Structure of the study programs

Structure of the study programmes

"Consecutive" means "building on one another". Thus, one speaks of a consecutive Master's degree if it follows a Bachelor's degree (or another first academic degree) in terms of subject matter. Examples of consecutive Master's degrees at Faculty II are the Master's in Computer Science and the Master's in Economics and Law. For the aspect of lifelong learning (see more information on this at :, and, which plays an important role within the Bologna Process, the differentiation into consecutive, non-consecutive and continuing Master's programmes is significant. All three types of Master's programmes lead to the same level of qualification and the same entitlements. A consecutive Master's study programme builds on the content of the preceding Bachelor's study programme in such a way that it continues and deepens it in terms of subject matter or expands it in an interdisciplinary manner while maintaining the subject-specific context. A consecutive Master's programme is free of charge, i.e. beyond the tuition fees generally charged in Lower Saxony, there are no additional programme fees. A non-consecutive Master's programme does not build on the content of the preceding Bachelor's programme and is subject to fees, i.e. it is a so-called "paid study programme". The different types of Master's programmes take into account the fact that there are highly different needs for academic continuing education in the context of lifelong learning, which are neither fixed to a particular stage of education nor to a particular stage of life. Orientation to this demand determines the design of the types of Master's programmes presented above. Continuing education programmes, whether at Bachelor's or Master's level, can be studied part-time. A continuing education Master's programme requires qualified practical work experience. The content of the study programme should accordingly take into account professional experience, usually of at least one to two years, and build on this. Like the non-consecutive Master's programme, the postgraduate Master's programme is subject to fees.

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