Silhouette Universität Witten/Herdecke
Faculty of Humanities and Arts

    Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility (M.A.)

    Student studying Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility
    Taking a critical look at digitization in the Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility Master’s degree programme
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    • Do you aim to design digitization processes, for example, as (Chief) Digital Officer or Change Manager in a company or organisation?
    • Would you like to understand and enhance subareas of digital transformation, such as Digital Health, Big Data Analytics or Blockchain Management?
    • Are you looking for a university offering a "Digital Master" that also takes people and society, in other words, social responsibility into account?

    The new Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility Master’s degree programme with an international approach offers the appropriate range of subjects and depth to pursue your career. The realistic mix of digitization aspects and associated social challenges will prepare you for taking on responsible tasks, which qualify for future management positions as well.

    Prof. Dirk Baecker Academic Course Convener and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts
    As a Digital Master graduate you will have acquired all skills you need to tackle new challenges in the digital world.
    Prof. Dirk Baecker
    Academic Course Convener and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts
    Prof. Dr. med. vet. Jan Ehlers Vice President
    The Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility Master will evolve alongside digitization.
    Prof. Dr. med. vet. Jan Ehlers
    Vice President
    Prof. Martin Butzlaff President
    Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility is a degree programme for all those involved in the transformation processes of digitization – in business, in health care, in culture.
    Prof. Martin Butzlaff
    M.A. Luisa Bell, Course Co-ordinator
    The Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility Master enables students to actively co-develop concepts for designing the digital future.
    M.A. Luisa Bell, Course Co-ordinator

    Studium fundamentale or fundamental studies is the interdisciplinary core curriculum of each degree programme at Witten/Herdecke University: Once per week students of all disciplines meet for seminars on a wide range of topics from arts and culture or engage in creative exercises. Fundamental studies promote new insights, a view beyond boundaries and critical scrutiny of apparently self-evident truths. The course selection is unrestricted.

    Three fields of competence are addressed within Studium fundamentale:

    (a) The field of reflexive competence serves to train systematic thought and discrimination by conveying basic theoretical and methodological knowledge beyond one’s own discipline. In addition, students discuss current national, European and international policy issues.

    (b) The field of communicative competence helps practice communicative techniques and strategies being appropriate for specific subjects and speech situations. This training ranges from vocal training to group communication as well as from direct interaction to virtual communication.
    (c) The field of artistic competence offers ample opportunity to test and expand artistic potential inherent in fine arts, music, dance and theatre. The arts invite students to explore their cognitive and physical potential in order to view the world from a perspective different from the scientific one.

    Students at Witten/Herdecke University organize their financial contributions to the tuition fees by themselves. In 1995 students designed the Reverse Generational Contract in order to enable students to study regardless of their financial background. To date, they design the contract independently within the StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) which, together with UW/H, guarantees that personality and talent are the decisive factors for access to higher education – not the financial background.

    As the amount of the financial contributions exclusively depends on the income of our graduates, they reflect the prospective income of students and create a high level of mutual responsibility.

    • Pursues the innovative approach to combine digital transformation and social responsibility – among other things, the programme conveys the social and ethical consequences of digitization and how to handle them
    • Imparts core competences and key qualifications in dealing with digitization in companies, organisations and institutions (examples: Digital Ethics & Law, Big Data Analytics, Digital Economy, Blockchain Management and Digital Health)
    • Trains interdisciplinary thinking
    • Prepares for working in teams with members from different professional backgrounds
    • Aims at educating for an employment as (Chief) Digital Officer / Digital Manager
    • Allows specialisation in the fields of media, health care, law, politics and economics/business
    • Is oriented towards research and thus opens up perspectives of subsequent doctoral studies and research activities in the digital department
    • Offers a platform for meeting attractive enterprises and preparing the start of your career by hosting a recruiting event called “Marriage Market”
    • Expects you to make a contribution to the tuition fees, which can be financed easily, independent of your family background and without taking out a loan
    • Applicants qualify through a personal selection procedure instead of Numerus clausus
    Start of studies
    • winter semester: 1 October
    Application deadline
    • 31 July for the winter semester
    Nominal duration of the programme120 CP (four semesters)
    DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
    Form of studyfull-time programme; flexible organisation possible
    Course languageEnglish
    Stay abroadoptional
    Average course sizemax. 30 students per semester
    Applicationwritten application and personal selection procedure
    Application fee50 Euro
    RequirementsBachelor’s degree with at least 180 CP or equivalent first academic degree conveying a vocational qualification
    Language skillsProof of proficiency in English (CEFR: at least B2 level); German language skills are desired
    AccreditationThe degree programme was accredited by AQAS.
    Application deadlines

    You may apply for a place to study all year round. However, please pay attention to the application deadlines for the respective semesters:

    • 31 July for the winter semester

    For those in need of an early response, for instance, because you plan to do an internship or go abroad before starting your studies, you may apply at an early stage. In case we offer you a place to study, you may postpone your start of study for up to two semesters.

    Application documents and requirements
    Supplement to application documents: Project outline
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    Personal selection procedure
    Selection dates
    Do you have any general questions about the programme? I will be happy to advise you.
    Petra Gockeln
    Do you have any general questions about the programme? I will be happy to advise you.

    Petra Gockeln

    Fakultät für Kulturreflexion - Studium fundamentale

    Phone: + 49 (0) 2302/926-558


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