Master of Arts in Public Economics, Law & Politics


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Program Description

The ef­fec­tiven­ess and le­gi­ti­ma­cy of mo­dern sta­tes is lar­ge­ly de­ter­mi­ned by the com­plex in­ter­ac­tion of po­li­tics, law, and busi­ness and eco­no­mics. Late­ly, in par­ti­cu­lar, the­se in­ter­ac­tions have been af­fec­ted by dy­na­mic trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­ces­ses re­sul­ting from glo­ba­lisa­t­i­on and in­ter­na­tio­na­lisa­t­i­on trends. This has led to the for­ma­ti­on of mo­di­fied statehood forms and new pat­terns of re­la­ti­ons­hips bet­ween sta­te, so­cie­ty, and the eco­no­my.

The Mas­ter's de­gree in Public Economics, Law and Politics ap­p­lies a theo­re­ti­cal and me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal, as well as pro­blem-ori­en­ted and in­te­gra­ted, po­li­ti­cal ana­ly­sis of the­se dy­na­mic in­ter­ac­tions.

Content and Rationale

Stu­dies in po­li­ti­cal sci­ence at Leu­pha­na Gra­dua­te School com­bi­ne di­sci­pli­nes, which tra­di­tio­nal­ly deal with the re­la­ti­ons­hip of sta­te, so­cie­ty, and busi­ness and eco­no­mics. Ques­ti­ons, is­su­es, and ap­proa­ches to so­lu­ti­ons re­sul­ting from the­se in­tri­ca­te­ly in­ter­wo­ven re­la­ti­ons­hips are ana­ly­zed and trea­ted from the joi­ned per­spec­tives of po­li­ti­cal sci­ence, eco­no­mics, and law.

The fo­cus is pla­ced on the cau­ses, back­ground, as well as so­ci­al and eco­no­mic ef­fects and con­se­quen­ces, of go­vern­ment ac­tion. Thus, the cour­se aims at achie­ving a com­pre­hen­si­ve re­flec­tion on the re­la­ti­ons­hip bet­ween po­li­tics, law, and eco­no­mics by ap­p­ly­ing the tools pro­vi­ded by po­li­ti­cal sci­ence as a di­sci­pli­ne, rein­forced by in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry ob­ser­va­tions.

The di­sci­pli­ne-ori­en­ted elec­tives aim at trai­ning aca­de­mics to de­ve­lop in-depth com­pe­ten­cies in the in­di­vi­du­al di­sci­pli­nes of political science, public law, and economics. Co­ope­ra­ti­on with the Ger­man In­sti­tu­te for Glo­bal and Area Stu­dies (GIGA) in Ham­burg ma­kes it pos­si­ble to fo­cus on the field of education development theory and policy. This is achie­ved thanks to a selec­tion of more spe­cia­li­sed cour­se of­fe­rings. Six in­di­vi­dual­ly selec­ta­ble and fre­e­ly com­binable mo­du­les lar­ge­ly con­vey theo­ries, ap­proa­ches and me­thods for ana­ly­sing the sta­te of aca­de­mic ques­ti­ons and is­su­es from a di­sci­pli­na­ry per­spec­tive.

Programme Structure

In the first se­mes­ter, two in­di­vi­dual­ly al­lo­ca­ted bridge mo­du­les con­vey ba­sic know­ledge in po­li­ti­cal sci­ence in the di­sci­pli­nes, which you have not yet or not suf­fi­ci­ent­ly stu­di­ed in your pre­vious cour­ses. The se­cond and third se­mes­ters see the in­te­gra­ti­on ran­ge ex­ten­ding sub­ject of­fers by an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry per­spec­tive: In two mo­du­les, selec­ted to­pics and is­su­es from the per­spec­tive of each of two di­sci­pli­nes are in­ves­ti­ga­ted to­ge­ther.

The cour­se of­fe­rings are com­ple­men­ted not only by the cross-com­ple­men­ta­ry stu­dies over-ar­ching the mas­ter's de­grees on the ba­sis of a broad aca­de­mic and re­flec­tion-ori­en­ted sci­ence but also by the Mas­ter's Fo­rum & Re­se­arch Per­spec­tives. It teaches the me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal and or­ga­nisa­t­io­nal skills, which are ne­cessa­ry for the de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of prac­ti­tio­ners' own ana­ly­ses ba­sed on po­li­ti­cal sci­ence, as well as re­se­arch pro­jects. Buil­ding on this in­ten­si­ve pre­pa­ra­ti­on, the Mas­ter's dis­ser­ta­ti­on com­ple­ted in the fourth se­mes­ter con­clu­des the Mas­ter's Pro­gram­me.


The Mas­ter's De­gree in Pu­blic Eco­no­mics, Law and Po­li­tics pro­vi­des a sci­ence-ba­sed, in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and pro­blem-ori­en­ted aca­de­mic trai­ning in the field of po­li­ti­cal sci­ence. The aim is to fa­mi­li­a­ri­se you with theo­ries, ap­proa­ches, and me­thods, as well as cen­tral em­pi­ri­cal fin­dings on the cur­rent sta­te of sci­en­ti­fic re­se­arch. Thus, it im­parts the abili­ty to de­sign, im­ple­ment, and re­flect on in­de­pen­dent re­se­arch pro­jects. You will also be trai­ned to hand­le com­plex prac­tical is­su­es and pro­blems at the in­ter­face bet­ween po­li­tics, busi­ness and law from an aca­de­mic point of view. This pre­pa­res you for ma­na­ge­ri­al po­si­ti­ons in ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ve, na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons.

In ad­di­ti­on to en­te­ring into ac­tive em­ploy­ment, the pos­si­bi­li­ty also exists of fur­ther de­ve­lop­ an academic career. The pro­fes­s­o­ri­al chairs in­vol­ved in the cour­se of stu­dy car­ry out nu­merous pro­jects in that vein. Qua­li­fied stu­dents have the op­por­tu­ni­ty, thanks to the “Doc­to­ral Track”, to at­tend mo­du­les of the doc­to­ral pro­gram­me in the third se­mes­ter al­re­a­dy.


This Mas­ter's de­gree pro­gram­me is ai­med at Ger­man and in­ter­na­tio­nal gra­dua­tes (ba­che­lor or equi­va­lent) of a cour­se fea­turing an aca­de­mic ori­en­ta­ti­on in po­li­tics, law, busi­ness and eco­no­mics, con­sti­tu­tio­nal and ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ve sci­en­ces, who wish to ac­qui­re re­se­arch and prac­tical skills in the in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry field of po­li­ti­cal sci­ence.

For the Mas­ter's De­gree in Pu­blic Eco­no­mics, Law and Po­li­tics, you must bring a pro­ven mi­ni­mum of 60 CP from re­le­vant mo­du­les from the fol­lo­wing sub­jects: law, po­li­tics or eco­no­mics or from an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry com­bi­na­ti­on of the­se three di­sci­pli­nes.

At a Glance

  • Degree awarded: Mas­ter of Arts (M.A.)
  • Application period: April 1 - June 1 (exception in 2020: applications possible until July 1)
  • Type of programme:
  • Study places: 40
  • Start date: Oc­to­ber 1
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Duration: 4 se­mes­ters
  • Language: Eng­lish

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less