The Master's program "International Economics and Public Policy" is an interdisciplinary program jointly run by the Political Science and Economics Departments of the University of Trier.
The program combines application and research-oriented courses. Students are trained to get an in-depth understanding of current topics and research in comparative and international political economy by using qualitative and quantitative advanced social science research methods.
Students can choose among a wide range of topics related to, e.g., problems of international economics, governance of the European Union, or current developments in Asia.
The Master's program "International Economics and Public Policy" is a two-year full-time program consisting of 10 modules.
In their first semester, students attend the following three modules: "Advanced Microeconomics", "Macroeconomics/Econometrics" (students can choose to take either Macroeconomics or Econometrics), and "Economic Policy-Making".
In the second and third semesters, students attend modules in "Economic Governance in Europe", "Economic Policies", "Global Governance", "International Economics", "Energy, Climate and Environment" and "East Asian Political Economy".
In the fourth semester, each student completes the program with a Master's thesis.
Types of assessment
Written and oral exams, seminar presentations, written assignments
Students who have successfully participated in the modules receive 10 ECTS per module.
For the Master's thesis, students earn 30 ECTS.
The Master's degree is awarded based on the credit points acquired in the modules and the result of the Master's thesis.
A Diploma supplement will be issued
- International guest lecturers
- International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Trier University does not charge tuition fees. Students only have to pay a social fee ("Semesterbeitrag") of approx. 270 EUR for the first semester and 255 EUR from the second to the fourth semester. This includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Trier and the region of Trier. This fee acts as a contribution that benefits Trier Student Services (Studierendenwerk Trier) and the student union. It also enables students to buy meals at reduced prices at the university's canteens.
Costs of living
Students should expect expenses of approx. 750-850 EUR per month. For instance, monthly housing costs vary between approx. 240-280 EUR (basic dorm room) and 350-500 EUR (single apartment on the private market). A meal in the student cafeteria costs approx. 3-5 EUR.
Academic Admission Requirements
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, Social Sciences or Economics
Applicants with a degree in Political Science or Social Science must have solid knowledge in Economics (at least 30 ECTS, including statistics and mathematics).
Applicants with a degree in Economics must have sufficient background knowledge in Political Science (at least 30 ECTS).
Bachelor's degree grade of at least 2.7 (German grading system)
Applicants must prove their language proficiency in English by meeting one of the following criteria (Tests should have been taken within the last three years.):
- TOEFL (TOEFL-code: 9208): Internet-based: at least 80 points, computer-based: at least 215 points, paper-based: at least 550 points
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
- IELTS with at least 6.0 points
- Certificate of a degree from an English-speaking BA program (or equivalent) in an English- or German-speaking country
Proof of the following is considered equivalent to one of the aforementioned tests:
- Native speaker
- Two years of full-time study in a study program completely taught in English within the last two years
- At least six school years of English in secondary education and at least five points in English at "Abitur" level (only Germany & Luxembourg)
- 31 May 2019 for the winter semester 2019/20
- 15 July 2019 for the winter semester 2019/20
Applicants holding a BA or MA degree from a German university:
- September 2019 for the winter semester 2019/20
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