I am currently working in Germany and I will do my master's degree remotely from England. When I asked those at the university where I will do my master's degree, he said that the diploma is equal to the master's degree at the campus. However, what kind of problems do I have in the online master, will it be a problem for me to do a phd or MBA after this master?

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    Short comment: When wishing to pursue a PhD in Germany, the primary concern is typically funding, and acceptance into the PhD program normally follows from that. While Stephan Kolassa's answer is spot-on regarding the latter, for the former, it may be different. In particular, most PhD students hold "scientific employee" positions while pursuing their doctoral studies, and the first concern should be whether the degree counts for the hiring process of such a position. Check "anabin.kmk.org" for a first estimate.
    – DCTLib
    Nov 29, 2023 at 21:14

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This will probably depend hugely on just what university you are doing your master's at.

In any case, whether a given foreign degree is accepted as a prerequisite for a Ph.D. or other program is up to the receiving university:

Für die Anerkennung zum Zweck des Hochschulzugangs, des Zugangs zu weiterführenden Studien wie auch für die Anrechnung von Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen sind die Hochschulen zuständig.

Universities (Hochschulen, so also universities of applied science, formerly known as Fachhochschulen) are in charge of acceptance [of foreign degrees or diplomas] for purposes of acceptance to study or postgraduate programs, as well as of crediting of foreign studies or examinations.

So your best course of action is likely to talk about this directly with any university you are interested in applying to.

It's a good idea to start this process as early as possible. First, because German bureaucracy can be glacially slow. Second, because they might be asking for additional information. Third, because they might answer with something like "no problem, as long as X", and you might still be able to address any preconditions X right now, rather than finishing your master's and having to do X afterwards, potentially losing time.

  • I want to add that master's degrees obtained in the EU are recognised within the EU. If you are not hung up on doing it in the UK, there are other EU universities offering remote courses. Consider, I would consider Ireland too ;).
    – Stefan
    Nov 29, 2023 at 16:22
  • thanks for your informativ explanation :) Nov 30, 2023 at 16:05

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