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Faculty of Management and Economics

    PPE - Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A.)

    “The planet’s biggest problems have to do with sustainability, environmental decline, global poverty, disease, conflict and so forth. Really, they’re all interconnected – it is one big problem, which is that the way we’re doing things can’t go on.” – Alex Steffen, American futurist

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    PPE @ Witten/Herdecke – We do things in a different way!

    The social, political and economic challenges of our increasingly interconnected world are at the centre of this international English-language Master's programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Witten/Herdecke University. These challenges include:

    • Massive intercontinental migration
    • Climate change and the global society of tomorrow
    • Economic inequalities and global poverty
    • Political radicalisation
    • Ethnic wars

    Tailored PPE degree programme for future leaders in politics, society and business

    The challenges mentioned above transcend academic disciplines. Conventional academic approaches have often failed to effectively understand and tackle them. The most creative and effective impulses for the global society of tomorrow will come from people with an interdisciplinary training, novel ideas, and inspiring visions. Future leaders in politics and business will be successful if they have learned to reflect their strategic decisions ethically and to base them on scientific knowledge. 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 society.

    Further information

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    This degree programme suits you, if ...

    • you want to focus in your studies on the above-mentioned challenges,
    • you are open to exploring interdisciplinary perspectives,
    • you aim at a professional future in leadership positions at the interface of politics, business and society,
    • you highly value freedom and personal fulfilment within your studies,
    • you are ready to engage in new forms of teaching and learning.

    If this is you, then Witten/Herdecke University offers perfect professional and personal development opportunities. We would be happy to support you on your way to achieving your goals.

    Start of studies

    Winter semester: October 1

    Application Rolling Application Process
    Nominal duration of the programme 120 CP (four semesters)
    Academic degree Master of Arts (M. A.)
    Form of study full-time study
    Course language English
    Stay abroad optional but recommended, big network of partner organizations, international double-degree
    Average size of class 25
    Application online application and selection seminar
    Application fee 100 Euro
    Requirements

    B.A./B.Sc. with at least 180 ECTS.

    Particular interest in interdisciplinary studies

    English language skills (e.g. TOEFL 83)

    Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H)
    Faculty of Management and Economics
    Studium fundamentale (Stufu)
    Tuition fees & financing
    Mentoring
    Independent Projects
    Witten didactics - small groups
    A dedicated community
    Stefania Andriolo, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    In the PPE programme at Witten/Herdecke I found competent and passionate professors, vibrant discussions, like-minded fellow students, best friends from across the world and the perfect network to create my dream job.
    Stefania Andriolo, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    Janis Kluge, Alumnus PPE - Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia at Stiftung Wissenschaft & Politik Berlin, Germany
    As a foreign policy advisor of the German government, it is my job to make sense of political and economic developments that are deeply intertwined. In Witten, I found the necessary analytical tools and the inspiration to follow my interests across the traditional boundaries of social science.
    Janis Kluge, Alumnus PPE - Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia at Stiftung Wissenschaft & Politik Berlin, Germany
    Diego Tuzman, Alumnus PPE – Ministry of Social Affairs and Development, Uruguay
    As an international student in Witten, I discovered an excellent academic environment and an open-minded university which offers a pluralistic education.
    Diego Tuzman, Alumnus PPE – Ministry of Social Affairs and Development, Uruguay
    Prof. Dr. Joachim Zweynert, Programme Coordinator
    Our PPE programme attracts the change-makers of tomorrow. Whether you go into academia, politics or business: As a graduate from Witten/Herdecke you will not only make it, you will make a difference.
    Prof. Dr. Joachim Zweynert, Programme Coordinator
    Prof. Dr. Jens Harbecke, Programme Coordinator
    PPE combines three extraordinarily interesting disciplines, teaches a set of crucially important analytical skills, and opens up attractive job opportunities in several fields. The perfect combination, in my view.
    Prof. Dr. Jens Harbecke, Programme Coordinator
    Julian Römer, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    Life is not about economics and politics alone. Its challenges and contradictions can’t be solely understood by philosophy either. Grasping world processes rather requires a combination of all. Witten expresses exactly this formula and offers me access from diverse perspectives.
    Julian Römer, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    Waidi Adebayo Gbenro
    It is this potpourri of ideas and people that makes Witten/Herdecke a great place and actually the university of the future.
    Waidi Adebayo, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    Katharina Sperling, Alumna PPE – Job Integration Coach in Münster, Germany
    To deepen my understanding of the interrelations between Politics, Economics and also Philosophy the PPE Master at Witten/Herdecke University offered a programme with topics that caught my interest immediately.
    Katharina Sperling, Alumna PPE – Job Integration Coach in Münster, Germany
    Lea Diederichsen, Alumna PPE – Ph.D. student in philosophy of the social sciences and assistant at the president’s office at Witten/Herdecke University
    The fact that Witten/Herdecke offers seminars instead of lectures is important when studying PPE because this leaves more room for discussions about the complex topics and thereby trains argumentative skills.
    Lea Diederichsen, Alumna PPE – Ph.D. student in philosophy of the social sciences and assistant at the president’s office at Witten/Herdecke University
    Raphael Landua, Alumnus PPE - Research associate, office of a Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
    Today's challenges - e.g. terrorism, migration, climate change - cannot be faced from the perspective of only one academic discipline. Witten/Herdecke University teaches you that there is always more than one possible explanation.
    Raphael Landua, Alumnus PPE - Research associate, office of a Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
    Christian Walker, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    I have experienced Witten/Herdecke University as a vibrant, diverse and free-thinking place, for which I have the highest appreciation.
    Christian Walker, Student PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (M.A.)
    UW/H Career Service

    Our Career Service fosters the professional career of our students right from the start by organising career workshops on job applications, design thinking workshops, the "Marriage Market" recruitment fair or company field trips. Various events throughout the year aim to bring students and companies together, provide start-up support for successfully launching their career and help gaining initial work experience. In addition to these services, the Career Center site – an online job market for UW/H students – provides access to job offers and events for UW/H students.

    Marriage Market recruiting evening

    The UW/H Marriage Market is a recruiting evening at which UW/H students can meet future employers. Twice a year, various companies present their job offers and career opportunities on campus, aiming to meet potential employees on a personal level. From the prospect of getting a student trainee job to successfully starting their career: Students have the opportunity to connect through face-to-face conversations, as well as to establish and expand their professional network from the first semester.

    Lifelong relationships: UW/H alumni

    Our alumni remain closely connected to their alma mater long after graduation. By participating in various committees and initiatives around the university, they keep track of our development and get actively involved. Our annual UW/H Alumni Meeting is therefore not only a reunion event for former fellow students and for recollecting past memories: Graduates also meet current students in workshops, impart their experience and establish new contacts. Via the Almanac – the alumni online portal – they are also able to access the experience and expertise of the alumni network, now over 7,000 members strong.

    UW/H Network of Businesses and Organisations

    Our network of businesses and organisations does not only comprise contacts to partner companies and organisations in the region, Germany and abroad, but also the continuous involvement of external experts in seminars of our degree programmes, our alumni network, the Marriage Market recruitment fair, and our Career Service, which advises students on their career development.

    Application deadlines / rolling application process
    Admission requirements
    Application documents & personal selection process
    Information on application fees
    Your contact for the application process
    Christiane Weber
    Your contact for the application process

    Christiane Weber

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
    Studiendekanat
    Bewerberbüro

    Phone: +49 (0)2302 / 926-548

    E-Mail: bewerber-wiwi@uni-wh.de

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    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jens Harbecke
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    Univ.-Prof. Dr.
    Jens Harbecke

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
    Professur für Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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    Phone: +49 (0)2302 / 926-511

    E-Mail: Jens.Harbecke@uni-wh.de

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    Prof. Dr. Joachim Zweynert
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    Prof. Dr.
    Joachim Zweynert

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
    Professur für Internationale Politische Ökonomie

    Phone: +49(0)2302 / 926-598

    E-Mail: Joachim.Zweynert@uni-wh.de

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