Business and Human Resource Education (MEd)
How can we design lessons at vocational schools in such a way that they prepare pupils realistically for everyday working life? What competences do young professionals need so that they are trained for the future? Building on the skills you acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Business and Human Resource Education, our master's programme deepens your professional competences as a future teacher in the areas of business administration, business didactics and pedagogy. You will immediately apply your knowledge and skills in practice: For example, in subject didactics you develop learning tasks and learning settings that you test at vocational schools. During a five-week internship at a vocational school, you will gain your own teaching and school experience. The Master's degree opens up a variety of career paths for you. On the one hand, you can opt for the public sector and teach commercial content at vocational schools and specialised grammar schools or work in education management in public institutions. Since you also take a second teaching subject, you fulfil the formal requirements for civil service. On the other hand, you can work in further education and recruiting in the private sector.
- Business and Human Resource Education
- Master of Education (MEd)
- Language of the programme:
- Standard period of study:
- Four semesters
- Every winter and summer semester
- restricted online application and admission
Get to know us
The successful completion of the master's programme with a master of education permits students to participate in a provisional teaching period (traineeship/"Referendariat") at vocational schools.
Through the interdisciplinary combination of business and economics, pedagogy as well as another freely selectable teaching subject, our master's programme integrates different subject perspectives. In this way, you learn to integrate information and findings from different disciplines in order to look at issues from an economic, pedagogical and educational policy perspective. This enables you to gain a holistic understanding of the issues and promotes an interdisciplinary approach that will help you in your day-to-day professional practice.
We are in constant exchange with vocational schools, study seminars, educational administration and companies in order to bring you closer to practice during your studies. Through guest lectures, excursions and events with representatives of vocational education and training practice, you will gain insights into everyday working life, learn about situations from practice and reflect on these in a theory-based way with us and the practice partners. Our excellent networking with vocational schools - especially in Lower Saxony - makes it easier for you to find an internship and gives you initial contacts for your later career.
Specialised knowledge is not enough to be successful as a teacher at a vocational school or in business. Our degree programmes therefore provide you with the skills you need: For example, basic vocational education knowledge to be able to reflect on and evaluate experiences in the classroom, didactic skills such as the comprehensible preparation and communication of complex content or giving constructive feedback. But you also need analytical skills to be able to critically examine current developments in the vocational training system.
Sufficient German language skills are required. Good language skills in English are recommended.
The polyvalent orientation of our master's programme opens up a variety of career paths for you. The degree enables you to work at state vocational schools or in education management in public administration, for example the ministries of education or school boards. However, you can also work in the business world - for example, in human resources development in companies or with independent educational providers and private educational institutions:
- Vocational training schools in "Business and Administration" which mainly comprise vocational training schools, specialised secondary schools and commercial high schools
- Company-based vocational training and further education
- Education administration / educational policy (chambers, associations, ministries)
- Management of personnel training / continuing education
- Non-school related adult education (in public and private sponsorship)
- Education consultation, development aid
- Tasks in business working fields of companies
Get to know the different professional fields of our graduates in the alumni portraits.
Related and consecutive/graduate programmes
The Master's programme in Business and Human Resource Education includes studies in economic sciences as well as a second teaching subject, business and human resource education and the basics of education in the second teaching subject, as well as a master's thesis:
- Economic Sciences: 30 credits
- Second teaching subject: 34 credits
- Business and Human Resource Education (educational studies and subject-related didactics in economic sciences): 33 credits
- Master's thesis: 23 credits
If one of the languages English, French or Spanish is chosen as a second subject, then Article 8 of the regulations for master's degrees for teachers in Lower Saxony (Nds. MasterVO-Lehr) requires three months of programme-related studies abroad in a country in which the selected language is also the official language. The three months abroad can take place during either the bachelor's or the master's programme.
Nds. MasterVO-Lehr further provides that occupational activities are verified by means of subject-specific internships. The subject-specific internships must comprise a total of at least 52 weeks, while the individual internship must be at least four weeks long.
Detailed information about the study programme as well as a detailed listing of the modules/courses offered can be found on the programme website of the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Start of study
- April 1 to May 15 to commence studies in the winter semester (October)
- October 1 to November 15 to commence studies in the summer semester (April)
- A minimum of six semesters of study culminating in a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent course of study with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the subject of Business and Human Resource Education or a closely related subject.
- Applicants must have completed at least 150 of the 180 ECTS credits at the time of application. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications that do not meet this requirement.
- German language skills, if German is not your native language
Specialization in 8 master's programmes
After the Bachelor's degree you can deepen and expand your knowledge in eight consecutive master's programmes at the faculty. We offer Master's programmes in Business Administration, Economics, Business Information Systems, Business and Human Resource Education, Applied Statistics and History of Global Markets. Some master’s programmes even include a double degree programme with renowned universities in Europe, South Africa and China. See in the video (in German) why it is worthwhile to study in Göttingen.