B.A. Governance and Public Policy

B.A. Governance and Public Policy

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Quick facts
ProgrammeGovernance and Public Policy
Degree awardedBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration and credits6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits
Starts inOctober (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman

About the programme

As the world grows increasingly closer politically and economically, it has never been so important to be able to think in terms of complex national and international structures and processes. This is a multi-faceted interdisciplinary degree programme, specifically designed with an international focus and plenty of practical relevance, to prepare students optimally for a future occupation that combines aspects of international politics, as well as social and business matters.

Studying this programme you will gain a solid grounding in history and political science, sociology, economics and – uniquely among German universities – public law. In addition, studying political science in Passau equips you with the necessary skills and methodologies to make sound decisions in a globally networked world, with all the implications this has for public opinion-forming and decision-making processes. Additional foreign language and empirical social research skills will round off your profile.


  • Uniquely among German universities, the programme includes public law modules in the curriculum
  • A compulsory two-month internship in Germany or abroad
  • The University of Passau has many partner universities abroad that are particularly suitable for students on this degree programme (including France, the UK, the US and Pakistan)

Career prospects

Graduates of this interdisciplinary degree programme have the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully compete on the labour market and are able to work in a wide range of occupations concerned with public decision-making processes and globally interlinked operational structures.

Potential employers include international organisations; associations and political parties; media and PR companies; the civil service; foundations, political consultancies and the education sector.

By choosing the relevant focus modules you can further qualify for a plethora of occupations in the private sector; finally, you may also proceed to study for a Master's degree, such as the related M.A. Governance and Public Policy offered by the University.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme is divided into five module groups: while groups A, B, and E are compulsory for all students on the programme, you will choose either module group C or D. Moreover, you will write a bachelor's dissertation as part of the degree programme.

A) Introductory modules
B) Specialisation modules
C) Interdisciplinary consolidation modules
D) Subject-specific consolidation modules
E) Skills modules

A) This module group imparts essential methods and theory from the academic disciplines represented in the module group: governance/public policy, history, public law, political science, sociology and economics. The module group also includes the lecture series 'An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Governance and Public Policy', which is taught in the first semester and gives you an overview of the current developments and issues in this area of study.

B) You will choose one of the five sub-disciplines studied in module group A as your specialisation and consolidate your knowledge in this area. Towards the end of the programme you will write your dissertation on a topic derived from your specialisation.

C) You have a choice whether to study module group C or D. If you choose C, you will widen the scope of your studies by analysing topics from the perspective of various academic disciplines; examples of such topics are institutional analysis, global governance, European politics, and media and communication.

D) Module group D, which you may study instead of C, leads to a narrower focus on your chosen sub-disciplines. In effect, this module group allows you to select a smaller, secondary specialisation to study in parallel to your specialisation in module group B, thereby gaining additional expertise in one of the five sub-disciplines chosen in module group A.

E) In this module group you develop and hone skills that will be useful throughout your university studies and beyond, including foreign languages, multimedia presentation techniques, software-based data analysis as well as basic and advanced methods in empirical social research. You will, moreover, complete a compulsory two-month internship in Germany or abroad in this module.

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.