M.A. Governance and Public Policy


Program Description

About the programme

Globalisation holds both great risks and immense opportunities; it also creates excellent career prospects for qualified graduates. One of the cornerstones of this programme is its interdisciplinary curriculum, which prepares students for work at the intersection of various academic disciplines.

In the core modules and your chosen interdisciplinary focus modules, you will study political theory, governance research and, building on this, comparative theories of government, European integration research, the changing traditional institutions before the background of complex multi-layered systems, as well as public policy design and implementation. Foreign languages, empirical social research know-how and scientific theory round off the qualification profile of those graduating in this degree programme.

This is an accredited programme of study which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.


  • The only Governance and Public Policy programme in Germany to include public law modules
  • A unique range of courses and excellent staff-student ratio in small master's classes
  • A top-ranked programme, e.g. CHE Ranking 2012/13
  • A large number of partnerships with universities abroad, particularly useful for students on this degree programme (UK, France, USA, Pakistan and other countries)
  • One of only eight-degree programmes in Germany to have been included in the Public Policy and Good Governance programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Gain a supplementary qualification – the Certificate of Digital Humanities: www.uni-passau.de/Zertifikat-Digital-Humanities.html

Programme Syllabus

The programme is divided into three module groups and includes a Master's thesis:

  1. Core modules
  2. Focus modules
  3. Skills modules

Language of instruction


Academic entry requirements

Applicants for this degree programme should have a good first university degree in social science, business studies, economics or a related subject with an overall result of at least 2.3 according to the German marking system, or be ranked among the best 25% of their cohort.

German language requirements

You need good German language skills to study this degree programme. Therefore, unless you speak native-level German, you will need to provide one of the recognised German language certificates when enrolling in the programme.

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers language programmes tailored to the needs of international students.

If you do not have any existing German language skills, you may wish to study its Academic German Year preparatory language programme, which will take you from absolute beginner to near-native level in just two semesters. You may sit the DSH language test for university admission as part of this programme.

The Academic German Semester and summer courses offered by GCP are suitable for you if you already have some German language skills.

English language requirements

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

DAAD scholarships in the field of “Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)”

For highly qualified graduates from the third world, threshold, or developing countries, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn, Germany, yearly grants up to ten full scholarships to cover the expenses for the whole two-year curriculum at the University of Passau.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankin ... Read More

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings, most recently in the TImes Higher Education's 2019 World University Rankings, where it attained a place among the 20% best universities worldwide. Read less