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Ground plan

Addiction Counselling (M.Sc.)

Study location

Study location

Munich (Institute for Advanced and Further Training, IF)

Academic degree

Academic degree

Master of Science (M.Sc.) + further education certificate "Addiction Therapist KatHO NRW"

Start of the degree programme

Start of the degree programme

annually in September

Standard period of study

Standard period of study

6 semesters

Application period for the 2020/21 winter semester

Application period for the 2020/21 winter semester

online or by post in the period from 15.01. - 15.07.2020




payable in 8 instalments

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Objectives & contents

The part-time Master's degree programme in Addiction Counselling in parallel to work concludes with the awarding of the academic title of Master of Science (M.Sc.). A special feature of this degree programme is that the participants also receive the further education certificate "Addiction Therapist KatHO NRW". This qualification is recognised by the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund (German Pension Insurance Union) and qualifies graduates to work in addiction therapy, for example in clinics or counselling centres.


The degree programme is offered in cooperation with the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia (KatHO NRW), the first to offer an addiction sciences degree programme in Germany.


The course aims to initially establish an up-to-date, comprehensive and evidence-based knowledge base of addiction disorders. This takes place particularly in the first two semesters and relates to the medical, psychological, social scientific, economic and legal aspects of addiction. The focus of the third, fourth and fifth semester is the development of addiction therapeutic skills in the context of current behavioural theories and methods. A comprehensive concept of modern behavioural therapy includes - in addition to the traditional forms - primarily cognitive, implicit and systemic therapy methods. During the sixth semester, the students concentrate on preparing their Master's thesis.

Structure of the curriculum

The seminars for the part-time degree programme take place on seven to nine weekends per semester: Fridays from 2pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm. In addition, there is one block week per semester. The time spent in attendance at the university comprises a total of 880 teaching units of 45 minutes each.


The degree programme is divided into the following modules:

  • Medical and psychological basics (14 credit points)
  • Legal, social and economic basics (14 credit points)
  • Addiction research I (8 credit points)
  • Addiction research II (12 credit points)
  • Addiction therapy I (8 credit points)
  • Addiction therapy II (8 credit points)
  • Basic therapy methods (7 credit points)
  • Complex therapy methods (7 credit points)
  • Advanced module (6 credit points)
  • Supervision and career-related self-reflection I (6 credit points)
  • Supervision and career-related self-reflection II (8 credit points)
  • Master's thesis and accompanying seminar (22 credit points)

Prospects & perspectives

Addiction counselling is an increasingly important field of activity in social services. The need for well-trained, highly-qualified staff has increased sharply in recent years. Strengthening prevention, developing low-threshold assistance and expanding outpatient services are further important developments in addiction counselling.


Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Addiction Counselling primarily work in all areas of addiction treatment and addiction prevention. But the demand for expertise in addiction has also increased in schools, youth aid agencies, social professional associations and health insurance companies. Based on the social developments in the areas of family, youth and ageing, the demand for qualified addiction counsellors is not expected to decrease in the foreseeable future. Quite the contrary: research shows that substance addictions are one of the most widespread mental disorders within the population, and with the highest rates of increase. There is also an increase in addictive patterns of behaviour in our society, such as shopping addictions or Internet and computer addictions.


The main fields of work within addiction counselling include the following activities:

  • Psychosocial counselling
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Low-threshold assistance
  • Clinical withdrawal treatment
  • Outpatient and inpatient therapy
  • Work in correctional facilities
  • Drug substitution
  • Workplace addiction activities
  • Follow-up self-help
  • Leadership and management of support facilities
  • Specialist and administrative activities at associations, authorities or political bodies
  • Applied addiction research

Applications & admission

Admission to the degree programme is open to those who have a university degree in social work (with state recognition), psychology or medicine. Students with non-German degrees must submit a certified translation of their degree certificate and proof of state recognition of their degree.


Several years of professional experience is not mandatory. However, students must have at least a part-time position in an institution providing addiction therapy, or in a related field of work with addicts or those vulnerable to addiction (e.g. assistance to the homeless, youth services, probation assistance). Students who work in related fields should be willing to do job shadowing in an institution providing addiction therapy.


They should have a sufficient level of personal resilience and be willing to self-reflect and develop personally. An interview will be conducted after receipt of the application and subject to the admission requirements being met (cost: €50).


The cost for the whole degree programme amounts to 11,800 Euros. This amount must be paid in eight instalments. The tuition fees include the following:

  • all seminar and course costs
  • all examination fees
  • 120 hours of supervision in a small group
  • 6 hours of individual supervision or professional coaching
  • student advice
  • intensive supervision of the Master’s thesis with accompanying colloquium
  • drinks on course days
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