International Programmes 2020/2021

Master of Health Science – Prevention and Health Promotion Master of Health Science – Prevention and Health Promotion

Technische Universität München • München

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

31 May for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The students will deal with the biopsychosocial concept of health in greater depth. The study design follows the WHO definition of health: "A complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". The focus thus lies on health promotion and prevention.
This specialisation is a result of the development of the public health system. The demographic change, resulting from an increase in longevity, diseases of civilisation, and mental abnormalities, presents new challenges for employees in the health care sector. The importance of personal health and strategic interventions will increase. This requires the development of strategies for strengthening of individual resources, healthy nutrition, and age-appropriate physical activity. This multidisciplinary concept includes gender and diversity aspects and focuses not only on the individual but also on special groups, e.g. groups of employees in companies. This Master's programme not only provides theoretical knowledge of the sciences of nutrition, movement, and psychology, but also enables the students to work in interdisciplinary research projects with risk factors and patient groups with different diseases.

Course organisation

The course of study consists of five central units:
1. Health science research
2. Research methods
3. Applied research
4. Complementary subjects
5. Master's thesis
Every unit offers tuition in specialist and methodological skills from different health sectors in order to provide access to prevention and health promotion by the combination of different disciplines in a holistic approach. Every unit combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications for different target groups.
1. The first unit runs over the course of two semesters. It fosters a concept of health promotion that exceeds disease prevention by strengthening personal resources as well as behavioural and environmental factors. Additionally, students can customise their studies in order to focus on a specialist area. These areas include "Physical Activity", "Nutrition", and "Psychology". Electives in these specialist areas provide the students with methodological knowledge in natural science and sociological prevention research and lead to practical applications in a scientific context in the following semester.
2. The second unit focuses on research methods. "Study Design; Ethics" provides a closer look at research and ethical guidelines from different scientific experts. The students may choose to enrol in "Advanced Statistics", "Qualitative Research Methods", or "Scientific Data Processing".
3. The third unit offers different electives. Besides transfer of knowledge and methodological testing, the students are given guidance in all the steps of their research projects in project teams. Two of the following fields of research may be chosen:

  • Cardiovascular/Metabolic Health and Disorders
  • Diversity and Health
  • Mental Health and Disorders
  • Neurological Health and Disorders
  • Orthopaedic Health and Disorders

4. The fourth unit offers customised studies in "Complementary Subjects". These subjects prepare students for different professional settings. This unit allows specialisation in one professional context or the option of interdisciplinary courses.
5. After the fourth semester, the course of studies concludes with the Master's thesis. The thesis carries 30 credits and should be started after all modules from the first, second, and third semesters have been successfully passed. Maximum processing time is six months.

Integrated internships

No compulsory internship

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

Online courses can be chosen at vhb Bavaria (Bavarian Virtual University).

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
129.40 EUR per semester
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

1. University Bachelor's degree with a minimum amount of six semesters, or an equivalent in a health science or related course of studies
2. Advanced knowledge in English must be demonstrated (see below).
3. Evidence of a successfully passed vocational internship (minimum of eight weeks) must be provided before taking up the Master's studies. Proof has to be given to the department's Student Advisory Office no later than five weeks after the start of lectures. The department's Examination Board examines vocational qualifications on the basis of the Professional Qualifications Directive. Internships passed during an undergraduate degree will be recognised.
4. Applicants must successfully pass the selection procedure in order to be admitted to the programme.

Language requirements

Advanced knowledge in English. Students whose native language or former language of instruction is not English will have to present results from a language test like TOEFL (minimum 88 points), IELTS (minimum 6.5), Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations, or additional tests published on the TUM Matriculation Office's web page. University entrance qualifications (minimum 10 of 15 possible points) or Bachelor's studies examinations (minimum 20 credit points) in English-taught modules may also be recognised.

Application deadline

31 May for the following winter semester

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Part-time jobs and student jobs in industry and academia


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