Public Economics, Law and Politics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jun 1, 2024
StudyQA ranking:6097 Duration:2 years

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The two-year Master's programme Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP) providing the knowledge and competence to understand the broad field of governmental policies, the justifications for governmental activities and their potential limitations. These areas are explored from the interdisciplinary perspectives of economics, law and politics. The main objective of PELP is to familiarise students with the theories and methods required for research in the field of political science. Students will not only be able to assess actual social and political processes, but also to recognise chances for shaping them.

The Master's programme is composed of five major parts:

  • Basics: the modules endow students in the first semester with basic knowledge in the sub-disciplines of economics, law and politics that constitute the programme.
  • Advanced Courses: during the first, second and third semester, these modules provide students with deeper knowledge regarding theories and methods in the sub-disciplines of economics, law and politics. Courses in this part cover the following topics: Theories of Democracy, Theories and Methods of Comparative Political Science, International Relations and Democracy, Public Economics and Public Policy, Trade Policy and International Economics, Labour and Social Policy, Constitutional Theory and Law, Legal Integration in Europe and Public Economic Law.
  • Integration: the interdisciplinary modules focus on selected topics of the Master's programme, which are discussed from the perspectives of at least two of the sub-disciplines. The courses are offered during the second and third semester and cover topics such as Governance and Public Policy, Political Economics or Economic and Legal Aspects of Regulation.
  • Research Methods and Master's Forum: these modules provide students throughout the whole programme with the methods required to perform research in the field of Public Economics, Law and Politics. The seminars in the Master's Forum allow students to practise the use of these methods.
  • Complementary Studies: courses in this part are addressed to all students of Leuphana Graduate School. From the first through third semester, Master's students study methodological issues of general interest and the philosophy of science.

Educational organisation

The programme consists of lectures, seminars, small-group discussions and tutorials. The first semester offers two basic modules where students can broaden their knowledge either in the field of economics and/or politics and/or law, depending on their level of education in those fields. From semester one to three, individual choices can be made according to the programme guidelines. Students are also involved in research projects in their area of specialisation right from the outset and work with their tutors on research activities of their own. The Master's thesis is written during the fourth semester. All Master's students follow a compulsory additional element termed Complementary Studies, where graduate students from various academic disciplines study together. This humanistic approach is aimed at enabling students to develop subject-specific and transferable skills beyond their area of specialisation.

Study abroad unit(s)

Participants are encouraged to spend one semester - preferably the third - abroad. The International Office at Leuphana University of Lüneburg provides all necessary information.



Forms of assessment

  • Invigilated written examinations
  • Oral examinations
  • Extensive term paper
  • Combined scientific work
  • Attainment of practical skills
  • Master's thesis

Course objectives

Students should acquire theoretical, methodological and practical fundamentals of public economics, law and politics and should be able to analyse and interpret state activities and their interaction in the realm of economics and law. Students will be prepared for a career in national and supranational organisations, in administration, in federal and local governments, as well as in research institutions and think tanks.

Language requirements

The Master's programme Public Economics, Law & Politics is conducted in English.

Non-native speakers of English have to prove their English language proficiency:

  • an Internet-based TOEFL test with at least 85 points (TOEFL ITP is not recognised)
  • a TOEIC Test (at least 785 points (listening and reading))
  • IELTS 5.5
  • a Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with Grade A to C
  • modules from a university programme comprising at least 30 CP, taught exclusively in English and with exams taken in English
  • a successfully completed study programme in English
  • a certificate from an English-speaking school qualifying for entry into higher education in the respective country. References older than four years cannot be accepted.


Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree, German First State Exam in law studies (or equivalent), comprising a study period of at least three years and/or an amount of at least 180 credit points;

For a detailed list of requirements, see:

Enrolment fees

Approx. 360 EUR per semester (subject to change)
Fee includes a semester ticket, covering public transport in Lüneburg and the surrounding area (e.g. Hamburg, Bremen, Lübeck) and almost all regional trains in Lower Saxony, plus rent-a-bike and free entrance to many cultural events in Lüneburg.

Costs of living

Approx. 900 EUR per month to cover personal expenses:

  • Accommodation: 350-450 EUR
  • Food: 180-250 EUR
  • Health insurance: 80 EUR (not applicable to EU students)
  • Leisure activities, books, clothing: 120-200 EUR

Job opportunities

International students with a residence permit are allowed to undertake a limited amount of paid employment (max. 120 days per year, alternatively 240 days part-time up to four hours a day).

Arrival support

The International Office offers an orientation programme for all international students before the start of every semester.
Students will receive assistance with all formalities, e.g. the registration with local authorities, and will be introduced to the services and facilities provided by Leuphana University of Lüneburg, e.g. enrolment, course choice and registration, sports facilities.

Services and support for international students

At Leuphana University, there are a number of services for students, like the Student Counselling and Advisory Service, Social and Legal Counselling, Psychological Counselling, Writing Centre, Studying with children etc. Additionally, the International Office provides advisory and social activities especially for international students. International student advisers and tutors will support the students during their stay. Furthermore, a variety of excursions and cultural events are offered. All international students are invited to reflect on their study progress in a confidential meeting at least once during each stage. In addition, extensive support is provided by faculty and staff of Leuphana Graduate School.


Websites and relevant addresses for finding accommodation in Lüneburg are listed on the International Office website. See:

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