Common German University Degrees
When the Abitur has been attained, most qualified Germans will move onto degrees
Germany offers a variety of options, including:
Bachelor's degrees - Provide a foundation in academic or practical subjects, which is an essential launchpad for successful careers. Examples include Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees. Courses can be studies at purely academic universities, technical universities, or vocational schools, and take 3 years in most cases.
Master's degrees - Build upon the foundation provided by Bachelor's degrees. Masters tend to be more closely linked to career progression, and follow the same division into Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. Like Bachelor's, they are mainly free at public universities, and they tend to take 2 years to complete.
Doctorates - Research based qualifications for advanced students, doctorates entail writing extended dissertations over 2-5 year periods.
Work-Study degrees - A popular German compromise, work-study courses offer placements at companies alongside academic modules, allowing students to earn money, gain experience, and hone their skills.
The DAAD offers an excellent overview of the available courses in Germany, with plenty of English language information for overseas students.