A German Magister or Diplom corresponds to the Anglo-Saxon master. My degree of Diplom-Volkswirt, e.g., is recognized in the UK as an M.Sc. Until recently, the German system knew no equivalent to the bachelor. The equivalent of the master was the lowest university degree in Germany. What you have in mind is probably the French licence which is indeed closer to the Anglo-Saxon bachelor.From what I know a master's degree in the EU is more like a bachelor's degree in the US. It lasts 5 years (well 3 yrs bachelor + 2 yrs master) and you write a master thesis in the last semester.
This is because the bachelor was until recently not recognized as a degree at all. The equivalent of the master was the lowest degree. One of the reasons they are changing the system is to make it easier to get move between the systems.One of my friends studied 5 years for a bachelor's degree in the US.. and could hardly get an equivalence in Germany to start her PhD as people don't know about it, even the universities.
No, not to a Vordiplom but to a Diplom!!! A Vordiplom is not a degree, it is an intermediary examination.You mean that a master's degree (4 years in the UK) was an equivalent to a Vordiplom?!
Vorsicht, sokol!...(in Austria a Master = M. may be a degree of one of the FH's = 'high school for applied sciences' [or sth. like that] as well as an university degree).
Yes, I am aware that there's a difference, thanks for mentioning! My formulation was sloppy (I used a literal translation) and could be misinterpreted, therefore I've edited my post.I am sure you know there is a huge difference between Hochschule and high school, the former being a tertiary educational institution and the latter a part of the secondary education system.