Dresden, the capital of the federal state Saxony, is located in the south-east of Germany and has about 450.000 habitants. Due to its pleasant location and numerous opportunities to enjoy culture and art the city attracts a large number of students from Germany and all over the world to study at Dresden University of Technology, which is well known and rich in tradition. In the 100 year history of the university, a number of famous academics of humanities and natural sciences have studied here. Three more University colleges complete the image of Dresden as a centre of art, culture and education in Europe. Presently more than 35.000 students, among them are more than 2500 foreigners from more than 100 different countries, are studying a variety of subjects at Dresden University.

Relations to universities abroad are of considerable importance, they have resulted for instance in exchange programmes.

Course Objectives

Pedagogic activities under various conditions at state-maintained institutions and private companies providing vocational training require teaching qualifications. The postgraduate course "Vocational Education and Personnel Capacity Building" provides the opportunity for graduates from developing countries to obtain pedagogic and didactic qualifications.

The course was designed to confer a scientific-professional capacity to teach in / organize / administer / supervise different occupational fields in a country. It includes a basic introduction into the science of education as well as a specialization related to different aspect of pedagogy. Knowledge and experience in design, planning, implementation and evaluation of courses and projects in the vocational training and continued education are adapted to the needs of specific countries.

Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Vocational Education
Course begins: October of each year
Course duration: 24 months, including two practical training courses of 4 weeks each, and the Master's thesis
Target group: Specialists responsible for project work aimed at restructuring or developing the vocational education system in the respective home country. Graduates will obtain the required qualifications for employment with authorities, in office of planning and consultation, in departments of personnel management, education, continued education and retraining in enterprises, in national and international organizations and in vocational, technical and engineering schools.

Entrance requirements

Applications for the course

application deadline: 30th September for your application to:

Technische Universität Dresden

Institut für Berufspädagogik und Berufliche Didaktiken

Frau Kornelia Klöber
D-01062 Dresden



Course structure and course content

This four semester postgraduate programme always starts in October. It consists of lectures and seminars amounting to about 22 classes per week in three semesters. The course is completed with one semester work on the master theses. The mandatory programme is divided into a compulsory section for basic training and a section of optional classes chosen in accordance with the student´s later professional field. It includes two internships of four weeks each.

Attendance is required throughout the course.

Course Content

The subjects can be distinguished into four main groups:

The bases of the vocational training

Subjects such as Systematology and History of Vocational Education, Adult Education, Continued Education und Vocational Socialization and Psychology of Learning and Motivation are included here. Furthermore, the Contemplation of Vocational Education and Further Education in Europe and selected countries elsewhere in the world forms an important part.

Sociological Basis

In this part there are courses which deal with Basic Business and Personnel Management, Sociology and Regional Studies.

Mediadesign Basis

Didactics of Vocational Education and Continued Education, Computer-Integrated Education/ Media Didactics, Theory and Practice of Communication are subjects in this field.

Special Disciplines

Study in Methodology of Project-Orientated Work, Methodology of Curriculum Development, Academic Work and Research Methods, Basic Law and Organization of Education and Training.

Optional Subjects to the later professional field

The students have to choose two subjects according to the following four later professional fields and interests:

Additional courses of the TU Dresden as well as language instructions may be attended.


Structure of Master Study Course "Vocational Education and Personnel Capacity Building"

Modulname 1. Semester 2. Semester 3. Semester 4. Semester CP
a a L/Ec/S/I/T/E L/Ec/S/I/T/E L/Ec/S/I/T/E L/Ec/S/I/T/E
a Obligatory Modules a a a a
M1 Basics in Vocational Education and Adult Education 4/0/0/0/2/0,5 3/0/1/0/0/0 a a 10
M2 Design of Teaching and Learning Processes 2/0/4/0/2/0 2/0/2/0/0/0 a a 10
M3 Management Processes 2/0/2/0/0/0 2/0/2/0/0/0 a a 10
M4 Psychology of Learning 2/0/2/0/0/0 a a a 6
M5 Analysis of Research, Production and Education a 0/0/4/0/0/1 0/0/4/0/0/0 a 10
M6 Projecting of Educational Systems a 1/0/2/0/0/0 1/0/2/0/0/0 a 10
M7 Scientific Working a 1/0/3/0/0/0 a a 6
M8 Internship in an Institution of Vocational Education 0/0/0,2/0/0/0
4 weeks
a a a 6
M9 a a a Field research
4 weeks
a 6
a Modules Obligatory to Vote a a a a
M10 Personnel Capacity Building a a 2/0/3/0/0/0* a 8
M11 Design of Communication Processes a a 1/1/1/0/0/0* a 4
M12 Quality Management Systems a a 0/0/4/0/0/0* a 4
M13 Subject Didactics a a 1/0/2/0/0/0* a 4
M14 Educational Technologies a a 1/0/3/0/0/0* a 4
a a a a a Masterthesis
a a a a a a max
SWS 22,7 24 19 - 21 67,7
CP 29 29 32 30 120

*                        alternatively to choose are 3-4 modules with a total of 16 CP
LP                     Credit Points
L                        Lecture
Ec                      Exercise course
S                        Seminar
I                         Internship
T                        Tutorial
E                        Excursion

Obtained qualifications

Completing the course, the graduates obtain preconditions for the employment in the field of Vocational Education and Continued Education in areas like administration, in offices of planning and consultation, in departments of personell management, education, continued education and retraining in enterprises, in national and international organisations, in vocational, technical and engineering schools.

They obtain the qualifications of planning, design and implementation of teaching processes and projects, analysis of educational needs and management of education as well as control and evaluation of courses and projects in vocational education and continued education.

Addresses and further information

For further information please contact:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Köhler

Technische Universität Dresden
Fakultät Erziehungswissenschaften
Institut für Berufspädagogik und Berufliche Didaktiken
D-01062 Dresden

Tel: ++49 351 463-34915
Fax: ++49 351 463-32659


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01217 Dresden