Qualification objectives and international orientation

The Master’s programme is application-oriented, it is aimed at university lecturers and scientific employees who want to further develop their research and teaching practices to a high level, and take on managerial functions. Through the close integration of the teaching content with current practice in the field of application, theory and practice become more closely related to each other.

The aim of the training is both to teach existing knowledge, and to impart the ability to apply this to known and new problems and to independently acquire new skills and knowledge after graduation.

The focus is on the teaching of

  • course-specific expertise in conjunction with theoretical basic knowledge, which enables the further acquisition and classification of scientific knowledge in professional practice;
  • methodological and analytical capabilities and, at the same time, synthetic capabilities of concept-specific application of methods and knowledge;
  • job-related key qualifications, especially, the ability to cooperate with partners foreign to the subject and the confrontation with non-scientific challenges.

The teaching content and various meetings and events of the programme serve the purpose of conveying in-depth expertise and knowledge of different doctrines of job-related competencies. This includes the following key qualifications, which form the common thread that runs through module contents and methods:

  • Analytical-empirical competence: Empirical work and findings are treated in the modules, and should be incorporated into the Master’s thesis.
  • Cross-discipline communication skills: Cross-cutting issues of educational processes in all modules and especially in modules 4 and 5.
  • Competence to reflect: Findings, management theories, concepts and management experiences are critically processed in the modules and are discussed in terms of their use, their limits and their practical applicability. One's own ideas, theses and behaviour are the subject of collaboration and reflection during exercises and discourse.
  • Communication competence: Communication is a special subject within a module.
  • In addition, communication competence is to be encouraged through presentations, discourse, moderation and discussion training and forms of collegial supervision.
  • Team-work capacity: Cooperation within a team and leadership of a team is a special subject within a module. In addition, the capacity for team-work is conveyed by the special organisational structure of the programme, especially the attendance period (high level of group work), e-learning, and work on the learning platform (forum for the exchange of views and experiences).
  • Personal competence: The central theme and concept of the course is the promotion of self-directed learning. The Blended-Learning concept promotes and enables the autonomy of students in relation to their studies.

In line with the study objectives, the task of teaching is essentially the responsibility of teachers with scientific qualification. They have also relevant experience in the practical application of scientific knowledge and methods.The university’s facilities and its connection to its environment ensure orientation towards practice. Appropriate technical and organisational facilities (evaluation software, infrastructure and Internet applications, learning platforms, synchronous training in e-learning, conferences and attendance periods) serve to convey the application-oriented content. Students also have access to the university’s library. Additionally, some important documents and recommended reading can be found on the learning platform.