Master Programme Global Political Economy and Development

Programme description

The Master programme in Global Political Economy and Development aims to help students to develop a critical understanding of the numerous theoretical approaches and practical issues as well as the wide spectrum of institutions, actors and processes in the Global Political Economy. The programme also aims to enable students to apply this knowledge in practice.

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The Faculty of Sciences (Politics and Sociology) and the Faculty of Economics play a pivotal role in the interdisciplinary Master programme, which incorporates an international module that encourages students to participate in work-study programmes abroad. The Kassel programme collaberoates with the Universidad Estadual De Campinas (Sao Paolo), Paris X (Nanterre), Rutgers University (Newark, NJ, U.S.A.), University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and York University (Toronto). Seminars are periodically offered by lecturers from these partner programs.

The Kassel curriculum is of special interest to international students as it goes beyond the standard International Political Economy programmes by elaborating on the EU as an important region in the world economy. Students also have the opportunity to take courses at the Language Centre in a variety of langauges and specialised areas including German, English, French, Spanish, and German for Economists, Political Scientists and Sociologists. International students are also invited to participate in a four-week intensive German course before the programme begins, which is followed by four hours of weekly instruction during the semester (additional charges apply for language courses). 

Profile

Final degree

Master of Arts

Period of study

4 semesters

Programme language

English

Integrated internship

8-week internship during study period

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree in social sciences, political science, economics, law or a related fiel with a study period of at least 6 semesters;

  • A minimum cumulative grade of "good" or "upper second-class honours"; or an equivalent to 2.5 according to the German grading system;

  • The Bachelor's degree profile must indicate
    • good knowledge of political science or economics
    • basic knowledge of sociology, political science, and economics.

  • At least one year of volunteer and/or work experience in the social sciences (e.g. politics, university policy, policy-oriented civil society organisations);

  • Knowledge of the English language equivalent to level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • A motivation letter (maximum 3 pages long) covering the following aspects:
    • Relation between your previous qualifications and your prospective professional aims to the Global Political Economy programme;
    • Description of your social-political commiment.;
    • Name one specific problem of global political economy.

Admission requirements should be evidenced by transcripts from the applicant's first degree and the motivation letter (socio-political experience). 

Beginning of study

Winter semester

Examination regulations / Modules

Website of the masters programme


Application procedure - winter semester 2017/18


Application with a degree earned in Germany
- Application period: 15.05.2018 - 01.09.2018

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

Which documents do I need for my application?

Please enclose the following documents with your official application after you have completed and signed it:

If you already have a bachelor’s degree: 

  1. A copy of your university degree with an overall grade of at least good (2.5) (German degree, bachelor’s degree or the specialist equivalent); there is no need to have the copy certified.
  2. A complete summary of subjects and grades (transcript of records).
  3. Evidence of an adequate knowledge of English at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  
  4. Send a letter explaining your reasons for choosing the course; this may not be longer than 3 pages. You will find more detailed information on the content from the Entry requirements section on this site.  

If you do not yet have a bachelor’s degree: 

  1. An interim summary of subjects and grades (transcript of records) from your current course.
  2. Written confirmation of your progress in your course, completed and signed by your current examinations office.
  3. Evidence of an adequate knowledge of English at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
  4. Send a letter explaining your reasons for choosing the course; this may not be longer than 3 pages. You will find more detailed information on the content from the Entry requirements section on this site.

    You must have already completed and passed at least 80% of the work required for your degree by the time you submit your application. This is the equivalent of 144 of 180 credits or 168 of 210 credits. You must also provide evidence of your acceptance for a dissertation (please specify the submission deadline).    

Please note that your documents will only be processed if your application is complete and has been received on time.   

How do I apply for this master’s degree course?

  1. Complete the application form online. You may only specify one choice of course on each application! If you are interested in several courses, you must complete the online application form separately for each one.   
  2. After completing the application, you will be asked to print it and sign it.  
  3. Please print a second copy for your own records. 
  4. Attach the necessary documentation to your application (see “Which documents do I need for my application?”). Please note that your documents will only be processed if your application is complete and has been received on time.
  5. Send your application and the documentation to the registrar’s office by post or hand them in personally within the application deadline specified on this site. Please send your documents by post to: 

    Universität Kassel
    - Studierendensekretariat -
    34109 Kassel

Please note: the date on which the documents arrive at the University of Kassel determines whether they have arrived on time or not.

>> This takes you to the online application portal (currently impossible)

What happens after you have submitted your application?

  1. As soon as your application has been received, you will receive a digital acknowledgement of receipt.  
  2. The e-mail also contains information about logging into the application portal. You will need your applicant’s number for this.  
  3. Your application will then be checked to see whether it is complete and correct in formal terms. If any documents are missing, you will be informed of this by e-mail. So please check the spam filter in your mail programme too.  
  4. If your documents are complete, your application will be passed on to the examination board for the master’s degree course. It will check the contents of your application. The examination board will decide whether your qualifications match the requirements and whether to recognise your achievements in the past; it will make a decision to admit or reject you and may also set other content-related conditions.
  5. If the examination board does not have all the documents for its specialist review, the master’s degree office will send you an e-mail to inform you of this.
  6. The decision taken by the examination board will be passed on to the master’s degree office digitally.

The assessment and enrolment procedure described here may take up to 6 weeks during the peak phase of the application process! Please refrain for making any enquiries about your application during this time.

What happens after you have been accepted?

  1. You will receive an automatically generated acceptance mail. The e-mail contains important information about the introductory courses. 
  2. You will be enrolled for the master’s degree course. Following the enrolment, you will be sent the confirmation of acceptance for studies with further information on any documents that might be missing, any content-related conditions needing to be met and payment of the semester fees in the post. Please note the deadlines for submitting the documents and paying the semester fees.  
  3.  If you have been accepted for several master’s degree courses, you will be enrolled for all of them. The enrolment can be cancelled provided that you apply to withdraw from one or several master’s degree courses by the start of the semester.
  4. The assessment and enrolment procedure described here may take up to 6 weeks during the peak phase of the application process! Please refrain for making any enquiries about your application during this time.
  5. Introductory events will take place before you start your studies. The key questions on the structure of your course will be answered there. There are tips and information about the organisation and course of studies. And you will get to know your fellow-students too: so do not miss out!

Do you have any other questions?


Application with a degree earned outside Germany - Application period: 01.12.2017 - 15.08.2018

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.

Step 1: Preliminary Assessment. Deadline: 1 February

If you are interested in a preliminary assessment of your documents, please proceed as follows:

a) Visit the website of uni-assist and register as applicant.

b) Fill in and upload the application form on the website of uni-assist.

c) Print out and sign the application form and send it to ma-gpe@uni-kassel.de attaching the following documents: 

  • Academic certificates (a Bachelor's certificate or equivalent if available including a list of all subjects and grades);
  • Proof of one year experience of voluntary or paid practical social-political work;
  • Statement of objectives for studying GPE (in English);
  • Language certificates. 

d) The Admission Board of the programme will hold the preliminary assessment and afterwards inform you via email about the result. 

If you receive a recommendation from the Admission Board, please follow the instructions from number 3 onwards on this site.


For your application to be considered by the Admission Board of the department Global Political Economy please proceed as follows:

1. Visit the website of uni-assist and register as applicant.
2. Fill in and upload the application form on the website of uni-assist.
3. Print out and sign the application form and send it to uni-assist attaching the following documents: 

  • Statement of objectives/Motivation letter for studying GPE (in English) covering at minimum your academic background in the field, your career plans, your social-political experience and your interest in global political economy (3 pages max.);
  • Proof of one year of voluntary or paid practical social-political work (for example, in party politics, university politics or policy-oriented civil society organizations). You can prove your practical social-political work experience for example by submitting a certificate of participation in a project of a social-political organization or a formal letter from your (former or current) employer or supervisor that specifies the duration of your work and your duties.
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • All certificates proving the required command of the English language;
  • Official authentications of the following documents
    • Your certificates of studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades in the original language;
    • Your secondary school leaving certificate in its original language, including a listing of all subjects and grades;
    • Your university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades in its original language;
    • Translation of your documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German or English. You are advised to contact the embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany on this matter. 
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam have to provide a successful APS test for their application to be considered. 

Information on standard official authentication is available here: http://www.uni-assist.de/standards_en.html.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Therefore, make sure to hand in all of the above mentioned documents on time to uni-assist. 

4. Pay the application fee to uni-assist. Detailed information on how to transfer the application fee are available here: www.uni-assist.de/fees-payment.html.

5. Follow up the communication with uni-assist. To avoid that emails are deleted, add uni-assist to your mail account and check your spam folder. 

6. Forward all uni-assist emails to the GPE coordinator (ma-gpe@uni-kassel.de), so assistance can be provided if needed.

Your application will not be processed until you have handed in all required documents and have paid the application fee. The sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be processed.

You will have to cover the application fee even if your application does not meet the requirements set out. We offer a preliminary assessment of application documents in order to establish if there is a chance that an application will be rejected. However, this assessment is not legally binding. Your application will still be evaluated by uni-assist and the University of Kassel. 

Step 2: Evaluation Process and application result

After submitting your application set to uni-assist, your previous studies will be evaluated by uni-assist and the University of Kassel. 

In case of approval, applicants will receive a letter of admission from the University of Kassel first via email and then via airmail. You are kindly asked to  

  1. confirm the admission at short notice.
  2. make sure that the notification of admission can be delivered to the address you entered on the application form. 
  3. make sure that your email account is valid during the application process in case the University of Kassel needs to contact you.
  4. follow the instruction mentioned in the letter of admission for a successful enrolment.

If you do not pass the preliminary assessment, you may still apply via uni-assist but it is very unlikely that you will get admitted to the programme. In case of a refusal you will also be informed by the student admissions office of the University of Kassel. 

Do you have any other questions?