Degrees and Programs in Germany

What kind of degrees are offered in Germany?

Germany not only offers a first-rate education at its universities in Germany but also the degree obtained from Germany is recognised all over the world. If you want to study your Bachelor degree in Germany, you may want to understand the types of degrees offered in Germany before starting process for studying in Germany. 

A bachelor degree is the first professional qualification recognised in the job market at an international level. A bachelor degree in Germany is awarded normally after six to eight semesters of studies with exception of medicine and dentistry which is a different type of degree program. Students can look for a job or continue their studies at master’s level upon the completion of bachelor degree. In exceptional cases, students with excellent grades in their bachelor degree level are also eligible to apply directly for doctoral programmes, provided that other conditions are met. 

All German universities offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Additionally, awards such as “Magister”, “Diplom”, or “Staatsexamen” for some degree courses. Hence, it is important for students to check the descriptions carefully before starting the university application process for the chosen degree program.  Below, you can find the most common degrees offered in Bachelor level at German universities. 

Bachelor degrees in Germany (BA, BSC, B.Eng etc)

Bachelor of Arts degree is usually of 3 years or 6 semester duration at most universities in Germany. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Germany is usually offered for students studying humanities, and management faculties.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree is usually of 3 years or 6 semester and at some universities it can be also of 7 semesters. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) is usually offered for technical and science courses and in some cases some university can also offer a BSc. Degree in Management or Finance or similar subjects. 

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree is usually of 7 or 8 semesters at most universities. It is mainly for the Engineering sciences program.

Master degrees in Germany (MA, MSc,etc)

If you want to study for a master’s degree, you are normally required to complete a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent academic qualification first. For certain master’s courses some practical work experience may also be required. The master’s title is generally awarded after studying for two to four semesters (one to two years). After your master’s degree you may choose to study for a doctoral degree.

Staatexamen (State Examination)

This is an examination that doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, food chemists, and teachers have to pass after the completion of their studies and before they can work in Germany. It means that the final examination is conducted by a government board where the examination is regulated by the state government. State examination is an important examination if you want to work as a physician in Germany. You can sit the first state examination following theoretical academic studies in law, medicine and pharmacy, or after a teacher training course. After that, you will be prepared for the second state examination by a practical training period.

Programs on offer in Germany

Germany is one of the best study destination for Nepalese students. At the moment there are more than 4600 Bachelor's degree courses on offer at German uniersities.

Students have wide ranges of courses to choose from in their undergraduate level from Aerospace Engineering to Zoology. Study courses at German universities are legion and international students can hose from a variety of over 11000 different degree courses.

There are many courses at undegraduate level which are taught in English medium at government and private universities but entry conditions can differ and studying Bachelor program with English as a language of instruction is subject to tuition fees. Here we would like to outline the major subject areas from which the student can choose one of their study subjects according to their interests.

Subject Areas at German Universities

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Domestic and Nutritional Sciences, Art, Music, Drama and Design, Engineering,
  • Health Sciences, Medicine,
  • Language Media and Cultural Studies,
  • Law Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences

Popular programs for Bachelor Applicants

1. Engineering Programs in Germany

  • Aeronautical Engineering 
  • Automotive Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Architecture 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Computer Science 
  • Information Technology 
  • Data Science 

2. Medicine & Health Programs in Germany

  • Human Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Public Health
  • Health Sciences
  • Psychology 

3. Natural Sciences & Mathematics in Germany

  • Physics
  • Chemistry 
  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Mathematics

Agriculture & Forestry Science programs in Germany

  • Agriculture Sciences
  • Plant sciences
  • Agricultural Biology
  • Biobased products and Bioenergy
  • Nutritional Science
  • Food Science and Biotechnology
  • Forest Science
  • Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
  • Wood Science and Technology 
  • Wildlife Ecology

Business Administration/Management and or related subjects in Germany

  • Business Administration 
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Global Business
  • International Business 
  • Digital Business and Data Science
  • Business Administration and Economics 
  • Business Management 
  • Social Sciences 


The above programs are most common programs which Nepalese students usually have in mind when they plan or think of studying in Germany, however individual preferences may vary from student to student. If there is a subject you want to study but could not find in the above list, please be assured that it is most probably available in Germany and do not hesitate to ask us. 

Popular programs for Master Applicants in Germany

There are around 2500 programs offered in English medium at public university and the number of programs in English taught program at public and private universities are growing as well.

Most Nepalese students choose to apply for programs in Engineering, Computer Science, programs related to Biology and other subjects in addition to business administration and or management. 

Areas of studies in Postgraduate level in English in Germany

The programs mentioned below are not a complete list of study programs available in postgraduate studies in English, however this should give you a general idea regarding the types of study programs available in postgraduate level in Germany. Please click on the related program links for additional programs. 

1. Engineering and Technology 

  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronics and Communication Engineering 
  • Mechanical, Automotive & Aerospace

2. Computer Science & Information Technology

  • Animation, Media & Games
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering 

3. Business Administration/Management and or related subjects

  • Accounting & Finance 
  • Business Studies & Intelligence
  • Economics
  • International Business
  • Logistics & Supply Chain 
  • MBAs
  • Marketing 
  • Management & Related programs 

4. Natural Sciences & Mathematics in Germany

  • Physics & related Programs 
  • Optical Technologies and Photonics
  • Meteorology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 

5. Biology, Health Sciences & Interdisciplinary studies

  • Biology and Related programs
  • Biotechnology
  • Health Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 

6. Agriculture & Forestry sciences

  • Agriculture 
  • Forestry
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

7. Environmental Sciences & Ecology in Germany

  • Environmental sciences
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Hydrogeology
  • Ecology & related subjects

There are also many English taught programs available at private institutions of higher education in Germany as UE Europe, IUBH University of Applied Sciences, Berlin International University of Applied Sciences , Berlin School of Business and Innovation

What after studies in Germany?

Following the bachelor/master's degree, you can either go directly into employment or apply for a MA/PhD respectively. 

Learn more about job search visa in Germany!

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