Development and Governance

University of Duisburg-Essen

M.A. On Campus
12 months
Tuition fee
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The Development and Governance programme from the University of Duisburg-Essen is primarily addressing students from developing countries with an academic background in social science and working experience related to the subjects of Development and Governance.


The Master’s programme in Development and Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen combines teaching in several political science sub-disciplines (development studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies, administration and policy studies, comparative politics of European Union, Sub-Saharan Africa or East Asia). 

The main emphasis is on acquiring knowledge of the relevance of different tiers and forms of governance-processes (local, national, international) both within established democracies and developing societies, and on training students’ analytical skills. The programme is thus providing students with both policy- and region-specific expertise.

Seminar “Germany’s Development Policy” in Bonn

The new intake has participated in the seminar “Germany’s Development Policy - Towards New Approaches” in Bonn. The seminar is a cooperation of the Institute of Political Science of the University of Duisburg and Engagement Global on behalf of the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).

The students had the opportunity to get to know the German Development Policy in institutions such as the German Development Institute (DIE) or the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Global Governance and Development
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Administration
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Research Practice
  • Research Logic and Academic Writing
  • Causes and Dynamics of Violent Conflict
  • African Politics
  • East Asian Politics
  • European Politics
  • Research Practice
  • M.A. Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, Partially taught in German




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Higher education entrance qualification
  • Bachelor's degree requiring four years of full time study in political science, social science, law, economics, geography or related discipline
  • Strong academic record
  • Minimum of one year full-time professional work experience at time of application
  • Applicants can be exempted from this requirement only if they hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an English-language college or university. In this case they are required to provide proof that English was the language of instruction and of all examinations of their degree course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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