The Master's programme Human Resources Development

Scientific director: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. et phil. sc. John Erpenbeck



Strategic importance

Investments in continuous and further education for employees is considered a strategic task. In this respect, human resources development is of key significance as its roles include developing contemporary concepts that highlight perspectives for employees and offering them qualification opportunities and support measures.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals in the areas human resources development and personnel training management as well as middle and junior managers.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of key and contemporary concepts in human resources development, to combine human resources development and educational practice with scientific approaches, and to enable them to transfer this knowledge to practical situations.

Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.

Programme concept

Programme content

The distance learning programme comprises 14 compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example  

  • Knowledge management,
  • Methods of human resources development,
  • Employee management,
  • Labour laws and organisation,
  • Continuous education,
  • Change management,
  • Organisational consulting.

Teaching-learning format

Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.

Schedule and organisation

The distance learning programme in Human Resources Development has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern. All written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, successfully participate in an online seminar, submit a portfolio task, take an examination, write a term paper and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 890 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.

Subject to change.

The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:

  • the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
  • the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
  • the enrolment regulations.     

The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.

Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.

The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.

The online-based part of the aptitude test will take place from 26 March to 8 April 2020. For the verbal part of the aptitude test, two blocks of dates are offered: 8 to 19 June 2020 or 13 to 24 July 2020. Subject to change.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here or contact Karolina Toczynski (eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de).

The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.

The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. rer. nat. et phil. sc. John Erpenbeck (Steinbeis-Hochschule Berlin).

The distance learning programme Human Resources Development is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is AQAS.

We are here for you

Fabian Best
Fabian Best M.A.
Programme Management Human Resources Development
+49 (0) 631 205-4928
personalentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Programme Management Management of Health and Social Institutions
+49 (0) 631 205-4930
mgs [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Janina Burger
Janina Burger M.A.
Programme Management Adult Education
+49 (0) 631 205-5364
erwachsenenbildung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Programme Management Human Resources Development
+49 (0) 631 205-5364
personalentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Karolina Toczynski
Karolina Toczynski B.A.
Programme Assistance Aptitude Tests
+49 (0) 631 205-5209
eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Sarah Lenz
Sarah Lenz
Secretary's Office Human Resources Development
+49 (0) 631 205-4929
personalentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.