Consecutive Vs Non consecutive Degree programs in Germany

Form of Studies

Form of Studies

While applying for German universities you may come across the following options under the category "Form of Studies". Please check the description for each and choose accordingly.

  • Consecutive Master Program
  • Non Consecutive Master Program
  • Second Degree
  • Further Training Studies

Consecutive Degree Programs

A postgraduate study program that builds on Bachelor's study program is called "Consecutive Master's Program". German universities follow a common Europeans format developed as 'Bologna Process'.

  • A consecutive Master's program are also called as "follow-on" or "carry-on" Master's programme.
  • A Master's study is build on the content which is gained in Bachelor's degree program in the same field or stream.
  • For example, you might study an MSc in Mechanical Engineering after a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Students in the 'Consecutive Program' develop and deepen their knowledge gained in bachelor's program and broaden their understanding of the subject by taking a more interdisciplinary approach.
  • These programs or courses do not usually charge any tuition fees.

Non-Consecutive Degree Programs

A postgraduate study program that does not build on the content of the previous bachelor’s degree programme is called "Non-Consecutive Master's Program".

  • A Non-Consecutive Master's program are also called as "Conversion" Master's programme.
  • A Master's study that is does not build on the content which is in Bachelor's degree program.
  • Graduate students on these courses therefore tend to come from a variety of disciplines.
  • The academics are the same as those of a Consecutive Master's programme and lead to the same level of qualification.
  • Students having university degree (e.g B.A) and are willing to join a Non-Consecutive Master's programme will generally need to provide proof of at least one year of relevant professional employment.
  • These programs or courses usually charge tuition fees.

You may also come across with these options,

Second Degree Program

  • It only applies, if the second course of study leads to the same level of degree.
  • For example, you have completed a Bachelor's course of study and are now applying for admission to another Bachelor's course.

Further Training Program

The studies intended for graduates with work experience and applicants who have obtained the necessary qualification through their jobs. If your admission to the masters program is entirely based on your work experience, this will be applicable.