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Key competencies at Göttingen Uni

Do you want to develop skills for your studies, your career and your entire life? Do you want to set priorities and prepare to make the best start to your career? Do you want to decide the scope of your studies for yourself, check out new areas and think laterally about subject-related concepts? You can do this and a whole lot more by developing key competencies during your studies. And there’s plenty of opportunity: 10 per cent of every degree programme at the University of Göttingen must be in key competencies. It doesn’t matter whether you combine your key competencies strategically, or collect them according to your existing interests, or want to explore and be adventurous: Göttingen Uni offers something for everyone.

1. Finding what’s on offer

Göttingen Uni offers a wide range of key competency options. So first you need to get an overview and work out where you want to go.

You can find details of cross-faculty key competency modules in the Key competenciesmodule catalogue in UniVZ under “Uni-wide”, along with those of ZESS and other institutions. Find out more about key competency options at Göttingen Uni in UniVZ here.
Key competency courses that are exclusively available to students from the Faculties of Humanities or Social Sciences are identified in the index.

Information on degree-specific key competencies can be found either by selecting your target degree and subject in the UniVZ module catalogue (top level), or by clicking on your faculty and subject under the tab “Courses”.

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Tip 1 Understanding how things are sorted
Uni-wide key competency modules are divided into five areas of competency: methodical skills, factual knowledge, personal skills, social skills and language skills. Once you have got to grips with this, it is easier to search for interesting key competency options.

Tip 2 Ctrl+f
You can use this function on websites as well as in Word and PDF documents. It makes it easier to search for courses in UniVZ.

Tip 3 Certificates
If you want to expand your knowledge of a specific area of competency, why not take part in one of the Göttingen Uni certificate programmes?

2. Making decisions

Thinking about what aspects are important to you and what your goals are can help you to make the right choice from the many key competency options.

Which…
… strengths do I want to develop and enlarge?
… occupations would I like to learn more about?

What…
… demands does my subject make?
… could be useful to me in the future?
… do I need at present?

Where...
… do I need to catch up?

Is there...
… an offering this semester that really interests me?
… a certificate programme that would suit me?


It often isn’t easy to find answers to these questions on your own. So the University of Göttingen has various advisory services to help you:

You can obtain information on potentially interesting and suitable modules from the Study and Examination Advisor of your faculty, the Central Student Advisory Service and the Career Service.

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N.B. Why not use Duisburg-Essen Uni’s Skills Checker to get a good idea of your existing skills and potential for development.

3. The small print

Are you unsure about how many Credits you can gain in key competencies and include in your degree grading?

Checking your study and examination regulations can help. These include the Module Summary, which explains all the requirements in detail.

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How to find the Module Summary:

  1. Select your degree programme from the A to Z list.
  2. Select sub-heading “Regulations” on the right-hand side.
  3. Select your Study and Examination Regulations.
    N.B. The latest official publication is usually the correct one. If you are unsure, contact your Examination Office. If you are enrolled on a Two-Subject Bachelor’s degree, select the general section of the Study and Examination Regulations.)
  4. The Module Summary can usually be found in Appendix 1 to the Study and Examination Regulations.