Study part-time in Hamburg

The NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School was opened in 2013 in Dockland Hamburg and offers those interested with a first degree part-time Master's programmes, further education opportunities and certificate courses. In addition, a part-time doctoral programme was launched in 2016.

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Part-time Master's programmes at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School Hamburg


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

International lecturers as well as impressive success stories of graduates of the program prove: The hands-on MBA program is a career turbo.

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Degrees Master of Business Administration (MBA) 
Master of Science (M.Sc.) 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 
Master of Laws (LL.M.) 
Duration of study 24 months
Tuition fees MBA: 17,500 euros, Other Master's programs: 9,900 euros
Organization Accompanying study organization with self-study phases and attendance phases in alternation and blended learning concept.
Present times MBA: 450-480 attendance hours, Other Master's programs: 330 attendance hours 
. Attendance phases take place during the day in blocks of 2.5 to 5 days 
Exams about 2 weeks after the end of the attendance phase
Start of study April 1 and October 1
Admission requirements State-recognized first university degree from a domestic or foreign university 
. 210 credits (missing credits can be made up) 
One year of work experience (MBA and Healthcare Management only)
Application Procedure 1.) Online application and submission of complete application documents to the Study Office Hamburg
. 2.) Online selection tests consisting of IQ test, personality test and English language proficiency test 
. 3.) Selection interview with representatives of the university 
4.) Conclusion of contract
Recognition and Accreditation State recognition 
System accreditation by FIBAA

 

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Study concept Combining the advantages of face-to-face teaching with closely coordinated self-study for maximum study success and a high degree of flexibility with parallel professional activity.
Part-time study The study is designed for a part-time organization for the best possible compatibility of work, study and family. 
However, a professional activity is not mandatory. 
A combination with a part-time position, parental leave or other planning is possible. 
Job offers for a part-time master study 
Promotion by the employer
Study procedure The individual modules of the Master's programme consist of 
. 1.) Self-study 
2.) Attendance phase 
3.) Follow-up 
4.) Exam
Self-study phase The self-study phases will be based on the blended learning concept with the support of a learning platform. 
For each module, students receive a self-study guide (complete description of the course with preparatory reading and exercises). 
Self-study periods are part of the workload and consist of studying the literature, working on exercises, discussion forums with lecturers and fellow students and, where appropriate, video consultation sessions with lecturers in virtual learning spaces. Learning controls such as multiple-choice tests for independent control of what has been learned at the end of the self-study phase can also be part of the self-study.
Learning Equipment The tuition fees include the book packs, access to the e-learning platform and all other materials you will need to prepare for the face-to-face phase. There are no other additional costs to you. The study offer is an "all-inclusive offer".
Presence periods Presence phases take place during the day i.d.R. from 9.15 - 18.30 clock. 
MBA: 14-16 attendance phases of 2.5-3 days per module 
Other Master's programs: 12 attendance phases of 2.5-5 days 
Exams approx. 2 weeks after the attendance phase 
The attendance phases do not have compulsory attendance 
However, attendance is strongly recommended.
Exams Exams will be written approximately 2 weeks after the end of an attendance phase.

In order to make part-time Master's programmes as easy to study as possible, the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School has developed a blended learning concept that successfully combines professional and university life. Blended learning describes a mixed form of online-supported self-study and classroom lectures. The online environment is mainly the learning platform Moodle. Mutual exchange is ensured throughout the entire study period. As a supplement to the personal exchange with lecturers and fellow students during the classroom lectures, an exchange is possible in the online environments, for example in web conferences or forums.

The structure of the concept divides the individual modules into three parts:

  1. Self-study phase for preparation
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  3. Presence phase
  4. Follow-up and examination

During the four- to six-week self-study phase, students use a self-study guide to acquire the content that is a prerequisite for the face-to-face course. The self-study guide includes a full description of the course with preparatory reading and practice assignments with a workload of approximately 100 hours (MBA: between approximately 40 and 120 hours).

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During the attendance phase, the focus is on direct contact with the lecturer and fellow students. Building on the self-study phase, a professional exchange then takes place in dialogue-oriented and interactive lectures. 

In the follow-up phase, the students have access to the content and results of the face-to-face course via the Moodle learning platform, so that preparation for the module examination can be arranged quite flexibly, independent of time and location.

If you have any technical difficulties or questions, please feel free to contact the E-Learning Officer .

Since the Master's programmes at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School comprise a total of 90 credit points, a Bachelor's degree with 180 credit points still requires 30 credit points to be made up before graduation. This can be done before, during or after the standard period of study in the Master's.

Missing credits can be acquired at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School by

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  • up to two term papers (10 credit points each)
  • successfully completing continuing education modules (5 credits each)
  • Successful completion of a certificate course (30 credits each)

Go to the overview of continuing education and certificate courses

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Homeworks
. The topics for the assignments are proposed by the student and agreed with the examiner through the submission of a synopsis. Topics for which prior knowledge is available, e.g. from professional practice or from further education modules, are suitable for this.

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A term paper can also be started before the actual Master's programme begins. However, the prerequisite is admission to the Master's programme and payment of the first tuition fee. After receipt of payment, you will receive your EDP access data and can register the term paper via the internal campus information system.

The fee for the term paper is a flat rate of 490 euros. This is due with the confirmation of the topic.

 

Continuing education modules
. It is also possible to take the continuing education modules after admission to the Master's programme or after receipt of payment of the first tuition fee. The continuing education modules can also be completed - like homework - before the start of the actual Master's programme.

The fee is 490 euros per module (special price for enrolled Master's students at NORDAKADEMIE, otherwise 790 euros per module)

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Successful participation is confirmed with a certificate.

Even though employer information or approval of a master's degree is not required, support from your employer is a distinct advantage.

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Benefits for the employer

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The following advantages of the part-time Master's programmes at NORDAKADEMIE can also convince your employer:

  • Application of practical concepts in a university supported by the economy
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  • High success rates (over 90%).
  • Courses missed due to work or other reasons can be made up at no additional cost.
  • Use the e-learning platform to access course environments from anywhere, including business trips worldwide.
  • Discuss with your employer the funding options for a Master's degree.

The German Federal Ministry of Finance has issued an application decree specifying under which conditions the assumption of tuition fees by the employer is not wages for tax purposes.

Further information and decree from 2012 to download

Reconciling study, work and family

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An extensive range of services offered by the university is designed to help you achieve the best possible balance between your studies, career and family:

The modules of the study programmes are recognised for educational leave in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein and also other federal states. For the attendance periods, a combination of educational leave, personal leave and time off through the employer is therefore an option.

The tuition fees are extremely reasonable at 17,500 euros (MBA course) and 9,900 euros (other Master's courses); this facilitates employer participation in the tuition fees. An extension of the standard period of study from 24 months to up to 32 months (up to 40 months if credit points are made up) is possible without additional costs. A Master's degree programme in conjunction with NORDAKADEMIE can also be ideally integrated into parental leave or part-time employment.

Information on financing your studies

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Part-time studies in Hamburg: Further information on the Master's degree programmes


You still have questions about the part-time study and continuing education programs?

Studying part-time: to the overview of frequently asked questions

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Expand your professional profile and your intercultural competence and complement the compulsory courses of the Master's programme at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School with an excursion to China, Russia, the USA or Mexico! In the lecture hall, on a joint excursion or during your free time, whether together with other Master's students at NORDAKADEMIE or alone in a group of international students - the exchange of experiences on site enables completely new perspectives!

At the International Weeks we cooperate with foreign subsidiaries of the sponsoring companies and cooperation partners of NORDAKADEMIE and the best universities in the respective country.

The International Week China and the International Week Russia usually take place in spring, the International Week USA in late summer/fall and the International Week IPADE Mexico annually at the beginning of October. You will find out the exact dates during an information event on the International Weeks during your studies.

The study trip to China, which is offered every two years, enables students to visit not only Beijing - the cultural and political center of China - but also China's most important industrial metropolis, Shanghai.

The International Week China will focus on lectures at the renowned Tongji University in Shanghai as well as at the Foreign Trade Chamber and visits to the Chinese representations of renowned German companies such as Bosch, Airbus, Siemens, Dräger, Volkswagen, Körber Engineering, Kuehne + Nagel, ... Visits to Chinese companies will also take place. Rounded off by an extensive cultural programme - which also includes the Great Wall of China - this International Week leads to a deeper understanding of the politics, economy and culture of Asia's leading economy.

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Report of International Week China 2018:

Our arrival in Beijing (Beijing) coincides with the holiday commemorating the ancestors, known as the Qingming Festival. These are the first warmer days in China. Mild temperatures, red and white blossoming cherry trees and mostly blue skies accompany us during the first week of our trip. This makes the impressive historical sites such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Heavenly Palace appear in a fairytale ambience. The images that open up to us are reminiscent of the sets of a Chinese opera. We saw the latter as well as a kungfu show live. Despite the many battles and conquests this city has seen, the original Ming Dynasty Beijing has retained its 15th century structure. Even the village-like historic hutongs (alleys) show us a traditional China, less affected by the economic boom. In the parks in particular, time seems to stand still. Shady squares are densely populated by elderly locals, where one chess duel follows the next. Only the numerous selfie sticks and extensive security checks at all entrances remind us of the here and now. The dreamy eye is brought back to the present, at the latest, when it plunges into the traffic. Flexible - that's how our tour guide Mrs. Li expressed herself regarding the local way of driving. To our perception of safety and order in German road traffic, it is like a chaotic and noisy mess. Here we learned: Who honks, has right of way!

Despite all the adversities of the crowded roads, we always reached the appointments at company visits on time with our small coach. Among other things, we gained interesting insights into the production of the largest Chinese manufacturer of dairy products, Mengniu Dairy.  Even though the company, which has approx. 30,000 employees, operates with a strong market position within China, international competition is also present here. In this industry in particular, corporate social responsibility plays a special role: since 2008, as a result of food scandals involving contaminated milk powder products in the baby food sector, Mengniu Dairy has anticipated food safety and quality as its primary corporate objective, and this is precisely its corporate responsibility towards the Chinese population.

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We received another impressive example of global companies during our visits to Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Motor Corporation. While the Mercedes models for distribution in China require only minor adjustments in terms of body length compared to the European model, the Japanese passenger cars undergo a high degree of customization. In line with the guiding principle "Act globally, think locally", a wide variety of variants of a model are created here, depending on the region of China.

Inspired by the variety and diversity of China, we travel on to Shanghai after five days in Beijing. We make a short detour on our journey to Tianjin. Within just over thirty minutes we reach the Tianjin railway station by high-speed train. The important port city has a lot to offer on about 12,000 km². But we only have a few hours to visit a recently completed architectural masterpiece of our time: the Tianjin Binhai Library contains 1.2 million books arranged in terraces around a floor-to-ceiling sphere (the auditorium). The speed and architectural sophistication with which real estate is built in Tianjin is impressive!
Less sophisticated in architecture, but all the more utility-oriented, is the factory hall of the Tianjin-based Airbus plant. Standing in the production hall, you might think you were in Hamburg, Finkenwerder. The Chinese plant is structured exactly the same as its northern German counterpart for efficient training of production staff, cross-border communication and processing.

Just before midnight on April 11, we finally reach the centre of Shanghai - taking the Maglev train from the airport to the hotel. Even at this hour, the dynamism of the city is palpable. Just impressed by a library, here on the city's famous promenade (the Bund) one skyscraper rises next to the other. In alternating bright colors, the skyscrapers reflect the immense economic growth of modern China. The culinary offerings are also varied. Those who crave more international cuisine after Peking duck, hot pot (Chinese fire pot), dumplings (Chinese dumplings) and other tasty national dishes will find it here. Especially in the evening the choice is manifold and we are looking forward to four more days in Shanghai, where we visit for example a jazz club with dinner, a French pastry shop and one or the other bar with a roof terrace. Shanghai is young and international. We let ourselves drift through the busy Shanghai and visit among other things the Yu Yuan Garden in the middle of the city. Between large ponds with glittering fish, which are just as agile as the lively bustle in the adjacent bazaar, lies the park, which was first laid out in the middle of the 16th century (Ming Dynasty). If you haven't brought back any souvenirs for home yet, shop here. But the busy artists' quarter Tian Zi Fang is also ideal for shopping - or for the old Chinese stone gatehouses (shikumen), which have largely disappeared from the scene in Shanghai.

We get an introduction to Chinese writing and history at Tongji University from Marcus Hernig, professor of sinology at the German-Chinese University in Shanghai. Arriving at an interactive seminar on the development of the Chinese economy and its international relevance, we are confirmed in our impressions regarding China's emerging megatrends. The ongoing urbanization and economic boom have long since lifted the country out of its status as a low-wage country. China is an international economic player, on a par with Western industrial nations. The country's challenges are also similar to ours, for example in the preservation of cultural heritage or digitisation in industry and society.

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How digitalization is addressed by corporations such as Siemens and Bosch was discussed during one of our recent company visits. Siemens, as a strong market player in the field of automation systems, is already able to offer one hundred percent digitalized factory on the market. In some industries, Industry 4.0 may still be a dream of the future, for example at Fabio Perini (Körber Solutions), the manufacturer of packaging machines we visited. In the area of infrastructure, the large-scale progress of digitalization is clearly visible. This was shown to us by a Bosch engineer in the simulation laboratory for optical monitoring systems (e.g. with facial recognition). Some of the surveillance systems are already being used to punish traffic violations. Here, the Chinese sense of community takes precedence over the individual's right to privacy. The debates on this can be endless and...

"The journey is the destination."

This is how the Chinese scholar Confucius is said to have said it in about 500 BC. And yet, for many of us, a stated goal of this trip was "To see and experience China once." Another check mark on the bucket list. But Confucius was right: it's not the checked off item on a list that is formative. This trip sharpened our understanding of Chinese culture, its people, as well as its strong cohesive society, politics, and economy.

The IPADE (Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa) university has been ranked for years by Business Week as the best or one of the best business schools in Latin America. In addition to its central location in Mexico City - a historic hacienda that has been rebuilt to the highest international standards - the university has other campuses in Mexico.

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During the annual International Week Mexico, approximately 550 MBA students discuss cases on current issues in business and academia in lectures, plenary talks, and small groups. In addition to students from IPADE (Mexico D.F., Guadalajara and Monterrey) and the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School, students from all over the world also participate in International Week Mexico. The academic programme is complemented by inter-university visits to selected companies, cultural events and various other student activities in the city of almost 30 million inhabitants.

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The biennial study tour to Russia consists of a combination of university lectures, company visits and a cultural social program.

Various company visits are on the agenda for the trips to Moscow and St. Petersburg. These include, for example, visits to the EU-funded Vodokanal waterworks and Baltika Breweries, the largest brewery in Europe. These provide a detailed insight into the concrete processes in the production and distribution of Russian companies. 

As a participant of an International Week, you will be allowed to attend lectures at the university in St. Petersburg or Moscow,  which will give you an understanding of the cultural differences between Russia and Germany. Topics such as "How to do business in Russia" or even an interesting lecture on the economic situation in Russia ensure valuable insights into Russian society.

Cultural highlights are offered to you both in St. Petersburg, for example, with the Catherine Palace, where the world-famous Amber Room is located, or the Winter Palace, as well as in Moscow with the Red Square and the Kremlin.

Current report on International Week Russia 2019

Every two years in autumn the International Week USA takes place and leads to Washington DC and New York. Students of all part-time Master's programs can participate.

The study trip takes students to the East Coast of the United States. There they can experience business and science both in the lecture hall (for example at Georgetown University) and on joint excursions (e.g. guided tour of the New York Stock Exchange and visit to the Chamber of Foreign Trade) or during their free time together with other master's students from the Graduate School.

In the part-time Master's programmes three-month practical projects are firmly anchored in the curriculum. These are offered at the end of the second stage of study (exception MBA course in the second year of study as an alternative to two elective modules) across all courses.

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In the project, students should apply scientific methods and findings to a concrete task in a team. The focus of the project work is on application-oriented tasks with a high degree of innovation, in which project organization, teamwork and presentation techniques are in the foreground.

The students are required to apply scientific methods and findings to a concrete task in a team.

As a rule, practice-relevant tasks are set by external project partners and worked on in teams of max. 10 people.

For each project, there are approximately 35 projects to choose from, which are supervised by the company's practical partner and a university lecturer. The project questions cover a broad spectrum, from the development of new measurement methods using intelligent sensors to the reorientation of the personnel selection process.

    The verdict on the work is regularly very positive among the project partners as well as the supervising lecturers and the students. Many work results could be directly implemented at the partner companies.

    Practical projects in a scientific context - learn more

    It is possible for students who work in Hamburg or Schleswig-Holstein (partly also other federal states) to apply for educational leave for the participation in the attendance phases in the Master's programme. The regulations are very different in the individual federal states. You can find more information at Educational Leave. Upon request, we will also be happy to submit corresponding applications for other federal states, such as Berlin, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Lower Saxony.

    Please inform us of your requests as early as possible at the start of your studies, but no later than 4 months before the lectures. This long lead time is necessary because most of the federal states have a deadline of 10 weeks for the application (in Bremen it is even 12 weeks).

    NORDAKADEMIE will support you in applying for educational leave if necessary and will endeavour to complete all official applications etc. promptly and to keep recognition up to date. However, please understand that NORDAKADEMIE cannot accept any liability for the fact that requested educational leave is not granted, for example because applications are processed too late or recognition is not granted in good time.

    NORDAKADEMIE will not accept any liability for the fact that requested educational leave is not granted, for example because applications are processed too late or recognition is not granted in good time.

    We ask you to contact us by email at bildungsurlaub@nordakademie.de. We will send you a registration certificate as soon as we receive the recognition notice from the authority. You will need to present this to your employer. At the end of the lecture you can receive a certificate of attendance for the event from us.

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