Degrees at the University of Stuttgart

Preliminary remark

Founded in 1829 the University of Stuttgart is a research-based university with a predominantly engineering and natural scientific orientation. Nevertheless, the university offers also a wide range of study programs in the humanities, in social sciences and in economics.

In engineering, natural sciences, mathematics and economics a Bachelor of Science degree will be achieved. The study programs in languages, sports sciences and in social sciences will finish with the degree Bachelor of Arts.

The Master's programs lead you to a second academic degree and offer the opportunity to gain a doctorate. Virtually all study courses at the University of Stuttgart are taught in German. However, several Master's programs are taught either completely or mainly in English.

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Bachelor and Master

In recent years German universities, including the University of Stuttgart, have established degree courses modelled on the Anglo-Saxon system of the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Arts and the Master of Science. Bachelor courses are designed for a study period of six semesters. All Bachelor courses at the University of Stuttgart are held in German. The only exception is the Bachelor of Arts course: Social Sciences (German-French). 

Bachelor of Science courses generally concentrate on one study program. This degree will be achieved in engineering, natural sciences, mathematics and in economics.

In the majority of Bachelor courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts one main subject is combined with a supplementary field of studies, which consists of a minor subject and subject areas with a professional focus. For the possible combinations in Bachelor of Arts courses please consult the Combinations Table [de]. Single-Subject Bachelor of Arts study programs exist in Linguistics, in Philosophy, in Romance Studies, in Social Sciences and in Sports Science.

The Master degree is also modelled on the Anglo-Saxon System. For admission into Master's programs an applicant has to hold a first degree, such as the Diploma, the Bachelor, the Magister or the State Examination. The Master's programs take four semesters. The degrees that can be acquired are the Master of Science, Master of Arts and (only in Physics) Master of Education.
Master courses require special admissions procedures, which vary from one course to the other.

The University of Stuttgart offers international M.Sc. study programs which are taught in English, and German-French courses in Social Sciences and Philosophy of Cultures.

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State Examination

The State Examination used to be the degree for all disciplines leading to a career in the German Civil Services, as in Law or to become a teacher. It is also the degree for subjects under state supervision, such as Medicine or Pharmacy. If you study one of these disciplines you will be tested by a state commission following national or state regulations at the end of your studies. How many disciplines you study depends on whether you aim to be active in areas such as Pharmacy, where only one discipline is studied, or if you aim to work as a secondary school teacher, who study two or more disciplines. The University of Stuttgart offers State Examination study programs only in courses for becoming a teacher.

Please note: the University of Stuttgart does not offer study programs in Law, Medicine or Pharmacy.

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Diploma Degree - expiring

The Diploma Degree has its origins in the Engineering and Natural Sciences. It is also the most common degree in the Economic and Social Science. As a degree it is much less common in the Cultural and Linguistic Studies. Diploma degree courses are concentrated on one university discipline, sometimes in combination with a subsidiary subject. During the main study stage a further specialization is possible by choosing a specific focus in your research or by choosing from different obligatory subjects. To acquire the Diploma Degree an extensive Diploma thesis is necessary and you will have to take several written and oral examinations.

All Diploma study programs of the University of Stuttgart changed into a Bachelor study program by WS 2009/10. The application into a higher semester of a Diploma program from WS 2009/10 onwards will therefore only in exceptional cases be possible.

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Doctoral Degrees in any subject (Dr.)

M.Sc., M.A. or Dipl. graduates can take a doctorate (equivalent to PhD) in any subject offered at the University of Stuttgart. In Germany PhD work is generally research-based. The usual way to acquire a doctorate is to find a professor who is prepared to supervise your research. Prospective students need to establish direct contact with the professor‚ for example, by looking for the appropriate e-mail address on the University’s websites. In general, before being admitted as a PhD candidate, you will have to prepare a piece of scientific research of about 50–100 pages (varying from subject to subject) as well as pass two oral tests of about 30 mins. The dissertation (final thesis) may be written in English. It takes between three and five years to complete a doctorate, sometimes even longer, depending upon the subject area and the topic of your dissertation. During doctoral studies, students are expected to work independently.
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