Political Economy – Master of Science

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Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

The Master's Programme Political Economy is a truly interdisciplinary endeavour of the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and Public Administration. A unified approach to teaching political economy at the graduate level has become inescapable because economic research on political processes and advanced political science research have become virtually indistinguishable. This Master’s Programme provides students with a modern and comprehensive postgraduate education in economics and political science that will allow them to conduct high standard research in the fascinating field of political economy. This interdisciplinary education renders them highly competitive in the market for top quality jobs in academia, public administration, international organizations and multinational firms.
The program’s focus is on training in quantitative theoretical and empirical methods, and on the application of these methods in the analysis of challenging and topical issues in various policy fields, such as social policy, public finance, education policy, trade policy and security affairs.

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AbschlussMaster of Science
StudienbeginnWintersemester
Regelstudienzeit4 Semester
Bewerbungszeitraum3.4. - 30.4.
Zulassungsbeschränkungja
ECTS120
Zahl der Studienplätze:8

Warum Political Economy in Konstanz studieren?

The University of Konstanz is one of only eleven universities nationwide with the formal status of “University of Excellence”. Founded in 1966 as a research university, it is a role model for the integration of research into teaching. Its first-rate infrastructure includes an excellent 24-hour library, state-of-the-art computer facilities, a language institute offering a wide variety of foreign language courses and superb sports facilities.

The Department of Economics enjoys an outstanding reputation in teaching and research. Its 26 full, junior and assistant professors from the fields of economics, business administration, econometrics, statistics, business and economics education as well as over 60 doctoral researchers and guest professors from reputable universities worldwide provide an intellectually stimulating and productive environment for study and research. The Department of Politics and Public Administration belongs to the top political science departments in Europe. Over 200 graduate students and 60 doctoral researchers currently profit from the research-oriented teaching that is typical for the Konstanz political science program. The Political Economy program brings together the expertise of these two outstanding departments and provides students with an excellent education.

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Perspektiven

Berufliche Perspektiven

The acquired skills will enable the students to take on top quality jobs

in academia, public administration, international organizations and

multinational firms.

Studienstruktur

Studienbeginn

Wintersemester

Studienaufbau

Two study tracks are offered, allowing students the flexibility to

customize their Master's studies in accordance with their own academic

interests and career aspirations.

  • Track A is the fast track to a PhD. Following the first year of the program, students with an outstanding performance record and a strong interest in academic research can be admitted to the Graduate School of Decision Sciences and take courses towards their doctorate during their Master's studies. Students submit a Master's thesis and attend two PhD seminars which serve as a preparation of the subsequent PhD studies.
  • Track B is for students aiming for a general postgraduate education in political economy. Students have to hand in a final Master's thesis.

For more information please see the website of the department.


Weitere Informationen zur Studienstruktur finden Sie in der Studien- und Prüfungsordnung.

Praktika und Auslandsaufenthalt

Praktika

An internship is recommendable.

Auslandsstudium

A period of study abroad is highly recommended. Equivalent study and exam achievements acquired during your stay will be recognised. The university enables study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other offers.

Voraussetzungen

Welche Interessen und Fähigkeiten sollte ich mitbringen?

The Master’s Program in Political Economy is open to graduates and pending graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics or Political Science. Students in their final year of their Bachelor's degree course, who have not yet graduated, are also welcome to apply.

Erforderliche Sprachkenntnisse

Proof of sufficient English language skills by one of the following means:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: minimum grade C
  • IELTS: minimum grade: 5.5
  • TOEFL: minimum grade 87 Internet based points
  • Evidence of five years continuous English classes at the level of a German secondary school with the minimum grade “befriedigend”
  • Completion of at least four classes held in English in a previous relevant degree programme

Lehr- und Prüfungssprache

Language of instruction is mostly English.

Zugangsvoraussetzungen zum Studium

  • An above average Bachelor’s degree, at least corresponding to the German grade 2,5 (good) in Economics or Political Science. You are welcome to apply in your final year of your Bachelor’s programme. Please submit your current academic transcript as PDF (with an officially certified translation into English or German, if applicable).
  • Evidence of knowledge in mathematics, statistics, economics, or political science during your undergraduate degree.
  • Please include a curriculum vitae in English as well as a one-page statement of purpose written in English showing your suitability and motivation for pursuing the Master's programme.
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills by one of the following means:
  1. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: minimum grade C
  2. IELTS: minimum grade: 5.5
  3. TOEFL: minimum grade 87 Internet based points
  4. Evidence of five years continuous English classes at the level of a German secondary school with the minimum grade “befriedigend”
  5. Completion of at least four classes held in English in a previous relevant degree programme
  • Two letters of recommendation from university teachers who are able to comment on your suitability and motivation for participating in the Master's programme.
  • Although not mandatory, results of the GRE test are desirable if you did not complete your undergraduate degree in Germany.

For more information please see the website of the department.

Gebühren und Beiträge

Semesterbeitrag

Pro Studiensemester an der Universität Konstanz ist von allen Studierenden ein Semesterbeitrag zu zahlen, der in ähnlicher Höhe von allen Hochschulen in Deutschland erhoben wird. Hier erfahren Sie, wie hoch der aktuelle Semesterbeitrag ist und aus welchen Kosten er sich zusammensetzt.

Bewerbung

Admission to the Master's Programme is restricted.

Eine Bewerbung für den Studiengang ist innerhalb dieser Frist(en) möglich: 3.4. - 30.4. (Wintersemester). Bei Bewerbungen auf ein höheres Fachsemester (im Falle eines Fach- oder Hochschulwechsels) gelten gegebenenfalls andere Fristen. Bitte informieren Sie sich darüber auf der Webseite der Universität.

Erforderliche Bewerbungsunterlagen

To submit your online application you are required to upload the following supporting documents as PDF-files:

  • Scanned PDF academic transcript outlining your grades obtained in mathematics, statistics, economics, or political science. Please specifically mark these modules. You may add official course descriptions. If the original document is not in English or German, provide an officially certified translation
  • Degree certificate(s) (scanned PDF of originals and officially certified translations into English or German only)
  • Scanned test sheet proving English proficiency as outlined above
  • Full CV in English
  • One-page statement of purpose in English
  • Letters of recommendation from two lecturers at your institution, on letter-head paper and signed, emailed separately as PDF-files by the referees in English or German
  • If applicable, scanned PDF of original GRE score sheet
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam: please attach the scanned original certificate by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle - APS) of the respective embassies in Beijing, Ulan Bator or Hanoi

Important:

Successful MSc Political Economy applicants will be required to submit all documents in original or as officially certified copies upon registration at the University of Konstanz.

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