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Master (1 Subject)

Rehabilitation Sciences


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Sciences is a consecutive Master’s program aimed at the deeper study of scientific fundamentals related to areas of work in education and healthcare where inclusion plays an important role. Students acquire the skills needed for activities in research, governance or diagnosis. Their integration in projects guarantees a constant intertwining of theory and practice throughout the program.

The Master’s program is divided into foundation modules and specialization modules which prepare students for a variety of possible professional fields. The foundation modules build on the one hand on the skills acquired in earlier studies and on the other hand they form the basis for professional thinking and acting in the field of rehabilitation sciences, such as are found in the Master’s program.

The program offers three specializations, of which students study one in greater depth:

• Inclusive Education and Social Participation

• Structure of Rehabilitation Systems

• Diagnosis, Prevention and Intervention in Rehabilitation

Knowledge and skills

In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation pedagogy or from another suitable program, prospective students should have a fundamental interest in work in the social sector. Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Rehabilitation Sciences is a relevant Bachelor’s degree with a final cumulative grade of at least 2.3. It is recommended that students acquire some pertinent professional experience in support and services for people with disabilities and social rehabilitation at the start of their studies and/or work in a relevant professional field in parallel to the program.

Applicants should aspire to give all citizens an equal opportunity to participate in society. Everyone – regardless of whether or not they need special support – should have the right and the possibility to decide for themselves about their own life and to shape it according to their own ideas. In this context, future rehabilitation scientists should acknowledge each person’s individuality and understand support methods, objectives and processes from a transdisciplinary perspective, in order to be able to develop networked and customized support systems.

Professional fields

The program:

  • prepares students for management responsibilities and tasks related to concept development, process control and research management
  • qualifies students for senior-level posts in prevention and rehabilitation in healthcare, social welfare and rehabilitation systems as well as in social planning and social organization
  • teaches the expertise required for the planning, implementation, evaluation and research-based further development of diagnostic and support processes

Further information

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Sciences is a research-based program. That is why a deeper insight into the theory and practice of social science research is an integral part. In parallel to the courses in the foundation module “Research Practice”, students are given thorough practical training in the framework of a research internship. This guarantees a close intertwining of theoretical and practical elements.

In addition, the specializations end with a project module, where small groups design and develop a project concept by themselves, implement it and present the results.

The program is additionally flanked by learning-teaching agreements between teaching staff and students as well as mentoring.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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