Double Masters Degree in Political Science &
Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe

The Double Masters Degree Political Science & Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europeoffers 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.

  • Achieve two MA degrees within two years.
  • Acquire theoretical expertise in political institutions and processes in an international framework.
  • Build up considerable empirical knowledge of eastern and southeastern Europe by benefiting from the dual component of the Double Degree programme.
  • Supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) with funding from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
  • Scholarships are available.

Study Profile

Through this programme, graduates gain an excellent understanding of political and economic power with a special focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Since this region has recently been plagued by economic and political crises, students will find an interesting and moving target for education and research endeavours. By studying modules on topics such as EU Policy-making and Integration, Ethnic Conflict and Minority Respresentation, and Economic Crises and Government Stability, students develop in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of economic events and political processes, and acquire skills in the appropriate analysis of contemporary political issues.

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, students are 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.

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 Practical diplomatic training by taking part in the annualNational Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York/USA.

This strongly integrated programme, delivered at both institutions, will provide you with background knowledge of the economics and politics in the region of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Aditionally, you will acquire transferable theoretical knowledge and research skills, thus, making you attractive to many employers in the private or public sector.

Two countries - two qualifications

This programme is a unique opportunity to study at two excellent and closely networked universities offering an integrated, structured, well-supported and well-managed international learning experience. Students gain experience of a different culture inside and outside the confines of the relevant universities. They improve their command of a foreign language, which is a crucial asset in a globalising economy. They interact and network with students from a variety of cultures, further enhancing their employability.

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 that one hour by plane.

Famous for its nightlife and quality of food served in its numerous bars and tavernas, 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. Thessaloniki also ranked fifth among the world’s top party cities in Lonely Planet’s ’1000 Ultimate Experience’ guide for 2009 and was awarded the title of European Youth Capital for 2014.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, Bamberg is one of the most beautiful towns 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 scence.

Bamberg is a town of amazing contrasts. It has a distinct regional identity, but is simultaneously home to a diverse community of German and international students. It is nestled in the Franconian countryside on the one hand, yet easily accessible by rail or car from Frankfurt, Munich or Nuremberg on the other. externer Link folgt Nuremberg's international airport is only 60km away. Even major capital cities such as Berlin or Prague can be reached relatively easily by rail or car.

For more information about these features and other aspects of Bamberg, please visit the official website of the town's externer Link folgt tourist office or the university's respective informative website.

Here, you also find information about living accommodation in Bamberg.

Programme outline

The programme is structured such that students spend their first year at the University of Macedonia and their second year at the University of Bamberg.

To obtain both Masters 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 a 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.

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

Career Prospects

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

Tuition Fees

Fees at Bamberg

The University of Bamberg does not charge tuition fees with the beginning of the winter term 2013/2014. However, students are obliged to pay administrative fees to the amount of 88 Euro per semester (so-called "Semesterbeitrag"). These administrative fees include contributions to the students union and free public transport in Bamberg and surroundings.

Fees at the University of Macedonia

The University of Macedonia charges the amount of 4.000 for the first year of the programme. Participants of the Double MA programme chosen by the University of Bamberg receive a 50 % discount.

Application and Enrolment

The Double Masters programme begins each year in October. 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. 

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 70 ECTS credits accumulated in classes with a Political Science background or empirical methods (methods component maximal 20 of the 70 ECTS) 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 90 ECTS credits in classes with a Political Science background or empirical methods (methods component maximal 20 of the 90 ECTS) 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)

If you are unsure, whether your ECTS credits can be counted as being acquired in classes with a Political Science background, you should nevertheless apply. Courses in Sociology, Philosophy, Economics or similar disciplines may also be included, if relevant to 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.

Applicants have to prepare their application by following our online application tutorial and finally submit this application by post to the Studierendenkanzleiin Bamberg.

For all non-German speaking applicants we have prepared a short pdf pdf-documentation(2.0 MB) on how to fill in the online form of enrolment. Please apply here.

Contact and Advisory Service

University of Bamberg
Chair for Comparative Politics
Feldkirchenstr. 21
96052 Bamberg

Subject Advisor

Lucas Geese
+ 49 951 863 3010