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.
|Programme||Multi-level Governance – International Relations/Governance and Public Policy|
|Degrees awarded||Two Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees|
|Starts in||October (winter semester)|
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
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.
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.
To obtain a place on the double master's programme 'Multi-level Governance – International Relations/Governance and Public Policy' you have to successfully complete a two-step application procedure: first for the M.A. Governance and Public Policy and subsequently the selection process for this double degree programme.
1) The application process
In order to apply for the double degree programme you should first apply for the corresponding master's programme at only one of the two universities. If you are admitted, this is recognised by the other university.
Applicants who wish to apply for the double master's programme at the University of Passau have to also enrol for the regular M.A. Governance and Public Policy programme at Passau.
Please visit our application pages to find out how to apply for the M.A. Governance and Public Policy at the University of Passau.
Those applying for a place at Andrássy University Budapest should follow the application procedure there.
2) How to apply for the double master's programme
A separate candidate selection is carried out for the double master's programme. In all, eight places are available per calendar year. It is absolutely necessary that you submit a paper-based application for admission to the double master's programme (e.g. by post or courier service) to the Jean-Monnet Chair of European Politics at the University of Passau in addition to your application for a place on the M.A. Governance and Public Policy programme. Your application should include:
- Your prior degree certificate and transcript (simple copy).
- Your chronological curriculum vitae.
- A cover letter (one A4 page in length), in which you indicate why you believe you are particularly well-suited for this degree programme in terms of qualification and personal aptitude.
All documents for the selection process must be submitted simultaneously before the application deadline for the M.A. Governance and Public Policy programme (date of postmark). You will receive an official notice of the result of your application within four weeks of the application deadline.
3) How to enrol in the double master's programme
If you have been offered a place on the double master's programme, you must be a regularly enrolled student at both universities for the entire duration of the programme.
Please check our application pages to find out about how to enrol and what documents to enclose.
During the first years, which you will spend at the University of Passau, you will pay the same semester contribution as all other regular students. You will also have to pay an administrative fee to Andrássy University Budapest. Throughout the duration of your studies at Andrássy University Budapest you will have to pay their regular student fees (895 euros per semester plus 64 euros administrative fee – figures as at April 2018). At the University of Passau, you will pay only the semester contribution. You may apply for scholarships and funding opportunities offered by Andrássy University Budapest to help with the student fees.
Please contact the Student Registration Office, if you have any questions about the admission requirements or any part of the application process.
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.
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).