La­bour Po­li­cies and Glo­ba­li­sa­ti­on (Master)

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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 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.
The programme is a one year joint degree programme of the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics.

For the intake 2019/20 the programme will entirely take place at the University of Kassel. Participants also have the possibility to pursue a double degree with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additionally there is the possibility of doing an exchange semesters at the GLU programme in Brazil or India. Women are strongly encouraged to participate.

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 programme maintains and facilitates close contact and exchange with various trade union organisations and experts, which exceeds the regular academic curriculum of a master study programme. The participation in the programme requires an own contribution of 1500,-€.


Ge­­­ne­ral pro­­­gram­­­me 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 or Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.


Integrated internship: 6-week internship during the study period


Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on pro­ce­du­re win­ter se­mes­ter 2020/21

Ap­p­­li­­ca­­ti­on with a de­gree ear­­ned in Ger­­ma­­ny

Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on pe­ri­od

Deadline extended
15 May 2020 - 30 September 2020

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

15 May 2020 - 15 July 2020
Extended submission deadline for documents: 30 July 2020

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


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