The Master in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Witten/Herdecke University is fully taught in English and focuses on the social, political, and economic challenges of an increasingly interconnected world, such as:
The challenges mentioned above transcend academic disciplines. Conventional academic approaches have often failed to effectively understand and tackle them. In our understanding, only people with an interdisciplinary background and a broad vision will be able to develop creative and sustainable solutions for the future world society. Therefore, future political and economic leaders need to be able to competently reflect upon ethical and philosophical issues. The PPE Master in Witten is tailor-made for this kind of future executives. It qualifies for a large number of jobs and careers in leading positions at the interface of politics, economics and (civil) society.
In contrast to other M.A.-PPE programmes, which tend to teach the three disciplines separately, the Witten course of studies truly merges the fields by exploring their combined relevance in virtually every way.
The educational approach of Witten/Herdecke is unique. We have created an active community of students and professors around each of our degree programmes. Hence, as a student of PPE at Witten, you will interact with exceptionally talented, involved, committed and sociable people.
Classes are kept small and teaching is interactive to the core, fostering discussion and avoiding what we pejoratively call "frontal teaching”. In particular, each semester our students are involved in designing the curriculum of the upcoming semester. The Studium fundamentale allows you to integrate courses in music, literature, art, history, and archaeology into your degree. The possibility to choose between three majors and to conduct independent studies allows for a high degree of individual design of your course portfolio.
You would like to make your Master studies a truly international experience? You like the interdisciplinary approach of PPE, but still wish to focus on a particular field in Politics or Economics? Your grades show an average of at least 2.3 (grade: "good") or better? Then apply for one of the two double degree programmes with the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom). Students in this programme spend one year of their UW/H course in Buckingham, studying either M.A. Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy or M.Sc. Money, Banking and Central Banking. At the end of the double degree programme, both degrees will be conferred.
The excellent international reputation of our university helps us to attract internationally renowned scholars to give talks and teach seminars at Witten/Herdecke. In fact, the University partners with students in selecting and inviting international lecturers. Our network of partner organisations helps PPE students to pave their way to a successful career in Germany and abroad.
During the first semester, students join together in seven "basics" courses, covering:
These introductions allow students from different disciplinary backgrounds to successfully complete advanced courses and establish common foundational knowledge. They also provide a great venue to get to know your diverse and dedicated classmates. Other mandatory courses include Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, where students are introduced to a broad array of social science methods, and Philosophy of Science, which provides an excellent background for interdisciplinary work.
In the second stage, students choose from a variety of elective courses offering more detailed content within the three disciplinary pillars of the programme:
Our Studium fundamentale, which our students nickname "Stufu", and the unparalleled flexibility in electives make this stage so special. Stufu courses team up students from all our departments (Medicine, Economics as well as Humanities and Arts). You can learn about subjects ranging from gardening to Jane Austen, Descartes to the threat of international terrorism. Stufu goes beyond general education. It’s part and parcel of the Witten/Herdecke way of life. Master students are also able to fill their schedules with courses from other UW/H Master programmes. This freedom, combined with the ease of developing new courses with professors (new courses are developed each semester), the high quality of PPE courses, and the large presence of guest lecturers (who, again, are often invited at students' requests), means that a Witten/Herdecke Master is easily the most personalised Master in Germany.
In the final stage of your studies, you will work on your Master Thesis. At the accompanying Master Colloquium, your faculty and fellow students will support you in developing and structuring your ideas. With this thesis, you will be well-prepared for further graduate studies or for demonstrating your credentials to future employers.
|Start of studies|
|Nominal duration of the programme||120 CP (four semesters)|
|Academic degree||Master of Arts (M. A.)|
|Form of study||full-time study|
|Average size of class||25|
|Application||online application and selection seminar|
|Application fee||100 Euro|
Witten/Herdecke’s international PPE Master programme equips you with a unique and yet highly demanded skill set. Employers looking for graduates from Business, Economics, Politics or International Relations programmes are increasingly aware that PPE courses attract exceptionally talented and highly committed students. They value the ability to think across boundaries and address complex problems from a intercultural perspective. They also know that you have studied with people from all over the world and have thus acquired the cultural competences to build effective relationships in a globalized world.
In general, graduates from PPE programmes successfully compete with graduates from Business, Economics, Politics or International Relations, but they offer unique additional skills that are becoming increasingly important in a wide range of occupations.
Witten/Herdecke’s PPE programme offers a specific career seminar in which students have the opportunity to discuss their career plans and meet potential employers from business, politics and the public as well as the non-profit sector. Moreover, the Faculty of Management and Economics entertains a match making event called the “Marriage Market” at which students meet companies offering internships and jobs. Witten/Herdecke’s comprehensive alumni network actively supports these activities. In general, we give our students time and space to develop their individual career plans. They are empowered to pave their own ways to a successful and fulfilling professional life. Some of our students talked about this topic to the renowned German business magazine “brand eins” — we provide a translation for international readers.
Graduates of the Witten PPE Master are currently working in the public sector like the ministry of social development in Uruguay or in the offices of German parliament members. In the private sector our alumni work, for example, as product manager in a Berlin start-up, business and IT consultants in Frankfurt or as a integration coach in Münster. They are also favoured in political parties, NGOs, and in academia.
The PPE Master programme always starts in the winter semester (October). The deadline for the winter semester is July 31 of the same year. Moreover, for those in need of an early response there is a “Early Bird” deadline: May 15 for the winter semester.
The PPE Master is a two-year (120 ECTS) programme offered to graduates of a B.A. or B.Sc. programme (especially in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) with a particular interest in interdisciplinary studies, as well as a good command of English.
Detailed introductory courses into Philosophy, Politics and Economics, which can be skipped by students with pertinent previous knowledge, prepare all students for interdisciplinary analysis.
For graduates of 240 ECTS B.A. programmes there is the possibility of finishing the programme in less than two years. For more information, please get in touch with us.
The required level of English is
TOEFL iBT: 83
Moreover, we expect all applicants to document practical work experience of at least 3 months. This can include internships, entrepreneurial activities, civil service etc. It is less essential what kind of work you have done than that you can demonstrate some practical experience outside the academic world.
Since its founding, Witten/Herdecke has made it a policy to hand-select its students through a detailed two-stage process.
Download all information on the required documents and the application procedure
Early selection seminars for Early Bird applications:
Regular selection seminars:
There are three ways to pay your tuition fees at Witten/Herdecke University. In favour is our unique “study now, pay later” system that makes the MA PPE affordable for everyone and is based on a solidarity principle among the students. The amount you pay will be a fixed 6 percent of your future gross income for ten years (with a fixed cap). If you earn less than 21.000 Euros per year, you do not have to pay back anything. After this period you are clear of debt, regardless of the exact amount you have paid until then. The student association (StudierendenGesellschaft Witten/Herdecke e.V.) provides further information:
If you decide to pay the fees immediately, the tuition fees for the PPE Master amount to 21,792.00 EUR. There is also the possibility to pay half of the fees immediately and then 3 percent of your gross income for ten years (again, with a fixed cap). The fees allow the university to promote teaching and learning in very small groups, to offer you very close supervision of your studies, and to provide you with optimal support as well as help for your later career development.
For any questions concerning the “study now, pay later” system, please contact the student association (StudierendenGesellschaft Witten/Herdecke e.V.) by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49 (0)2302 / 926-402.
Cost contribution per application: 100 EUR - payable at the time of application (exemption can be applied for if you have problems paying the fees)
Social contribution per semester: 52.50 EUR
Contribution for the semester ticket per semester: 196.62 EUR - cost for a semester ticket covering public transport in the Rhine/Ruhr area
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Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Professur für Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences