- First semester: two core courses plus two optional courses
- second semester: two core courses plus one optional course, eight-week internship
- third semester: one core course, plus one method, two optional courses
- fourth semester: Master's thesis, plus colloquium and viva voce
Study abroad unit(s)
The MA GPE provides many exchange possibilities. Erasmus scholarships are available for all students. Currently the department holds Erasmus contracts with Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France), Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Umeå (Sweden), University of Surrey (UK), University of Salamanca (Spain), University of Oviedo (Spain), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), Yildiz Technical University (Turkey), Anadolu University (Turkey), and University of the Aegean (Greece).
DAAD scholarships are available for German students (Bildungsinländer) for Rutgers University Newark (USA) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India).
The student body is truly international: up to 70% of the students come countries other than Germany, from Albania to Vietnam.
Lecturers from partner universities (Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil, Rutgers University in the USA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India and University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa) offer seminars periodically.
An internship of at least eight weeks is to be completed during the summer breaks. Programme advisers will assist student in finding the appropriate internship.
Forms of assessment
Summaries, minutes, assignments, research papers, oral/audio-visual presentations, group projects, five months Master's thesis, oral thesis viva voce
9 ECTS per core course, 6 ECTS per optional courses, 30 ECTS Master's thesis module
The globalisation of economic, cultural, and political activities has been one of the central and controversial "mega" trends in societal development over the last decade. This vanishing of borders, which will likely continue for decades to come, presents a formidable challenge to traditional statist, national thinking. A critical understanding of the forms, causes, effects and avenues for governance of globalisation is needed. The requisite knowledge of the dynamics of the world economy, international institutions and transnational actors is offered by the Master's degree programme in "Global Political Economy".
The Master's programme prepares graduates for careers in areas directly affected by globalisation (e.g. international companies, organisations and NGOs), enables them to interpret social processes (e.g. in teaching or journalism) or to analyse transnational economic activities (e.g. in research, policy advice, financial analysis).
Many of our graduates are enrolled in a PhD programme.