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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

    Join the Witten PPE community!
    The Witten Network – a stepping stone to your future career

    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
    Tuition fees This is a fee-based study programme; various financing plans available
    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: Apply any time and secure your place to study at UW/H!
    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
    Your contact for content-related questions

    Univ.-Prof. Dr.
    Jens Harbecke

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
    Professur für Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    Professor

    Phone: +49 (0)2302 / 926-511

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

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    Prof. Dr. Joachim Zweynert
    Your contact for content-related questions

    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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    Are there tuition fees?

    Yes. Witten/Herdecke is a private University and therefore asks the students for a financial contribution. However, studying in Witten is not a question of money! Witten implemented the reverse generational contract (RGC), which means everyone, regardless of financial recourses, is able to study at Witten/Herdecke University. 

    Do you offer scholarships?

    There are currently no scholarships offered by Witten/Herdecke University. However, there are scholarships offered by other organisations.

    Are there any German classes that I can enrol into so that I can work on my German language skills?

    Witten/Herdecke University offers an intensive German language course for beginners for international students free of charge one week before classes start. Furthermore, Witten/Herdecke University offers weekly German language courses on three levels (Beginners / Intermediate / Advanced) which are free of charge for international students. Detailed information is provided at the beginning of each semester.

    Please register for either one or both courses offers via sprachen@uni-wh.de.

    Are there clubs / student associations at the University offering extra-curricular activities or sports that I can join?

    In Witten, many students are active in various student initiatives besides their curriculum.

    International students are welcome to join the Erasmus Student Network Witten/Herdecke.

    An overview of many other initiatives that might be interesting for you is found on the German University website.

    The Hochschulwerk e.V. offers a large variety of sport courses free of charge. Among them are football, tennis, body workout, dance classes and many more. Students can also join the sport programme at the Ruhr University Bochum.

    What is the academic calendar? When are semester breaks?

    The summer term begins on April 1st and officially ends on the September 30th. However, seminars are over by the end of July and exams usually take place within the first two weeks after the courses have ended.

    The winter term begins on October 1st and ends on March 31st. The seminars will be over by the end of January, exams usually take place within the first two weeks after the courses have ended.

    Please bear in mind that you will also need to calculate time in to write your term papers and the exam dates and deadlines can vary from class to class, depending on the teaching staff.

    How do I find accommodation in Witten / Are there student dormitories available?

    As Witten/Herdecke University does not have a student dormitory, all exchange students are responsible for securing their own living accommodations in Witten themselves. Current offers (rooms, apartments) are best found online using websites like www.wg-gesucht.de.

    Please note:
    The earlier you start with your apartment search, the easier it is to find a place that suits your needs!

    Contact & help:
    If you need any assistance in finding housing, please contact the Erasmus Student Network Witten or international-incoming@uni-wh.de.

    How do I open a bank account in Germany?

    Online-based banks are worth looking into as they do not need as much paper work. For a German bank account, you need your certificate of enrolment, visa and proof of registration with the local municipality. For questions and support contact esn@uni-wh.de

    Can I use public transport for free as a student?

    Every student who enrols at Witten/Herdecke University has to pay the so-called “semester ticket”. This semester ticket allows you to use all local public transportation in North-Rhine-Westphalia. The local public transport includes city and regional buses, subways, trams, and regional trains of the Deutsche Bahn, except the fast IC/ICE trains.

    What payment options do you offer?

    The StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) enables students to finance their studies regardless of financial backgrounds.

    The SG offers three ways to pay for your studies at UW/H:

    • Income-related repayment
    • Fixed direct payment
    • Later and direct payment by halves

    Do I need health insurance when studying in Germany? If so, what should I look for?

    All international students who enrol at Witten/Herdecke University must have proof of health insurance that covers their study time in Germany.

    There are several options for international students. If you would like a recommendation, you’re welcome to contact the ESN Witten/Herdecke Network: esn@uni-wh.de.

    Students from EUROPE with a COMPULSORY health insurance in their home country:

    Students from EWR/EU-countries and students from countries with which Germany has a social insurance treaty (former Yugoslavian states, Switzerland, Turkey, Tunesia) need to show one of the two following documents:

    • the Form AT/11; E111; E128 (International Foreign Medical Insurance Record Card) issued by your local medical insurance in your country

        or

    • a copy of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by your local medical insurance in your country;

    Students from EUROPE with a PRIVATE health insurance in their home country & students from NON-EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

    These students must either obtain a health insurance through a German compulsory health insurer or buy a private health insurance for their time of studies in Germany:

    • German compulsory health insurance through a state health insurer of their choice: Student rates range at 100 EUR/month. The advantage is that the insurance covers you for all medical and dental treatments and hospitalization and you pay nothing on top. If you are interested in information on a German compulsory health insurance, please contact: international-office@uni-wh.de
    • Private health insurance policy that covers you while studying in Witten. Please note that a travel insurance is not sufficient. The private insurance must cover you for a residential stay in Germany.

    Attention: Students with a foreign or private health insurance for Germany need to be released from the German compulsory health insurance requirement. For the enrolment procedure it is extremely important that you send us a scan of your proof of health insurance and the respective form for an exemption from the German compulsory health insurance by September 1 for an enrolment to Winter Semester or March 1 for an enrolment for Summer Semester respectively. If this information reaches us later than the date mentioned, the issuing of the university’s SmartCard including the Semesterticket (public transport pass) might be delayed!

    Please note that this release from the insurance requirement cannot be withdrawn and is valid for the entire time of study in Germany. Students released from the national insurance requirements must arrange in advance for reimbursement of potentially high medical costs from their private health insurer. Please check carefully in advance, which insurance coverage your private health insurer is offering.

    Are there language classes offered apart from German language courses?

    Yes, Witten/Herdecke University is co-operating with the language centre at Ruhr University Bochum. The language courses are free of charge. All students at Witten/Herdecke University will receive an e-mail regarding the language courses at the beginning of each semester.

    How does a typical study week look like?

    Each programme is slightly different but for a Masters degree you will have around 12 hours contact time in the form of seminars, per week. The rest of the time is used for independent study, preparation, reading and study groups. As a student in Witten you are given the freedom to create your own personalised timetable.

    The curriculum structure for each programme can be found on the programme specific page on the website.

    What can I do, if I have personal issues and need support?

    For academic related support, you can speak to your professors. All professors offer an open-door policy. You can also contact the international office or a member of the ESN team if you have any questions.

    For personal issues you can contact:

    Diversity Committee

    diversity@uni-wh.de are the first point of contact for personal issues and discrimination at the university.

    Frauenhaus Bochum (Women’s support center)

    Phone: +49 234 / 501034
    E-Mail: frauenhaus@caritas-bochum.de

    Staff speaks English, French and Polish.

    White Ring Ennepe-Ruhr-Circle
    Aid association for victims of crime and violence.
    Homepage
    Phone: 0151 / 55164777

    Biography work
    Furthermore, the University offers biography work for students. It’s offered in English and German.
    E-Mail: biographiearbeit@uni-wh.de

     

    What are important contacts to know?

    Local student initiative:

    The Erasmus Student Network Witten/Herdecke (ESN) offers support, activities and trips for international students: esn@uni-wh.de

    The international relations office:

    Dr. Sigrun Caspary (Ms)
    Head International Relations / ERASMUS+
    Campus Room 1.231
    Phone:      +49 (0)2302 926-520
    E-Mail:   international-incoming@uni-wh.de

    Academic contacts:

    Faculty of Management and Economics:

    Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs: Prof. Dr. André Schmidt
    International Co-ordinator: Prof. Dr. Jens Harbecke

    Faculty of Humanities and Arts:

    Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs: Prof. Dr. Claus Volkenandt
    International Co-ordinator: Prof. Dr. Matthias Kettner

    Faculty of Health:

    Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs: Dr. med. Marzellus Hofmann

    School of Medicine:
    Clinical co-ordination: Ms Balzereit, Ms Hentis

    School of Dentistry:
    Dr. Ute Gerhards

    School of Psychology and Psychotherapy:
    Prof. Dr. Martin Tomasik

    How do I register when I arrive at Witten?

    Once in Germany, all international students must register with the City of Witten within two weeks (Please ask your landlord for an official document, in which he/she confirms your address).

    For non-EU citizens:

    Step 1: Please go first to the "Ausländerbehörde” (Ordnungsamt) in the Witten town hall.

    Step 2: After having obtained the "Aufenthaltsbewilligung", all international students must register downstairs with the Resident Registration Office (“Bürgerberatung”).

    The following items are required:

    • valid passport or identification card
    • certificate of registration at Witten/Herdecke University / confirmation of student status at the University of Witten /Herdecke
    • proof of sufficient financial resources for Germany
    • proof of health insurance coverage in Germany
    • 2 passport-sized photos
    • registration fee for the residence permit

    Addresses

    Ordnungsamt – Ausländerbehörde
    Rathaus/Town Hall Witten, basement
    Markstraße 16, 58449 Witten
    Tel: (+49) (0)2302 / 5813379
    auslaenderbehoerde@stadt-witten.de

    Office hours:
    Monday 08.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
    Tuesday 08.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. & 02.00 p.m. – 04.00 p.m.
    Wednesday closed
    Thursday 08.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
    Friday 08.00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Bürgerberatung
    Rathaus/Town Hall Witten, basement
    Markstraße 16, 58449 Witten
    Tel: (+49) (0)2302 / 581-3379 or (+49) (0)2302 / 581-1234

    Office hours:

    Monday 08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
    Tuesday 08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
    Wednesday 08.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.
    Thursday 08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
    Friday 08.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.

    For students residing in a city other than Witten: Please contact the local authorities accordingly. If you would like to receive support with any of these matters, please contact esn@uni-wh.de and they will arrange for someone to accompany you.

     

    For EU citizens:

    Step 1: Please go first to the "Ausländerbehörde” (Ordnungsamt) in the Witten town hall.

    Step 2: After having obtained the "Aufenthaltsbewilligung", all international students must register downstairs with the Resident Registration Office (“Bürgerberatung”).

    Both offices, Amt für Ausländerangelegenheiten and Bürgerberatung are located in the Witten town hall (address see below).

    The following items are required:

    • valid passport or identification card
    • certificate of registration at Witten/Herdecke University / confirmation of student status at the University of Witten /Herdecke
    • proof of sufficient financial resources for Germany
    • proof of health insurance coverage in Germany

    Ordnungsamt – Ausländerbehörde
    Rathaus/Town Hall Witten, basement
    Markstraße 16, 58449 Witten
    Tel: (+49) (0)2302 / 5813379
    auslaenderbehoerde@stadt-witten.de

    Office hours:
    Monday 08.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
    Tuesday 08.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. & 02.00 p.m. – 04.00 p.m.
    Wednesday closed
    Thursday 08.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
    Friday 08.00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Bürgerberatung
    Rathaus/Town Hall Witten, basement
    Markstraße 16, 58449 Witten
    Tel: (+49) (0)2302 / 581-3379 or (+49) (0)2302 / 581-1234

    Office hours:
    Monday 08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
    Tuesday 08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
    Wednesday 08.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.
    Thursday 08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
    Friday 08.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.

    For students residing in a city other than Witten: Please contact the local authorities accordingly. If you would like to receive support with any of these matters, please contact esn@uni-wh.de and they will arrange for someone to accompany you.

    What are the requirements to stay in Witten after graduation?

    If you would like to pursue a career in Germany, our career service is happy to help. They offer traineeship postings, entry-level job ads and other recruiting services. After your graduation you can apply (with your graduation certificate) for a one year bridge visa, which allows you to search for a job. This visa can be extended for six months. Please find further information on the Website of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office regarding visa requirements.

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