In many European countries, a master’s degree is a second academic degree. It is mostly awarded after one or two years of full time study or in extra-occupational manner. A perquisite for an admission to a master’s degree course is either a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Depending on its orientation, a master’s degree can either broaden the knowledge obtained during a bachelor’s degree course or open a door to a new study area.
Master’s degree profile
- Students of application-oriented master’s degree courses should be able to seize a specific problem and to solve it by using their own reasoning and current state of knowledge.
- Teaching is conducted by lecturers, who have relevant professional experience in the application of scientific findings and methods.
- The contents of teaching must include the application of knowledge in reference to specific problems.
- The universities must have adequate facilities and equipment to ensure a practice-oriented training.
- Students of research-oriented master’s degree courses are motivated to engage in independent research by applying a wide scientific perspective.
- Teaching is conducted by lecturers, who not only have the relevant professional experience, but also include their active research into the lectures.
- The contents of the teaching should qualify students to integrate and apply different scientific approaches and should actively involve students in research projects.
- The universities must have adequate facilities as well as partner research institutions to ensure student participation in different research projects.
Consecutive Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
...are degrees that are, in regards to contents, successive, i.e. the contents of the bachelor’s degree course is a prerequisite for a specific consecutive master’s degree course. The duration of studies is as follows: 3 years (or 3,5) for bachelor’s degree and 2 years (or 1,5) for a master’s degree. A master’s degree can continue and broaden the subject orientation of the bachelor’s degree and, as long as the subject coherence is preserved, it can expand it on an interdisciplinary basis.
Master´s degree/advanced training
...requires, in addition to a bachelor’s degree, at least a year of professional experience. The contents of this advanced training master’s degree should consider and tie on professional experience.
While conceptualizing this advanced training master’s degree a university should show a correlation between a professional qualification and studies.
Quality assurance and accreditation
Master’s degree courses should be accredited. The accreditation is the key instrument to support the necessary process of change in the European higher education system. It is crucial for quality assurance in terms of initiation of new and verification of existing degrees. It means, that a specific degree program is acknowledged within the framework of a regulated procedure. The goal of accreditation is assurance and confirmation of quality in teaching and studies at a national level and according to international standards. All degrees offered at the University of Applied Sciences Jena are accredited.