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 multifaceted 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 political science, sociology, economics, history 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 its 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

Those graduating from 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 four module areas. As part of the programme, you will write a dissertation on a topic chosen from one of your specialisation (area B) or consolidation modules (area C).

A: Political Science introductory modules
B: Political Science specialisation module groups
C: Political Science consolidation module groups
D: Foreign languages and internship

A: This module area imparts essential methods and theory from the subject disciplines represented in the four introductory module groups: Political Science and Methods in Sociology, Economics, Society in Transformation, and Public Law.

B: In module area B you will gain in-depth knowledge of Political Science. You will choose two of the three specialisation module groups offered: Governance/Public Policy, Political Theory and Intellectual History, or European and International Politics.

C: Building on your prior knowledge gained in module area A, you will consolidate your theoretical and methodological expertise in one or more part disciplines by choosing three of eighteen consolidation module groups offered.

D: In the practically-oriented module area D, you will gain subject-specific language skills: depending on the track your choose, your language programme will have a social science, legal or business/economics focus. You can choose from the following languages: Chinese, Czech, English, French, German as a Foreign Language, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese. You will, furthermore, complete a compulsory two-month internship in Germany or abroad in this module area.

For further details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet (German) and the module catalogue.

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.