Certificate techno-ethics


Program Description


In view of the rapid developments in the technical world and the progressive digitization, no area of human life without technology is conceivable today. All the more important is the ethical awareness. Through critical questioning of technology and technology on a foundation and application level with the help of a techno-ethics, new impulses for a responsible handling of technical innovations are to be gained.

The German-language certificate program is aimed, among others, at persons from the fields of natural and engineering sciences, health management, medical informatics, medical IT consulting and system management as well as physicians, healthcare professionals and nurses.

The certificate course provides participants with the ethical knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to understand ethical issues and issues in the broad field of technology and to independently comment on ethical and theoretical requirements. The learned working methods are applied and critical-constructive positions and suggested solutions formulated.

The successful completion of the certificate course is attested by a certificate from the TU Kaiserslautern as well as a university certificate.

Depending on your personal interest, the certificate "Basic Techno-Ethics" and the two specialization certificates "Techno-Ethics of Medicine" or "Techno-Ethics of Computer Science" can be acquired.


The certificate courses have undergone an internal quality assurance within the system accreditation of the TU Kaiserslautern .

Requirements and requirements

The Master's and Certificate Courses of the DISC are continuing education courses whose access requirements are regulated by the following legal principles:

  • the Higher Education Act (HochSchG) of the state,
  • the examination regulations (PO) valid at the time of enrollment as well as
  • the enrollment order.

The specific entry requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this degree program can be found here: www.uni-kl.de/studium/rechtsvorschr-handreich-statistiken.

The certificate course begins each winter semester in October each year. Information on application procedures and deadlines can be found here: https://wwwzul.verw.uni-kl.de/qisserverzfuw/servlet/en.his.servlet.RequestDispatcherServlet?state=wimma

Important appointments

The essence of distance learning is that the students do not come to the university, but the university to a certain extent to the students. Both the study organization and the didactic orientation of the study materials are based on the needs of the Independent Learning Concept. Each degree program has a virtual learning environment on the online campus that guides through the course of the course.

The certificate course Technoethik has a standard duration of study of two semesters (extra occupational). For the study and examinations a weekly time of about 15 hours is required. These services are to be provided in the form of submission tasks and exams.

The concept of the DISC is essentially based on self-study phases, which are deepened and supplemented by attendance phases. Mandatory attendance phases usually take place once a semester on a (extended) weekend in Kaiserslautern. In doing so, the contents developed in the self-study are deepened in a practice-oriented way in the context of exercises and group work, and the practical implementation of the study contents is discussed. In modules, which are completed with a written exam, these are also part of the attendance phases.

Costs and fees

The tuition fee is currently € 1,350 per semester, plus a social contribution of currently € 102 per semester. Not included are travel, accommodation and food costs during the attendance phases. In the first and second semester beyond the standard period of study, only the social contribution is payable. From the third semester beyond the standard period of study, a reduced fee of 30 percent of the semester earnings will be set. The study fee is not subject to VAT and may be tax deductible, provided the legal requirements are met.

main emphasis

The certificate course comprises ten elective and compulsory modules. These include, among other things, the topics

  • Fundamentals of Ethics,
  • Applied Ethics, Technology Assessment, Techno Ethics,
  • Opportunities and risks in view of the digital transformation of the German healthcare system,
  • Ethical orientation in the digitally transformed healthcare,
  • Introduction to the specifics of the ethics of computer science,
  • Automatic, informatic data collection, management and communication, culture of the knowledge society.
Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

The Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) is one of the leading establishments in Germany for distance-learning postgraduate courses. The establishment has over 25 years of experience in deve ... Read More

The Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) is one of the leading establishments in Germany for distance-learning postgraduate courses. The establishment has over 25 years of experience in developing and designing academic courses for guided self-study. Read less