Political Economy of European Integration

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The European Union as a supranational political entity beyond nation states poses new challenges to the protection of nature, the regulation of labour and money as basic dimensions of integration. These challenges result from the obstacles to internal integration and social cohesion within Europe as well as Europe’s role in an increasingly multipolar and economically globalised world. The acuteness of these challenges has become obvious during the current multiple crises within the EU. The masters programme aims to provide students with an understanding of those challenges and of the policy mechanisms and policies at the European level which address the issues. It is a special profile of this programme that it has a strong focus on political economy.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter semester (1 October)
Programme Intake 35
Accreditation Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA)
Duration 3 semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)

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Career Prospects

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) awards successful students of this programme the internationally recognised Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.

The programme is designed to enable students to participate professionally in the processes of European integration and to pursue international careers with European institutions and with government as well as business organisations, trade unions, non-governmental organisations and institutions of policy formulation and research in the member states of the EU. Furthermore it will provide students from outside the EU with the understanding needed to deal with the EU as a major partner in economic and political affairs.

The degree is accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA), and is recognised as qualifying graduates to apply for positions in the senior German civil service - in line with the joint guidelines agreed by the Standing Conference of the Interior Ministers of the Länder (Innenministerkonferenz) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz).


The first semester is built around mandatory courses; three of these courses concentrate on those dimensions of economic, political and social integration which historically were a matter of nation states but today increasingly are regulated on a European level: environment and energy, labour and social reproduction as well as money and trade. In the second semester students participate in a project seminar focusing in detail on current issues of European integration. In addition they will choose from a wide range of electives. The third semester is reserved for researching and preparing the thesis. Classes are conducted in a combined lecture/seminar format where students are expected to play an active part.


Language of Instruction English
Location Berlin
Placement Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with less than 210 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester worth 30 ECTS. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 ECTS who have already done supervised work experience during their undergraduate programme, if they wish so, may also take a voluntary placement in the third semester.

Students who were not awarded with ECTS during their undergraduate programme (usually from outside the European Union), will not be asked to complete a placement.
Cooperations The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has close contacts to all over the world.

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1st Semester
  • Module 1: Dimensions of European Integration: Nature, Sustainability, and Energy Security
  • Module 2: Dimensions of European Integration: Work, Labour, and social reproduction
  • Module 3: Dimensions of European Integration: Money and Trade
  • Module 4: European Multilevel Governance
  • Tutorial seminar
2nd Semester
  • Two courses from the following electives, e.g.: Recent Developments in European Law, Distribution and Growth, Econometrics, Gender and Globalisation, Politics of Social Cohesion, Political Economy of Modern Capitalism
  • Project: Current Issues of European Integration
  • The Role of Europe in a Multipolar World (or another option from the master pool)
  • Tutorial seminar
3rd Semester
  • Master Thesis
  • Research Seminar
  • Oral Defence

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Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree
  • Excellent English skills equivalent at least to B2 on the CERF (Common European Reference Framework) e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 and CAE.
  • Evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate courses in Macroeconomics, Political or Social Science (or comparable courses) and/or European Studies
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Curriculum Vitae in English


Admission Restrictions

Where there are more applicants than places, programmes follow a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester Summer Semester
Applicants with a degree from a German university 15.04.–15.06. -
Applicants with a degree from a university abroad 15.04.–30.05. -

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Fees and Grants

Semester fee Please click for current semester fee information
Tuition fee None
Grants Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens) grant.

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Student Counselling
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Coordination (for students)

Dagmar Hofmann
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1425