Designing degree courses

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Designing degree courses at the University of Bremen

Teaching at the University of Bremen should be up-to-date, student and research-oriented as well as activating for students. In order to achieve this and teach the largest number of students possible, the quality of study and teaching is continuously revised. The Administrative Unit Teaching and Studies accompanies you in this development process with the aim of taking all essential points into account: didactic ideas, structural specifications, quality requirements, legal regulations and manageability. Close cooperation ensures that all individual aspects of a degree course are preserved.

Two main processes are differentiated when designing degree courses: new establishments and further developments. Whether degree courses are newly established or existing ones are further developed; in each case various aspects, considerations and regulatory frameworks play a role. The implementation of degree courses is regulated by statutes, which are summarized under the term regulatory means and are managed in the Adminitrative Unit Teaching and Studies. Development of degree Courses as part of the teacher education are accompanied by the Centre for Teacher Education and Educational Research (ZfLB), and as part of further education courses by the Academy of Continuing Education.

The legal basis for designing and development of degree courses can be found in the collection of the legal office (in German).

Strong linkage between research and teaching

Research-based learning and studying is encouraged in all disciplines at the University of Bremen. It is firmly anchored in the mission statement statement for studies and teaching and is therefore also taken into account when designing degree courses. The extensive experience in interdisciplinary cooperation strengthens the research-oriented focus of teaching at the University of Bremen, while the internal culture of consensus promotes its implementation.

Based on the concept of research-based learning, students and researchers at the University of Bremen are also made aware of and trained in the area of Good Scientific Practice. During their studies, students are introduced to the topic and informed about interdisciplinary and subject-specific standards of good scientific practice for them to make their contribution to increasing the quality and credibility of science.


Setting up new degree courses

New market analyses, research topics or cooperations can provide ideas for the development of new degree courses. A description of the process for setting up new degree courses as well as the essential documents for the start can be found in the QM portal under Studiengänge einrichten (German).

Calculations on capacity and feedback on equipment issues are the responsibility of the Administrative Unit 11: University Development and Capacity Planning. Templates for resource planning can be found in the QMPortal.


Further developments of existing degree courses

There are always reasons for change in degree courses: Some lead to changes in module descriptions, others to changes in admission requirements or the examination regulations. Degree courses are also changing in terms of internationalization, be it in the language of instruction or in the awarded degree, e.g. by introducing Multiple Degree-options.

For changes to existing degree courses deadlines must be observed and the relevant documents must be submitted to the Administrative Unit for Study and teaching. Especially when it comes to "significant changes", that require the rectorate to be involved, the process is even more time-consuming and requires early planning.

We advise and support you with all change requests.



Collection of helpful links and basics of degree course development:

(Most available in German only)

Legal requirements:


Quality management:


Further information: