Study safely at UW/H: Information for prospective students
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:
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 these 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.
Witten’s PPE students are as diverse as their interests and expectations regarding the programme. We are therefore committed to provide each and every student with the opportunity to design their course contents in line with their interests. Our students set their own priorities and have the chance to get involved in developing the curriculum.
Elective modules are an essential part of the programme. They consist of majors from the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics, as well as of free elective modules.
Many of our students are particularly interested in development and development policy. The degree programme thus includes a major in ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Development’, approaching this topic from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.
The Major Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Development includes, but is not limited to, the following core subject areas:
The Major International Economics includes, but is not limited to, the following core subject areas:
The Major International Politics includes, but is not limited to, the following core subject areas:
The Major Philosophy and Society includes, but is not limited to, the following core subject areas:
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 ECTS (four semesters)|
|Academic degree||Master of Arts (M. A.)|
|Form of study||full-time study|
|Stay abroad||optional but recommended, big network of partner organizations|
|Average class size||25|
|Application||online application and selection seminar|
|Application fee||No application fee for the winter semester 2022/23|
|Tuition fees||This is a fee-based study programme; various financing plans available|
B.A./B.Sc. with at least 180 ECTS.
Particular interest in interdisciplinary studies
English language skills (e.g. TOEFL 83)
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For specific questions regarding your application, please contact the admission office at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Society.
UW/H is a laboratory or model university where innovative teaching approaches are developed and implemented in various degree programmes. At the same time, it is always in search of personalities who develop their potential on their own responsibility. One of the distinguishing features of the University is that it views its students, scientists and employees in a holistic way. It thereby provides the physical, organisational, mental and intellectual space to experience and develop oneself in a comprehensive way.
Enter and design your own space for development and freedom. It all depends on you!
The Faculty offers its students excellent scientific education, focusing on conveying specialist knowledge such as training the students’ judgement and sense of responsibility. In addition to the option of studying management, which focuses on sustainability and responsibility, prospective students may also study a degree at the interface of politics, philosophy and economics.
After having acquired your Master’s degree, you may pursue your academic career, benefit from our right to award doctorates and acquire a doctorate. Postdoctoral early stage researchers have the opportunity to obtain their lecturing qualification (habilitation).
Thursday is Stufu-day for all students of Witten/Herdecke University. Students of all faculties meet for general studies in liberal arts and humanities and work together on topics concerning society and culture, philosophy and history, literature and arts, as well as economy and health. They can choose courses they are interested in from a broad range of courses and usefully complement their studies this way. Within the context of these general studies, the students discuss current issues and challenges and enhance their own communication skills. Art courses such as theatre acting, singing, dancing or sculpting complement the educational concept of the Studium fundamentale, which has been honoured as being ‘groundbreaking’ by the Stiftung Mercator foundation.
In order to support each individual student’s career, various mentoring programmes at UW/H promote and strengthen the students’ personal development and self-organisation. Within these programmes, students get the opportunity to exchange views with experienced mentors, alumni or peers. The goal is to build further competences and to support the career path of each individual.
Independent Projects enable our students to shape and design their studies on an individual level. In coordination with a supervisor, the student can choose a topic that is not necessarily part of the MA-PPE curriculum. The student then works independently on the agreed-upon research questions. Independent studies can be combined with practical work, internships or organised projects.
Small groups do not only have the advantage of being small: Instead of a 'chalk and talk' atmosphere, small groups foster an intensive exchange on topics, as well as a culture of debate and speech. Both students and instructors benefit from these small-group dynamics. At the Faculty, the course size is therefore limited to a maximum of 25 registered students. In the MA-PPE, courses are kept to a size of about 10 participants on average.
Whether family business successors or high school graduates from non-academic families: Our students come from various backgrounds, but have common ground in their dedicated attitude. Many students are active in NGOs and extracurricular initiatives. Moreover, UW/H enhances the community concept by an open culture of debate that takes place on a par with the professors, as well as by an active participation of students in various university bodies and committees.
Gathering international experience and delving deeper into your specialisation – PPE students may study at the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom) for a year, where they can either graduate with an MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy, an MSc in Money, Banking and Central Banking, or an MA in United Nations and Diplomatic Studies.
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 in 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 a ‘chalk and talk’ frontal teaching style. In particular, each semester our students are involved in designing the curriculum of the upcoming semester. The Studium fundamentale allows students to integrate courses in music, literature, art, history, archaeology and many more into their degrees. The possibility to choose between three majors and to conduct independent studies allows for a high degree of individuality in the students’ course portfolio.
The excellent international reputation of our university helps us to attract internationally renowned scholars for talks and seminars at Witten/Herdecke University. 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.
Students at Witten/Herdecke University organize their financial contributions to the tuition fees themselves. In 1995 students designed the Income Share Agreement (ISA) and set up the StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) in order to enable students to study regardless of their financial background.
Graduates of the M.A. PPE programme are well equipped to deal with some of the world’s biggest challenges. It is the combination of politics, economics and philosophy that attracts international students with a mission to create positive change in their home countries. However, this goal is often difficult to attain due to financial constraints.
Therefore, our partner organisations offer one to two scholarships per year for M.A. PPE students from non-EU countries to promote further intercultural engagement, learning and networking. The awarded scholarship covers the living expenses in Witten, Germany.
This scholarship programme supplements the Income Share Agreement (ISA) of Witten/Herdecke University that enables everyone to finance their tuition fees.
Any non-EU national who has been offered a place to study the M.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Witten/Herdecke University, starting in the winter semester.
The scholarship covers 861 Euros per month for two years (the amount is set by the German Federal Foreign Office and is the amount needed to apply for a visa).
The scholarship application for the winter semester is open from 15 March till 30 April. The decision will be communicated in May. Please see the guidelines for all terms and conditions regarding the PPE scholarship and use the application form. You need to have your place at Witten/Herdecke University for M.A. PPE confirmed before you apply for the scholarship. This process can take up to two months, so make sure to apply for the M.A PPE programme in plenty of time before the scholarship application window opens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The degree programme starts each year in the winter semester (1 October). We offer a rolling application process: This means that you can apply all year round and thus secure your study place at an early date. After having positively assessed your submitted and complete application during pre-selection, we invite you to an admission seminar. This takes place either at our university or – for applicants from abroad – in the form of online interviews. A few days after the seminar, you will receive either an offer for a study place or, in the unfortunate case, a rejection.
If the cohort of the coming winter semester is already full, you will receive a place on the waiting list as well as a secure study place in the following year. On request, we are always happy to inform you whether there are still places available for the coming winter semester.
If you are an EU national and plan to start studying at UW/H in a particular year, the deadline for submitting your application is 31 July of that year. Prospective students from non-EU countries should submit their application and additional documents well before the deadline as they may have to obtain a visa, which requires further paperwork. The time needed to complete this process with the German authorities can vary considerably from one country to another and may take six months or longer. It is therefore advisable to check early enough with the German embassy or consulate in your country in order to find out about visa processing times and to submit your application early enough.
Please do not hesitate to contact our applications office for any queries and questions you may have. If due to reasons beyond your control you manage to apply on short notice only, we will always do our very best to find an individual solution for you.
The PPE Master is a two-year (120 ECTS) programme for graduates of a bachelor’s or equivalent degree programme in any discipline (that is, an application does not require that the first degree has been in one of the three fields of philosophy, politics or economics). Intensive introductory courses in philosophy, politics and economics help all students to ascend to roughly the same academic level in the three disciplines within two semesters.
Graduates of related 240 ECTS bachelor’s degree programmes may complete the programme in less than two years. For more information, please get in touch with us any time.
English proficiency requirements:
TOEFL iBT: 83
Successful completion of a degree programme in an English-speaking country or proof of completion of an English-language programme of at least one year is considered equivalent.
You apply via our campus management system UWE. After setting up your personal applicant account, please enter all required information and upload the following documents:
The process after you have submitted the documents:
After having positively assessed your submitted and complete application during pre-selection, we invite you to an admission seminar. This takes place either at our university or - for foreign applicants - in the form of online interviews. It is important to us that these interviews do not take the form of a test. Rather, they are about getting to know you as a person while giving you the opportunity to get to know us.
Together with you, we want to find out if the programme suits you with its content, requirements and vision. In many cases we will talk about
Your interview partners will be professors, scientific staff and students of our faculty, as well as alumni of the programme and external experts from business, culture and politics.
Check visa and financial proof
If you want to study with us, you may be required to provide financial proof when applying for a visa, showing you have the finances to pay:
To avoid disappointment later on, please find out whether you need a visa and what requirements you have to fulfil. Before applying, please check whether you can meet these requirements.
You will find detailed information on visa requirements and regulations here.
Fakultät für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (Department für Philosophie, Politik und Ökonomik)
Lehrstuhl für Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Fakultät für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (Department für Philosophie, Politik und Ökonomik)
Professur für Internationale Politische Ökonomie