Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Michael von Hauff


The concept of sustainable development

The concept of sustainable development has prevailed as the guiding principle in development cooperations. Current and comprehensive knowledge of strategies and concepts of sustainable development cooperation are therefore becoming increasingly important.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals who already work in development cooperations or who wish to gain scientifically-substantiated qualifications in this area. In addition, the programme is also relevant to professionals who deal with sustainability strategies in the context of business or politics.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with an introduction to the foundations and concepts of sustainable development as well as to various fields of activity in development cooperations and to relevant sustainability concepts with a focus on economic, ecological and societal topics.

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 ten compulsory modules and compulsory elective modules that focus on, for example 

  • The concept of sustainable development,
  • Intercultural communication and participation,
  • Sustainable systems of social security,
  • Food security and water management,
  • Good governance, civil society and urban sustainability,
  • Sustainable project management and evaluation,
  • Social and environmental standards as well as corporate social responsibility,
  • Resource management and energy provision,
  • Fair trade and sustainable consumption.

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 Sustainable Development Cooperation 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, complete the mail-in exercises, conduct a case study, write a term paper, take two examinations and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 740 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 Sustainable Development Cooperation is defined in the examination regulation.

The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Michael von Hauff (TU Kaiserslautern).

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

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

Alexander Bruns
Alexander Bruns, M.A.
Programme Management Sustainable Development Cooperation
+49 631 205-4924
ez [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Swetlana Kimmel
Swetlana Kimmel
Secretary's Office Sustainable Development Cooperation
+49 631 205-5378
ez [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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