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Finding suitable key competencies

1. Find out how many key competency credits you have to earn (it's usually 18 for a Bachelor's and 12 for a Master's degree).

2. Find out what prerequisites are set down for key competencies (professionalisation area) in your degree programme (key competencies taught in compulsory modules, elective-compulsory modules and/or elective modules).

3. Before you put together your selectable key competency modules, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my desired profession? What are my career objectives?
  • What skills and competencies do I need for my studies and to achieve my career objectives?
  • What professions would I like to become acquainted with?
  • Which areas do I need “catching up” in?
  • Where do I want to build and evolve my strengths?


4. Depending on what prerequisites are set down in your Study and Examination Regulations, you are free to select the key competency modules from the following sources:

  • Intradepartmental and intrafaculty modules (described in the regulations governing each degree programme or in the Key Competencies Module Handbook published by your faculty)
  • Cross-faculty key competency modules of many of the major subjects
  • Key competency modules offered by central institutions, such as ZESS – Central Institution for Languages and Key Competencies, studIT – IT Service for Students etc.


5. For support and advice in selecting the key competencies that fit your needs, please contact:

  • Your study and examination adviser at your faculty
  • The Central Study Advisory Office
  • Central Institution for Languages and Key Competencies (ZESS)
  • The Career Services


Several faculties have laid out key competency strategies for individual degree programmes that can give you orientation and support in planning and structuring your own faculty-specific key competency area. Moreover, several of the study regulations make concrete proposals as to which key competency modules are designed to fit the respective degree programme and its profile.