Consecutive course of study

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A consecutive course is a course in a correct sequence: the word consecutive is derived from the Latin consecutio , which means sequence . In the discussion about the Bologna Process , the term is used to describe a study program that consists of a bachelor's degree and a master's degree based on it . The Bachelor is an undergraduate degree , the Master is a subsequent postgraduate degree . Between the bachelor and the master is a professional context , they build on each other in content, as opposed to a so-called ex. Non-consecutive Master's program and a further forming master program. Around nine out of ten master’s courses are consecutive and are therefore similar in terms of content to the previous single-stage courses with the diploma and master’s degrees .

A first professional qualification (e.g. Bachelor) is a necessary qualification in order to be admitted to the Master’s course at all.


In Germany, academic degrees are mandatory for all bachelor's degree programs and for consecutive master’s degree programs

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) (Courses at art and music colleges)
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (courses for teaching qualifications)

or for master’s degrees

  • Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Music (M.Mus.) (Courses at art and music colleges)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) (courses for teaching)

to be used in each case without technical additions .

Further education courses and non-consecutive master’s courses may only use these degrees if their requirements are equivalent to a consecutive master’s course, but also use other master’s degrees that deviate from the above names, e.g. B. Master of Business Administration (MBA).

In Germany, students can take advantage of student grants ( e.g. BAföG ) in a consecutive Master’s course .


  2. cf., as of October 2007
  3. according to the resolution of the Standing Conference of October 10, 2003
  4. according to the resolution of the Standing Conference of 12 June 2003

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