M.A. Governance and Public Policy

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.

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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 Program Overview 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 Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 2019

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 Module Catalogue
Programme 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 next application period. 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.ppgg@uni-passau.de

University of Passau

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94032 Passau

Email: information.ppgg@uni-passau.de

Phone: +49 851 5090