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Health Sciences (M.Sc.)

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Faculty/department Life Sciences/Gesundheitswissenschaften
No. of semesters 4
Applications accepted June 1st - July 15th
Language of instruction English
Fees/charges Semester contribution 335,60 €
Full-/part time Fulltime or parttime
Location Campus Bergedorf, Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

The M.Sc. in Health Sciences is a four-semester, research-oriented master programme. The department of Health Sciences collaborates with local, national and international partners alike.

Participants will be trained for research as well as managerial positions in the growing field of public health and health care, in both public and private settings. Students will acquire knowledge and skills for future responsibilities in diverse areas, such as health systems and policy, surveillance, evaluation and quality management. Graduates typically assume roles in a wide range of institutions, such as public health organisations, public administration, insurance companies, industry, consulting or NGOs.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Good reasons to study Health Sciences at HAW Hamburg

Well trained health professionals are needed to meet the growing demand within the changing field of health care:

  • Study programme taught in English
  • 25 study seats
  • Interdisciplinary and modular set-up
  • Individual research project in third term
  • Practice-oriented studies
  • Application-oriented research in centres of excellence
  • The Department of Health Sciences cooperates with more than 16 Universities world-wide
Antwort auf/zuklappen The right course for you?
  • Graduates (BSc/BA or Diploma level) from the health, social or human sciences
  • Other health/healthcare graduates with a strong interest in public health, healthcare research and policy-making
Antwort auf/zuklappen Course content and structure

This Master of Health Sciences is a two-year consecutive programme (4 semesters, 120 CP in total) based on an attained Bachelor’s degree or Diploma. It provides participants with scientific and practical skills to conduct research in the field of health sciences. The interdisciplinary programme enables students to interact with health care practitioners, policy makers, public administrators, healthcare payers, NGO staff, industry managers and diverse population groups in order to establish informed and evidence-based decision making and promote equity in health and health care. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of research methods, their use in the field of health care, prevention and health promotion, as well as empirical, data-based research experience.

The first two semesters (60 CPs) encompass modules to convey both qualitative and quantitative research methods, e.g. Concepts and Dimensions of Health Sciences and Public Health; 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 Research and Health Systems 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 semester, entirely devoted to research and training. 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 and health care. Students will gain practical skills, team work experience and learn how to generate evidence in a real-life research project. The training will be supervised by a professor and accompanied by a colloquium.

The program culminates in the developing of the Master Thesis. The aim is to formulate a meaningful research hypothesis, to choose a study design suitable to address the problem under study, to run the indicated analytical techniques according to rigorous scientific standards, and to make recommendations for a practical solution.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Entry requirements

Entry requirements are:

  • A first university degree in the field of health sciences providing qualification for professional practice with at least 180 ECTS or an equivalent university degree is required
  • Diploma Supplement/Transcript of Records
  • Proof of special knowledge of the English language Level C1 (see paragraph 3)
  • For students without a German university entrance qualification, proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language Level B1

Further documents to be submitted:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae


  • Proof of special knowledge in line with the academic objectives of the masters course

Proof of especially good knowledge of the English language is provided by presentation of:

  • 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
  • a certificate proving that the applicant has passed an internationally recognized English language test (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, TOEIC, BULATS, PTE, BEC, PTE (see attachment: Zugangs- und Auswahlordnung, point 1), or
  • a certificate for accomplishments achieved abroad which are equivalent to the accomplishments stated under letters a) and b) (see attachment, point 2)

Proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language is provided by presentation of:

  • a first university degree in the German language providing qualification for professional practice, or
  • a certificate proving that the applicant has passed an internationally recognized 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
  • 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

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 written explanation explaining why the applicant wishes to attend the course (letter of motivation) (0 to 5 points);
  • a first university degree providing qualification for professional practice (0 to 10 points according to academic achievement);
  • specialist knowledge in line with the academic objectives of the masters course (0 to 10 points)

A ranking list is constituted on the basis of the total number of points determined in this way. If several applicants have the same number of points, the successful applicants will be drawn at random.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Application and admissions procedure

The degree programme admits students only for the winter semester. Application periods: 1st June - 15th July.

Applications for all Master programmes 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 or send an email to master-application(@)

Antwort auf/zuklappen Contact

Applications and admissions
HAW Master Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Find opening hours here:

Specifically subject-related queries
Students Counsellor (in the Department)

For general queries on HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110
Drop-in hours: Mon/Tues 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thurs 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Mon/Tues 10:00 – 11:00 am, Thurs 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Contact for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-7220
Current contact hours:

Letzte Änderung: 23.09.19

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“You learn a lot in a good learning atmosphere with international lecturers, e.g. from Australia and Wales!” (René Marholdt, student)

“Our programme’s interdisciplinary and holistic approach on good evidence and information enables students to make a difference in their professional practice.” (Prof. Dr. Christine Färber, student advisor)

 “Small groups, interactive lectures and lecturers from diverse backgrounds – you will be well prepared for your future career!” (Claudia Duwe, course coordinator)


Further information at Department Gesundheitswissenschaften