The decision to pursue a Master's degree at Leuphana University of Lüneburg is a decision to delve deep into academic research on pressing questions within your field and across disciplinary boundaries. The unique structure of the degree courses at our university makes our Master's programs special. In addition to a strong academic foundation in a student's major, specialized knowledge is complemented by interdisciplinary and practical content that encourages critical reflection on the field and thus helps our students to do more than just collect specialized knowledge, instead enabling them to come into their own as scholars. Another special feature of Leuphana's Master's programs is the thematic orientation of the majors. We expect that our Graduate School students will be ready to assume positions of responsibility in key roles in academia, business, culture, politics and society at large.
Inter-, intra- and trans-disciplinary Contexts
The courses covering specialized content in all majors are framed by two pillars that are oriented towards overarching topics or are taught in an intra-, inter- or trans-disciplinary context. These courses encourage critical reflection and are practically oriented, and with 30 CP they make up a fourth of the total Master's course.
Perspectives on Research and Integrated Studies form the first pillar. These modules serve to bring the students from the wider Master's programs or the major together so that they can examine more closely the fundamental theories, discourse and methods in their fields as well as issues that cross disciplinary boundaries. Depending on the individual Master's program, the design of the section on perspectives on research and integrated studies will vary and can, for example, take on a more research-focused approach or cover more applied topics from practice. As a part of the Master's program in Management & Entrepreneurship, the Management Studies module will develop students' competencies in management.
In line with the research orientation of all majors, the students have the chance to gain their own research experience in collaboration with the faculty and their fellow students. The course contents will be developed and based on the faculty's own research projects. The project-oriented format of the courses, which are variously designated as a Project Sequence, Guided Research Project or Trans-Disciplinary Research Project, mean that these courses last for a period of one, two or three semesters and are part of the student's major or represent part of the section on Perspectives on Research and Integrated Studies. In these modules, various methods of teaching and learning will be integrated into the research process, i.e. examining issues related to the field of study and interdisciplinary subjects, investigating empirical or theoretical topics or focusing on practically-oriented questions with an emphasis on participation in individual phases or the entire course of the research process.
Complementary Studies program forms the second pillar. To complement the knowledge gained in the major, these modules offer students the chance to obtain a fundamental critical viewpoint on their field through interdisciplinary exchange. The Complementary Studies courses bring together students from all majors, allowing them to place knowledge and research in context, encouraging inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration and providing students with the opportunity to confront fundamental research and social questions relating to ethics and complex contemporary issues.
Modules in the Complementary Studies program
The central content and goals of our Complementary Studies program are reflected in the three modules Engaging with Knowledge and Sciences, Reflecting Research Methods and Connecting Science, Responsibility and Society. In line with Leuphana's international profile, the principal language of instruction is English.
With three modules of 5 CP each – for a total of 15 CP – complementary studies make up 12.5% of the Master's program.