Study opportunities  

Study opportunities


Leipzig University is an internationally committed university with a European character. Its students acquire degrees and achievements that are internationally comparable and transferable. As a European university, Leipzig University stands out for the following reasons:

We qualify students for a career, for academia and for research:
read about the three most important degrees: bachelor, master, doctor.

We enable students to study intensively through thematic bundles:
read about the modularised structure of study programmes.

We make students’ academic achievements measurable and comparable:
read about the application of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

We qualify students for the international job market:
read about the awarding of international degrees. 

The three most important degrees: bachelor, master, doctor

Bachelor – the first academic level

Why do a bachelor degree?

Graduating from a bachelor programme gives you qualifications and enables you to have a career. It also allows you to be accepted into a master programme.

How long do you study?

6 semesters (standard length of study programme)

An exception and opportunity is provided by what are known as bachelor PLUS programmes, for which the standard length is 8 semesters. In addition to the semesters in Leipzig, you study for a year at one or two universities abroad.

What do you study in a bachelor programme?

At Leipzig University you choose a subject for your bachelor degree, e.g. Biology, Sociology or Physics. That is your core subject. In addition, in the Humanities and Social Sciences you can study an elective subject. You can therefore specialise flexibly according to your interests. An exception is the polyvalent bachelor programme for teaching qualifications, in which you study two core subjects as well as educational science modules.

In addition to this specialist knowledge you acquire what are called key qualifications, which are practical basic skills for the world of work. The key qualifications imparted are, for example: methodical skills, foreign languages, internships, periods abroad, and introductions to other disciplines.

Towards the end of the course of study you write a bachelor’s dissertation, to prove that you can work independently on a problem according to academic methods within a given period.

Which bachelor degrees does Leipzig University confer?

  • Bachelor of Arts / B.A. (Humanities, Social Sciences)

  • Bachelor of Science / B.Sc. (Natural Sciences)

Master - academic specialisation

Why do a master programme?

A master degree is usually the basis for acquiring an academic job at a university or research institution, or for many other career fields that require advanced academic education. In addition, a master degree entitles you to take a doctorate.

In a consecutive master programme you go academically further into the subject of your bachelor programme. Alternatively you can change the orientation of your subject in a non-consecutive master programme.

How long do you study?

4 semesters (standard length of study programme), exception: M.A. Journalistics (6 semesters)

What do you study in a master programme?

In the master programme you take a core subject, e.g. American Studies or Sports Management. In some study programmes you can also study selected modules from other subjects.

Towards the end of the programme you write a master’s dissertation, to prove that you can work independently on a problem according to academic methods within a given period.

Which master degrees does Leipzig University confer?

  • Master of Arts / M.A. (Humanities, Social Sciences)

  • Master of Science / M.Sc. (Natural Sciences)

  • Master of Education (Teaching qualification)

  • Master of Business Administration/ MBA (Economics and Management Science)

  • Master of Law

 Doctoral degree – the highest academic level

Why a doctoral degree?

A successfully completed doctoral degree entitles you to carry out research and to pursue an academic career at universities or research institutions. In addition, it improves your chances of acquiring management positions in institutions and companies.

How long does it take to acquire a doctoral degree?

It varies, but usually three to five years.

How do you acquire a doctoral degree?

There are various ways of obtaining a doctoral degree at Leipzig University:

In structured doctoral programmes, you take a doctoral degree within a graduate college, a graduate school or a research school with a fixed doctoral period, a set curriculum, individual supervision and often also with arranged financing.

If you take a binational doctorate, you take a doctoral degree at Leipzig University and at a foreign university at the same time, i.e. you spend working periods at the foreign university and are supervised by professors at both universities. You consequently receive a single joint title from the two universities.

With an individual doctorate, you do your dissertation under supervision by a professor, who is called the dissertation adviser. You take your doctoral degree at one faculty on a subject that you usually choose yourself.

Which doctoral degrees does Leipzig University confer?

Dr. med, Dr. med.dent., Dr. rer.nat, Dr. rer.pol, Dr. Ing, Dr. phil, Dr. med. vet., Dr. iur., Dr. theol., Dr. paed

Where to find out more?

Doctorate at Leipzig University

Structured doctoral programmes 

Individual doctorate

The modularised structure of study programmes

What is a module?
The bachelor and master programmes at
Leipzig University are divided into modules. These are thematic bundles, which usually comprise different types of courses – i.e. lectures, seminars, tutorials – all of which must be attended and which conclude with an examination. This enables deeper acquisition of knowledge in various branches of a subject. Modules last for one to a maximum of two semesters.

What are compulsory, compulsory elective and key qualification modules?
Leipzig University, you study different types of modules in the bachelor and master programmes. You must participate in compulsory modules, because this is where you acquire the basic knowledge of your subject. In addition you can select modules from a thematically circumscribed field, according to your interests – these are known as compulsory elective modules. As well as the compulsory and compulsory elective modules, you take key qualification modules, in which you acquire practical basic skills for the world of work.

What is an elective subject?
In the bachelor programmes in the Humanities and Social Sciences you can take your selected compulsory modules in different subjects or restrict yourself to one subject. In the latter case, this is what is known as the elective subject.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

The academic performance that you produce in your study programme through modules is attested in the form of credits in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Because this standardised representation of course achievements is used throughout Europe and elsewhere, you are mobile and can have achievements recognised that you have produced, for example, during an exchange semester or during another study programme in Germany and abroad.

Credits give you information on how much work is required on average for a module. One credit stands for a workload of 30 hours. This includes both the length of time you spend in classes and the time you spend studying by yourself. Credits are awarded for modules you pass and are not marks. A bachelor programme with a standard length of six semesters has 180 credits (5400 hours of work), and a master programme with a standard length of four semesters has 120 credits (3600 hours of work).

The awarding of international degrees

Many study programmes at Leipzig University stand out due to the internationality of their content or the international mobility of students and academics that they facilitate. In these study programmes you can acquire internationally recognised degrees, which are conferred partly by Leipzig University and by one or several partner universities. This prepares you for an international field of work and you can document this education in the form of an international qualification.

last update: 18.08.2016 

Studying at Leipzig U

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Michael Rumpel

"The study programme covers a wide spectrum with a variety of specialisation fields, and by participating in different modules you can think outside the box and get a broad overview."

Michael Rumpel
Master programme
Management Science


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