International Programmes 2021/2022

Master of Science in Politics, Economics and Philosophy Master of Science in Politics, Economics and Philosophy

Universität Hamburg • Hamburg

Master of Science in Politics, Economics and Philosophy
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

Application period: from 15 February until 31 March
For details, see:

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

The major theme of the programme Politics, Economics and Philosophy (PEP) is the analysis of individual and collective decisions which will be studied from the perspective of the three disciplines involved. Students will learn how to combine insights from political science, economics and philosophy in order to solve decision problems arising in such diverse areas as politics, corporate governance, international relations and others.
PEP is a research-oriented Master’s programme, and it aims to provide a thorough and rigorous training in modern theories and methods in political science, economics and philosophy. On the one hand, PEP is designed for students who subsequently intend to enter a PhD programme in one of the three disciplines and want to pursue an interdisciplinary approach in their research. On the other hand, PEP addresses students who want to pursue a career in the public sector, a private enterprise or in national and international organisations.

Course organisation

The programme duration is two years (four semesters). In each of the first three semesters, the students attend disciplinary courses in political science, economics and philosophy as well as interdisciplinary seminars. The fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s thesis.

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

There is a semester contribution per semester. This fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in the Hamburg metropolitan area. Fore more information, please see: Semester contribution: Studies: Universität Hamburg (

Costs of living

We recommend that single students budget at least 800 EUR per month to meet personal expenses (accommodation, living, health insurance, books).

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

International students at Universität Hamburg who are not eligible for the federal student loan scheme (BAföG) can apply for a Merit Scholarship during their studies and a Degree Completion Grant during the final study phase. The federal state provides most of the funding for these. There is no legal entitlement to funding. 
Fore more information, please see: Financing your studies: International: Universität Hamburg (

Academic admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission is a first university degree in economics, politics or philosophy from a German or international institute of higher education. Ideally, though not essentially, students with a university degree in one of these disciplines already have some knowledge in one or both of the other disciplines. For application requirements, see:

Language requirements

All applicants must provide proof of proficiency in the English language in the form of one of the following English language tests and minimum scores:

  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: at least 22 points per skill (Reading, Listening, Writing)
  • TOEFL internet-based test: 92 points with at least 22 points per skill (Listening, Writing, Speaking, Reading)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academics: Band 6.5: Good Competent User, with at least 6.0 per skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Results A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Results A, B, C
  • Cambridge Higher Business English Certificate (BEC): Results A, B, C
Application deadline

Application period: from 15 February until 31 March
For details, see:

Submit application to

During the application period, you can file your application online at the application portal of Universität Hamburg:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students who enrol in a full-time programme will generally have only a limited time for part-time jobs.
As a rule, students who hold an international student visa may work for up to 120 full days or 240 half days per year. Further information on work regulations for international students at Universität Hamburg can be found here:


Accommodation is available through the "Studierendenwerk" (student services) or on the private market. The "Studierendenwerk" provides rooms in halls of residence, most of which are single rooms with shared kitchens and showers/WCs. We strongly advise students and researchers to arrange accommodation prior to arriving in Hamburg, as demand for affordable accommodation is sometimes larger than supply.
For more information on how to find accommodation and how to plan your first steps in Hamburg, please see:

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