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Arbeitswissenschaft berufsbegleitend

Industrial Science, part-time
(Certificate (Supplementary Course))

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Certificate programme, part-time)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Study Fees

Administration fee 50,- per semester plus costs for individual courses

Short Description

Industrial Science involves the interdisciplinary analysis of labour, including the associated social and organisational framework conditions. Emphasis is placed on the development of scientifically based concepts for designing work with people in mind.
The supplementary programme leading to a certificate, called the “Continuing Education and Training Course in Industrial Science”, enables students to gain a broad understanding of industrial science, taking special account of approaches in human resources management, leadership and organisational research.

In the Continuing Education and Training Course in Industrial Science, participants gain a critical understanding of the key approaches, theories and methods in industrial science. They also develop the skills required to utilise scientific findings for the concrete analysis of working conditions and social framework conditions. Students learn how to give scientifically based and ethically reflected judgements on issues related to industrial science and to defend their argumentation. They also learn how to use their skills in their profession and in organisational change processes involving the design of work with people and their health in mind.

Further information for students on the website of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Ergonomics (German language only)

Areas of Focus

  • Communication, cooperation and consultancy
  • Human resources management and development of potential
  • Management strategies, work organisation and leadership
  • Occupational health management and work design
  • Organisation and change management
Course Content

Specialisations are structured on a modular basis. Participants choose from a range of alternating modules to suit their own goals, interests and time restrictions. Courses are held as block course, usually over two consecutive days, often including Saturday. Courses are usually delivered by two lecturers, which has been shown to work well in previous experience in the Continuing Education and Training Course in Industrial Science. On average, participants attend 3-4 courses per semester; however, some only attend just one course, and others manage 14 courses per semester.


Introduction to Interdisciplinary Industrial Science






Specialisation module 1






Specialisation module 2




Recommended Abilities

Professional experience in areas of activity relevant to industrial science. In particular:

  • work organisation/leadership
  • company and industry-wide representation of interests
  • occupational health and safety
  • information and consultancy work related to industrial science
  • technical design
  • human resource management/corporate social affairs
Career Opportunities

The Continuing Education and Training Course in Industrial Science seeks to qualify company experts. The programme is directed at people already employed in areas related to industrial science. Many are responsible for seeing through change processes in organisations. The aim of this Continuing Education and Training Course is to expand these experts’ professional, methodological and social skills. The course involves knowledge transfer, personal development and implementation in practice.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • July 15th of the year at the latest for the winter semester
  • January 15th of the year at the latest for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover