SRH Hochschule für Gesundheit

Gera Mental Health and Psychotherapy, M. Sc.

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • 4 Semesters
  • Full time
  • 120 ECTS
  • €550/Month
  • Full time

You want to work as a psychologist with the experience and behavior of people? With our Master's program, you lay the foundation for your career path and a wide range of job opportunities.

  • German
  • winter semester
SRH University of Applied Health Sciences
Your course content

What you will learn

From A, like anxiety, to C, like compulsion.

The demands on our mental health at work and in our private lives are enormous, and mental illnesses have been on the rise for years. Statistically, every second to third person in Germany is now affected by a mental illness in the course of his or her life. At the same time, mental disorders often have serious consequences - for the individual, but also for society. Most efforts, however, focus on restoring mental health after an illness. Considerations of how to preserve and promote this, our most precious asset, in advance are not yet established in many people's minds. In contrast, our master's program does not focus solely on treating mental disorders; rather, it focuses on maintaining and promoting our mental health.

Therefore, during your studies, we will show you how to promote and strengthen people's mental health from the very beginning. Therefore, the master's program includes not only an in-depth study of basic psychological disciplines, but also predominantly practice-oriented modules in clinical psychology and methods of counseling and psychotherapy. Strengthening mental health, for example, plays an important role in workplace health promotion, but also in many other areas of application. So let's start exploring the human psyche together.

Your multifaceted master's degree program will enable you to work in various professional contexts in both the prevention and rehabilitation of mental illness. During your studies you will deal with the topics of mental health and psychotherapy from a scientific and critical reflective point of view and learn to transfer psychological theories and findings from research and practice to different fields of action and application. This will enable you not only to understand the feelings, thoughts and actions of your patients, but also to explain and change them. Based on this valuable knowledge, a variety of different fields of application in the area of health promotion are open to you and give you the chance to bring about a decisive change in the lives of many people.

However, within society not only the pressure on professional and private life is increasing, but also civilization diseases such as obesity and diabetes are gaining in importance in this context - and thus the field of medical psychology. An important part of your studies is therefore also concerned with the way in which those affected deal with such somatic illnesses. You will learn to provide professional psychological support in order to reduce the negative consequences of illness and to support people in their development.

Furthermore, you will be able to develop concepts of action for selected problem situations and to align them methodically as well as work-organizationally to the selected forms of care and to solve complex problems innovatively, evidence-based and methodically confidently in dialogue, taking into account the conditions.


Innovative thinking that pays off

After completing your studies, a wide range of career opportunities are open to you. You can choose to specialize in mental health, psychotherapy or methodology. At the same time, the path to an academic career and doctorate opens up to you, which you can take up following your master's degree.

  • Psychological counseling in counseling centers run by independent or state organizations (e.g., family and educational counseling, school counseling, couples counseling)
  • School psychological service
  • Coaching offers
  • Personnel department of companies
  • Vocational training centers
  • Company health management
  • Work for health insurance companies and public administration institutions
  • Psychological counseling services according to the Heilpraktikergesetz (stress management, life and crisis counseling)
  • Work as a psychological psychotherapist children and adolescents (after postgraduate training) in own practice (admission in combination with our B. Sc. health psychology/psychology of a university of applied sciences or university B. Sc. psychology in Thuringia)
  • Work as a neuropsychologist, systemic therapist or consultant, hypnotherapist, talk therapist (after postgraduate training) independently or in clinics
  • Work as a psychologist in rehabilitation (certificate rehabilitation psychologist according to BDP together with bachelor study health psychology)
  • Work as a psychologist in the acute care of mentally ill people
  • Work as a psychologist in institutions of correctional facilities incl. Maßregelvollzug (correctional facilities for the treatment of psychiatric disorders)
  • Work as a psychologist in addiction care facilities, child and youth care facilities
  • Expert witness in court proceedings, work as a legal psychologist (after postgraduate training).
  • Possibility of doctorate and scientific career
  • With a successfully completed Master's degree in Mental Health and Psychotherapy, training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist in Thuringia can be pursued. According to the current status, therapy training in the adult field is not possible with our Master.
  • This Master does not correspond to the Master according to the new Psychotherapists Act and does not lead to licensure. If you have started/completed your Bachelor's degree within the transitional rule before 30.09.2020, the above-mentioned therapy training in the KJP area (see first point) is open to you with the Master's degree.
  • Numerous other professional perspectives outside of therapy training are open to you, e.g.: Work as a psychologist in the acute care of mentally ill people, psychological counseling in your own practice (private), coaching offers, further training as a systemic consultant or in the field of legal psychology, etc. (you can find your further perspectives at our health university in our career section).
  • According to the new psychotherapist law you need a polyvalent bachelor's degree and a university master's degree, which leads to the licensing examination. If you would like to work as a psychotherapist in private practice within the framework of statutory health care after the licensing examination, you will still need an expected five years of further training following your master's degree.  

Details about the study model and internship

With us, you study in a full-time study model and benefit from the practical experience that our professors and lecturers bring with them and pass on to you within the framework of application-oriented teaching. Thus, role plays, case studies and first contacts with patients are integrated into the teaching. In addition, the internship in the last semester allows you to directly enter the working world, to build important networks, and thus to secure ideal starting conditions for your career entry.

Your modules in the study

4 Semester 120 ECTS
1. Semester

First Semester

  • Deepening of developmental psychology

  • Multivariate methods

  • Clinical Psychology II: Applied Clinical Diagnostics

  • Fundamentals of General Psychology for Counseling and Psychotherapy

  • Neuropsychology

  • Clinical Psychology III: Foundations of General Psychotherapy, Methods of Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy Research

2. Semester

Second Semester

  • Educational psychology

  • Journal club on classical and current experiments in psychology.

  • Clinical Psychology I: Pathopsychology and Basics of Psychopharmacology

  • Clinical Psychology IV: Methodological Competence Counseling and Psychotherapy

  • Clinical psychology V: Psychotherapy procedures and intervention: basics of guideline procedures.

3. Semester

Drittes Semester

  • Applied social psychology

  • Qualitative methods

  • Scientific expertise

  • Clinical psychology V: Psychotherapy procedures and intervention: basics of guideline procedures.

  • Mental health in the context of work and organization

  • Positive psychology and resource-oriented psychology in chronic diseases.

  • Psychotherapy methods and intervention: counseling and coaching

4. Semester

Forth Semester

  • Internship

  • Master thesis with colloquium


With enthusiasm for your success

"Personally, it gives me great pleasure to accompany prospective colleagues through this degree program. The Master's in Mental Health and Psychotherapy offers enough space and opportunities for personal development. Moreover, it is nice to see how preferences and possibilities emerge from unclear professional goals and career aspirations in the course of the studies. Due to the variety of topics and the small study groups, students acquire comprehensive skills in a short period of time. The latest graduate survey shows that our graduates are in demand in the job market."

Prof. Dr. Katharina Wick, Director of Studies

I enjoyed studying at SRH Hochschule für Gesundheit so much because the lectures are very practical, we are like a family and we were able to learn better and more in small groups, so it was just fun to study here.
Grit Bungenberg, Alumna, Mental Health and Psychotherapy M. Sc

Confirmed study quality

The hallmark of the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) is the evaluation and accreditation of study programs, university control and management. ZEvA came to very good results in all areas.

The quality of our Master's programPsychological Health and Psychotherapy was successfully confirmed by ZEvA.

About our quality promise

Admission requirements and application

It's so easy to start your dream studies with us!

To ensure a smooth and stress-free start to your dream studies, we recommend that you apply online for the winter semester by September 10.

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Access requirements

You can apply without obligation at any time via our online-portal. We will then review your application documents and invite you to a personal interview.

For admission to the Master's program in Mental Health and Psychotherapy, we require the following documents from you:

  • General university entrance qualification, university of applied sciences entrance qualification or an equivalent university entrance qualification. 
  • Proof of German language level at least B2 (for international applicants)



  • Proof of an academic degree in psychology (bachelor's degree) or a comparable academic degree


If you have the necessary entrance requirements, we are already looking forward to your application, which should then include the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae in tabular form with a recent passport photo
  • Proof of your first academic degree (Bachelor, Diplom or Magister)
  • A copy of your university entrance qualification
  • A copy of your identity card (front and back), for foreign students the National Identity Card.

For the online application process you have to register once. This gives you the opportunity to add information and files later before you send us your documents.

Costs and financing

Here you will find all the information you need to realize your studies.

Your financing

As a state-recognized, private university, the SRH Hochschule für Gesundheit is financed by tuition fees. These revenues are used for the equipment of our campus, the service for our students and the quality assurance. In this way, we ensure that you receive the best possible education under optimal study conditions.

Tuition fees

  • 550 € / per month (total: 13.650 €) 

The monthly fee remains the same throughout the entire period of study. The one-time enrollment fee is 450.00 EUR and is due 4 weeks before the start of your studies. Except for the placement, aptitude or equivalency exam, if applicable, no separate exam fees or similar are charged, not even for repeat exams. This gives you maximum cost transparency during your studies. If you extend your studies beyond the standard period of study, fees will also be charged, as the university's offer will continue to be used. If only the final thesis of the course is still outstanding, the fees are reduced by 50%.

In addition to efficient organization, a goal-oriented course of study also requires a solid financial basis to be able to pay rent, living expenses and tuition fees. There are various financing options, such as BAföG, educational loans or scholarship programs.

We have compiled a list of all financing options for you here.

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