Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral degree – a brief explanation

What are Bachelor's and Master's degrees? What does it take to qualify for each degree type? Which paths lead to which qualification, academic rank, or title? The information provided below will answer this question.
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Ein kleines Kind hält einen Stapel aus vier Büchern auf seinem Kopf und wirkt damit größer.
One step at a time: You first need a Bachelor's degree, then earn a Master's degree, before the doctorate can follow.

At the University of Stuttgart all study programs are divided into two levels: First come the study programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree. Next come the study programs leading to a Master’s degree. The Bachelor’s and Master’s qualifications are modularized degree programs.This aligns the programs with the Bologna System, which allows to compare academic credits throughout Europe.

What's a module? What are ECTS?

Information on all study-related terms is published in the University A-Z.

University A-Z

The Bachelor‘s-Master’s system

First you study a Bachelor's program, then a Master's.
Studying for a Bachelor’s degree usually takes 6 semesters; a Master’s degree usually takes 4 semesters.  

Double degrees

University of Stuttgart student have the option of entering double degree programs. These make it possible to obtain degrees from two universities located in different countries. At this time, they are mostly offered in the Master’s studies realm.

Double degree

Expiring and former degree programs

All regulations for a particular study program are established by the exam regulations for example, which degree it results in or what is required to obtain it. An exam regulation (Prüfungsordnung = PO) remains in force until a new PO is adopted. The new regulation will stipulate transition deadlines within which students are then allowed to complete studies begun under the previous PO.

There is still one outdated degree program at the University of Stuttgart: the First State Examination for High School Teaching. It pertains to students that began their studies prior to the introduction of the modularized exam regulations.


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