Labour Policies and Globalisation (M)

Programme description

Since 2004 the Global Labour University (GLU) network has offered this Master programme on sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards, trade unions, economic policies and global institutions. This unique global programme is jointly developed by universities and workers organisations from around the world. It aims at candidates with experience in labour and social movements willing willing to assist organisations in these fields in engaging more effectively in social dialogue, public debate, and policy implementation. Participants will analyse and discuss the challenges of globalisation from a labour and trade union perspective in a multidisciplinary context. The programme offers a multicultural and multiregional environment with students and lecturers from developing, transition and industrialised countries.

more information

The courses take place at the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics. Participants also have the possibility to study one term in South Africa or Brazil and one term in Germany. Women are strongly encouraged to participate. As a general rule, applicants should be unter 40 years of age.

The Global Labour University is supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung (HBS), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ). A limited number of scholarships are available. The scholarship requires endorsement by a trade union and is conditional on a contribution of 1500 Euro from the supporting trade union or another donor.


Final degree

Master of Arts

Period of study

2 semesters

Programme language 



Non-consecutive pogramme, joint degree. The second semester will take place in Berlin.

Integrated internship

6-week internship during the study period

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in economics, law, pedagogy or social sciences;

  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 (according to the German grading system);

  • A total of 240 acquired ECTS credits;

  • Very good knowledge of English language - equivalent to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or equivalent.

  • Advanced knowledge on issues of labour relations and at least one year of practical experience in the representation of workers' interests.

Exceptions to the eligibility criteria are decided by the Audit Committee.

Examination regulations / Modules

Current examination regulations for the Master programm

Website of the Master programme

Here you can find the website of the Master programme

Beginning of study

Winter semester

Subject-specific information and advice

Simone Buckel
ICDD, Kleinen Rosenstraße 3, 5. Stock
Tel.: +49 561 804-3113

First semester

Orientation Week

Application procedure

The application period for winter semester 2016/17 intake has expired.

Application period:

  • Students of the University of Kassel and Applicants with a degree earned in Germany: The application period for winter semester 2017/18 intake will open 15 May 2017.