Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Faculty of Business Studies


The bachelor’s programme Taxation (Dual System) links an academic degree in business administration with a vocational training as assistant tax adviser and professional practice. You can thus attain both qualifications in just nine semesters – much less time than it would usually take.

Our cooperation partners for this study programme are the Steuerberaterverband Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf association of tax advisers) and the vocational school Max-Weber-Berufskolleg Düsseldorf.

Vocational schooling at Max-Weber-Berufskolleg Düsseldorf to become an assistant tax adviser is integrated into the first five semesters. At the same time, you complete the practical vocational training in a tax consultancy. Passing the examination to become assistant tax adviser, you attain a professional qualification. The following four semesters combine professional practice in a tax consultancy with the HSD study programme.

During the vocational training, you acquire fundamental subject-specific expertise in the core areas of financial reporting, taxation and law. This reflects the typical link between theory and practice in a vocational training.

The core areas mentioned above are also key components of the academic studies in business administration. The study programme Taxation (Dual System) focuses on attaining a comprehensive understanding of business contexts under special consideration of tax aspects. The specialisation mod-ules cover typical tax issues.

Practical projects and the bachelor’s thesis integrate professional practice into the study programme.

As a graduate, you are able to recognise, analyse and structure business decisions relating to taxation on a scientific basis. You are specialised in developing practice-oriented alternative actions and in decision-making. For the duration of the programme, you gain practical experience by working three days a week in a tax consultancy. Theoretical courses take place at the vocational school and at the university of applied sciences on the two remaining weekdays.

Please note: The language of instruction is mainly German.



Career Options

The bachelor’s programme Taxation (Dual System) qualifies you to work as a specialist in tax consultancies (including those which also train apprentices) or in corporate tax departments. You also have the possibility to complete subsequent advanced training to become a fully qualified tax adviser.​




Semesters 1–5

  • Financial Reporting
  • Taxation
  • German Business Law and Corporate Law
  • Fundamentals of Business Administration
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Academic  Methodology
  • Business Ethics and Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility
Plus three days a week practical experience in a tax consultancy.


Semesters 6–9​

  • Advanced Business Administration 
  • Economics 
  • Management Accounting
  • Business English
  • Business and Information Systems Engineering
  • 3 compulsory specialisation modules on taxation
  • 1 elective specialisation module (choose 1 out of 3)
  • 1 soft skills module (choose 1 out of 2)
  • 3 practical projects
  • Bachelor’s thesis and colloquium

Plus three days a week professional practice in a tax consultancy.

Please check the module manual​ (currently in German only) for detailed information on the contents of the study programme.​


​Key Fa​cts 

​Language of instruction
Mainly German
​Bachelor of Arts (BA)
​Postgraduate study programmes at HSD
Communication, Multimedia and Market Management (MA)
Business Analytics (MSc)
​Normal programme length
​9 semesters
​Study programme begins
​Winter semester  
​Find out how and when to apply:
Degree seeking students Exchange students 
​Allocation of places
​Restricted admission**
​General admission requirements
Go to Ad­mis­sion Re­quire­ments
Special admission requirements​​Higher education entrance qualification and apprenticeship contract for training as assistant tax adviser (‘Steuerfach-angestellte’) in the area of Düsseldorf as defined by the chamber* as well as a higher education contract (‘Hochschulbildungs-vertrag’); confirmation of registration for vocational schooling at Max-Weber-Berufskolleg Düsseldorf
​Period abroad
​Summary of key information
​English Flyer Version [.pdf]
​Information for international applicants ​Go to information for international applicants

* The study programme Taxation (Dual System) is currently being assessed for re-accreditation, which is due to be confirmed by summer semester ​2022.

The Faculty of Business Studies has already determined that future applicants must prove they have signed a contract for training as an assistant tax adviser (‘Steuerfachangestellte’) in the district of one of the chambers of tax advisers based in North Rhine-Westphalia. This means more flexibility for applicants compared to the previous regulations; they are no longer required to complete their vocational training in the district of the Düsseldorf chamber. This can now be taken into account when looking for a training place.

The new examination regulations (including a few content-related changes) will be issued at a later stage.

**The restricted admission is subject to approval by the Ministry for culture and academic affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW).