The Master's programme Sustainable Development Cooperation
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.
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 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.
The distance learning programme comprises ten compulsory elective and compulsory 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.
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 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 assignments, 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 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.
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 distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Michael von Hauff (TU Kaiserslautern).
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All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.