The psychotherapy science study programme at Sigmund Freud Private University (SFU) is the first university-based, theoretical-scientific and practice-oriented preparation for the psychotherapist profession in Europe. Our study programme was the first to place psychotherapy as a science at the centre of an academic education.

Since the winter semester 2015/16, the Bachelor’s degree in psychotherapy science has been offered in Linz, analogous to the study programme in Vienna. It is possible to enter the degree programme at any time, i.e. also in the summer semester. Students at SFU Linz may also study at another SFU location such as Vienna, Berlin or Ljubljana.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl, Vice-Rector and Dean, on studying psychotherapy science at SFU:

Linking teaching, practice and research

Teaching at SFU is practice-oriented and includes theory, personal self-awareness and acquiring psychotherapeutic competence. Personal development of the students and internships accompany the programme from the very beginning: from the 1st semester onwards, in-house practice at our University Outpatient Clinic for Psychotherapy in Linz is possible.
From the third year of the Bachelor’s degree programme, one of the various psychotherapeutic schools must be chosen as a focus. Within the framework of this specialisation, all teaching contents are taught as provided for by the Austrian Psychotherapy Act.

The Master’s degree programme is completed at SFU Vienna and introduces the research methods of psychotherapy science. Students are involved in research projects at the university as early as possible. With the Master’s degree, the final certificate of the training association is also acquired and thus the possibility to be registered in the list of psychotherapists for the independent practice of psychotherapy (upon reaching the age of 28).

What distinguishes studying psychotherapy science at SFU Linz?

  • Individual support & dialogue
  • Learning and studying in small groups
  • Combination of teaching, practice and research
  • Personal contact with lecturers
  • Early involvement in research projects
  • High practical relevance from the 1st semester: in-house practical training in the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic in Linz
  • Entry possible at any time

Are you interested in an academic, practice-oriented education? You can contact us at any time for an individual talk at or by phone at +43 732 99 57 99. Or you can join us at our next information evening. We look forward to meeting you!

Folder Psychotherapy Science (PDF)