Study Program Health and Nursing Practice (Master of Arts)

Faculty of Health Sciences (University of Applied Sciences)

The Master's program Health and Nursing Pedagogy serves to qualify students as teachers or administrators at schools in the health care sector. The program’s concept considers scientific findings as well as professional practice and leads to didactic and pedagogic expertise in the educational field. The qualification goals therefore include technical and interdisciplinary aspects in the areas of scientific aptitude, pedagogical skill, as well as personality development and capacity for civic commitment. Within the framework of the Master's program in Health and Nursing Pedagogy, the professional expertise required for the relevant teaching activity is developed in the fields of educational sciences, vocational specialization health/nursing care and interdisciplinary skills. The Master's program is aimed at Bachelor graduates who have completed relevant study programs in the fields of therapy, health and nursing sciences, or pedagogy, respectively. It is likewise aimed at Bachelor graduates who have not yet acquired relevant teaching experience, as well as those who are already either teaching and/or exercising management skills at schools in the health care sector.

  • Course Contents and Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Career Prospects

Course Contents and Structure

The content and structure of the Master's program are based on nationally and internationally recognized criteria for a master's program. The master program Health- and Nursing Pedagogy comprises 16 modules, which are assigned to five fields of competence.

In the field of competence of the Educational Sciences, students acquire skills in vocational and business education. Following on from education-related modules in the bachelor's program, students build on their skills to classify competence-oriented teaching concepts in the structural contexts of general and vocational didactics as well as to place the design of vocational teaching and learning processes in relation to the educational requirements of vocational learning. In addition, students become acquainted with institutional and organizational features of vocational schools. Complex concepts for school administration and school development are presented and discussed.

In the competence field of the Professional Discipline, our students initially deepen their knowledge from the foundations of specialist, therapeutic, nursing and health sciences gained in the bachelor's program. In the master's program, these previously acquired competencies for health and nursing pedagogic competence are then build upon. In the resulting compulsory elective area, students specialize in either nursing or health sciences.

In the competence field of ​​Interdisciplinary Competences students expand their skills to use economic, social and legal concepts and theories to analyze key social issues. To anchor the topics of diversity, inclusion and heterogeneity, the Master's program ties in with the bio-psycho-social model of the ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health). As such, health should no longer be understood as a property of a person, but as a result of an interaction between the person and the environment. In the context of this transdisciplinary model, inclusion can also be considered domain-specific. Students develop the skills to analyze interpersonal communication situations and to remedy communication disturbances metacommunicatively. In conflict situations, they master strategies to recognize the interests of different conflict actors by adopting different perspectives and by working out possible integrative solutions, depending on the person and situation. These insights are also transformed into our own teaching and learning events.

The didactic oriented studies serve the practical application and reflection of the skills acquired during the studies. The degree culminates with a master's thesis. With the successful completion of the degree, students may be eligible to continue towards a doctoral degree.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for acceptance into the Master's program in Health and Nursing Pedagogy?

  • Eligibility to study in Master's programs in accordance with §39 of the Hamburg University Act (HmbHG)
  • A successfully-completed bachelor's degree in the field of health, therapeutic, nursing sciences, or nursing pedagogy, respectively.
  • Proof of completed education for international degrees

Your Application

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

Career Prospects

The primary occupational field for graduates of the Master's program in Health and Nursing Pedagogy includes schools of the health system, or health professionals, respectively, as well as relevant vocational school centers. The Master's degree in Health and Nursing Pedagogy qualifies graduates for the following activities

  • As teacher for theoretical teaching at state-approved/recognized vocational schools for the health professions,
  • In the personnel and organizational development of health care companies,
  • In associations, organizations, foundations, health insurance funds, and other health and social institutions,
  • In government agencies/authorities, ministries and political stakeholders in the health sector
  • In health-related media institutions, publishing houses and media agencies,
  • In the management of multi-professional teams in health and social institutions.

In addition, there is also the opportunity to pursue a doctorate following the master's degree.

Quick overview


Study commencement date
01. October (WS)


Study Duration
Part-time / 6 semesters
Dates for block weekends


Study Fees
495 Euro / month


Enrolment fees
One-off payment: 100 Euro


Degree
Master of Arts


Field of work
› Schools for health professions
› School centers
› Clinics
› Companies in the health sector
› Associations and institutions in the health care sector


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