A degree program referred to as ‘parallel’ is one which enables students to simultaneously complete two courses of study (legal norm: § 60 paragraph 1, Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (Landeshochschulgesetz, LHG). We would advise you to begin the second award only after the successful completion of at least three semesters of the first-degree program. It’s generally the case that the beginning of a double (parallel) degree program entails extra challenges, extra time, and effort. By delaying the uptake of a second-degree award, and therefore the beginning of the parallel degree program, you will be able to more reliably determine whether or not this is something you’re really required to do to reach your own personal goals.
We work with universities worldwide to support students gain a parallel award from SR21 – Institute for Scientific Research. More specifically, graduates that already hold a degree or students that are at the final stage of their degree program with other universities, might be eligible to work for a second degree in a different direction – more focused than their original program. In the end, they get two different awards at the same time they work for their main degree program (in parallel). The process is arranged directly between our institution and another or in many cases, between our institution and an individual student directly.