Public Economics, Law and

Masters Programme

The effectiveness and legitimacy of modern states is largely determined by the complex interaction of politics, law, and business and economics. Lately, in particular, these interactions have been affected by dynamic transformation processes resulting from globalization and internationalization trends. This has led to the formation of modified statehood forms and new patterns of relationships between state, society and the economy. The Masters degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics applies a theoretical and methodological, as well as problem-oriented and integrated, political analysis of these dynamic interactions.

Content and Rationale

Studies in political science at Leuphana Graduate School combine disciplines, which traditionally deal with the relationship of state, society, and business and economics. Questions, issues and approaches to solutions resulting from these intricately interwoven relationships are analyzed and treated from the joined perspectives of political science, economics and law. The focus is placed on the causes, background, as well as social and economic effects and consequences, of government action. Thus, the course aims at achieving a comprehensive reflection on the relationship between politics, law and economics by applying the tools provided by political science as a discipline, reinforced by interdisciplinary observations. This course of study is part of the scholarship programme Public Policy and Good Governance of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Every year, DAAD selects around ten scholarship holders from Central and South American, African and Asian countries to come and study at Leuphana Graduate School. They enhance the experience of studying on this programme by lending it an international perspective.

Programme Structure

The discipline-oriented electives aim at training academics to develop in-depth competencies in the individual disciplines of political science, public law and economics. Cooperation with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg makes it possible to focus on the field of education development theory and policy. This is achieved thanks to a selection of more specialized course offerings. Six individually selectable and freely combinable modules largely convey theories, approaches and methods for analyzing the state of academic questions and issues from a disciplinary perspective.

In the first semester, two individually allocated bridge modules convey basic knowledge in political science in the disciplines, which students have not yet or not sufficiently studied in their previous courses. The second and third semesters see the integration range extending subject offers by an interdisciplinary perspective: In two modules, selected topics and issues from the perspective of each of two disciplines are investigated together.

The course offerings are complemented not only by the cross-complementary studies over-arching the master degrees on the basis of a broad academic and reflection-oriented science, but also by the Masters Forum & Research Perspectives. It teaches the methodological and organizational skills, which are necessary for the design and implementation of practitioners' own analyzes based on political science, as well as research projects. Building on this intensive preparation, the Mastes dissertation completed in the fourth semester concludes the Masters Programme.

A Student's Report

Fazal Mahmood Ali is DAAD Scholarship Holder

Fazal Mahmood Ali completed his Bachelor degree in 2013. After two years in profession, he decided to take up a Masters degree programme. He is one of the DAAD scholarship holders for the PELP degree programme.


This Masters degree programme is aimed at German and international graduates (bachelor or equivalent) of a course featuring an academic orientation in politics, law, business and economics, constitutional and administrative sciences, who wish to acquire research and practical skills in the interdisciplinary field of political science.

For the Masters Degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics, you must bring a proven minimum of 60 CP from relevant modules from the following subjects: law, politics or economics or from an interdisciplinary combination of these three disciplines.


The Masters Degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics provides a science-based, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented academic training in the field of political science. The aim is to familiarize students with theories, approaches and methods, as well as central empirical findings on the current state of scientific research. Thus, it imparts the ability to design, implement, and reflect on independent research projects. Students are also trained to handle complex practical issues and problems at the interface between politics, business and law from an academic point of view. As well as providing policy advice, this prepares them for managerial positions in administrative, national and international organizations.

In addition to entering into active employment, the possibility also exists of further development the direction, for example, of a PhD. The professorial chairs involved in the course of study carry out numerous projects in that vein. Qualified students have the opportunity, thanks to the “Doctoral Track”, to attend modules of the doctoral programme in the third semester already.


If you have made your choice,

please apply here.

At a glance

Degree awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Application period: April 1 - June 1
Type of programme: Thematic relevance
Study places: 40
Start date: October 1
Extent: 120 CP according to ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German and English 
Semester contribution: approx. EUR 353