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Community and Family Health Nursing, M.Sc.

Welcome to the homepage of the master’s program “Community and Family Health Nursing” in Faculty 11 Human- and Health Sciences at the University of Bremen!

As of winter semester 2014/2015, the University of Bremen offers a four-semester master’s program delivered in German titled “Community and Family Health Nursing” culminating with award of the academic degree “Master of Science (M.Sc.)”. This is one of the four study programs issuing from the former master’s program "Public Health/Nursing Science".

Datenbank Studium (DBS) provides a brief overview on the program “Master of Science Community and Family Health Nursing”.

You can find the application forms here. The course catalog can be viewed here.

Click here to download a flyer with details of the current study program.

Pursuant to Admission Regulations / RestrictedAdmission

The following contains a step-by-step explanation of requirements listed in the Admission Regulations that applicants have to fulfill to be enrolled in the master’s program “Community and Family Health Nursing” as well as the possibility to hand in documents not yet in the applicant’s possession before the application deadline (15.07) at a later date. 

Compatibility of contents of first degree (pursuant to Art. 1 sec. 1a of Admission Regulations AR)

The Admission Regulations list two study programs defined as first higher education degrees qualifying for admission to the master’s program “Community and Family Health Nursing”:

  •     B.A. Nursing Science
  •     B.A. Nursing Science (Cooperative training program).

If you have been awarded one of these degrees you only have to submit a Transcript of Records with your application for admission to the program.

Recognition of equivalence of other first higher education degrees (pursuant to Art. 1 sec. 1a of Admission Regulations)

If your first higher education degree was not in Nursing Science it is only possible to have other study programs recognized whose curricula are not essentially different in content, volume and requirements to the program in Nursing Science. In such cases, prospective students must submit an application to have the equivalence of their first degree recognized, using the appropriate form "Nachweis inhaltliche Nähe". They must supply information indicating which subject-related parts of their first degree are capable of being recognized in the master’s program “Community Family and Health Nursing”.
At least 90 credit points (CP) have to be recognized in order to be admitted to the program in Nursing Science.
Please upload the completed form "Nachweis inhaltliche Nähe" and the relevant module descriptions in the upload area of the master’s online application. In the area “sonstiges” in the online portal, it is only possible to upload module guides up to 5MB. It is important to submit the Module Guides as it is otherwise not possible to see solely from the course titles whether they are sufficient to satisfy the admission requirements.
Only such parts of the curriculum in question can be recognized that clearly show equivalence. The selection committee does not reach its decision on whether to recognize equivalence and therefore possible admission until after the application deadline has been reached.
Solely the credit points awarded for the first degree are relevant for the assessment of equivalence. Career experience, training and further education, periods of practical training etc. do not count.

Insufficient credit points for recognition of equivalence (pursuant to Art. 1 sec 1a of Admission Regulations)

The selection committee cannot consider applications for admission in the event that the subject-related parts, i.e. in Nursing Science, of the first degree carry less than 90 credit points. This minimum of 90 credit points necessary for recognition of equivalence must be evidenced before the closing date for applications (15.07.) and it is not possible to submit further evidence at a later date.
Therefore, if you are interested in applying for admission to the master’s program Community and Family Health Nursing and have not yet completed your undergraduate studies, you should try to structure your remaining bachelor’s studies to fit the admission requirements described above: Wherever possible, you should try to increase your chances of having equivalence recognized by strategically choosing your compulsory electives, the topic of your bachelor’s thesis, or the orientation of your semester abroad. You are also allowed to refer in your application to credit points that may still be pending for courses on other study programs that have not yet been completed.

Minimum grade point average (pursuant to Art. 1 sec.1b of Admission Regulations)

Applicants must have been awarded a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for their first higher education degree or for the parts of their bachelor’s program already completed at the time of filing their application for admission.

English Competence at level B1 (pursuant to Art. 1 sec. 1c of Admission Regulations)

A further admission requirement is a language certificate evidencing competence in the English language at level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The certificate may be submitted to the Registration Office for International students at a later date, but no later than two weeks following commencement of tuition (see semester/tuition dates for the University of Bremen).
Please Note: In the event of being granted admission to the program prior to receipt of all the necessary documents (English certificate and/or evidence of having been awarded the bachelor’s degree), you will not be sent your student documents (Semesterunterlagen) until such time as they are actually handed in. Among the student documents is your Stud.IP password, which you need to register for courses.

There are three possibilities to verify your level of English competence:

    a) By means of Abitur (only possible for applications to the University of Bremen)

        Abitur with 12 school years (G8) at least 6 years school English – continued up to 12th grad
        Abitur with 13 school years (G9) at least 7 years school English – continued up to 12th grade.

If these minimum requirements are not met, applicants must provide evidence of English competence in the form of a language test or a certificate:

    b) Language test as evidence of English competence (only recognized for applications          the University of Bremen.

The Fremdsprachenzentrum der Hochschulen im Lande Bremen (FZHB) and cooperating culture institutes offer Sprachtests costing approximately 40 euro as evidence of language competence. You can have your English language skills assessed anytime by taking part in an assessment test, which is free of charge. You can do this either direct with the Foreign Language Center of the University of Bremen or online from home. Such an assessment test, however, is not sufficient to prove the competence level B1 in accordance with the Europäischen Referenzrahmens.

    c) Language certificate as evidence of language competence

You can find an overview of the language certificates accepted as proof of language competence on the homepage of the Foreign Language Center.

For questions regarding proof of language competence at B1 level

Team English at the Foreign Language Center of the University of Bremen
Dr. Annette Jahnke
email: englischfzhbprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Knowledge of German (pursuant to Art. 1 sec.1d der AO)

International students, i.e. prospective students applying for admission, who did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution, must prove that they have sufficient knowledge of German to successfully participate in courses before they can take up studies at the University of Bremen (ability to study in the language of instruction). Please check here which examinations other than TestDaf are recognized by the University of Bremen.
As in the case of evidencing B1 level in English, proof of knowledge of the German language can also be submitted up to two weeks prior to commencement of courses and lectures.

Restricted Admission/Selection Procedure

As there is only a fixed number of study places available, the master’s program Community and Family Health Nursing is subject to restricted admission. Admission is restricted to 20 incoming students per semester.
Pursuant to Art. 4 (3) of the regulations governing admission to the M.Sc. Community and Family Health Nursing, should there be more applications for study places than the number actually available, a priority list is drawn up on the basis of the final grade awarded for the preceding degree, or the average grade at the time of application.


Incoming students can only apply for admission in winter semester, for which the completed application must have been filed online by July 15. You can find a link to Online Applications and further information (FAQs) as well as persons to contact concerning applications (Master’s Team at the Registration Office for International Students) in the Master’s Portal of the University of Bremen. Please note: The portal for online applications is only opened about two months before the closing date for applications.
Unless you have already received a notice of admission which requests you to do so, do not send any application documents direct to the University of Bremen. It is not possible to process any documents that are sent in earlier.
You may only file one application. If you submit more than one application, only the last one to be submitted before the deadline will be treated as a valid application.

Master’s Team at the University of Bremen
Registration Office for International Students
Phone: +49 421 218 61002
Email: masterprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de


Letters of Acceptance and Letters of Refusal are not sent out until all admission requirements have been met: This is usually around the end of August.
The acceptance period (payment deadline) for master’s programs is three weeks following date of Letter of Acceptance. Payment of the semester fee is tantamount to accepting the offer of a study place.



BA Studies not yet completed

At the time of submitting your application (latest July 15), you must be able to show you have already earned at least 150 credit points towards your bachelor’s degree. It is sufficient if this is apparent from your Transcript of Records. Provided the application fulfills all other admission requirements according to Art. 1 of admission regulations, you may be admitted to the program, but always under the condition that all pieces of academic work and examinations needed for the award your first degree will have been completed two weeks latest following commencement of the courses and modules in the master’s program. See the University of Bremen’s semester-/tuition times.

Documents and credentials may be submitted up to December 31, latest (see Art. 1 sec. 3).
Please note the following: Prior to having completed your bachelor’s studies you may (provided all the above requirements have been fulfilled) be granted a Letter of Acceptance: However, this does not mean you are then enrolled on the master’s program as of October 1. This could give rise to the following disadvantages: The BAföG student grant payments will not be paid until you are enrolled, it will not be possible to register for examinations in the master’s program, you will not automatically receive the semester ticket and – if you have not previously been on the student register of the University of Bremen – you will not yet have a University mail account and therefore not be able to use Stud.IP; nor will you have a semester ticket, a student card, or a library card.

Bachelor of Arts degrees

If you hold a degree as Bachelor of Arts, you are still able to apply for a place on an M.Sc. program. The main consideration here is the subject of your degree and the number of CPs awarded.

Diplom degrees

You have to show that your Diplom can be assessed as representing 180 Credit Points.

Degrees awarded by a University of Applied Sciences

No differentiation is made between the credit pints awarded by a University or a University of Applied Sciences. You should, however, include documents in your application that show the University of Applied Sciences is state recognized and the study programs are duly accredited.

Distance learning degrees

A distance learning program is recognized as being equivalent to course of study with compulsory attendance as long, as it is possible to show that 180 CPs were awarded.

Recognition of first degree

You can only be admitted to the master’s program Community and Family Health Nursing if your undergraduate degree, or equivalent, is in Nursing Science. No exceptions will be made.

Applications to commence studies in summer semesters

Only advanced students, i.e. persons who have been awarded at least 10 CPs from a previous master’s program, can apply for admission to master’s studies starting in a summer semester. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended to seek admission in the first semester of the program and to participate in the introductory phase. Only study programs whose curricula are not essentially different in content to the M.Sc. program Community and Family Health Nursing can be recognized.

Structure of Studies

In the first semester, all students on the four postgraduate programs M.A. Public Health - Health promotion and Prevention, M.A. Public Health - Health Provision, Economics, and Management, M.Sc. Community and Family Health Nursing and M.Sc. Epidemiology study the introductory module “Methods of Problem Oriented Learning”. In the frame of this module, each student joins two different groups. One of these is a cross-program group in which the students work together on a topic they set themselves. At the same time, in the cohort belonging to their individual study program, they prepare the choice of a topic for their research and practice projects that take place in their 2nd resp. 3rd semester. Furthermore, during their first subject-related semester, they take part in two compulsory modules where they acquire deepened insights into the field of Public Health. Summarizing, one can say this semester fulfills the function of stressing the shared foundations of the study programs in health and nursing sciences.

In the second semester of the program "Community and Family Health Nursing", students focus evidence-based on quality management, communication and Cooperation in the area of Community and Family Health Nursing.

In their third semester, they acquire insights into health promotion and ethics. Additionally, they complete an elective module, during which among other things they have the opportunity to attend courses and lectures in the study programs Public Health and Epidemiology.

Study schedule - as of commencement of tuition winter semester 2016/2017

Study schedule - up to commencement of tuition winter semester 2015/2016


In the frame of research and application-oriented activities, the curriculum trains students to develop theoretically and empirically grounded and ethically reflected concepts and measures of nursing care in the area of Community and Family Health Nursing. Students deepen their knowledge of theoretical, empirical and conceptual insights and acquire skill sets that enable them to work independently and to develop and implement research and practice-oriented projects in the area of Community and Family Health Nursing. Based on such empirical and theoretical insights, they also learn to conceive and communicate projects (e.g. to other professional groups, decision makers, and patients), as well as to implement, evaluate and reflect on them with regard to their own professionalism. In so doing, they make use of all the instruments that play in on the personal level: The compilation of assessments, diagnoses and interventions and evaluation of care-relevant problem issues on the level of community and family.

Instead of an internship, students undertake a three-semester research project in which they investigate a self-chosen topic and acquire skill sets in the process of research and research methods. The research project is flanked by a supporting seminar.

It is recommended that all students have some experience and prior knowledge of nursing or similar activities, possibly of a counseling or conceptual nature, in the area of Public Health.

The two-year M. Sc. program Community and Family Health Nursing is designed as a full-time course of studies. It is not possible to comply with the requirements parallel with a full-time professional occupation since apart from attending lecture courses students have many other commitments, especially in the frame of student team work. And in addition to students’ own activities, the program entails 14 semester hours per week.

Potential fields of professional activity for graduates lie the areas of research and education, the compilation of planning concepts on community level, planning accommodation, and family work; advisory services for institution management, local authorities, public agencies, state ministries, and various associations; preparation and implementation of public relations and use of modern communication tools.

A current overview of all contacts can be found on the German version of this website. 

The departmental student committee (StugA) coordinates student activities and represents the interests of students in the area of nursing science on official level. Should you have any questions or think something is not running as well as it should, don’t hesitate to get it off your chest and send a message to our email address stuga-pflewiprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

By the way, fresh blood and new ideas are always welcome. If you are prepared to stand up for others and interested in actively joining in, the StugA is right for you.

Please send E-Mails that are interesting for all students of Nursing Science (B.A. and M.A.) like job offers, Internships, official announcements etc. to (Mailing-List): pflegewissenschaft-infoprotect me ?!mailman.zfn.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

If you have any questions or suggestions we will be happy to help you!

You can find current module descriptions (Modulhandbücher or -beschreibungen), study schedules (Studienverlaufspläne) and other course-specific information on the German version of this site.


Language requirements

M.Sc. Community and Family Health Nursing is a German-speaking study program. Therefore the prerequisite for enrollment is that you can prove sufficient knowledge of German, at least at C1 level. Accepted German language certificates are published on the internet.

A further admission requirement is a language certificate evidencing English competence at the level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Contact person

Susanne Schwarze
Visiting address: Grazer Str. 2/ room 0310,  28334 Bremen
Post address: Universität Bremen, Fachbereich 11, POB 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen
Phone: +49-421-218-68502

Student counseling

Prof. Dr. Stefan Görres
Visiting address: Grazer Str. 4/ room, 28359 Bremen
Post address: Universität Bremen, Fachbereich 11, POB 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen
Phone: +49-421-218-68900


Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann
Visiting address: Grazer Str. 4/ room A2040, 28359 Bremen
Post address: Universität Bremen, Fachbereich 11, POB 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen
Phone: +49-421-218-68960