Overview

Bachelor

Architecture and Urban Design (B.A.)

The background to our study of urban architecture is the tradition of the European city and its structural culture across the range of differing regional manifestations. The central issue here is the consolidation and re-interpretation of urban density as a precondition for socially integrative living in surroundings that ensure a high quality of life. Over eight semesters, students learn a contextually sensitive methodological approach of incorporation, extension and conversion in an urban context. The focus of teaching is on planning and design.

Archival Studies (B.A.)

Archives store the knowledge of past ages, so forming the foundation for the knowledge of our own times. In this course of study, students are enabled to recognize historically relevant documents, to unfold their significance in their historical context, to ensure their long-term survival and to make them both suitable for user access and available to the public at large.

Arts Management and Cultural Work (B.A.)

The core focus of the course of study is to qualify its graduates for work in professional culture management, grounded in broad-based theoretical and praxis-oriented business knowledge. Students receive training in Cultural Studies, the Politics of Culture, the Philosophy of Culture, Aesthetics, project work, communication and presentation. Great emphasis is placed on the practical implementation of the academic knowledge acquired.

Civil Engineering (B.A.)

The 7- semester Civil Engineering Bachelor degree programme enables graduates to plan, shape, assess building- and civil engineering structures and organise the construction process. 

First mathematical-technical and scientific topics and methods are taught, which forms the basis on which the construction of buildings is carried out This includes for example mathematics, computer methods in civil engineering, construction physics, construction material science, structural design and statics of building structures. This is followed by studies in Steel Construction, Timber Construction, (reinforced) Concrete Construction, in order to be able to select building materials and for the dimensioning of components; Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering for determining the load-carrying capacity of the building site. Construction management encompasses planning and guiding the implementation of construction projects: the selection of the construction methods, the feasibility in planning and implementing of construction work and the cooperation directly on the construction site with all planners and builders in compliance with all legal regulations.

The degree course includes an internship semester, which can also be used as a window of mobility to study abroad or for participating in a research project. This hands-on practice experience encourages the ability to work in a team, take on personal responsibility and further develop the readiness to independently develop something new(develop new projects). Project work at different times during the degree also helps to achieve this goal.

Civil Engineering | Dual system - a degree course with work placement (B.A.)

The “Dual System” 8 -semester Bachelor degree programme "Civil Engineering" enables graduates to plan, shape and assess building- and civil engineering structures and organise the construction process.

In the framework of the so-called dual system, the degree is both scientific and rooted in practice. For the entire duration of their studies the students are contracted to a company, they therefore spend their lecture-free periods as well as the internship phases there. This hands-on approach encourages the ability to work in a team, take on personal responsibility and develop a willingness to independently develop something new (develop new projects). Project work at different times during the degree studies also helps to achieve this goal.

Communication Design (B.A.)

Communication design turns information into communication. From individual characters and letters up to and including complex information systems, the task of successful communication design is to convey information and news in a targeted, comprehensible and emotionally effective manner. The course of study is exceptionally broad in its thematic span and so allows manifold individual in-depth initiatives.

Conservation and Restoration (B.A.)

The course offers four possible majors: wood, metal, stone and murals. From the very outset, students receive practical training alongside the theoretical course-work, thus sharpening their eye for the scrutiny of works of art and enabling them to thoroughly examine historic objects, develop treatment strategies, and to carry out conservation and restoration measures. The focal area of the course is the conservation and restoration of built heritage, but it also includes the treatment of museum objects.

Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

This course of study is geared to the acquisition of scientifically well-founded practical competence in all fields of work connected with childhood development, education and upbringing. Students receive the qualifications necessary for working with children and families. The course gives participants the requisite knowledge of theory, action-taking and reflection and encourages the development of a research-driven approach. Further foci are quality development and practice-based research.

European Media Studies (B.A.)

The course of study is a joint co-operative project with the University of Potsdam, where the students are enrolled. The courses enable participants to develop a critical approach to media regarding the cultural, media and legal space of Europe. Graduates have a competency in content-related cultural management.

Information Studies (B.A.)

Over the past few years, concepts such as the ‘information explosion’, ‘digitalization’ and ‘big data’ have left their mark on our society. Students taking this course of study acquire scientific and practical methodologies of data and information management. They learn how to analyse, model, administer and present data, information and knowledge.

Infrastructure Systems (B.A.)

The 7-semester Bachelor programme "Infrastructure Systems" enables graduates to in cities and regions plan and operate infrastructure systems for transport, water supply and waste water disposal.

The course Infrastructure Systems deals with the planning process, building and operation of these systems in urban areas. Hands-on projects for example demonstrate, how transport networks with their roads, rail and waterways are adapted to the requirements of automated means of transport or how public transport is integrated into new mobility concepts. Concepts for water supply systems, as well as for waste water disposal consider both the development of growing cities and shrinking regions. In addition to the planning of infrastructure systems, the integration of their urban and regional planning bases as well as the consideration of operational challenges, construction management with its economic, organisational and legal aspects is becoming increasingly important for a successful implementation. In addition, Infrastructure Systems are also part of a Smart City. Planning processes as well as implemented solutions have to be digitally integrated with each other to ensure data usage over the entire lifecycle of the infrastructure system.

The degree course includes an internship semester, which can also be used as a window of mobility to study abroad or for participating in a research project. This hands-on practice experience encourages the ability to work in a team, take on personal responsibility and further develop the readiness to independently develop something new (develop new projects). Project work at different times during the degree studies also helps to achieve this goal.

Infrastructure Systems | Dual - a degree course with work placement (B.A.)

The 8-semester Bachelor programme "Infrastructure Systems" enables graduates in cities and regions to plan and operate infrastructure systems for transport, water supply and waste water disposal.

In the framework of the so-called dual system, the degree is both scientific and rooted in practice. For the entire duration of their studies the students are contracted to a company, they therefore spend their lecture-free periods as well as the internship phases there. The hands-on approach encourages the ability to work in a team, take on personal responsibility and develop a willingness to independently develop something new (develop new projects). Project work at different times during the degree studies also helps to achieve this goal.

Interface Design (B.A.)

Central to this course of study is the structuring of digital environments. The aim is to infuse technology with humanist thinking and to shape the influence of the computer on our living environment in a fully conscious manner. The study course thus takes up its stance in a highly relevant topic area and deals, in both research and teaching, with essential issues of modern industrial societies.

Library Science (B.A.)

A key element in our comprehension of the past, present and future is an understanding of a wide range of information types. This integrative course of study combines a classic course of training in the fundamentals with the methodologies of modern information technologies. Students thus acquire both familiarity with professionally-related issues and the key qualifications necessary for becoming the future knowledge experts of our information society.

Product Design (B.A.)

We are surrounded by products, spaces, forms, colours and materials – all of which make product design a central aspect of our society. The training offered in this degree course focuses on the design of objects in general and on how this design exerts an influence on aesthetic understanding, quality, functional suitability, environmental compatability, culture and society.

Social Work (B.A.)

This on-campus course includes education for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing the social and organizational contexts of practice and offering a basis for the entire spectrum of social work. The opportunity to develop social work practice skills is provided through direct experience in a variety of social service organizations under professional supervision. Both classic lectures and seminars as well as research-driven learning establish a bridge between academic theory and professional application of knowledge. Our highly regarded social work degree equips you with the skills needed to understand people, communities and organizations in a constantly changing modern world.

Social Work | online, blended learning course / part-time (B.A.)

In this fee-paying, online course of study students acquire the central specialist knowledge essential for social work while at the same time continuing to pursue their respective professions. Students are empowered to apply scientific methods and knowledge in their day-to-day occupational work, thus extending their professional competence. Central to the course is the interlocking of theory and practice.

Urban Water Management | Dual - a degree course with work placement (B.A.)

The dual 8-semester Bachelor program "Urban Water Management" enables the graduates to plan the construction and operation of urban water management systems as well as construction measures on existing facilities from the first sketch to completion.

Urban water management regulates the management of drinking water, waste water and rain water in and around human settlements - these can be individual farmsteads or villages, cities or metropolises. The hygienically proper supply of clean drinking water and a health and environmentally friendly disposal of the waste water are a fundamental element of basic public services: How do we ensure that sufficient drinking water is also in the future available? How can waste water be treated in such a way so that it can be discharged harmlessly into our waters? How can the valuable substances contained in the waste water be recovered? Since the element of water is not a commercial product like any other, but rather a human right which must be protected and treated with the principles of sustainability. As a result, the fields of activity in urban water management are closely linked to aspects of nature and the environment.

In the framework of the so-called dual system, the degree is both scientific and rooted in practice. For the entire duration of their studies the students are contracted to a company, they therefore spend their lecture-free periods as well as the internship phases there. The hands-on approach encourages the ability to work in a team, take on personal responsibility and develop a willingness to independently develop something new. Project work at different times during the degree studies also helps to achieve this goal.

Master

Architecture and Urban Design (M.A.)

The two-semester Master’s course is offered as a consecutive, “follow-on” course to the Bachelor’s course at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and as a postgraduate course of study giving the qualifications required for professional life. The course is tailored to students who have an especial interest in urban design and in the complex issues of urban expansion, urban re-construction and urban densification while at the same time conserving and integrating existing listed buildings and historic monuments.

Archival Sciences (M.A.)

This Master’s course, studied concurrently with occupational life, is suitable for graduates of courses in the Humanities who need an additional, specialist qualification for their current professional work in the field of archives. Over six semesters, the Master’s course gives students competencies in information technology and other academic areas that go beyond the classic training of an archivist. The degree qualifies graduates for archival positions at the upper-intermediate level in Germany’s federal and state governments.

Building Conservation and Construction Work on existing Buildings (M.A.)

This consecutive Masters study programme qualifies graduates with a first degree – namely with a degree qualifying for a profession in civil engineering, architecture or related engineering - for professional and scientific work in the fields of building maintenance or conservation and construction work on existing buildings. Graduates are able to recognize complex inter-dependent systems in construction projects and assess these technically and financially. They are able to work out solutions and put these into practice. The course raises awareness for the responsible treatment of existing building structures caught between the conflicting interests of, on the one hand, conservation of the building heritage and, on the other hand, the requirements of future use.

The course structure and the research projects in mixed teams composed of civil engineers and architects serve to enhance accountability and own responsibility as well as good team and communication skills. The regular period of study amounts to three semesters (including the Master‘s Thesis) for full-time students. The course is structured in such a way that it is also possible to study on a part-time basis, while working.

This course covers the transfer of expertise of different areas of reconstruction of existing buildings with a predominantly technical focus. Furthermore methodical as well as generic competences and skills strengthen the key qualifications in particular through project work. The choice from a wide range of elective subjects taught by qualified experts from the field, further support and aid students towards achieving their specific specialisation goals.

Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) (M.A.)

The major concern of this Master’s course is the active and effective participation of children (and young people) in social processes. The basis for this is an understanding of childhood as a social construct. The aim of the course is to give students both the specialist knowledge necessary for professional areas relevant to children’s rights and a grounding in scientific methods and findings. The language of instruction is English.

Conservation and Restoration (M.A.)

In this Master’s course, students work on large-scale projects in the conservation of historical monuments or on individual objects that call for the use of special techniques and materials. At the conclusion of the complex training process, graduates are in a position both to take on major conservation projects involving listed buildings or monuments and to conserve and restore individual artworks.

Design (M.A.)

The study structure of this Master’s course is research-oriented. This allows students to move on from their Bachelor’s course and to acquire complemetary and in-depth knowledge in the fields of communication, product or interface design. Students work primarily on complex design problems, reflecting on their content and theory in their Master’s dissertations and producing appropriate solutions.

Digital Data Management (M.A.)

The Berlin School for Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Faculty of Information Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam developed the executive Master’s study program Digital Data Management. The focal areas of the program are analytic and practical processing in research and information infrastructures, particularly in the academic and research domains, and requirements analysis and solutions for data and information systems. It provides competencies in the research and activity areas of Digital Data Management while considering national and international science policies as well as organizational, technical and legal contexts.

Early Childhood Studies (M.A.)

This Master's program is offered in joint co-operation with the University of Potsdam. Three major areas of research – pedagogical interaction, language and heterogeneity, development and transfer of pedagogical practices - investigate pedagogical processes and structures in early childhood educational settings. Besides their active involvement in these areas of research throughout their studies, students can opt for individual foci in the fields of counselling, management, or academic publishing.

European Media Studies (M.A.)

This course of study focuses on the connection between the theory, aesthetics and practice of the media and on locating the European perspective in its overall context in cultural history. The concept of ‘media’ operative here embraces all forms of medial techniques, technologies and practices, from ritual and dance via writing and image up to and including photography, film, modern communication media, net cultures, artistic performances and interactive media.

Information Sciences (M.A.)

Building on prior knowledge acquired in the information sciences during the successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree, this consecutive, “follow-on” Master’s course offers a further, integrative, interdisciplinary academic qualification with high praxis- and application-orientation. After three semesters, students are able professionally to analyse and manage data in information infrastructures.

Social Management (M.A.)

The successful structuring and management of social and pedagogic institutions call increasingly for managerial figures who, alongside their well-grounded specialist training, also have firm management competencies. This course of study enables staff from the social sphere to take up management positions.

Social Work with a Focus on the Family | online course, part-time (M.A.)

This Master's course was created as a reaction to the rising demands society places on the institution of the family. Students build a praxis-oriented research competence by developing, carrying through and then evaluating an independent project. The degree qualifies them for a position on the higher level of the Civil Service.

Urban Futures (M.A.)

This course of study offers students with backgrounds in geography, architecture, social sciences, informatics or design an inter- and transdisciplinary course in urban transformation processes. Graduates acquire competencies and knowledge that enable them both to undertake independent, scientific, creative and interdisciplinary work and to act with a full awareness of social responsibilities. A special focus is on methods for knowledge integration and understanding cities as complex adaptive systems.

Diplom

Civil Engineering (Diplom)

As a glance out of the window reveals, our surroundings are a motley patchwork of architectural styles. In this Diplom degree course, students learn how buildings are planned, designed and calculated and how the construction process is organized. The knowledge acquired can be deepened in one of the following channels: structural engineering and building preservation, structural engineering and building management, or transport and water management.