Are you already been studying in an advanced semester of your bachelor’s programme and would like to look for a suitable master’s programme? Even towards the end of their studies, many students still do not know exactly what they are about to do afterwards which is rather normal. Having said that, however, you should get to grips with this issue early on as you should apply for master’s programmes by specific deadlines, too.
Similar to your transition from school to university, there are also some steps to take:
Ideally, you already dealt with this question before having chosen your undergraduate programme. Now, it is time to take stock (again):
With regard to these questions, it is not easy to get to the point at all. Take enough time to consider your answers. Discuss it with different people from your private environment. Would you like to discuss your ideas with someone other than your parents, teachers, siblings or friends? We would be glad to help you in a personal consultation at the Central Academic Advisory Service.
We use different methods to help you finding the ideal master’s programme. To prepare for the consultation, you might have a look of these worksheets which we use during our consultation:
Once you have become aware of who you are and where you want to go, the questions can become more specific.
Have you already answered these questions?
If you are still looking for a sound overview of information on studying, you can also visit these websites…
...or can read this information sheet [pdf 306KB][pdf 306KB]. It includes reliable Internet sources, databases, and tests which we recommend you to use.
Specific information is, of course, also available on the websites of the particular institutions of higher education, in our Study Programme Database or at education fairs. In addition to their websites, every German institution of higher education also has a central student advisory service where general or specific questions can be clear up in person. Their teams can also provide you general support during the orientation process.
If you want to have a look at the labour market, you can find reliable information about careers and the German labour market on these websites:
Before submitting any application, we recommend you to draw up a checklist first. Below, there are some key points you can use as a guidance:
Often it transpires that you are not just looking for the one perfect study programme. There are often many good options with various advantages and disadvantages you can choose from. Don’t let it drive you mad and if you are having doubts, listen to your gut instinct. At some point, it is no longer about gathering and assessing yet more information about yourself or the range of courses on offer or career options, it is time to make a decision. If you are having difficulties with this, why not take a look at our Decision-making aids page.
While searching for the study programme, it often turns out that there is no perfect programme, but a whole range of good options with advantages and disadvantages. Do not let this conclusion drive you crazy. If in doubts, trust your instincts. At some point, it is no longer about gathering and assessing information about yourself, study programmes, or career options. Ultimately, you should decide. If you experience any troubles while reaching a decision, you may use one of these methods.