M. A. in History & Economics (Germany) Deadline: July 15, 2019

University of Bayreuth

Application Deadline

July 15, 2019

Program Commencement

October 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The Faculty of Cultural Studies of the University of Bayreuth invites applications for the Master’s program History and Economics. The History & Economics Master’s programme has a clear structure with a set of foundational courses, a convergence module to address students with different academic backgrounds, a set of modules to acquire the necessary skills and methods, a number of courses that cover research and debate in economic history, a module in which knowledge can be applied in practice, and a wide range of electives allowing our students to specialize according to their individual interests and aptitude. The program provides solid foundations and the opportunity to carve out a distinctive academic and professional profile.

Economic history addresses a wide range of both fundamental and applied questions. What are the underlying reasons for economic growth? What explains economic crises and recovery? Why have some nations become rich and others poor? Why has the world economy converged at some points in history and disintegrated at others? What is the role of institutions and the state? How do our understanding of the economy and our theoretical models shape economic outcomes? What is capitalism? Has it always functioned the same way? When did it come into existence? The program discusses these questions and many more. It has a fresh look at topics such as the Great Depression, long-term economic growth, sovereign debt crises, and the effects of global economic interrelations on corporate structure – all from the perspective of research in economic history. In addition to sharpening students’ discussion skills, it will deepen their knowledge of the latest quantitative tools.

The program comprises of three modules that will provide foundational knowledge in economic history, two modules that will ensure all Master’s students gain common basic knowledge of methods and concepts, three modules that teach the specific methodological skills in “quantitative” as well as “qualitative” economic history, one three-semester module on research and debate, and one mandatory internship in which you can apply your knowledge and sharpen your career profile.

There are NO tuition fees for the program.

Eligibility/ Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Economics or History from a university in the Federal Republic of Germany with a final grade of 2.5 or above, or a similar degree from a foreign university.
Applicants whose degree is not in economics or history, but is closely related (e.g., a major in Political Science, Ethnology, or Statistics with a minor in Economics) can also be admitted, subject to certain conditions. Typical conditions may stipulate that particular modules from the Bachelor’s program at the University of Bayreuth have to be successfully completed within one year.
Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: Test results proving CEFR Level B2 – e.g., IELTS band of at least 5.5 or TOEFL iBT of at least 72 (total)

Application Process

Required Documents

For admission (both graduates with and without a German University Degree), we require the following documents:

  • Personal Information Sheet (download here)
  • Your CV
  • Bachelorzeugnis or Diploma Supplement / Transcript of Records
  • Motivation Letter: up to two pages (download a template here)
  • Proof of English language skills: Test results proving CEFR Level B2 – e.g., IELTS Band of at least 5.5 or TOEFL iBT of at least 72 (total)
  • For applicants from China, Mongolia, and Vietnam only: “APS” Certificate.

Please send all documents as a single PDF file which is attached to an e-mail with the subject line “Application – MA History & Economics” to the following e-mail address: eh@uni-bayreuth.de

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