International Programmes 2021/2022

Social Design and Sustainable Innovation (MA) Social Design and Sustainable Innovation (MA)

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences • Berlin

Degree
Master of Arts
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

The programme is taught in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies

Winter semester (October) and summer semester (April)

Application deadline

Non-EU/EEA applicants: Please apply at least three months before the start of the programme.

EU/EEA applicants: We accept applications until the start of the programme.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
5,400
Additional information on tuition fees
  • Non-EU/EEA tuition fees: 5,400 EUR per semester
  • EU/EEA (including Switzerland & Western Balkans) tuition fees: 800 EUR per month

Please note: The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

The Master's degree programme in Social Design and Sustainable Innovation is about shaping the real and digital world with the aim of participating in eco-social change for the good. The cornerstones of the programme are social design, socially engaged art, sustainable fashion, digital innovation, critical theory and design practice. Within these key disciplines, students work on social innovations and interventions for a sustainable future. They choose between the following design specialisations: communication design, film, photography or web development.

Students use their individual academic background as well as knowledge and experience from other fields such as entrepreneurship and civic engagement, technology and crafts as resources for new ideas and debates on social and technological change.

In their projects with real-world partners, students design effective solutions and concrete visions for a better world. They work with practices like artistic research, cooperation, co-creation and other methods of qualitative research. The overriding goals are fairness, transparency and sustainability.

Course organisation

First semester

  • Social Design Science + Practices A
  • Design Research
  • Social Campaigning
  • Art, Society + Change
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Profession and Best Practice I

Second semester

  • Social Design Science + Practices B
  • Sustainable Innovation I
  • Sustainable Innovation II
  • Social Design Internship
  • Sociology and Branding
  • Profession and Best Practice II

Third semester

  • Design Thinking / Research
  • Design Thinking / Synthesis and Creation
  • Design Thinking / Realisation and Prototyping
  • Social Design Manifesto + Portfolio
  • Design Practices
  • Profession and Best Practice III

Fourth semester

  • Master's Thesis + Colloquium
A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Online seminar
  • Video learning
  • Blogs
  • Chats with lecturers
  • Wikis
  • Podcasts and videocasts
Description of e-learning elements
  • E-learning platform: MS Teams
  • Teaching style: blended learning (i.e., synchronous and asynchronous elements)
    Synchronous elements: interactive live online teaching with break-out sessions (i.e., small group work)
    Asynchronous elements: e.g., explainer videos, wikis, assignments
  • Advantages: enhances flexibility in time and location, fosters collaboration (e.g., jointly creating a wiki/presentation/blog post online), enables better adaptability to changing regulations

If an international student cannot enter the country because of possible entry/visa difficulties due to Covid-19 and thus isn’t able to start his/her studies in Germany, he/she has the opportunity to participate in the modules from home via our online, hybrid-learning format.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Yes
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Yes
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
5,400
Additional information on tuition fees
  • Non-EU/EEA tuition fees: 5,400 EUR per semester
  • EU/EEA (including Switzerland & Western Balkans) tuition fees: 800 EUR per month

Please note: The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.

Semester contribution

193.80 EUR for a discounted semester ticket that students can use in public transport in and around Berlin for a duration of six months

Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences might be offering scholarships. Please check our website for updates.

Academic admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • proof of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • two to three creative works on the topic of "Why change?" in the form of film, text, photo, illustration or in another creative form of expression
Language requirements

The following English proficiency tests are accepted:

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • TOEIC Listening/Reading: 785, Speaking: 160, Writing: 150
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B, or C)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A): 59 points
  • B2 First: 173
Application deadline

Non-EU/EEA applicants: Please apply at least three months before the start of the programme.

EU/EEA applicants: We accept applications until the start of the programme.

Submit application to

Please use our online application system to submit your application.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Working as a non-EU citizen:
In possession of a valid German residence permit for study purposes, you are allowed to work for up to 120 full days (full day = eight hours per day) or 240 half days (half day = four hours) during the calendar year. However, freelance work is not permitted. Internships that are mandatory for the successful completion of your studies at SRH Berlin do not count towards the above-named 120 full days.

Employment that is considered as “student part-time work” ("studentische Nebentätigkeit", e.g., employment as a student worker in a university or in a university-related organisation, or "Werkstudent" activities in companies that are related to your studies) can be done without any time restrictions.

Accommodation

We do not own any student dormitories or hostels. However, we provide assistance in selecting accommodation prior to and after your arrival in Berlin.

Career advisory service

Our Career Service supports students and alumni in planning their careers and sharpening their professional profiles. Our service portfolio includes:

  • Consultation services for students
  • Career trainings and workshop
  • Annual "Career Day" with job fair and workshops
  • Support in finding a job or an internship for graduates and students
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

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Our campuses © SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is a state-accredited university that offers Bachelor's, Master's and MBA programmes in English and German.

Our six schools in Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg combine modern management and entrepreneurship, hospitality, media and creative industries, technology and IT, music and sound design in modern study programmes.

All schools focus on hands-on project work in small teams, an individual learning experience, and personal supervision by lecturers with real business experience.

With its 2,000 students from 99 countries, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is one of the most international universities. In addition to an international atmosphere, our students enjoy the opportunity to get in touch with industry partners and create a professional network through internships and company projects. We offer a wide range of services to support you in finding an internship, organising a semester abroad, and taking care of important tasks during your studies. With this support and environment, our students are prepared for careers in different industries around the globe.

The university belongs to the SRH Holding, a non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Heidelberg. As a leading provider of educational services, SRH operates universities, schools, and professional training centres. SRH Berlin is one of seven universities within the group with more than 14,000 students.

44 Percentage of international students
99 Number of countries represented on our campus

University location

With its population of 3.7 million residents, Berlin is the German capital, the largest city in Germany and the second most populous city in Europe. Apart from being a hub for higher education and research, the city is very multicultural: people from 190 nations live here, 20% of its residents come from abroad and every one in three Berliners is a first-generation or second-generation immigrant. Students in Berlin benefit from a high quality of life and a huge range of recreational activities: festivals, museums and sports events are seen everywhere. Additionally, a third of the city area is composed of parks, rivers and lakes. Berlin is a centre for politics, media and science, and it is renowned for its culture and arts scene as well as its buzzing nightlife. It is rich in history and historical monuments and has a well-connected public transport system that students can use with their discounted public transport tickets. Well-known for its innovation capacity, the German capital has a vibrant start-up scene and is known as a start-up hotspot in Europe. In addition, Berlin’s low living costs and moderate rental prices, compared to other capital or European cities, make the city very attractive for both international and domestic students.

Dresden is a perfect study location. Not only is the city of art and culture with its many famous sights a popular tourist destination, but it has also developed into one of Germany’s strongest and most dynamic economic locations over the past few years. As living costs and rental prices are still relatively low, Dresden is a favourable city for students from around the world. If you add the vast array of cultural events, the diverse nightlife and the city’s beautiful location in the Elbe valley, one might not be surprised that Dresden is a great place to live and study in.

Hamburg is a city that is green, lively and economically strong. Located close to rivers and the ocean, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and is part of the second largest metropolitan region in Germany. Compared to other cities in Germany, Hamburg has moderate living costs, a high standard of living and a secure infrastructure for students. The city's continuous growth makes it one of the most important and largest trade, economic and logistics centres in north-western Europe. International companies and agencies from the aviation, life science, health care, renewable energy and creative industries are based in Hamburg. Young professionals and university graduates benefit from attractive career opportunities in a growing economy and within the IT, media, retail, logistics and renewable energies industries.