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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A.)

Course Description

Unlike other Master programmes in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, the focus in Witten is on the sound academic analysis of real-life problems in an increasingly interconnected world. The challenges facing modern society transcend academic disciplines as well as national boundaries. The problem scenarios we observe today are undisciplined in this sense, and therefore require consistently interdisciplinary approaches. In the highly complex society of the 21st century, it will need people with a generalistic background in economics, politics and philosophy to offer sustainable solutions for the future. The Master PPE in Witten is a tailor-made programme for any career in leading positions at the interface of politics, economics and (civil) society.

Who should study PPE? And what happens afterwards?

- You will find career prospects in a range of political and social fields, NGOs, management, further education, personnel and organization development, economic and political consulting.
- You will have career options in institutions that demand a high level of analytical competence at the interface between economics and politics.
- The Master programme PPE also provides a basis for academic research on topics at the boundaries between economic and political sciences, as well as in political and economic philosophy

Training for critical thinkers

- You start your PPE-studies at one of Germany’s most prestigious departments of economics.
- You enjoy excellent education and training, personal supervision, freedom and flexibility.
- You can be certain to be trained in critical thinking.

Our target group:

- smart minds
- dedicated personalities
- original and unconventional thinkers
- generalists with an interdisciplinary background and specialization competences; future change makers, social entrepreneurs, political consultants, researchers and other problem solvers
- individuals who strive to grasp complex situations at the theoretical level and find smart and sustainable solutions in practice.

The Master programme is suitable for:

- Graduates of economics
- Graduates of political science
- Graduates of humanities
- Graduates of social science
- Graduates of philosophy, politics, and economics
- Graduates of related interdisciplinary programmes

Visit the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A.) page on the Universität Witten/ Herdecke website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Julian, PPE student at Witten/Herdecke University

3529.jpg "Life is not about ecomics and politics alone. Its challenges and contradictions can’t be solely understood by philosophy either. Grasping world processes rather requires a combination of all. Witten expresses exactly this formula and offers me access from diverse perspectives."

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Christian, PPE student at Witten/Herdecke University

3530.jpg "I have chosen the Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics after having graduated from business and management degrees in the Netherlands and the UK. These had left me with the feeling that I am still lacking a holistic picture of the world, which is a desire and an expectation I have for the time of my studies. I am convinced that a multidisciplinary study that includes the fields of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is central to understanding how the world operates. My decision for the University of Witten/Herdecke has been the result of thorough research on my side, which also involved going through the challenging application process. Thus far, I have experienced the university as a vibrant, diverse and free-thinking place, for which I have the highest appreciation."

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Katharina, PPE student at Witten/Herdecke University

3531.jpg "I studied Oriental Science (international) at Philipps-University Marburg with a major in Politics and Economics of the Near- and Middle East. To deepen my understanding of the interrelations between Politics, Economics and also Philosophy the PPE-Master at Witten/Herdecke University offered a Program with topics that caught my interest immediately.

University Witten/Herdecke provides a unique study atmosphere with small study groups, in depth analysis, strong participation of students into university/PPE-Program matters and a constructive surrounding for personal development. Above that, “studium fundamentale” (STUFU) and a high rate of events, almost every day, make me be aware to be at place where I get to know great personalities and be involved and confronted with interesting topics besides the PPE-Program."

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Lea, PPE student at Witten/Herdecke University

3532.jpg "I decided to study the PPE master because the programme trains students to tackle complex problems in politics and economics with philosophical rigour. The design of the programme promotes interdisciplinary thinking so that one's decisions and opinions in one discipline are informed by the other disciplines, no matter whether one is most interested in philosophy, politics or economics.

I chose to study at Witten/Herdecke because it's the only university in Germany that offers this programme. Though the programme was founded fairly recently, it's well planned and organised. The fact that Witten/Herdecke offers seminars instead of lectures is especially important when studying PPE because this leaves more room for discussions about the complex topics and thereby trains argumentative skills and thinking on your feet. Besides the PPE programme itself, Studium Fundamentale is another reason for studying at Witten/Herdecke. Being required to take StuFu courses demonstrates that the University cares about both the accumulation of topic specific knowledge and the development of one's own personality."

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Diego, PPE student at Witten/Herdecke University

"After studying Economics in Uruguay, I was looking for an international master programme that offered the opportunity to broaden my perspective through a multi-disciplinary approach. Witten/Herdecke's PPE MA is all that and more. As an international student in Witten I found an excellent academic as well as a truly warm and welcoming environment. Having moved from a different continent - and with virtually no
knowledge of the German language - I feel that people here are certainly going out of their way to make me and all of the international students feel welcome. This is an open-minded university, which offers a pluralistic education in an international environment, alongside the Studium Fundamentale as a truly innovative aspect of its curricula. As for everyday life, Witten is a town that is at the same time relaxed and full of activities, both academic and cultural. Many interesting student initiatives and its closeness to Bochum and Dortmund guarantee that a lack of options will never be a problem."


Tuition fees - No. of awards TBC

1st mode: study first - pay later: payment after graduation
- You start paying tuition fees as soon as you have a well-paid job (no risk involved if your career does not turn out as intended).
- With an annual income below € 21.000 you are exempt from repayment (You are free in your choice of a professional career).
- With a higher annual income than defined above you pay a fixed percentage from your income over a period of 10 years. The higher your income the higher your monthly payment, but subject to an upper limit.2nd mode: direct payment of fixed monthly rates (fixed sum)
- You pay a defined fixed rate per month during your studies
- No further payment required after the standard period of study.
- The rates due over the standard period of study amount to exactly the total fixed sum.3rd mode: direct payment 50%, income-related repayment after graduation 50%
- You pay half of the total fixed sum in monthly rates over a defined period during your studies.
- You pay the other half as soon as you start earning an income.
- The rate depends on your income and is calculated on a percentage basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Not money is what counts but the individual!


Our tuition payment scheme takes account of the different financial circumstances of our students – irrespective of social and family background. There are three different payment modes to choose from:1st mode: Income-Related Repayment after Graduation
2nd mode: direct payment of fixed monthly rates (fixed sum)
3rd mode: direct payment 50%, income-related repayment after graduation 50%

Application Procedure

Freedom and solidarity form the basis of this tuition payment scheme which our student association StudierendenGesellschaft has designed and implemented.
The actual amounts to be paid depend on the income earned by our graduates. The concept is an expression of the values for which our university stands.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The Master programme always starts in the winter semester. The course addresses applicants with a BA in economics, politics or philosophy or related inter-disciplinary programmes. Direct admission to the PPE MA is possible for BA graduates who have at least 60 ECTS in the fields of economics and politics or 60 ECTS in philosophy. The required level of English isTOEFL 92, IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each section), CEFR B2. We expect all applicants to document practical work experience of at least 3 months (including internships, entrepreneurial activities, civil service etc.

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