International Vocational Education

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
Deadline: Jul 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1425 Duration:2 years

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This course is a Master's degree programme with a research-oriented study and degree profile. With the Master's degree a vocational qualification is gained. Through the Master's thesis, it will be determined whether the student has gained the necessary knowledge and abilities for the transition to the professional practice and whether he/she has the ability to apply scientific methods and concepts. Against the background of increasing employment opportunities for academically trained vocational education specialists for all practice fields of TVET, students can prepare for the following fields of work:
  • operational management and coordination activities in the area of vocational education and training
  • management of vocational education projects in the international development aid and in international organisations
  • teaching in courses of vocational further education at education institutions of the economy and in European vocational education institutions
  • development co-operation in the international context
  • consulting and developing activities in the teaching aid sector (textbooks, technical documentations, experimental systems, laboratory concepts and others) including new media
  • tasks in the area of vocational education research

In accordance with the aim of the course, the profile "Vocational Education" comprises:
  • studies in vocational and business education
  • studies of international vocational education
  • studies in methods of TVET research
  • studies in didactics of vocational learning and teaching
  • recent political trends in TVET and the academic education
  • studies in vocational further education
  • studies in technical and vocational education and training for sustainable development
  • studies in project management in international development work
  • Master's thesis with an editing time of six months with a scale of 30 ECTS

Educational organisation

The study programme uses different teaching methods - lectures, seminars, exercises, colloquiums, labs and study visits. Furthermore, an internship is recommended.

The Master of Science (MSc) in International Vocational Education is a dual degree programme. After graduating you not only receive a degree from the Otto von Guericke University, but also from the partner university.

Study abroad unit(s)

Within this study programme, participants spend one semester abroad, e.g. in the case of our English partner university, participants spend the third semester of the programme at the Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.


An internship offers students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge. An internship of four weeks can be completed during the winter break between the first and the second semester. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Forms of assessment

Forms of assessment: presentation, written exam, scientific assignment, internship report, oral exam
Credits: 2-6 ECTS per seminar, 10 ECTS per module

Course objectives

The course is internationally oriented. It prepares students for high-level specialist and management jobs in further education and training, particularly in an international context (e.g. in national or international vocational education institutions, in education institutions of the economy). Occupations in the teaching material sector, vocational education research or in international development cooperation are further career opportunities.

The "Master of Science" degree qualifies for subsequent PhD studies. The programme also prepares you 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 requirements

German language skills (for non-native speakers: TestDAF level 4), internal English test during the study programme

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent awarded by a higher education institution acknowledged in Germany

Enrolment fees

Currently 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 living

A minimum of 700 EUR per month must be budgeted for accommodation, costs of living, health insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

Funding opportunities within the university

Scholarships 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 support

There is a pick-up service if desired. Please inform the student group IKUS ( 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 students

The 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


The "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:
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.
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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 547 Foreign:$ 547
Deadline: May 31, 2024 41 place StudyQA ranking: 1462