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The programme comprises the following modules:
1. Basics of vocational education and didactics of vocational education
2. Structures and theories of vocational education
3. Learning and teaching using learning technologies
4. Didactics of a vocational specialisation
5. Vocational education management and evaluation
6. Curriculum and media development
7. Practical studies
8. Specialisation module (three of four possible choices)
8.1 Organisational and human resources development
8.2 Educational planning and knowledge management
8.3 International comparative TVET
8.4 Methods of in-company training
8.5 Further specialisation module
9. Master's thesis
Educational organisationThe programme is studied entirely at the University of Magdeburg and offers a variety of teaching methods (lectures, seminars, excursions, projects, etc.). It can be studied in German or entirely in English. For students without prior work experience, the programme starts with an obligatory practice semester.
Minimum number of students: 15 in the German-language programme, 11 in the English-language programme
Forms of assessmentPresentation, written exam, scientific assignment, practice report, oral exam
Course objectivesThis internationally oriented study programme prepares students for work in middle and superior management positions in the field of vocational education and training, especially in international contexts. This could be in national and international TVET institutions and educational institutions in the economy, but also in the learning and teaching aids sector, in TVET research or in the field of international development cooperation.
The Master of Science degree qualifies for subsequent PhD studies. The programme also prepares for the postgraduate programme "Berufsbildung und Personalentwicklung" (TVET and human resource development) and fosters competences especially for your own research projects (e.g. within the scope of your PhD studies).
Language requirementsGerman-language programme: German language skills (for non-native speakers) at TestDAF level 4
English-language programme: TOEFL test result of at least 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based)
- Fulfilment of the language requirements
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent awarded by a higher education institution acknowledged in Germany
- Proof of previous work experience of at least six months
Enrolment feesCurrently 94.50 EUR per semester
The semester fee covers services offered by the "Studentenwerk" (Student Union) and the student representatives. Enrolled students receive a semester ticket for free use of public transport, student discounts in the campus cafeteria, etc.
Costs of livingA minimum of 700 EUR per month must be budgeted for accommodation, costs of living, health insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.
Funding opportunities within the universityScholarships cannot be provided for new students. The university provides a limited number of excellence scholarships. Eligible candidates are students in advanced semesters who clearly show above-average results.
Arrival supportThere is a pick-up service if desired. Please inform the student group IKUS (http://www.ikus.ovgu.de) of your arrival in advance. IKUS will meet you at the station in Magdeburg.
Furthermore, there is a "Welcome & Orientation Week" at the beginning of the semester.
Services and support for international studentsThe International Office and the programme coordinators assist students in any way possible. To integrate new students into the university and into the student community, both the university and the faculty offer a "Welcome & Orientation Week" right before studies start in October. The university offers German language courses and lots of social and cultural events organised by the IKUS or by other student initiatives at the faculty or on campus.
Furthermore, we offer our students several services:
- Additional supporting programme advisers for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training profile
- Supporting seminars and tutorials
- Additional foreign language courses for students who are not native speakers of German
- Support in finding an appropriate internship
- Cultural programmes
- Mentoring programme
AccommodationThe "Studentenwerk" (Student Union) Magdeburg manages the on-campus halls of residence (mostly one- to four-room apartments). Currently, the monthly rent ranges from 220-350 EUR per room (approx. 12-35 square meters), depending on size and furnishing. Rooms in the halls of residence are limited in number. The accommodation request can be found here: http://www.studentenwerk-magdeburg.de/en/accommodation/accommodation-request/.
The Student Union assists all new students in finding adequate accommodation, either on or off campus. Private accommodation is available on the Magdeburg accommodation market. However, fully furnished units are in relatively short supply.