The non-technical courses offered by the TU Hamburg focus on teaching personal development which is necessary for successful professionalisation.


“Following graduation, students should be able to substantially shape social processes critically, in a reflective manner, with a sense of responsibility and in the spirit of democracy.”


 The teaching architecture, teaching and learning arrangements, different teaching areas and a differentiated teaching offering based on acquiring skills in different module catalogs supports this personal development.


Teaching architecture

 The teaching architecture consists of compulsory courses with an interdisciplinary focus. These non-technical courses are listed in a catalog, organized by profile. The range of non-technical courses available ensures that the specific profile of the TUHH’s degree programs is reflected. Designed centrally, non-technical courses are compulsory for all of the TUHH’s degree programs. The teaching architecture requires, opens up and enables independent educational planning with regard to students developing their own competence, and also provides orientation knowledge in the form of “profiles” that enable students to identify the focus areas of the classes in question.

 The department offers a range of classes that can be taken throughout the whole course of study. This allows students to plan their individual education in line with an increase in technical competence and to focus on the development of their personal and social skills. The profiles identified in the course catalogue provide further guidance. Students who are moving toward a specific professionalization after graduation or who need to acquire a specific skill relating to personal development, can develop this themselves in a concentrated manner.


Teaching and learning arrangements

 The teaching and learning arrangements intend for students of all fields of study at the same level of study – divided by B.Sc. and M.Sc. – to learn with one another and from one another across semesters. The challenging way of dealing with interdisciplinarity and a range of learning levels in seminars are both part of the learning architecture – and are also taught specifically in certain seminars. Classes intending to strengthen self-competence and social competence are predominantly organized as seminars and feature methodologically and didactically adapted working methods, such as problem-based learning, which are suited to the degree program in question.


Teaching areas

 Teaching areas are based on research results from the disciplines of cultural sciences, social sciences, art and history, from sub-fields of business administration, communication sciences, sustainability research and methodology of teaching engineering. In addition to all courses of study, from the 2014/15 winter semester, there are also courses in business administration and start-up knowledge at Bachelor’s level.


Module catalogs

 Module catalogs summarize the NTCs available for both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. If nothing else is specified in the subject study regulations, students of all subjects and at all levels are obliged to take a total of 6 credit hours of NTCs in the course of their degree program. Credit hours reflect the expected weekly classroom time with 1 credit hour equating to 45 minutes of classroom time per week. Most NTCs are 2 credit hours and have a workload equivalent of 2 credit points. This means students are expected to complete around 60 hours of work (classroom and self-study) for the NTC in the course of the semester. Students have the opportunity to work without pressure to perform. Their examination achievements are not graded but must be passed. The criteria for passing are set by the examiners.

 Students can select seminars from the corresponding complementary module catalogue for their study level (B.Sc. or M.Sc.). We recommend that students complete NTCs alongside their usual studies.

 The currently valid module catalogue can be found here   https://studienplaene.tuhh.de