The Katholische Stiftungshochschule München (KSH München) University of Applied Sciences is a nationally and internationally highly respected and specialised university for social, nursing, healthcare and pedagogical professions, state-approved and in church sponsorship. In addition to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery, Early Childhood Education and Religious Education, the university also offers its 2,500 students consecutive Master’s degree programmes and executive Master’s degree programmes. The KSH cooperates with universities such as LMU Munich, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Munich School of Philosophy, which enables its Master’s students to participate in (international) doctoral programmes.
Focus on the people
The KSH utilises its specific expertise to play a role in academic discourse and university policy on behalf of the state. The special focus of its degree programmes is derived from the Catholic Church’s diaconal and social mission, which represents one of the key church tasks as a ‘service of humanity’. In the course of this, teaching is based on a Christian view of humanity. In the national Study Quality Monitor (SQM), KSH students always rate their studies as vocational training which contributes towards their personal development as well as enhancing a sound technical knowledge base. They also award top marks for the promotion of an ethical sense of responsibility.
Friendly university with strong and innovative links to practice
The KSH has two campus locations: one in Munich's city centre in the district of Haidhausen, and one in the baroque monastery Benediktbeuern, which was built over 1,250 years ago in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps by the Benedictines, and today is run by the order of the Salesians of Don Bosco. The students at the KSH particularly praise the high scientific standard and personal atmosphere of their university. The support and supervision is professionally and scientifically dedicated, and students at the KSH are in direct contact with their professors and lecturers. The academic studies have a high practical relevance. As a university of applied sciences, the KSH has worked on projects in research and teaching for many decades, with relevant practical partners in social and healthcare services (charitable organisations, public agencies, hospitals, etc.). It thus ensures that its students receive the maximum possible connection with real life practice.
At the cutting edge of research and development
Research at the KSH is highly practical and application-oriented. Most of the research projects are in close cooperation with practical partners, and thus directly and indirectly linked with daily practice. Main areas of research are the various fields of social work, (early) childhood education, nursing and religious education. Through its “Zukunft Alter” (future age) Competence Centre, the KSH combines its expertise in nursing, social work, gerontology, theology and other disciplines.
A degree with an international focus
The international orientation in studies and teaching is an integral part of the university’s self-concept. In addition to courses that have been explicitly introduced for applicants with foreign degrees, the university has recently implemented an English language teaching programme. The KSH professors actively participate in teaching at the European partner universities (41 partner universities in 16 different countries in Europe), and their experiences and impulses from the stays abroad are directly incorporated into content, didactics and methodology.
Unique degree programmes
With 'Applied Care Research', the KSH Munich offers one of the few nursing science Master's degree programmes in Bavaria. The two Bachelor's degree programmes at the Benediktbeuern campus in 'Social Work' and 'Religious Education and Ecclesiastical Education’ can be combined into a double degree programme, which leads to two separate university degrees. In addition, the KSH qualifies applicants with foreign university degrees for the German labour market. The students also benefit from additional training in the fields of theology, music and experiential education.
Facts and figures
- 2 locations: Munich and Benediktbeuern
- 3 faculties
- 8 Bachelor's degree programmes (1 double degree programme, 1 dual vocational training and degree programme)
- 3 Master's degree programmes (with different areas of specialisation)
- 2 postgraduate Master's degree programmes
- 2 offers for those with foreign qualifications
- 3 additional qualifications
- 70 professors and lecturers
- around 20 scientific assiociates
- 81 administrative staff and 7 research associates