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  M.A. Governance and Public Policy


University of Passau    Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences

Full time October, April MA 4 semesters (2 years)
Politics & Government (30)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the M.A. Governance and Public Policy programme, offering a unique blend of interdisciplinary learning and practical skill development. Delve into core modules such as "Theory of State" and "Multilevel Governance," paving the way for advanced studies in comparative politics, global governance, and European integration. The competency modules provide hands-on experience in research design, foreign languages, and empirical social research, enhancing your career prospects in public administration, multinational corporations, or academia. With a double-degree option and partnerships with universities worldwide, including the prestigious Helmut-Schmidt Programme, this programme stands out as a beacon of excellence. To qualify, applicants need a good first degree in social sciences or related fields, along with proficiency in German (C1) and English (B2). Elevate your expertise and seize the opportunities of globalisation with this accredited and quality-assured programme.

About the course

Globalisation holds both great risks and immense opportunities; it also creates excellent career prospects for qualified graduates. One of the cornerstones of this preogramme is its interdisciplinary curriculum, which prepares students for work at the intersection of various academic disciplines.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants for this degree programme should have a good first university degree in social science, business studies, economics or a related subject with an overall result of at least 2.3 according to the German marking system, or be ranked among the best 50% of their cohort. As the primary language of instruction for this programme is German, you will need German language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as well as English at level B2.


Fees

106 euros per semester (student services contribution)

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Passau

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Student Profiles

Anna Kerner

Why did you choose the programme?
I can deepen the focus gained in my bachelor's programme and learn completely new aspects of politics, law and history.

What is special about studying in Passau?
I love the urban campus, which is located in natural surroundings and right next to the river Inn.

José Antonio Borja Camacho

What is special about the programme?
I really like the fascinating course content, the international orientation and the interdisciplinarity.

Why did you decide to study in Passau?
In addition to the many seminars to choose from, I appreciate the various extracurricular events around the university, such as the 'Passauer Politiktage'.

Scholarships

With the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, the University of Passau supports highly gifted and motivated students with a good academic track record, who have shown dedication to social causes. Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities.

The stipend is 300 euros per month. Scholarships are awarded initially for one year, although the funding term is related to the standard duration of study. This scholarship is not means tested: the applicants' or their parents' income is not taken into account. The scholarship is paid on top of the BAföG student grants to scholarship holders who are BAföG recipients. The Deutschlandstipendium scholarship is intended to help students cover the costs associated with their degree studies. These funds are provided as a grant and are thus non-repayable.

At the University of Passau, the scholarships are awarded once a year, at the start of the winter semester. Scholarships are awarded subject to the availability of funds.

Selection criteria

- Your prior scholastic and professional achievements
- Periods of time spent studying or working abroad
- Extracurricular activities and causes for which you have volunteered
- Special achievements, awards and prizes won, particularly if they have academic relevance
- Any hurdles that you had to overcome in your educational background, such as coming from a migrant family
- Whether you are receiving a BAföG student grant

Value of Scholarship(s)

300€ per month

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in an undergraduate or master's programme at the University of Passau as a degree-seeking student or if you are currently applying for an undergraduate or master's degree programme here and intend to begin your studies in the upcoming semester.
Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities, but not for exchange students and doctoral students.


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The aim of the programme is to further qualify future leaders from the areas of politics, law, business and administration based on the principles of good governance, and to prepare them for their future professional activities in a practice-oriented manner. Highly qualified graduates who have obtained a first higher education degree are offered the opportunity to obtain a master's degree in subjects that are particularly significant with regard to social, political and economic development in their countries of origin. The skills and experiences gained in Germany will enable the funded individuals to contribute to establishing economic and social forms that are democratically-oriented and designed to overcome social inequalities in their home countries. With the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD strives to contribute to promoting good governance and civil society structures in developing and emerging countries.

Applicants need to have a first (bachelor’s or equivalent) university degree in a social science, i.e. economics, anthropology, demography, empirical social or human geography, sociology, political science, administrative science or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of60 ECTS credits in one or several of these disciplines. Any past achievements and qualifications gained in 'Wirtschaftswissenschaften' (combined business and economics programmes) must be derived specifically from economics ('Volkswirtschaftslehre') modules. This first degree must have been obtained as part of a programme of study with a minimum standard duration of three years' full-time study. Moreover, out of the 60 ECTS credits referenced above, 10 ECTS credits (or a minimum of 300 hours of coursework) must come from empirical research methods, such as data collection, data analysis, mathematics and/or statistics. A general course in research methods is not enough and does not count in this case. The final grade of your undergraduate degree must be at least at upper second level. Apart from these criteria, there are certain other formal prerequisites for applying successfully.

Applicants who have resided in a country that is not included in the DAC list for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline and applicants who obtained their most recent higher education degree more than six years before submitting their application, are not eligible for a Helmut-Schmidt-Programme scholarship.

Applicants who already hold a master's degree in a similar discipline can only be considered in well-justified cases, if they can explain conclusively, why they would like to obtain another master's degree.
Professional/practical experience

Value of Scholarship(s)

931€

Eligibility

Applicants need to have a first (bachelor’s or equivalent) university degree in a social science, i.e. economics, anthropology, demography, empirical social or human geography, sociology, political science, administrative science or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of60 ECTS credits in one or several of these disciplines. Scholarships can only be granted to applicants from selected countries.

Applicants must have acquired at least 4 months of professional/practical experience in a field relevant to our program or social/political engagement


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