Further Education at Tertiary Level
The following descriptor refers to Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) programmes (corresponding to a minimum of 60 ECTS credits). The same learning outcomes apply to the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) and the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) but are appropriately reduced.
Further education degrees are awarded to students who …
Knowledge and understanding:
… have specialised or extended multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding at higher education level, generally built upon the knowledge acquired through a completed higher education degree, as well as their own professional experience, and follow research-based cognitive methods.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
… are able to develop innovative solutions at a highly complex level, transfer them to their own professional fields and evaluate their results.
… understand their professional and social action in all its contexts, are familiar with the relevant cultures within their area of expertise, and have developped a professional identity that allows them to approach their tasks with commitment and responsibility.
… are able to analyse, judge and provide theoretically grounded justification to complex issues within new and unfamiliar contexts.
… are able to make demanding, sustainable and ethically conscious decisions, and take over executive functions in analysing, systemising and solving complex problems.
… are able to communicate complex issues, judgements and approaches to all stakeholders in a clear and unambiguous manner, respond to other arguments and develop, substantiate and negotiate alternative solutions.
… are familiar with their fields of expertise and their professional fields and can independently deal with, assess and integrate relevant knowledge.
... are able to deal with change processes and challenges of the future.
... define their learning objectives autonomously, enhance their scientific and practice-oriented competences, and transfer their knowledge to different contexts.
(The descriptor was devised along the lines of the Dublin Descriptors.)