Survey of study courses
Consecutive study courses
Within the scope of the so-called Bologna Process consecutive i.e. successive (two-cycle) bachelor and master study courses are introduced. Both courses present you with a degree, that qualifies you for a profession. They replace the traditionell (one-cycle) diploma program.
The already mentioned Bologna Process provides the background of this reform of the study courses. It is the most radical reform in the higher education sector within the last decades and is promoted by the European education ministers (meanwhile European states are participating). This process was preluded by the Bologna Declaration in 1999. For detailed information concerning the Bologna Process please visit the web-pages of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Ministry of Education and Research, sequently follow the hyperlinks “Education”, “Higher Education Reform”, “Bologna Process”).
The Bologna Process aimes to establish a common European Higher Education Area with comparable and recognized degrees and to promote mobility for students and scientific staff. The major goals, which are relevant in this context, are:
- A system of comprehensible and comparable degrees which adapts to today's vocational environment with its high demands concerning flexibility. This is achieved by introducing a two-circle system of university qualifications – the bachelor/master structure.
- The promotion of student mobility in order to change universities or going abroad for a term easier. For this purpose the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the modular design of the study courses are established. This enhances transparency concerning recognition of acquired credits and passed examinations from other universities.
- The assurance of quality in teaching by means of required accreditation for new study courses and frequent evaluation.
- The integration of doctoral training as a third cycle to advance the up-to-dateness of teaching by interlinking it with current research.
The following benefits for students directly result from this process:
- Because of the ECTS, acquired credits and passed examinations can be 'taken along' changing between universities or coming back from a term abraod. Students won't lose time but will gain useful experiences while studying abroad or at another university.
- All degrees are internationally recognized and comparable, which is of tremendous help for promoting a career abroad or in a foreign company.
- Having a bachelor degree the alumnus is free to choose whether to start his career right away or to receive further scientific education aiming for a master degree.
- After succeeding in getting the master degree the alumnus is again free to decide between a professional life and continuing his scientific career at university as a doctoral candidate.
The Department of Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the Technische Universität Darmstadt startet the implementation of this reform at an early stage. Therefore the bachelor/master study courses could already be offered since winter term 2004/05 after the successful completion of the accreditation process. Therewith the TU Darmstadt is taking the pioneering task for Germany concerning the bachelor/master study courses in the area of Geodesy and Geoinformation. Via the integration of a potential doctoral training a three cycle system with flexible choice regarding the point in time for your career entry (as shown in the chart) has been established.