When you study part-time at HAW Hamburg, the normal course of study is extended over a longer period of time on an individual basis. There is not a separate programme with its own curriculum. It is possible for students to reduce their study load by up to half per semester.
For individual part-time study, the examination and study regulations specific to the particular degree course apply. Two part-time semesters are equivalent to one subject semester and two university semesters. The contact people for individual study planning are the advisors for the degree courses.
- Applied Computer Science, Bachelor's degree
- Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor's degree
- Computer Science for Technical Systems, Bachelor's degree
- Education and Learning in Childhood, Bachelor's degree
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Bachelor's degree
- Hazard Control, Bachelor's degree
- Health Sciences, Bachelor's degree
- Mechanical Engineering and Production, Bachelor's degree
- Mechanical Engineering and Production (cooperative degree programme), Bachelor's degree
- Media Systems, Bachelor's degree
- Media Technology, Bachelor's degree
- Nutrition and Home Economics, Bachelor's degree
- Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Management, Bachelor's degree
- Rescue Engineering, Bachelor's degree
- Social Work, Bachelor's degree
- Automation Technology, Master's degree
- Biomedical Engineering, Master's degree
- Computational Methods in Mechanical Engineering, Master's degree
- Design Technology and Product Development in Mechanical Engineering, Master's degree
- Digital Reality, Master's degree
- Health Sciences, Master's degree
- Information and Communication Technology, Master's degree
- Master of Public Health
- Micro-electronic Systems, Master's degree
- Production Technology and Management, Master's degree
- Social Work, Master's degree
- Sound – Vision – Games, Master's degree
- Sustainable Energy Systems, Master's degree
Students can apply to study part-time in the above degree courses when there is an important reason why they are not able to undertake full-time studies. However, they must devote at least half of their working hours to their studies. Approval is granted following on-time submission of a complete application.
In order to apply for part-time studies, students must demonstrate one of the following situations:
- Employment consisting of at least 15 hours of work per week (proof required: written confirmation from employer)
- Disability or chronic illness which limits the ability to study or the time available to study to such an extent that regular full-time study is not possible (proof required: disability ID card or doctor's certificate)
- Pregnancy or caregiving for a child under 16 who lives in the same household (proof required: residence certificate and birth certificate)
- Care or nursing of a close relative requiring such care
- A significant burden on time due to exceptional athletic activity that is particularly in the public interest (proof required: evidence of membership in a federal-level A, B, C or D/C squad of an elite association of the German Olympic Sports Confederation for a sport supervised by the Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein Olympic Training Centre)
These reasons can only be recognised if they are supported with written documentation related to the period for which you are applying to study part-time.
Your application to study part-time can be submitted in writing to the Student Admissions and Registration Office upon enrolment or during the re-registration period. The application must be accompanied by the documents demonstrating the reason for the request. The same requirements and deadlines that apply to full-time students also apply.
Applications for degree courses that are not suitable for part-time study cannot be approved. You can submit an application in both the summer and winter semesters for a period of two consecutive semesters. Such an application can be made several times.
If you do not submit a new application, your status will automatically be restored to full-time following two semesters. It is possible to study part-time for two semesters, then full-time, and then to switch to part-time studies again. Part-time status must be applied for each time.
Part-time students have the same status within the university as full-time students. The semester fee amount to be paid per semester is not altered by studying part-time.
Please note: Students with part-time status are not eligible to receive financial aid (BAföG)! If you have questions about part-time study and BAföG, please contact Studierendenwerk Hamburg.
Even without officially acquiring part-time status you can still extend your studies individually and study for longer than the standard period. You can also find information about the possible extension durations in the Hamburg Higher Education Act.