International Programmes 2020/2021

Master in European Economic Studies (MSc in EES) Master in European Economic Studies (MSc in EES)

University of Bamberg • Bamberg

Master of Science in European Economic Studies (EES)
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

Courses are held in English (up to 90%) and German (min. 10%). Participants can choose to write their Master's thesis in either language.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

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Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Within the scope of specialisation studies, students may choose modules in special fields, including the following:

  • International Economics
  • Empirical Microeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Theory
  • Applied Economic Research

In the different fields, students may choose from numerous elective modules, including the following:

  • International Monetary Economics
  • The Economics of Inequality
  • Disequilibrium and Behavioural Macroeconomics
  • Incentives and Behaviour
  • Political Economics
  • Microeconomics of Education
  • Advanced Industrial Economics
  • Public Economic Theory
  • Games and Contracts
  • Financial Macroeconomics
Course organisation

The two-year Master's degree programme (120 ECTS) takes place entirely in Bamberg. Upon graduation, the Faculty for Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration of the University of Bamberg will award a Master of Science (MSc) degree in European Economic Studies (EES).
Apart from the compulsory economics and methodological programme in the first semester (24 ECTS), the programme provides flexibility regarding content and organisation of studies. The economics modules (36-60 ECTS) offered are based in the fields of international economics, empirical microeconomics, public economics, economic policy, economic theory and applied economic research.
The individual academic profile can be supplemented by classes in related economics and social science disciplines (business administration, political sciences, social sciences, law) or courses taken during an optional semester abroad (up to 24 ECTS). This supports the interdisciplinary aspect and extends the chosen area of the main focus, thereby making good use of the large potential of the curriculum available at the Faculty for Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration at the University of Bamberg.
Up to two foreign languages (12 ECTS each) relevant for the exams form another essential component of the Master's degree programme.
The Master's thesis (24 ECTS) has to be written over the course of five months at the end of the programme.
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A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Language training provided
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Possible, but not obligatory

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Students whose home institution is Bamberg must pay a regular contribution to the administrative costs at the University of Bamberg (101.50 EUR per semester at present). There are no additional tuition fees during the student's stay at the host institution. A "Semesterticket" for public transport in the city of Bamberg is included.
Costs of living
About 500 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in European Economic Studies (EES) or a comparable degree in economic, social or natural sciences or mathematics with a grade of at least 2.5 (German grading system). For more information regarding admission, please see:

Language requirements

As courses are partly taught in German, applicants whose native tongue is not German need to certify their command of the German language through the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH)" (German language test for the university admission of foreign students). Alternatively, they can certify their command of the German language through the following:

  • A DSH certificate awarded by a "Studienkolleg" or another university
  • "Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II"
  • The certificate of the "Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)" of the Goethe Institute
  • The certificate "Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom" or "Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" of the Goethe Institute
  • A TestDaF with level 4 in all parts
Application deadline

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students may be employed as student assistants within the university. Other employment alternatives outside of the university are possible.


Bamberg's housing market has changed considerably in recent years. The demand for private accommodations is quite high, and rent prices continue to increase. The common trend seen in many cities, and particularly in university cities, is now quite apparent in Bamberg, too.

It is thus advisable to begin looking for a flat as early as possible and to be patient, as the process can take quite a while. It also pays to check listings in the local newspaper (Fränkischer Tag), submit an announcement that you are looking for accommodation, or explore the numerous online housing portals.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme

University of Bamberg

Since the founding of the University of Bamberg in 1647, it is the people who have been its top priority. The close proximity of students and instructors provides for excellent advisory services, personal communication and interdisciplinary studies.

The University of Bamberg, with about 13,000 students, is among Germany‘s medium-sized universities. The university currently offers roughly 100 programmes at the Bachelor‘s and Master‘s level.

The university’s main areas of academic focus lie in the humanities, social sciences, economics, business administration and human sciences. These are rounded out by numerous programmes in application-oriented computer science. The premises of the four faculties are concentrated in three main locations that are easily reached by bicycle or via the local network of bus routes.

One of the University of Bamberg’s main strengths is its commitment to a focus on international studies. The university’s International Office maintains exchange programmes with approximately 300 universities in nearly 60 countries worldwide.

There are currently about 1,000 foreign students from 80 countries enrolled at the University of Bamberg. The range of courses offered at the university reflects this focus on international studies. Degree programmes in fields like international business administration and management, European economic studies, or the joint Master’s degree in English and American Studies all require that students spend up to one year studying abroad. Furthermore, international students receive a great deal of support outside the classroom.

In order to help visiting students from around the globe become better integrated and acquainted with daily life, the International Office organises a tandem programme that brings together local and foreign students.

The university’s international guests also have the opportunity to participate in an extensive programme of excursions and events meant to present a broader experience of life in Germany, even beyond the city of Bamberg. An international "Stammtisch" provides students with the opportunity to socialise and share experiences.

University location

Located in Northern Bavaria, it is easy to travel to and from Bamberg using many different means of transport. For those travelling by car, the city can be reached from all directions via the A70 and A73 motorways. Bamberg's railway station is also a stop on the ICE line between Munich and Berlin, which means that both cities can be reached without changing trains. Nuremberg, Bavaria's second-largest city, is approximately 45 minutes away by train, and its international airport provides flights to destinations worldwide.