Pro­gram struc­tu­re

Aim, Con­tent and Struc­tu­re

The master's degree course in Global Political Economy and Development aims to help students develop a critical understanding of the numerous theoretical approaches and practical issues as well as the broad spectrum of institutions, players, and processes in the Global Political Economy. The course also seeks to enable students to apply this knowledge in practice. Throughout their coursework, students will be required to provide inputs such as individual and group presentations, summaries for texts, book reviews and final term papers in each course. In addition, attendance and participation in lectures and seminars are highly emphasized due to the rigorous and discussion-based nature of the programme.

During the two years of the programs, students will be required to complete 120 credits of coursework which includes:

  • 4 Master Core Courses (worth 9 credits each)
  • 1 Master Core Course (worth 6 credits)
  • 1 Writing and Research Skills Course (worth 8 credits)
  • 3 Masters Special Option Courses (worth 6 credits each)
  •  2 – 3 Elective Courses (worth a total of 12 credits)
  • An 8 Week Internship (worth 10 credits)
  • Master’s Thesis and Master Defense (worth 30 credits in total).

The following timetable represents a standard structure for the Master Course:

Core Courses221-
 Special Option
Courses + Electives
Research Methods  1 
Internships in Semester
Master Thesis    x


The co­re cour­ses of the pro­gram are:

  • Introduction to Globalization and Development
  • Introduction to International Economics
  • Governance of the World Market: Institutions, Instruments, and
  • Experiences
  • Introduction to Theories of International Political Economy
  • GPE Issues: Theories and Evidence
  • Advanced Research Methods

 Following topics are covered in the program:

  • Critical theories and methodologies of GPE
  • Gender perspectives on GPE
  • Global power relations and global governance
  • Globalized finance and trade
  • Global labour studies
  • Human rights and labour rights
  • Theories of development
  • Development cooperation
  • Post-development approaches
  • Postcolonial theory
  • International Financial Institutions
  • The impact of globalization on local governments
  • European integration
  • Global environmental politics
  • The politics of development and North-South relations
  • Cultural aspects of globalization

Preli­mi­na­ry Sui­ta­bi­li­ty Check

The program offers a preliminary check of suitability to students with a degree from outside Germany, to see whether their applications fulfil the program requirements and could be eligible for the program. To request a suitability check, please send the following documents, preferably in one PDF document, to the program coordinators’ email address (magpe[at]uni-kassel[dot]de).

  • Copies of BA degree and Transcript of Records
    • including grades of prior and/or current studies at a university
    • indicating final grade (CGPA) as well as the minimum passing grade and the maximum grade for graduation
  • Motivation letter for studying GPED (in English) 
    • as described above
  • Proof of a voluntary or paid practical social-political work (e.g., work certificate, reference letters, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Certificates proving the required command of the English language
    • This requirement does not apply if the primary language of a former study was English.

Pro­fes­si­ons and oc­cupa­tio­nal fiel­ds

In the wake of globalisation, a critical understanding of the global political and economic dynamics, time spent abroad, and good language skills give graduates a competitive edge on the job market. Correspondingly, the Master’s programme aims at facilitating learning on how to interpret and analyse transnational economic and political process and how to cooperate with peers from all over the world in the process. In so doing, it prepares graduates for careers in areas concerned with globalisation and development, for example, in international organisations, NGOs, consultancies, journalism, and academia. Thanks to its focus on both theory and empirical research, it provides rigorous training for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD after graduation.