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MA Digital Data Management

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The Master's program in Digital Data Management (DDM) is a joint program offered by the Institute of Library and Information Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and the Information Sciences Department at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. The central program management is carried out by the Further Education Unit (ZEW) at the University of Applied Sciences  Potsdam.

Degree:
Master of Arts
Type:
Full time
Advanced Master's program
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
4 semesters
Start of study:
Summer semester
Application deadline:
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)
Admission requirements:
First university degree with professional qualification, at least 12 months of study-relevant work experience
Credits:
120 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

Unique in Germany

The degree program expands the range of profiled library and information science courses at HU Berlin and University of Applied Sciences Potsdam with a specialized and innovative focus on digital data management. This cooperation of two library and information sciences institutes across two federal states in this cross-disciplinary research and teaching area is unique in Germany. The combination of already existing competencies from research, teaching and projects from an excellent research university with an application-oriented university of applied sciences unite the content requirements necessary for the profile.

Website Master's Program Digital Data Management

Learning in a personal atmosphere

Within four semesters, you will learn fundamental scientific, ethical, organizational, legal, and technological aspects and methods of data management such as data literacy, research data management, statistics, and open access/open data. In real labs, what you learn is put directly into practice with users from science and industry. As a small program with 30 admissions and a fixed schedule, Digital Data Management allows for intensive learning and a personal atmosphere between students and faculty.

In addition, the program is open to you even if you are not primarily seeking an academic degree but would like to further your education within the subject matter. In this case, individual module courses can be attended as certified continuing education courses – even without professional experience. Our topics are particularly interesting for research officers, employees in the research service or the information infrastructure, data producers or processors and others.

Digital Data Management as in-service training!

You are not yet sure whether a course of study suits you or would like to try out first whether the content and the lecturers suit you? Then you can take modules individually as continuing education courses, complete them with a university certificate or a certificate of attendance and, if necessary, have them recognized at a later date as coursework in the master's program. The prerequisite for recognition is successful participation in the module examination.

Digital Data Management as in-service training!

You are not yet sure whether a course of study suits you or would like to try out first whether the content and the lecturers suit you? Then you can take modules individually as continuing education courses, complete them with a university certificate or a certificate of attendance and, if necessary, have them recognized at a later date as coursework in the master's program. The prerequisite for recognition is successful participation in the module examination.

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Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Archival Sciences German Winter semester
02.05.–30.06.2023 in odd calendar years (admission restricted)
MA Digital Data Management German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)
Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Fields of work in public and scientific institutions

  • Authorities
  • Research institutions
  • Parliaments
  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Libraries

Fields of work in private and commercial enterprises

  • Internet service providers such as web agencies
  • software producers
  • database developers
  • Corporations
  • Press and broadcasting companies
  • Picture and news agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Management consultancies

These degree programs might also interest you

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Archival Sciences German Winter semester
02.05.–30.06.2023 in odd calendar years (admission restricted)
MA Digital Data Management German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)
Study Contents

Course of studies

The standard period of study for the full-time program Digital Data Management is four semesters and concludes with a Master of Arts (MA). A subsequent doctorate is possible after completion of the Master's program in Digital Data Management.

 

1st semester

Subject module, design project

2nd semester Subject module, elective module
3rd semester Subject module, transfer project
4th semester Final module, including master thesis and defense

It is possible to attend individual module courses from modules 1, 3 and 5 in the sense of continuing education and then have them certified. A module examination is recommended if you wish to have the module courses credited as examination performance. You will receive certificates from both universities.

Further information on the Digital Data Management website

Study Contents

The advanced study program Digital Data Management consists of basic subject modules, elective modules, practice-oriented real laboratories as well as design and transfer projects. After the 1st, 3rd and 5th module there is a final module examination. The program concludes in the 7th module with the preparation of a master's thesis and its defense.

Teaching formats

Using the blended learning principle, attendance and self-study alternate in a ratio of 1:4 to offer you great flexibility in organizing your daily study routine. The classroom events in the form of seminars or real labs take place either on the campus in Berlin or Potsdam. You will be supported during your studies by the digital learning platform Moodle.

Subject modules

  • Module 1: Framework of data management
  • Module 3: Technologies of data management
  • Module 5: Methods of data management

Electives

  • Module 4: Real Lab Data
  • Module 4: Real Lab Technology
  • Module 4: Real Lab Methodology
  • Module 4: Selected topics of data management

Projects

  • Module 2: Design project
  • Module 6: Transfer project

Final module

  • Module 7: Good scientific practice
  • Module 7: Master thesis and defense

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the course contents, such as study plans and descriptions of individual modules of the Digital Data Management course can be found in the module handbook as well as in the subject-specific study and examination regulations.

Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

There is no separate application procedure for the postgraduate program MA Digital Data Management. Enrollment is always possible from 15.12. to 15.02. for the next summer semester.

The semester fee as well as fees in the amount of 1,975 euros per semester are charged.

If you meet the admission requirements, you can submit an enrollment application. Please note the following information specific to your program of study:

Access requirements

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A first university degree with 180 ECTS credits from a university recognized by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • At least 12 months of full-time work experience relevant to the course content, including at least two months in the field of (digital) information and data science. In justified cases, exceptions to this rule may be permitted upon application. Qualifying activities as a research assistant, intern or project employee after completion of the first university degree are also eligible for recognition, provided that these are essentially conducive to the study content. The required practical time of one year in total can be acquired cumulatively. The period in which it was acquired should be within the last five years prior to the date of application. Upon application, an extension of the time frame may be considered.

Enrollment Application

The application is made online via the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

In addition to the online application, the following documents must be submitted in paper form:

  • University degree certificate(s) including Diploma Supplement
  • Proof of previous professional experience
  • Letter of motivation

For submission, please use the supplementary sheet "application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus university portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure. The deadline for submission is the last day of the enrollment period. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

Documents to be submitted

  • officially certified copy of the university entrance qualification or the university degree certificate
  • Insurance certificate of the statutory health insurance for students or proof of exemption from the statutory insurance obligation
  • Proof of payment or order confirmation of the semester fee
  • photograph for the issuance of the Campus.Card
  • If applicable, certificate of exmatriculation from the last university attended
  • If applicable, further documents according to the enrollment application form

Information about the letter of motivation

The maximum 3-page motivation letter of the applicants should provide information about the motivation and the identification with the chosen studies and the intended profession. In particular, the motivation to study should be presented in a differentiated manner and placed in the context of the applicant's previous career and professional prospects.

The evaluation is based on the following criteria:

  • the length should not exceed three pages
  • comprehensible justification of the motivation to study in the context of previous studies, professional activity as well as professional perspectives.
  • reflection on the expectations of the study program against the background of the modules and competence goals of the study program.
  • Formal aspects such as internal structuring of the text, clarity of language, grammar, etc.

Selection procedure

All applicants who fulfill the admission requirements for the study program Digital Data Management will participate in the allocation of study places. In the allocation of study places for the first semester, the following are deducted from the number of study places to be allocated (usually 25) will be deducted in advance:

  • all applicantswho could not accept an earlier admission due to service
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
  • 3 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.

The remaining study places are allocated 90 % according to the results of a university selection procedure and 10 % according to waiting time. The selection procedure is based on the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • grade of the university degree qualifying for the profession (40 %)
  • previous professional experience (35 %)
  • letter of motivation (25 %)

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

To the application information for internationals

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