management positions and also allows graduates of other programmes to acquire additional knowledge and skills specifically in the area of social work and community psychiatry.

How is the programme structured?

The study programme requires students to obtain 90 credits according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Two thirds of the study programme is conducted online (eight modules) via an e-learning platform, which offers instructors and students a variety of interaction options. One third of the programme is campus-based. In addition to a four-day introductory event, the on-campus sessions are usually organised as two-day teaching blocks on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where does it lead?

Your skills and knowledge are needed in a variety of social and community psychiatry services and institutions, or in integration assistance, disabled care and youth welfare. Your expertise in organising cooperations between different service providers and person-centred support as well as your practical research skills are also sought after for roles in management. The Master's degree can pave the way to a doctoral degree. Cooperation agreements are in place with Kassel and Frankfurt Universities. Participation in the nationwide doctoral colloquium in social psychiatry organised by Charité Berlin and the German Social Psychiatry Society (DGSP) is also possible.

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Subject Information

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Need help?

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 105
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