If you start the study programme in the winter term 2018/2019 or later, the new documents are relevant for you.
If you started the study programme in between the winter term 2012/2013 and 2017/2018, the old documents are relevant for you.
The programme is structured with a focus on skills. The goal is to provide you with subject-specific and vocational skills that will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
The Master’s programme lasts for four semesters and is structured in modules. You will earn 120 ECTS credits (credit points, CP). The study programme is characterised by extensive fundamental courses and the subsequent opportunity to specialise your knowledge in the Y-structure according to your career aspirations, either in the field of "The Role of the EU in International and Global Policy" (Mandatory Elective Course Plan I) or in the field of "Public Policy" (Mandatory Elective Course Plan II).
The Supplementary Course Plan finally allows you to focus on your career start, related disciplines or expanding your language skills (Mandatory Elective Course Plan III).
Of the 120 ECTS credits, 48 credits are attained in the extensive fundamentals module, in which you will acquire a working knowledge of theories, methods and core aspects of European governance.
Power and authority in political systems – theoretical and methodological perspectives
Theoretical foundations of legitimacy and integration in EU governance
Political economy of the EU and national democracy
Future development of European integration
You will gain another 24 ECTS credits in the mandatory elective modules. Here, you can specialise either in "The Role of the EU in International and Global Policy" or in "Public Policy" with a focus on European social politics.
Elective Course Plan I: "International and Global Policy"
The EU in the international political economy
Europe’s role in International Relations
Issues in international governance
Mandatory Elective Course Plan II: "Public Policy"
European social policy in the 21st centrury
Policy fields in the multi-level system
Participation of public and private actors in European politics
In addition, you can deepen your knowledge in the field of interdisciplinary European Studies (Sociology, History, Law and Economy), prepare your career start in the course of internships or expand your language skills in the supplementary course plan. This area covers 18 ECTS credits.
Legal foundations of European integration
Interdisciplinary contributions to European Studies
Research methods in the social sciences
Professional skills development
Finally, you will acquire 30 ECTS credits in the exam module by authoring your Master’s thesis. A colloquium will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your research in detail with other students and the lecturers. Thus, the colloquium will complement individual supervision by lecturers and enhance the feedback that you will receive early on in your planning and writing process. The final step will be to defend your written thesis in the course of an oral exam.
Credit points (CP) are meant to quantify the average amount of work you must invest in a course and provide for international comparability. One credit point corresponds to a workload of about 30 hours. These credit points are measured according to the ECTS (European Credit Point Transfer System). The amount of credit points attributed to seminars and lectures depends on which proof of performance you are required to provide for a specific course.
A module in the mandatory and mandatory elective course plan generally covers 12 CP and can contain the following elements in varying combinations. Your final mark is calculated by weighting your individual marks according to the credit points awarded:
|Course Format||Requirement||Credit Points|
(2 lesson units)
|Active participation and Presentation or |
Exam or Term Paper
|4 Credit Points|
(2 lesson units)
|Active participation||2 Credit Points|
(2 lesson units)
|Active participation and Exam||4 Credit Points|
|Modul Exam||Exam or Module Assignment or Oral Exam||4 Credit Points|
The exam module covers 30 CP and is composed as follows:
|Course Format||Credit Points|
|Master's Thesis||24 Credit Points|
|Oral Exam||4 Credit Points|
|Colloquium||2 Credit Points|