Additive study form for professionally experienced (AddIS)

The additive interdisciplinary study form (AddIS) is aimed at state-accredited physiotherapists and occupational therapists with professional experience and leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree.

By scientifically reflecting on their work so far, students expand their subject knowledge and methodological skills, improving their ability to act in the healthcare system. Interdisciplinary exchange and close supervision by lecturers lead to the development of new options for action in professional practice.

AddIS is a part-time study programme that enables students to combine studying, work and family life.

Attendance-based studies take place during the teaching period, generally on two work days per week.


Overview of the areas of studies

Study and examination regulations

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Study programme structure

AddIS is a work-integrated, part-time study programme and can therefore be combined with family life and work. During the teaching period, lectures usually take place at the university on two work days every week. There are also occasional block seminars.

  • The study programme has a modular structure.
  • It consists of compulsory and elective modules.
  • All modules take place in the form of interdisciplinary teaching (physiotherapy and occupational therapy). The curriculum enables students to take interdisciplinary elective modules that are relevant to all study programmes.
  • In the first semester students take the ‘Professional reflection’ bridging module. Successfully passing this module is a requirement for accreditation of the successfully completed state-accredited training in physiotherapy/occupational therapy and as well as for taking modules in the second semester. The module covers the following focus areas:
    • Professional identity development of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the context of the changing healthcare system
    • Communication, cooperation and an interdisciplinary approach and
    • Theoretical foundation, evidence basing and scientific development in the therapy sciences.
  • In addition to modules in which students learn professional skills, the curriculum also includes modules that focus scientific, systemic and social-didactic skills relevant to all study programmes.
  • The lectures are generally organised in seminar style.
  • There are no practical study phases or practical phases in this study programme.

Further information can be found in the current  Study and Examination Regulations(valid from 27.01.2016), which describe the legal regulations of the study programme. They also contain an example programme plan, a short tabular overview of the timing of the modules. In the annex to the Study and Examination Regulations there is a module handbook with detailed information on the learning objectives, scope and content of each module.

For questions about the individual modules, please contact the relevant module coordinator. A current overview can be found on the pages of the Teaching Office.

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Study programme at a glance

The study programmes offers physiotherapists and occupational therapists the opportunity to:

  • gain an academic further qualification
  • add scientific, social-didactic and professional skills to existing skills 
  • understand and scientifically reflect on the complex tasks in in the practical provision of therapy
  • actively help to design therapy processes
  • professionalise professional work, i.e. underpinning it with theory and further developing it
  • acquire the necessary basis for specialisation, e.g. via a Master’s study programme. 
  • Occupationally-related reflection
  • Academic working methods
  • Evidence-based physiotherapy/occupational therapy
  • Research methods
  • Health and quality management
  • Social learning and working
  • Health economics

Further information, e.g. module descriptions and an example programme plan, can be found in the current Study and Examination Regulations  for the study programme (valid from 27.01.2016). For older versions please ask the programme coordinator.

Upon successful completion of the additive interdisciplinary study form, students receive the Europe-wide academic title of ‘Bachelor of Science’ B.Sc.). This title represents a broad and academically underpinned programme of training which is comparable with degrees from other European countries. 

The modularisation of studies and assessment of modules in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees transparency for other universities in Germany and abroad, promoting the mobility of students. By arrangement, it is possible for students to complete a practical study phase abroad as part of their study programme. Further information can be found in the guidelines for internships abroad in the PQS for the disciplines of  Occupational therapyor Physiotherapyand from the International Office.

ASH Berlin engages itself for the academic training of physiotherapists at the European level as a member of  ENPHE European Network Of Physiotherapy in Higher Education.

AddIS aims to provide the skills for extended professional work practices, i.e. the skills for scientifically founded therapeutic practice and for taking on new tasks and roles in the healthcare and the promotion of health. It also focuses on influencing the performance of therapy in the healthcare system in a cooperative and patient-oriented manner and the ability to develop new action fields.

Graduates of AddIS are empowered to engage themselves in the politics of the profession and to contribute to the scientific grounding of their profession. Students gain the necessary skills for working in science, management, consultancy and PR in the health sector. The social-didactic skills that are taught provide the preliminary foundations for teaching.

The Bachelor’s study programme qualifies graduates for a Master’s study programme which will enable them to advance existing knowledge and skills as well as to contribute to the scientific grounding of their profession.

Master´s study programmes

ASH Berlin offers graduates of the primary qualifying study form further options for continuing their studies, for example the consecutive Master’s study programme in  Management and Quality Development in the Health Sector. The programme qualifies professionals for management functions in healthcare and nursing institutions.

In cooperation with Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin, there is also the possibility to study Public Health. This Master’s study programme deals with the structure of healthcare and the social conditions for preserving the health of the population.

ASH Berlin does not charge tuition fees for the Social Work BA. Students are only required to pay semester fees and contributions. Approx. 300 euros is payable per semester, which includes the semester ticket for public transport.
Further information can be found on the pages of Enrolment Office.
Information on how to finance
your studies can be obtained from the general Student Advisory Service.

Upon application to AStA, AddiS students can be exempted from participating in the semester ticket, which is part of the semester contribution. The application for exemption from participation in semester ticket can be found here.

Subject to certain conditions, funding is available for work-integrated study programmes, for example the advancement scholarship (Aufstiegsstipendium) or further education scholarship (Weiterbildungsstipendium).

Admission requirements

  • Applications are to be submitted by the application deadline in the form prescribed by the university with all the required additional documents attached
  • General university/university of applied sciences entry qualification or other entry qualification prescribed by law
  • English proficiency to at least A2 level in accordance with the  Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

  • Proof of state accreditation as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist
  • Proof of professional work in the area of physiotherapy or occupational therapy amounting to at least two years of full-time employment (longer in the case of part-time employment)


The additive study form (AddIS) only starts in summer semester each year.
Applications are only possible during the time from 01.12. to 15.01. each year (exclusion period).

The admission application and related information brochure will be provided on this page during this time period.

Please submit your full application documents (admission application and required documents) during the application period to the  Enrolment Office  of ASH Berlin by post or via the mailbox.

If you have any formal questions regarding your application or study programme-relevant skills (e.g. second degree applicants, applications in accordance with Section 11 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, BerlHG), please contact the Enrolment Office directly.

For subject-specific or organisational questions, please contact the programme coordinator.

Application for admission and information brochure

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