Study program Rescue Management (Bachelor of Science)

Faculty of Health Sciences (University of Applied Sciences)

Professional and personal development

The Bachelor's degree in Rescue Management qualifies students for a position in mid-level emergency service management, for example, as head of a rescue station, rescue service area, or the department of an emergency organization. In this function you would be responsible for smooth operations, assignment preparation and planning, as well as managing the staff assigned to you. Depending on your field of activity, apart from personnel, you would also be responsible for the budget.

From management theories to business studies to the entire rescue or emergency service system

This study provides content from a broad spectrum of topics: management theories, business know-how and background information on the structure and organization of emergency and rescue service systems. In addition, several study modules are aimed at fostering personal and social skills as a modern manager.

Cost pressure and demographic change

The demand for academically-qualified executives in the emergency and rescue service is high. The challenges facing rescue service management have been growing for years, and the development of target-oriented solutions is becoming increasingly complex: Growing cost pressure, demographic change and operative changes are only a few of the major keywords. There is an urgent need for Rescue Managers who can put their expertise into practice and, not only manage the rescue service, but also develop it innovatively and scientifically from within.

As a matter of course, the Rescue Management Bachelor's program, like all MSH programs, is state-recognized and accredited.

  • Course Contents and Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Career Prospects

Course Contents and Structure

The Rescue Management Bachelor's program is offered as a part-time model for emergency paramedics. During the nine semesters - under certain conditions, previously completed training and further educational measures can be credited - you develop your management, personal and social skills. You will learn to reflect and evaluate different organizational forms of emergency services. You will be able to assume personnel and budgetary responsibility and optimize administrative processes. Graduates are ideally prepared for activity as head of a rescue station or emergency service, or department manager in an aid organization, or an emergency rescue service company.

Improve the Rescue Service 

You will be able to work analytically with a suitable repertoire of methods and develop scientifically-based, problem-solving approaches for practical application. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will have the best possible qualifications for the systematic and further development of the rescue service as a component of public services in line with demand.

Admission Requirements

What are the entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor’s Program in Rescue Management?

  • General or subject-related higher education entrance qualification, or technical college entrance qualification, in accordance with §37 HmbHG, or
  • Special access to Higher Education for employed persons in accordance with §38 HmbHG via entrance examination (corresponding to the specific university’s entrance exam regulations), 
  • Successfully completed vocational training as an emergency paramedic
  • Permit to use the professional title of emergency paramedic

By taking into account the training to become an emergency paramedic, the duration of the course is shortened by 2 semesters. If certain requirements are met (e.g. proof of additional training or taking on additional tasks at the ambulance station), it is possible to shorten it by another semester.


  • Fully completed and signed admission application with curriculum vitae and two current passport photos (name on reverse)
  • Certificate of the required previous education with average final grade
  • Copy of passport or identity card (front and back), identity card for international students
  • Proof of completed vocational training in the form of a professional license or permit and certificate,
  • Evidence of activities conducted to date 
  • Diploma of completion of studies, certificate

Career Prospects

Rescue service in upheaval

The healthcare system in Germany - and thus also the emergency or rescue service - is undergoing a period of upheaval and is currently subject to a particular developmental dynamic. Due to the change in medical, social, legal and economic conditions, the demands placed on the management of rescue services have increased significantly in recent years. However, in many instances, the previous qualifications of management staff in the rescue service do not meet existing needs.

In order for aid organizations and rescue service companies to remain competitive in the long run, they need management with in-depth knowledge of the organization and the overall system of the German rescue service, with administrative expertise, and able to assume socially-competent responsibility for personnel.

Linking theory with practice

Against this background, the Bachelor’s program Rescue Management ensures that you are highly qualified. A particular advantage consists in the part-time structure of the course, ensuring a close link between theory and practice. You contribute the experience of your daily professional life into your studies and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the seminars - from day one - to your field of work.

In module M13 "Occupational Safety, Health and Hygiene" you have the opportunity to acquire three attractive additional qualifications that are recognized nationwide while studying, without additional time or financial expenditure. The certification as a hygiene officer, a safety officer and an internal auditor for occupational safety management can increase your chances of a successful career start in many areas of activity.

The internationally-recognized Bachelor of Science degree gives you the opportunity to continue your studies with a consecutive Master's degree, and open up further perspectives for your professional future. For Example: 

We are here to inform you about further possibilities following the completion of your Bachelor studies. Give us a call!

Quick overview

Study commencement date
01. April (SoSe)/01. October (WS)

the next possible start date is the winter semester 2024/25

Study Duration
Part-time: 9 semesters
(by recognition examination in the first semester
and recognition of your employment shortening
possible on 6 semesters)
Dates for block weekends

Study Fees
390 Euro/month

Enrolment fees
One-off payment: 100 Euro

Bachelor of Science

Field of work
' Aid organization
' Rescue companies
' Fire brigades
' Rescue control centers
' Public authorities responsible for emergency services, e.g. city and district administration
' Cost bearers / sponsors for rescue or emergency services

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