Labor Policies and Globalisation (Master)

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Since 2004 the Global Labour University (GLU) network has offered this Master program on sustainable development, social justice, international labor standards, trade unions, economic policies and global institutions. This unique global program is jointly developed by universities and workers organizations from around the world.

The GLU is rooted in the partnership of trade unions, universities, the ILO and labor support organizations across the world. By building a network between workers' organizations and the scientific community, it contributes to the analytical and strategic capacities of labor in debating and acting for social justice.

It aims at candidates with experience in labor and social movements willing to assist organizations in these fields in engaging more effectively in social dialogue, public debate, and policy implementation. Participants will analyze and discuss the challenges of globalisation from a labor and trade union perspective in a multidisciplinary context. The program offers a multicultural and multiregional environment with students and lecturers from developing, transition and industrialised countries. The programme is a one year joint degree programme of the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics.

The Global Labour University is a unique programme and supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung (HBS), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and various Global Union Federations. The program maintains and facilitates close contact and exchange with various trade union organizations and experts, which exceeds the regular academic curriculum of a master study program. The participation in the program requires an own contribution of 1500,-€.

General program information

Final degree: Master of Arts

Beginning of study: Winter semester

Language of instruction: English

Period of study: 2 semesters

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

Integrated internship: 6-week internship during the study period

Application procedure for the winter semester

Application with a degree earned in Germany

Application period

annual 01.06. - 01.09.

Please apply for this course via the online application portal for master's degree courses at the University of Kassel.

How to apply

Application with a degree earned outside Germany

Application period

annual 01.12. - 01.03.

If you pursued your Bachelor degree at a university outside Germany, you need to apply via uni-assist. uni-assist will pre-evaluate your application on behalf of the University of Kassel and inform you if further documents are required. 

How to apply


For any general admission questions, please contact our information desk.

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