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). 


Final degree

Master of Arts

Period of study

4 semesters

Programme language


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). 

Examination regulations / Modules

Current examination regulations for the Master programm

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Website of the masters programme

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Beginning of study

Winter semester

Application deadline

Application for the master's program is possible until 1 May 2018. The master's program starts again in October 2018