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Programme Structure

Programme Profile

The Double MA Degree in Political Science and Politics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe offers students the opportunity to achieve both an MA from the University of Bamberg (Germany) and an MA from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Greece) within the standard period of study (24 months). The language of tuition is English at both locations. Modules taught in German at Bamberg are open to all students with an adequate command of German. This new political programme allows students to gain an excellent understanding of political and economic power with a special focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Programme Structure

To obtain both MA awards students must

  • successfully complete the MA Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe at the University of Macedonia (including the Bamberg MA thesis, 13 months full-time, 78 ECTS) and
  • successfully complete the MA in Political Science at the University of Bamberg (including the Macedonia component: 24 months full-time, 120 ECTS).
  • The Masters thesis will be developed at the end of the two-year programme in Bamberg, with the thesis being subject of recognition for the MA Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe at the University of Macedonia

After successful completion of their studies, graduates are awarded an MA in “Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe” from the University of Macedonia and a Master of Arts in “Political Science” from the University of Bamberg.

Modules and Focus Areas

Core modules of this programme are

  • Politics and Society in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • Economics in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • ΕU Integration in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • Empirical Methods in Social Sciences

Elective Modules can be chosen from a wide range of subjects, for example

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Parties and Party Systems in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • Security Issues in Southeastern Europe
  • Minorities, human rights and ethnic conflicts in Southeastern Europe
  • Political Anthroplogy in Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Distinctive Features

Seize the opportunity and study this interdisciplinary Double MA course on Politics and Economics with a special focus on Eastern and South-eastern Europe. Our two excellent and closely networked universities deliver an integrated and well-supported learning experience. You will benefit from complementary learning opportunities at both universities, gain experience of a different culture inside and outside the confines of the respective universities, improve your command of a foreign language, and interact and network with students from a variety of cultures.

At the University of Bamberg, Political Science is taught as a social science with a strong empirical focus. The university is in a position to offer courses in all major subfields of Political Science, including a range of modules in English. Both our teaching and research are strongly driven by theory, and cutting-edge research methods are also a central focus. The university provides students with an excellent library and ICT facilities, and keeps a network of national and international partners, providing you with the necessary contacts and job opportunities for your future career. Moreover, we give you the opportunity of taking part in the National Model United Nations programme in New York, including practical diplomatic training. Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, Bamberg is one of the most beautiful cities to live in Germany. With its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, it is an architectural gem. Nevertheless, it is an affordable city. Aside from its relatively low living costs and a thriving student community, Bamberg offers an abundance of cultural events and recreational opportunities, including a lively music and club scene.

At the University of Macedonia, the MA in Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe aims to offer a comprehensive analysis of both political and economic development in the region, emphasizing the interrelation between the two, and setting the institutional and social context on firm analytical grounds. In addition to that, you will be given substantial support through the Library and Information Service (L.I.S.), the Career Office, and the Computer and Network Operations Center. University sport, cultural and political activities are open for all students to join. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, with more than one million inhabitants, and more than 100,000 students. Due to its student population the city is very lively, with numerous cultural activities all year round, rendering it the cultural capital of Greece. The location of the city facilitates short visits to the neighboring countries of the Balkan region, with Sofia and Skopje a little more than an hour away by car, while Istanbul and Athens can be accessed in less than one hour by plane. Famous for its nightlife and quality of food served in its numerous bars and taverns, as well as for the abundance of Roman and Byzantine monuments scattered throughout the cityscape, Thessaloniki was included in National Geographic Traveler‘s ‘Best of the World 2013′ list of the 20 must-see places around the globe.

Graduate Perspectives

This Double Masters Degree equips students with knowledge as well as the analytical and transferable skills needed to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful international career in the public or private sector. Typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
  • careers in business, government, NGOs and international organizations operating in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
  • careers in government administration
  • further postgraduate research at the PhD level
  • journalism
  • international marketing or business

Areas of Study

International Politics | International Relations | Political Science | European Science | Globalisation | Economics | Eastern Europe | Southeastern Europe | Internationale Politik | Internationale Beziehungen | Politikwissenschaft | Europäische Politik | Globalisierung | Wirtschaftswissenschaften | Osteuropa | Südosteuropa

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

The University of Bamberg does not charge tuition fees, however, students are obliged to pay administrative fees to the amount of 80 Euro per semester.

Normally, the University of Macedonia charges the amount of 4,000 Euro for the first year of the programme. But, at the moment this does not apply, because the Double MA programme is supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) with funding from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany until 2016. In addition to that, students studying in the programme will receive scholarships for a period of three months while being at the respective partner university.

Application and Enrolment

The Double Masters programme begins each year in late September. Application deadline is June 30th. The Number of students that can be accepted for this Double MA programme is limited to 10 students per year, with five students sent and welcomed by each university. Every university chooses their five candidates independently. Therefore, the University of Bamberg chooses five students every year.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Master in Political Science at Bamberg candidates will be expected to satisfy the following general admissions criteria in Political Science

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or another congenial programme in the Social Sciences with a minimum of 50 ECTS credits accumulated in Political Science and at least an average mark of 2.5 for their degree classification, or
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or another congenial programme in the Social Sciences with a minimum of 70 ECTS credits in Political Science and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for their overall degree classification (according to the regulations of Bamberg’s MA in Political Science)

Candidates wishing to enter the Double Masters programme will be expected to submit specific documents, among others these include:

  • a letter of motivation written in English
  • a CV written in English
  • for candidates whose first language is not English, evidence of their English speaking and writing abilities (e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Academic or evidence that the Bachelor’s degree they hold was taught mainly or entirely in English)
  • Two references, typically from professors with personal knowledge of the applicant.

Contact and Advisory Service

University of Bamberg
Faculty for Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration
Feldkirchenstr. 21
96050 Bamberg

Subject Advisor
Wolfgang Goldbach

University of Macedonia

Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies
Building KZ, Office 210
156 Egnatia str.,
540 06 Thessaloniki

Subject Advisor
Tanja Neskovic
+30 2310891527

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