Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schubert


Health and social management

Changing framework conditions lead to profound changes in the management of health and social institutions. This requires solutions that enable individuals in health and social management to satisfy the expectations of a large variety of different groups.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals and executives in hospitals, medical or other health institutions, organisations that focus on support of disadvantaged social groups and other social institutions.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills with which to successfully manage health and social institutions.

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 nine compulsory modules that focus on, for example

  • Communication and leadership,
  • Business administration,
  • Controlling,
  • Human resources, information and knowledge management as well as operational health management,
  • Marketing,
  • Quality and change management.

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 qualified 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 Management of Health and Social Institutions has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once or twice per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, write an essay, conduct a case study, take an examination, and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,090 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.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.

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 Management of Health and Social Institutions is defined in the examination regulation.

The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schubert (Hôpital St. Louis, Ettelbruck). The distance learning programme Management of Health and Social Institutions is organised in cooperation with Witten/Herdecke University.

The distance learning programme Management of Health and Social Institutions is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is FIBAA.

The Fifth Social Code (SGB V) obliges all physicians working in Germany - regardless of whether they are established, authorised or employed - to undergo continuous professional training. Thus, not only contract physicians (§ 95 d SGB V), but also specialists working in hospitals (§ 136 b Para. 1 Sentence 1 No. 1 SGB V) must comply with the obligation to provide further training. Altogether every five years at least 250 advanced training points are to be proven. If the obligation for advanced training is not fulfilled, different occupation-legal sanctions threaten, like fee reductions or withdrawal of the permission/revocation of the authorization and/or employment permission.

Within the framework of successful participation, students can earn 200 continuing education points (CME points). The Master's programme is recognised by the Academy for Medical Continuing Education in Rhineland-Palatinate as an advanced training course and is assigned to category D (advanced training contributions in print or electronic media with subsequent learning control).

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

Fabian Best
Fabian Best, M.A.
Programme Management Management of Health and Social Institutions
+49 631 205-4930
mgs [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Michelle Jung
Michelle Jung
Secretary's Office Management of Health and Social Institutions
+49 631 205-4931
mgs [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Tax Law for Business Operations
+49 631 205-4931
steuerrecht [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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