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

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    Study the real world

    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:

    • massive intercontinental migration
    • economic inequalities
    • political radicalisation
    • ethnic wars
    • political conflicts

    Tailor-made PPE programme for future leaders in politics and economics

    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.

    PPE at Witten is different

    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.

    Join the Witten PPE community!

    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.

    The best of both worlds: Double degree programmes with the University of Buckingham

    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 Witten Network – a stepping stone to your future career

    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.

    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.)
    The first stage: Foundations
    The second stage: Going Deeper
    The third stage: Master Thesis
    • Real-World PPE: Focus on the real problems of an interconnected world
    • Learning in small groups, excellent student-to-teacher ratio
    • Students are invited to contribute to the design and choice of classes
    • Very active and international students community
    • Active and personal student network
    • Opportunity to engage in independent research
    • Great career opportunities in NGOs, international organizations, politics, business
    • Due to "study now – pay later" programme open for everyone
    • No numerus clausus (NC) / grade point average (GPA) - we select our students on the basis of their potential, personality and motivation
    Start of studies
    • winter semester: October 1
    Application deadline
    • July 31 (Early Bird May 15) for the winter semester
    Nominal duration of the programme120 CP (four semesters)
    Academic degreeMaster of Arts (M. A.)
    Form of studyfull-time study
    Course languageEnglish
    Stay abroadoptional
    Average size of class25
    Applicationonline application and selection seminar
    Application fee100 Euro
    Requirements
    • B.A./B.Sc. with at least 180 ECTS.
    • Particular interest in interdisciplinary studies
    • English language skills (e.g. TOEFL 83).
    Careers and Employability

    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.

    Successful alumni

    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.

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    Christiane Weber
    Your contact for the application process

    Christiane Weber

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
    Studiendekanat
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    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

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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

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