The Master's programme Human Resources Development

Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Gordon Müller-​Seitz; Prof. Dr. Matthias Rohs



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 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 modules and compulsory elective modules that focus on, for example  

  • Knowledge, competence and value management,
  • Methods of human resources development,
  • Employee management,
  • Labour law and work organisation,
  • Advanced studies,
  • Digital management,
  • Change management,
  • Organisational consulting.

Admission requirements

  • Access with a first degree

The application is open to persons with a first degree of at least six semester from any discipline. In addition, evidence of a relevant professional experience of at least one year after the first degree must be provided. Further information can be found here.

  • Access without a first degree

Interested persons without a first degree have the opportunity to qualify for the programme by taking an aptitude test if they have sufficient relevant professional experience.

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.

For the study and examination credits a weekly commitment of about 20 hours is required. These credits are to be provided in the form of mail-in exercises, on-campus phases, a case study, a term paper and the Master's thesis.


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 890 per semester as well as the social contribution 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 contribution 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. An installment payment request is possible, further information can be found here.

Subject to change.

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 application period for the aptitude test ends on 31st January 2021. The online seminar for the aptitude test will then take place between 7th and 21st April 2021. The related oral examination will take place on a pre-arranged date in the period from 14th to 25th June 2021 or 12th to 23rd July 2021.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here or contact the responsible person, Sabrina Defren (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 legal and organisational framework of Human Resources Development is defined in the examination regulation.

The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Gordon Müller-Seitz and Prof. Dr. Matthias Rohs.

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 ACQUIN.

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.

We are here for you

Sabrina Defren
Sabrina Defren, M.Sc.
Programme Management Human Resources Development
+49 631 205-4217
personalentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Norina Wolf
Norina Wolf, M.A.
Programme Management Human Resources Development
+49 631 205-4928
personalentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Sabrina Defren, M.Sc.
Management Aptitude Tests
+49 631 205-4217
eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Sarah Lenz
Sarah Lenz
Secretary's Office Human Resources Development
+49 631 205-4929
personalentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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