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Brief outline of degree program

Qualification and university degrees:

Qualifying Bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

A “Bachelor of Science” degree is awarded when the major subject or both core subjects are science subjects / mathematics. With all other subject combinations, the title “Bachelor of Arts” is awarded.

Subsequent options (polyvalence):

  • Employment on the basis of a qualifying Bachelor
  • Embarking on a disciplinary Master’s program
  • Embarking on a ‘Master of Education’ degree program focusing on a vocational subject

Standard period of study: 6 semesters

Scope of studies: 180 credit points (approximately 110 credit hours)

Credits excluding Bachelor’s thesis: 168 credit points

Basis: Workload of 1,500 hours of work per year, compatible with ECTS

Study variant 1 - Two core subjects:

63 credit points per subject (approximately 45 credit hours each) Professional skills development: a total of 28 credit points (approximately 20 credit hours) Internships: a total of 14 credit points (approximately 2 credit hours and an internship lasting 8 to 10 weeks)
Bachelor’s thesis: 12 credit points

Study variant 2 - Major subject and minor subject:

One major subject: 84 credit points (approximately 60 credit hours) One minor subject: 42 credit points (approximately 30 credit hours) Professional skills development: a total of 28 credit points (approximately 20 credit hours) Internships: a total of 14 credit points (approximately 2 credit hours and an internship lasting 8 to 10 weeks)
Bachelor’s thesis: 12 credit points

The subjects:

126 credit points in total (approximately 90 credit hours) [excluding Bachelor’s thesis]
Study variant 1: Two core subjects with 63 credit points each (each approximately 45 credit hours).
Study variant 2: One major subject with 84 credit points (approximately 60 credit hours) and one minor subject with 42 credit points (approximately 30 credit hours).

Professional skills development:

28 credit points in total (approximately 20 credit hours)
The interdisciplinary professional skills development area is taken in both study variants. The interdisciplinary, integrated core curriculum ‘Teacher Education’ (IKC Teacher Education), which is mandatory for the ‘Master in Education’, is assigned to this area. The professional skills development area is structured into two blocks.

Block 1 (14 CP - approximately 10 credit hours): general and teaching/teacher training-related key competencies are taught. This means that, because interdisciplinary skills and knowledge are taught, this block is generally relevant for different professional profiles, Master’s programs and the ‘Master in Education’.

Block 2 (14 CP - approximately 10 credit hours): specific content-related profiles are taught, depending on the intended subsequent path. This means, alternately, preparation for entering a profession with a B.A. or B.Sc. degree and specialization / discipline for a disciplinary Master’s: M.A./ M.Sc. Education Propadeutics for the ‘Master in Education’ as an interdisciplinary, integrated core curriculum for ‘Teacher Education’ Recommendation: Students should have decided by the 5th semester at the latest to study courses in the professional skills development area that are appropriate to the path they intend to take after completing the Bachelor’s degree.

The Bachelor’s thesis:

12 credit points in total The Bachelor’s thesis is written in one of the chosen disciplines. With study variant 1 (core subject/core subject), the thesis can be written in either of the two subjects. With study variant 2 (major subject/minor subject), the thesis is written in the major subject.

Practical experience:

8 to 10 weeks in total – usually 2 internships totaling 14 credit points (approximately 2 credit hours) As a rule, two internships are completed altogether, possibly involving practice-oriented studies. Nevertheless, in some subjects it is also possible to complete one internship block covering the whole scope, depending on the intended subsequent path – employment or a disciplinary Master’s.

Admission to examinations

  • Examiners are responsible for granting admission to examinations during the course of study.
  • Admission to the Bachelor’s thesis and to a final examination is granted following written application, submitted in good time. The application procedure is regulated by the Examination Regulations for the Bachelor spanning all schools at Osnabrück University.

Criteria for admission to the Bachelor’s thesis include:

  • Proof of duly pursued studies, i.e. at least 66% of the 180 credit points required must already have been awarded
  • Proof of pre-examination achievements
  • Proof of completion of interships