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The "Human Resources Development" distance learning Master's degree (held in German)

A challenge with strategic importance

Companies see investments in their staff as a strategic task. Human resources development and educational work play a key role here. The goal of this work is to draw up modern concepts that highlight perspectives and to offer both training/qualification options and measures that help staff further their knowledge and skills.

Target group

The two-year, accredited "Human Resources Development" distance learning Master's degree is aimed at university graduates who have gained at least two years of relevant professional experience after completing their first degree. This course is ideal for anyone working in the field of human resources development, as well as training managers, middle managers and junior staff.

In exceptional cases, applicants for the master distance learning course "Human Resources Development" may also be accepted for the winter term 2013/14, who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. These applicants must prove relevant professional work experience and have to pass an aptitude test. More information about this test (conducted in German) can be found here.

The course is held entirely in German.


The course has been offered since 1997 with the goal of helping participants familiarize themselves with the basic and new concepts in human resources development, combining human resources development and practical training with scientific approaches and then applying these skills in practice.

The "Human Resources Development" course concludes with the academic grade "Master of Arts" (MA).

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study, including examination time, is four terms. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures, exercises and seminars of the "Human Resources Development" distance learning degree are provided in the form of written study material specially developed for distance learning. In addition to this, online seminars are also offered via a learning platform for selected study modules. A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to process the material.


On campus events

A compulsory on campus event takes place at the end of each term for all participants working towards the "Human Resources Development" distance learning degree. The goal of these events is to reinforce the course contents through group work and workshops, discuss questions on the study material and debate the practical implementation of the program content. Written examinations form part of the on campus events held at the end of the 1st and 4th term. Three dates are offered for each on campus event.

In certain circumstances and based on a written application, students who are unable to attend the on campus events due to overseas work commitments have the option of performing substitute work for the on campus phases.


Program content

The "Human Resources Development" distance learning Master's degree encompasses 12 study modules. Among other topics, these modules cover the fields of management, knowledge management, human resource development methods, staff management, labor law, work organization, further training, change management and organizational consulting. The authors of the study modules, each of which is made up of multiple study materials, include renowned authorities and representatives from the fields in the context of human resources development. You can find further information, for example on the curriculum and examination regulations, in the download area. This can be accessed at any time via the link in the download box at the top right of the navigation bar.


Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
1. Semester
PE 0100 Zentrale Aspekte der Personalentwicklung
Personalentwicklung - Eine Grundlegung
Personalentwicklung - Aktuelle Entwicklungen
Prof. Dr. R. Arnold
Dr. A. Krämer-Stürzl
PE 0200 Management
Betriebswirtschaftliche Grundlagen
der Unternehmensführung
Neuere Managementkonzepte
Prof. Dr. K.J. Zink
Dr. W. Steinmetz
PE 0300 Wissensmanagement
Implementierung von Wissensmanagement
Prof. Dr. H. Mandl
Prof. Dr. K. Winkler
PE 0400 Kompetenzmanagement
Kompetenzen erkennen und finden
Kompetenzentwicklung ermöglichen
Prof. Dr. J. Erpenbeck
Prof. Dr. W. Sauter
2. Semester
PE 0500 Methoden der Personalentwicklung I
Potenzialförderung durch Teamaktivitäten und Interventionstechniken
Dr. W. Stürzl
Dr. A. Krämer-Stürzl
PE 0600 Methoden der Personalentwicklung II
Arbeitstechniken der Personalplanung
Internationaler Personaleinsatz
Prof. Dr. M.E. Domsch
Prof. Dr. M. Harms
Dipl.-Kfm. P. Sticksel
PD Dr. M. Andresen
Prof. Dr. E. Jammal
PE 0700 Mitarbeiterführung
Mitarbeiterführung - Grundlagen und Konzepte
Mitarbeiterführung - Praxisbeispiele zur Mitarbeiterführung
Prof. Dr. P. Conrad
PE 0800 Arbeitsrecht
Prof. Dr. S. Weth
PE 0900 Arbeitsorganisation
Arbeitsstrukturen im Wandel
Mitarbeiterbeteiligung bei Verbesserungs- und Veränderungsprozessen
Prof. Dr. K.J. Zink
PE 1000 Weiterbildung
Weiterbildung - Grundlagen, Strukturen und Qualitätssicherung
Gelungenes Lernen - Qualität und Qualitätsmanagement in Weiterbildung und Personalentwicklung
Prof. Dr. R. Arnold
Prof. Dr. I. Schüßler
Prof. Dr. Rainer Zech
Dr. Katia Tödt
Dr. A. Krämer-Stürzl
PE 1100 (Online-Lehren und) Lernen
Lernen und Behalten
(Online-Lehren und) Lernen
Prof. Dr. N. Seel
PD Dr. U. Hanke
PD Dr. D. Ifenthaler
3. Semester
PE 1200 Person und Organisation
Personale und organisationale Prozesse
Strategische Organisationsentwicklung
Prof. Dr. M. Elbe
Prof. Dr. K. Winkler
PE 1300 Management von Veränderungen
Change Management
Grundlagen des organisationalen Lernens
Prof. Dr. K.J. Zink
Prof. Dr. H. Geißler
Dipl.-Päd. C. Heidsiek
PE 1400 Organisationsberatung
Organisationsberatung - Einführung und Überblick
Organisationsberatung - Modelle, Methoden, Instrumente
Prof. Dr. E. Spieß
Dr. A. Krämer-Stürzl
4. Semester
Änderungen vorbehalten


Sample texts

Sample texts from selected modules in PDF format:



All participants in the "Human Resources Development" distance learning degree must gain 60 credit points or demonstrate 1,800 hours of student workload in order to graduate. Records of achievement are required during the course in order to reach the necessary number of points. These take the form of send-in assignments, successful participation in online seminars, one portfolio paper, two examinations, one home assignment and submission of a Master's dissertation. Once all assignments and examinations have been successfully completed and a Master's dissertation submitted, the distance learning degree is concluded with the academic title "Master of Arts" (MA). Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Report from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Certificate on awarding of the academic title Master of Arts
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English



The study fees for the "Human Resources Development" distance learning Master's degree are 890 Euro per term. Added to this is a social contribution of 102 Euro per term. The one-off fee for the Master's examination is 500 Euro. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time of six semesters, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. The fee for the master’s thesis is not affected. These study fees cover all costs for teaching material, participation in the on campus events, term exams and all administration expenses. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation or meal costs for the on campus events. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.


Financial Aid

The state can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can for example offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this.

In certain circumstances, the German state can also support you in your professional further training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the state and banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of the Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.

We would be happy to speak with you about funding options, either on the telephone or in person.



The "Human Resources Development" distance learning degree is accredited for the academic title of "Master of Arts". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is AQAS (www.aqas.de).



You can apply for the "Human Resources Development" distance learning degree from mid-May to August 31 of every year. Courses begin at the start of October. The documentation is also available for download and submission in a written application. You can also access the online application area via the link in the right-hand infobox.