International Programmes 2020/2021

Philosophy & Economics (P&E) Philosophy & Economics (P&E)

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Arts
Teaching language
  • English

English (100%)

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

We have a rolling admissions policy. Applications for the winter semester will be accepted from 1 January onwards. We advise you to apply as early as possible.

We accept applications from EU students until 31 August. Non-EU applications are especially advised to apply no later than 15 July.

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

The MA programme in Philosophy & Economics is targeted at students with an interest in obtaining advanced analytical and quantitative training as a foundation for pursuing research-based careers in academia, public service, and business.

In designing the degree, we had economists and philosophers in mind (as well as those with a political science or business and management studies background) who are intent on sharpening their abilities in normative reflection, deepening their knowledge of subjects they have pursued during their Bachelor’s studies, and broadening and enhancing their methodological skills in key areas relevant to both disciplines.

A modern degree for modern challenges
We see both economics and philosophy and their integration as methods for analysing allocation, distributive, and institutional mechanisms in a world that is in need of new global governance structures. Chief among these are the following pressing foundational and practical questions: What are the dimensions of equality? Does globalisation threaten social solidarity? How should we regulate migration flows? Is the international organisation of labour necessary for achieving social justice? What are the economic and moral challenges that regional trade agreements create for the WTO? What is a fair allocation of voting power in the EU? What is the best way to organise deliberation? Who bears responsibility for climate change? Should executive salaries and bonuses be capped? How do we encourage corporate social responsibility?

The Bayreuth P&E programme is the advanced degree for the national and international public policy analyst, the public servant, and the concerned business professional. Our MA programme is for the serious intellectual who wants a rigorous training that will cut across disciplines and who wants to innovate and engage with the world. It is an advanced training in the concepts and methods of social and economic justice and is a real alternative to the standard types of Master's programmes in economics, philosophy, political science, or business and management studies.

Clarity and individuality
The P&E Master's programme has a very clear structure with a set of core courses in both disciplines, a well-defined integrative philosophy & economics seminar, and a wide range of electives allowing our students to specialise according to individual interests and aptitude. Our programme will provide you with solid foundations and the opportunity to carve out your own distinctive academic and professional profile.

Research-led teaching
The mission of research-led teaching is taken seriously in the P&E programme. Courses are taught by those whose research is close to the topic. P&E faculty bring their own research to the seminar room and explore novel ideas and methods with their students in an intensive but relaxed way.

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • 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
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (at the University of Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth (which combines the campus in Bayreuth and our new faculty VII located in Kulmbach), it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Applicants should have a background in philosophy & economics, economics, or a related discipline with an economics component (e.g., business/management, political science). You are required to have at least a Bachelor's grade point average of 2.3 according to the German grading scale. If you are unsure whether you qualify, do not hesitate to contact us. We are open to talented and engaged applicants who want to enter the field.

Language requirements

You must have an excellent command of written and spoken English.

Application deadline

We have a rolling admissions policy. Applications for the winter semester will be accepted from 1 January onwards. We advise you to apply as early as possible.

We accept applications from EU students until 31 August. Non-EU applications are especially advised to apply no later than 15 July.

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth and Kulmbach have a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Buddy programme
Supervisor-student ratio

University of Bayreuth

International, innovative, and interdisciplinary in research and teaching

The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,770 international students from more than 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2019 THE ranking “151 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

Welcome to our one-of-a-kind campus in Bavaria!
It is both the heart of our university and a source of inspiration. It is where friendships are made, collaboration is initiated, and ideas are conceived, ensuring that our university remains a beacon of innovation. Scientific exchange profits tremendously from the wide variety of disciplines our communicative campus brings together. That is probably why the University of Bayreuth has been able to celebrate so many awards and honours for its scholarly accomplishments.

University location

University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30
95447 Bayreuth