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 Health Sciences (Master)

 Fakultät Life Sciences

In which career fields will I work?
 Well-trained health professionals are needed to meet the growing demand within the changing field of health. Graduates will work in health-related research, public administration, quality management and evaluation in the diverse institutions within the health area, e.g. health insurances, universities, hospitals, public organizations or health consulting agencies.
What is the content of the degree programme?

This Master of Health Sciences is a two-year consecutive program (4 semesters, 120 CP total) based on a respective Bachelors degree or Diploma. It provides participants with scientific and practical skills to conduct research in the health sciences. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of research methods, their use in the field of health care, prevention and health promotion, and empirical, data-based research experiences.

The first two semesters (60 CPs) encompass modules to convey both qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable for e.g. Concepts and Dimensions of Health Sciences and Public Health and Statistical Data Analysis; Ethics and Epistemology; Diversity in Health; Family, Community and Occupational Health; Health Economics and Global Health;  Infectious and Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology;  Health Behaviour and Epidemiological Research;  Occupational and Health Promotion Research; Health Economics and Health System Research ; Advanced Study Design and Biostatistics; Instrument Development, Validation and Advanced Qualitative Study Design; Research and Project Management. The skills acquired will be applied and practiced in the third research training-semester. Here, students will be part of a research project conducted either at the University of Applied Sciences or at another, relevant institution focusing on public health. Students will gain both practical skills, team work experiences and learn how to run a project in the field of health sciences research. The training will be supervised by a professor and accompanied by a colloquium.

The program culminates in the writing of the Master Thesis. The aim is to formulate and analyse a problem, to choose a suitable study design and to make recommendations for a practical solution. Concepts and methods learned during the program will be applied.

What skills and interests should I have?

Target group of this master-level programme are graduates, seeking in-depth knowledge and skills of research in the complex and broad field of health sciences. Basic skills for and a strong interest in empirical research in health are important prerequisites.

What is particular to the degree programme?

The programme has a strong research orientation. To emphasize its international character, the program is held in English. Nevertheless, and particularly in view of the research training (3rd semester), advanced knowledge of German is essential (CEFR Level B1).

Are there special requirements for foreign students applicants?
 Foreign applicants should clarify admission requirements, courses of studies, and acceptance of foreign reports and certificates well in advance of coming to Germany, ideally as early as eight months to one year before the intended start of the degree program. Information can be found online: and
Can I study abroad?
 Students planning to spend a semester or other academic training abroad find useful information on the website of the International Office:
We offer the possibility of earning a double-degree in cooperation with the French University Lille II.
How do I apply?

Applications for all Master programs are made online. The online process is only activated during the application period. It is not possible to apply outside of the application periods. You can find more information under

online-application.html  or send an email to

When can I apply?
  The degree program admits students only for the wintersemester. Application periods: 1st June - 15th July.
What are the entry requirements?

a) A first university degree in the field of health sciences providing qualification for professional practice with at least 180 CP (ECTS) and with an overall grade of at least “good” (2.5) or an equivalent university degree is required. An overall grade of up to 3.5 can be compensated for with an outstanding achievement in the field of professional work.
b) Proof of especially good knowledge of the English language (see para. 3).
c) For foreign students, proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language.
d) Proof of sufficient knowledge of the French language (CEFR1min. Level B1) for admission to the double masters course with the University of Lille for which the title of “Master Sciences, Technologie, Santé” is awarded.

Students with a university degree from a non-EU country have to demonstrate a GRE 2-Score.

Proof of especially good knowledge of the English language is provided by presentation of:
a) the university of applied sciences entrance qualification with the grade of “satisfactory” (at least 8 points) in the final year of school or the general higher education entrance qualification with the grade of “satisfactory” (at least 8 points in the final year of school or the examination result), or
b) a certificate proving that the applicant has passed an internationally recognised English language test (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, TOEIC, BULATS, PTE (see appendix: Zugangs- und Auswahlordnung, point 1), or
c) a certificate for accomplishments achieved abroad which are equivalent to the accomplishments stated under letters a) and b) (see appendix, point 2).

Proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language is provided by presentation of
a) a first university degree in the German language providing qualification for professional practice, or
b) a certificate proving that the applicant has passed an internationally recognised German language test at CEFR Level B1 (Goethe Certificate B1: the Certificate in German, the DSD German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference - First Level), or
c) a certificate for accomplishments achieved in a German speaking country which are equivalent to the accomplishments stated under letters a) and b). Common European Framework of References for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardised examination for admission to American (USA) and many other graduate schools.

Selection criteria
Places on the course are awarded according to a ranking list. The ranking list is constituted by the awarding of points in accordance with the following criteria:
a) a written explanation explaining why the applicant wishes to attend the course (letter ofmotivation) (0 to 5 points);
b) a first university degree providing qualification for professional practice (0 to 10 points);
c) specialist knowledge which is aligned to the goals of the masters course (0 to 10 points

A ranking list is compiled on the basis of the total number of points determined in this way. If several applicants achieve the same position in the ranking list then the successful applicants will be drawn by lot.

When do lectures start?

Lectures start as follows:  Summersemester 2016: March 7th 2016, Wintersemester 2016/17: September 12th 2016.
Further information is available on our homepage

How long is the degree programme?
 4 semesters; can be studied on a part-time basis.
Do I need to complete a pre-study placement?
 No, there is no requirement for a pre-study placement.
Do I have to pay fees?

All students have to pay a semester contribution of 317,90 EUR .
This includes 75,- EUR for the service of the Students' Organisation Hamburg (Studentenwerk Hamburg),  18,50 EUR for the work done by the self-governing Student Administration (AStA), 4,50 EUR for the Semsterticket-Härtefond and 169,90 EUR for the semester ticket allowing unlimited travel on Hamburg's public transport system. It also includes an administrative fee of 50,- EUR.

Besides of the semester contribution there are no further tuition fees.

Which degree qualification will I be awarded?
 Master of Science in Health Sciences
Who can help me with questions regarding Application and Admission

HAW Master Admissions Office
20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg

T +49.40.428 75-9155/-9156/-9157
Open office hours: Mo-Tu 11-1 am, Thur 2-5 am
Info Center: Mo-Thur 10-4 am, Fr 10-13 am
Telephone hours: Mo + Tu 9-10 am, Thurs 9-11 am

Hotline +49.40.42875-9898
Mo- Thur 8 - 5 am, Fr 8 - 5 am

... specific questions about the contents of degree programme

Course Coordinator
Claudia Duwe, Dipl. Sozialpädagogin, MPH
Ulmenliet 20, Raum N 5.36 (5 th floor), 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-6349

Students Counsellor (in the Department)

Prof. Christine Färber
Ulmenliet 20, Raum N5.29, 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-6115

... general questions about degree programmes

General Student Advisory Team
Stiftstraße 69
D-20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110 
Office hours: Mon + Tue 11am - 1pm, Thur 2pm - 5pm
Telephone advisory service: Mon + Tue 10am - 11am, Thur 1pm - 2p

... questions about studying being handicapped/suffering from a chronic desease

Disabilities Representative
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstraße 1, 20099 Hamburg, Room 4.10
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
Counselling hours

Additional information



Fakultät Life Sciences

Department Gesundheitswissenschaften

Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

Letzte Änderung: 27.02.14

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