M.A. Governance and Public Policy


University of Passau, Innstr. 41, 94032 Passau   View map

The University of Passau

In Bavaria and at the heart of Europe
The University’s modern campus is located in the south-eastern part of Bavaria – Germany’s high-technology state – in verdant surroundings, a few minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town of Passau. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Passau has a very low crime rate and offers an excellent standard of living in a politically stable and economically robust environment, while being close to the major metropolitan centres of Prague, Munich and Vienna.

Course focus
Globalisation holds both great risks and immense opportunities; it also creates excellent career prospects and development opportunities.
One of the cornerstones of this programme is its interdisciplinary curriculum, which prepares students for work at the intersection of various academic disciplines. In the core modules and your chosen focus modules, you will study political theory, governance research and, building on this, comparative theories of government, European integration research, the transformation of traditional institutions before the background of complex multi-level governance structures as well as policy design and implementation. A choice of skills modules, including foreign languages, empirical social research, Digital Humanities, scientific principles and research design round off the qualification profile of those graduating from this degree programme.

This is an accredited programme which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.

The degree programme consists of three module groups and includes a master’s thesis:

A) Core modules
B) Focus modules
C) Skills modules

A) The two core modules ‚Theory of State‘ and ‚Multi-Level Governance‘ constitute the political science foundations for your intermediate and advanced interdisciplinary study later on in the degree programme.

B) In the focus modules, the knowledge gained in the previously completed core modules is treated in greater detail and with the involvement of other disciplines. At this stage of the programme, you will deal with problems from the areas of comparative politics/public policy, global governance, European integration, recent European history, European and international law as well as political institutions and social transformation.

C) The skills modules are intended to give students the opportunity to develop practical skills and competencies in various areas, such as foreign language skills, scientific principles, research design, presentation skills, empirical social research and computer-aided research methods in the social sciences and the Humanities (Digital Humanities).

As part of this master’s programme, you will write a thesis on a topic of your choice. This thesis will serve as proof of your academic qualification. A total of 120 ECTS credits are awarded for this programme.

Module catalogue and structural diagram for the programme (both in German).

Target group This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. Very good graduates with a first university degree get the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance to the social, political and economic development of their home country. The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany should enable the scholarship holders to later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social differences. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should qualify the scholarship holders to become partners in the political and economic co-operation with Germany. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions. As one of only eight institutions of higher learning in Germany, the University of Passau has been a proud member of the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (formerly PPGG Network) since 2010.
Course language English and German – Details can be found here
Application process Apart from an at least upper second level bachelor degree, there are certain other formal prerequisites for applying successfully. Scholarships can only be granted to applicants from selected countries. Moreover, graduates that have been living in Germany for more than 15 months prior to application and applicants who graduated from their home university more than six years ago, are normally not eligible for a PPGG scholarship. Exceptions can only be made under very strict circumstances. Previous working experiences in the field of public administration, civil society etc. definitely increase your chances to be awarded a scholarship!

In case your application is successful, you will be enrolled as a regular student of our two-year master programme „Governance and Public Policy“ at the University of Passau!

Details on the various stages of the application process

Applying might seem simple at first glance, but apart from just filling out the core application form provided by DAAD, you have to pay attention to your application file to be complete and valid.

IMPORTANT: You can apply with up to two out of the eight institutions of higher learning within the PPGG network. If you decide to do so, you need to submit your application with each institution separately, regardless whether it is your first or second choice. Application procedures may vary between the institutions, so prepare your application package carefully and according to the respective formal standards of the universities of your choice!

The application period at the University of Passau for the 2017/2018 academic session starts on 1 June 2016 and ends on 31 July 2016. Please refrain from handing in applications before or after that period.


Required documents for application

You have to hand in the following documents:

  • DAAD application form (filled in electronically and not written by hand),
  • a letter of motivation containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for choosing this scholarship programme and the University of Passau,
  • complete CV including information about the applicant’s precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience,
  • electronic copies of university diplomas on officially headed paper (an explanation of the grading system has to be attached),
  • electronic copies of your transcript(s) of records on officially headed paper,
  • electronic copies of the school leaving certificate/High School diploma which entitles holders to study at a university in their home country
  • electronic copies of a language certificate, testifying your English language skills equivalent to at least B2 level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For more information about the certificates within the CEFR please visit the website of our Language Centre4. In case the general medium of instruction at your previous university was English it is sufficient to attach a confirmation of your university on officially headed paper. If available, please also add a certificate of your German language skills on officially headed paper,
  • electronic copies of two letters of reference issued either by former university teachers or former employers on officially headed paper (the letters have to be part of your application package and must not be sent separately).

Documents that are not originally in the English or German language should be handed in with an official English translation. Please merge all documents (DAAD application form, scans of documents etc.) exactly in the order as shown above into one (!) coherent PDF document and mail the file to applications.ppggatuni-passau.de  Please name your file according to the following pattern: “Last Name, First Name_PPGG_2017_Passau”.

Please note, because of the vast number of applications we receive each year, only complete and formally correct applications that reach us within the given time frame will be considered for a scholarship. For the same reason, it may take up to one week until you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. During this period please do not contact us to enquire about the processing of your application.

We also have to dutifully point out the fact that any kind of forgery within your application, e. g. forged diplomas, applying for more than two PPGG universities in Germany at the same time etc., will lead to an immediate expulsion from the application process.

After careful evaluation of your application by our staff, a joint committee of DAAD representatives and members of the Passau PPGG team will meet in late autumn/early winter 2016 to pick the scholarship holders for the winter 2017/2018 academic session. You will be notified about the result of your application by mid-December 2016.

From 1 April 2017 onwards, you will attend a six-months language intensive course in Germany before commencing your studies at the University of Passau in October 2017. In addition to that, we will organise a welcome event for the new PPGG cohort in summer 2017.

Quick facts
Programme Governance and Public Policy
Degree awarded Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration and credits 4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts in April (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Language of instruction English and German
Course structure GAPP Modulhandbuch
GAPP Overview
FAQ If there are more programme-related questions, for example on the financial aspects of your scholarship, please visit www.daad.de/ppgg  where you can also find the full text of the scholarship announcement for the 2016/2017 academic session. For any inquiries regarding studying in Passau as a prospective scholarship holder, you are free to get in touch with the PPGG host institution at the University of Passau, the Chair of Political Science, by mail: information.ppggatuni-passau.de
Application deadline The deadline for applications for PPGG scholarships for the academic year 2017/18 closed on 31 July 2016.

The application period for the intake 2018/2019 will start 1 June and will end on 31 July 2017


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94032 Passau

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