Different degree courses lead to different kinds of degrees. Our course catalogue contains information on which degree is offered for a course you may be interested in. The following degrees are awarded by the University of Paderborn:
The German further education system has moved away from the traditional "Diplom" and "Magister" programs towards the Anglo-Saxon System of Bachelor and Master programs. This is meant to ensure international compatibility of university degrees and allow a better mobility in studies and work.
The "bachelor" as the first degree qualifying for a profession can be completed after around three years of study. A "master" can then be achieved over the course of four additional semesters. Normally, admission to a master program is only possible if you have already gained a bachelor's degree in a related area of study. The faculty will decide about the equivalency of a degree completed outside Germany.
Teacher Training Courses/ State Exam
These programs constitute the state-supervised first phase of teacher training in Germany. In North Rhine Westphalia there are different courses for future teachers at the "Grundschule", "Haupt- und Realschule", "Gymnasium" and "Berufsschule". Since winter semester 2011/12, teacher training courses have been adapted to the Bachelor/Master system.
A Doctorate in Germany is a very individual scientific work, completed under the supervision of a professor. You should find a professor in the applicable faculty who is willing to support your doctorate. Applicants should already have completed a degree that enables them to move on to a doctorate in their home country; grades should be above average. The doctoral degree regulations for each faculty will give you more information. Admission to a doctorate program can be subject to the successful completion of additional courses in Paderborn. The completion of a doctorate normally takes between three and five years; financing can also be an issue for such a long-term intensive work.