Overview of the Master's Programme

The master’s programme serves to encourage academic consolidation within the chosen focus of study:


Each study focus requires a number of compulsory elective modules comprising 60 or 66 credits. Due to the comprehensive area of professionalisation, which covers about 1/3 of the courses (including 6 to 12 credits of key skills) students are able to create their individual academic education profile.

The master examination consists of module examinations, one project report and the master thesis.

The module examinations are course related and both in required and optional areas, usually taken during the first two semesters of all courses. (78 credits)

Within the project report (12 credits) students work in small groups on an interdisciplinary area dependent on the chosen study focus. The project report trains the ability for teamwork and project co-ordination and serves as good preparation for the master thesis.

The master thesis (30 credits) in the fourth semester represents an important element of scientific education. Besides independent work on a defined topic, the formal aspects of scientific work and the the proper application of statistical methods are explored.

Even though an internship is not obligatory, it is possible to chose a focus-specific research placement (6 credits) within the optional area. Additionally, a variety of international contracts creates the possibility of optional internships abroad.

After successfully absolving the academic programme the student earns the academic degree Master of Science (MSc).