Bachelor's/Master's: The Bayer Position

1. The introduction of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses in general

The Bayer Group favors the introduction of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses in German universities and colleges in the context of the Bologna process.

  • The introduction of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses brings about the international harmonization of university degrees. This fosters international student exchange programs and thus the willingness to become mobile.
  • Today’s study programs require students to complete their studies earlier than with the former German model; which is consistent with companies’ requirements.
  • The greater variety of degrees enables students to choose a course that fits their personal preferences.
  • German universities and colleges become more attractive for foreign students.
  • Companies are able to participate in the quality management of courses by being a member of accreditation agencies.

2. Employment of Bachelor’s/Master’s graduates at Bayer Group

Bayer offers interesting entry-level career opportunities to the whole spectrum of new and traditional degrees. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are treated coequally.

  • The job specifications for the allocation of vacancies are precisely defined. This includes the skills and qualifications that are expected from the employee right at the beginning, as well as the potential for further development in the company.
  • The technical and individual development at Bayer does not depend on university degrees, but on the individual effort and competence.
  • Apart from training opportunities offered by Bayer, extra occupational Bachelor’s or Master’s studies can serve as components for further individual and technical development once the company has been entered.
  • Bayer, through the membership in specific accreditation agencies, is actively involved in the quality management of these courses.
  • Internally, we are conducting informational campaigns to increase the awareness of the new degrees and to facilitate the integration of graduates.

3. Active use and support of Bachelor’s and Master’s courses

Bayer has been engaging in the area of prevocational and extra occupational qualification for more than a century, and, during the last 10 years, has been increasingly reliant on the new Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees that have become an important and integral part of the development opportunities it offers.

  • Bayer offers an extra occupational Bachelor’s course in biology in cooperation with the University of Mainz (since 1997). The course is aimed at professionally experienced biologists. So far, more than 200 internal and external participants have made use of this qualification.
  • The company has been enabling about 20 young executives to obtain their MBA at selected universities in Great Britain, Spain, the US, China, or Singapore as part of the combined vocational training and Bachelor’s course “Management and International Business Studies”.
  • Additionally, Bayer offers several combined vocational trainings and Bachelor’s courses:
    1. The MIBS-program (vocational training as industrial business management assistant in combination with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and subsequent MBA degree at one of our partner universities outside of Germany),
    2. the WIN-program (vocational training as IT specialist in combination with a Bachelor of Science in Information Science for Business) as well as
    3. combined technical-scientific Bachelor’s degrees:
      1. vocational training as industrial mechanic in combination with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering or Bachelor of Process Engineering in machine engineering or process engineering;
      2. vocational training as chemical laboratory assistant in combination with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry;
      3. vocational training as chemical technician in combination with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemistry;
      4. vocational training as electronics engineer in combination with a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering.



The active use and facilitation of Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in Germany is self-evident for Bayer as an international company. Already, several hundred Bachelor’s and Master’s degree graduates are employed in the international parts of the company, be it in England or the US, in Canada or Australia, or in Asian countries with Anglo-Saxon university models. Naturally, all requirements and positions in those countries in all areas, including research, production, and marketing, are competently filled and excellently covered. Thus, Bayer is actively supporting the planned adaption of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Germany, as well as other European countries.

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