Double degree programme Multi-level Governance – International Relations/Governance and Public Policy

Double degree programme Multi-level Governance – International Relations/Governance and Public Policy

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The international, interdisciplinary double degree programme 'Multi-level Governance – International Relations/Governance and Public Policy', offered in co-operation with Andrássy University Budapest, gives students enrolled in the M.A. Governance and Public Policy programme the chance to earn two master's degrees in only four semesters: the Master of Arts in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Passau and the Master of Arts in International Relations from Andrássy University Budapest.

Quick facts
ProgrammeMulti-level Governance – International Relations/Governance and Public Policy
Degrees awardedTwo Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees
Duration4 semesters
Starts inOctober (winter semester)

About the programme

This double master's programme deals with the connections between politics, business and law by analysing complex multi-level systems. As analyses of these complicated, intertwined structures will become increasingly important over time in all three sub-disciplines, this double master's programme provides the relevant groundwork. The international remit of the double degree programme is intended to acquaint students with the regional and national idiosyncrasies, which shape the kind of pluralism prevalent in Europe, while the cross-disciplinary nature of the programme enables students to analyse political decisions taken in complex multi-level systems from a number of different vantage points and to think about new ways to promote citizens' participation in political processes.

The joint programme combines the expertise in European politics of Andrássy University Budapest and the University of Passau, thus conveying state theory knowledge and methodological foundations on the one hand and practical competences in domestic, European and foreign policy on the other.


  • Interdisciplinary and international studies in Europe
  • Excellent staff-student ratio at both universities, with additional contact persons
  • Receive two master's degrees as well as a certificate of completion of the double degree programme

Professional and academic prospects

The double degree programme qualifies you for work at international organisations, multinational corporations, political consultancies and European administrative agencies engaged in fields related to social science and law. Moreover, it gives you access to a career in academia, as it it acquaints you with the methods and scientific theory needed to conduct academic research. If you complete the master's programme with excellent results, you may proceed with the bi-national doctoral programme of the University of Passau and Andrássy University Budapest.

Programme outline

The programme structure (German) is such that students will typically begin their studies in October (winter semester), complete the first two semesters at Passau and then study at Andrássy University for the third and fourth semesters. Small class sizes and the excellent staff-student ratio at both universities ensure that the education provided is of a high quality and facilitate direct scholarly and intercultural exchanges. The master's thesis is supervised by lecturers from both universities.

How do I apply for a place on this programme?

First you should apply for a place on the relevant master's programme taught at either university. Once you have been offered a place, this offer stands for the master's programmes of both universities.

Applicants who have been offered a place for the 2016-17 intake of the M.A. Governance and Public Policy programme may apply directly for admission to the double degree programme. To do so, please send the completed application form (German) for the double degree programme to Passau's Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics.

Further details on the M.A. Governance and Public Policy at the University of Passau

If you have applied for the degree programme at Andrássy University, you should follow the application process of Andrássy University Budapest.


During your first year at the University of Passau you have to pay the semester contribution. Additionally, you will need to pay Andrássy University's administrative fee for the first two semesters. Subsequently, when you are enrolled at Andrássy University Budapest, you will need to pay their tuition fees (approx. 900 euros per semester as of June 2016; this includes the administrative fee) as well as the semester contribution at Passau. You may, however, be eligible for a scholarship or financial support scheme of Andrássy University to help you pay the tuition fees at Budapest.

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 4×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or your first undergraduate degree (i.e. a German-taught bachelor's degree programme).

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.

English language requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English should provide an English language certificate at UNIcert® II or level B2 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR).