University of Passau

Introduction

Excellence in research and teaching

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into the first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings, e.g. in Law, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Communication Studies, Political Science and Cultural Studies.

About 13,000 students and doctoral researchers from more than 100 countries are enrolled at the University of Passau. In addition to studying in small learning groups, students benefit from the manageable size of the University campus, resulting in short distances and an excellent student experience. Our Centre for Careers and Competencies gives staff and students the opportunity to develop those all-important transferable skills, such as leadership and communication, which are in great demand by employers. Representative surveys regularly attest to the high level of student satisfaction at the University.

A global outlook

Internationalism has always been one of our defining characteristics: our faculties maintain a close-knit network of cooperation with worldwide academic and research partners and we have numerous active alumni sections throughout the world. Part of the reason why our alumni are so successful on a global basis is that we provide them with the best pre-requisites for an international career: many degree courses give students the chance to earn a double degree in cooperation with international partner universities, and all our students have access to a large range of language courses and student exchange programmes. Our subject-specific language programmes in Law, Business/Economics, Cultural Studies/International Relations and Computer Science/Mathematics ideally complement our students’ degree studies.

A great student experience

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers, as they are not only equipped with the technical knowledge needed to embark on their careers; they are also highly motivated individuals who demonstrate great initiative by seeking additional qualifications or practical skills. Many are active in theatre, music, photography, film, radio and other cultural activities in their spare time, e.g. by getting involved in one of our many cultural student societies.

In Bavaria and at the heart of Europe

The University’s modern campus is located in the south-eastern part of Bavaria – Germany’s high-technology state – in verdant surroundings, a few minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town of Passau. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Passau has a very low crime rate and offers an excellent standard of living in a politically stable and economically robust environment, while being close to the major metropolitan centres of Prague, Munich and Vienna.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Programs

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MA

M.A. Development Studies

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The M.A. Development Studies enables students to develop the advanced knowledge, analytical skills, and conceptual frameworks required to understand and navigate the complexities of economic and social development and to gain insights into the economic, social, ethical, and cultural contexts and constraints of development. The programme provides outstanding opportunities to put theory into practice through international field research, with a strong focus on integrating quantitative and qualitative methods. [+]

The programme addresses the worldwide need for experts in the expanding field of development research as well as for project managers in international development cooperation. Who should study this degree programme? This programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in social science and mid-career professionals in any development-related field. Qualified students from developing and emerging countries are particularly welcome.

Features Programme entirely taught in English Strong focus on quantitative and qualitative methods Field research opportunities Unique selection of language courses Career prospects

Graduates are have a wide range of potential career paths within the development field, such as:... [-]


M.A. European Studies

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements from the humanities and social science disciplines, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social, cultural, business or economic discipline, lending it a (greater) European dimension. [+]

About the programme

This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements from humanities and social science disciplines, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social, cultural, business or economic discipline, lending it a (greater) European dimension. In this programme, you will be able to set your own study focus by choosing from a wide variety of subjects, including a number of European linguistic subjects and history, sociology, political science, geography, art history, East Central European studies and philosophy. To round off your profile, you will study in depth one or more of the following areas: foreign languages, media, intercultural communication, empirical research methods in social sciences, business administration, computer science and/or digital humanities.... [-]


M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

This accredited master's programme in Geography allows you to combine regional science and tourism research and specialise in one of five cultural world regions while learning the corresponding foreign language. This subject combination is unique in Germany. [+]

About the programme

Uniquely in Germany, the accredited M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism programme allows you to combine regional studies and tourism research and to specialise in one of five cultural areas, for which you will learn the corresponding foreign language. The degree programme features compulsory courses in Cultural and Environmental Geography as well as in Business and Economics. Furthermore, you will engage in a research project in regional or tourism research and complete a minimum one-month internship abroad. While studying this programme, you will develop the skill set required to tackle complex issues in regional development and tourism through the use of integrative and cross-disciplinary methods. In-depth regional knowledge and extensive intercultural competencies round off the programme profile of this highly practice-oriented programme.... [-]


M.A. Governance and Public Policy

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

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. [+]

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.... [-]


M.A. Historical Sciences

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

This research-focused master's programme in Historical Sciences imparts theory and research methods, enabling you to apply scientific principles to historical topics. [+]

About the programme

This research-focused master's programme in Historical Sciences imparts theory and research methods, enabling you to apply scientific principles to historical topics. You will learn to tackle complex issues and reconstruct historical developments and events by cross-referencing source material. Most history programmes tend to focus on the major historical periods; the M.A. Historical Sciences at the University of Passau additionally includes subjects from closely related disciplines. The programme is designed to allow you to actively shape your study path by selecting two focus modules to suit your personal interests and career plans.

Features A combination of conventional history course content and a choice of major epochs, subjects and regional disciplines, with the possibility to include topics from closely related disciplines Core subjects: the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, Modernity and Contemporary History, Eastern European History, Ecclesiastical History and Auxiliary Sciences of History You may specialise further by choosing a second focus subject Supplementary qualification: Certificate of Digital Humanities Programme Syllabus ... [-]

M.A. International Cultural and Business Studies

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

This programme teaches you to think in terms of networks and allows you to develop strong organisational and communication strategies, as well as developing important key skills, such as project management, leadership and problem-solving skills. [+]

Are you keen to give your studies an international orientation and do business, languages and culture fascinate you? This degree programme is both interdisciplinary and international, giving you the chance to acquaint yourself with business and economics, combined with two foreign languages and cultural studies focus in a cultural region related to one of your chosen languages. This programme teaches you to think in terms of networks and allows you to develop strong organisational and communication strategies, as well as developing important key Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.

skills, such as project management, leadership and problem-solving skills. This is an accredited programme which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the... [-]


M.A. International Economics and Business

Campus Full time 4 - 5 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The M.A. International Economics and Business programme teaches students how economic theories, experiments and empirical methods can be combined to explain key social and economic phenomena and developments. [+]

The M.A. International Economics and Business programme teaches students how economic theories, experiments and empirical methods can be combined to explain key social and economic phenomena and developments. The programme has been accredited by ACQUIN since 2010 and attained a top place in the 2014 CHE rankings.

Language requirements As this degree programme is fully German-taught, you need to be proficient in German to apply (at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, as shown by a DSH-2, TestDaF 4×4 or an equivalent language certificate). If you need to learn or perfect your German first, you may be interested in the University's preparatory German language offering, German Courses Passau. Features ... [-]

M.A. Media and Communication

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The Master's programme in Media and Communication combines practical journalism and communication theory, giving you the ideal preparation for your future career, be it in academia or in journalism. [+]

About the programme

The Master's programme in Media and Communication combines practical journalism and communication theory, giving you the ideal preparation for your future career, be it in academia or in journalism. Building on your undergraduate degree, you will gain advanced knowledge and skills in selected areas of focus and in the interdisciplinary extension modules.

You will also gain a broad grounding in social science, as the programme's core modules include Communication Studies, Media Studies, Media Informatics and Media Education. This Master's degree builds on the profile of the Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Studies, which was voted one of the best Media Studies programmes in Germany in the 2011 CHE ranking and has received the Seal of Quality of the German Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes.... [-]


M.A. North and Latin American Studies

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening [+]

About the programme

The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening.

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


M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The interdisciplinary Master's programme in Russian and East Central European Studies combines historical, literary and cultural studies of the countries and cultures of Eastern Europe. [+]

The M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary degree programme. Its aim is to equip students with profound knowledge of the countries and cultures of Eastern Europe by placing the focus on historical, literary and cultural studies. You will also acquire methodological, theoretical and applied skills as you progress through your degree studies. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to learn or perfect your Czech, Polish and/or Russian language skills by making use of the relevant Language Centre courses. As the programme is focused on Eastern Europe, you will gain essential knowledge of one of the world's primary growing regions.

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MSc

M.Sc. Business Administration

Campus Full time 4 - 5 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The research-oriented M.Sc. Business Administration gives you a solid grounding in theory, skills and methods. This enables you to deal independently with a wide range of problems, particularly those related to business administration, using scientific principles. [+]

About the programme

Do you have a first degree in economics, business administration or a related subject and wish to consolidate and expand your knowledge?

The research-oriented M.Sc. Business Administration gives you a solid grounding in theory, skills and methods. This enables you to deal independently with a wide range of problems, particularly those related to business administration, using scientific principles.

The degree programme provides you with three focus areas to choose from in accordance with your personal interests.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have gained the qualifications to continue with the doctoral study.

Features Possibility to earn a double degree from Corvinus University, Budapest Students select individual areas of focus Programme Syllabus ... [-]

M.Sc. Computational Mathematics

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

In addition to being a science in its own right, mathematics plays a fundamental role in the quantitative areas of practically all other academic disciplines, particularly in the natural sciences, engineering, business administration, economics, medicine, and psychology. Mathematical results permeate nearly all facets of life and are a necessary prerequisite for the vast majority of modern technologies – and as our IT systems become increasingly powerful, we are able to mathematically handle enormous amounts of data and solve ever more complex problems. [+]

About the programme

In addition to being a science in its own right, mathematics plays a fundamental role in the quantitative areas of practically all other academic disciplines, particularly in the natural sciences, engineering, business administration, economics, medicine, and psychology. Mathematical results permeate nearly all facets of life and are a necessary prerequisite for the vast majority of modern technologies – and as our IT systems become increasingly powerful, we are able to mathematically handle enormous amounts of data and solve ever more complex problems.

Special emphasis is placed on developing students' ability to formalize given problems in a way that facilitates algorithmic processing as well as enabling them to choose or develop, and subsequently apply, suitable algorithms to solve problems in an appropriate manner. The degree programme is theoretical in its orientation, with strongly application-oriented components. Studying this programme, you can gain advanced knowledge in the mathematical areas of Cryptography, Computer Algebra, Algorithmic Algebra and Geometry, Image and Signals Processing, Statistics and Stochastic Simulation, Dynamical Systems and Control Theory as well as expert knowledge in Computer Science fields such as Data Management, Machine Learning, and Data Mining.... [-]


M.Sc. Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

Those graduating with an M.Sc. in Computer Science are specialists in at least one field of computer science who have wide-ranging science-based methodological expertise. [+]

Computer Science is one of the drivers of technological progress in all economic and social spheres. Those graduating with an M.Sc. in Computer Science are specialists in at least one field of computer science who have wide-ranging science-based methodological expertise. Graduates are able to define, autonomously and comprehensively, computer science problems and their applications, structure them and build abstract models. Moreover, they are able to define and implement solutions that are at the state of the art of technology and science.

Language requirements

This programme can be fully studied in English or German, or in a mix of the two. You are encouraged to make use of the Language Centre's free German courses while you are studying on the programme. You should provide the following:... [-]


M.Sc. Information Systems

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The M.Sc. Information Systems allows you to consolidate your knowledge of e-commerce, business information systems, IT management, knowledge management and other topical subjects. [+]

About the programme

If you have earned the first degree with an information systems focus and are interested in following up with a Master's degree in the same discipline, then you've come to the right place.

The M.Sc. Information Systems allows you to consolidate your knowledge of e-commerce, business information systems, IT management, knowledge management and other topical subjects.

This degree programme involves original research and working on hands-on projects.

Features

In addition to the courses taught in this programme, you will also have the opportunity to attend courses from the related programmes of study, Business Administration, Computer Science, IT Security, IT Law and Media and Communication.... [-]


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Passau, Bavaria, DE