Philosophy and Economics, M.A. | University of Bayreuth | Bayreuth, Germany
24 months
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The Philosophy and Economics programme of the University of Bayreuth is based on over a decade and a half of expertise in integrating the two disciplines. It is fair to say that we are Germany’s leading university in providing undergraduate and graduate level P&E education.


A modern degree for meeting modern challenges

The Philosophy and Economics programme of the University of Bayreuth views economics and philosophy and their integration as methods for analysing allocation, distributive, and institutional mechanisms in a world that is in need of new global governance structures. Chief among these are pressing foundational and practical questions: What are the dimensions of equality? Does globalization threaten social solidarity? How should we regulate migration flows? Is the international organization of labour necessary for achieving social justice? What are the economic and moral challenges that regional trade agreements create for the WTO? What is a fair allocation of voting power in the EU? What is the best way to organize deliberation? Who bears responsibility for climate change? Should executive salaries and bonuses be capped? How do we encourage corporate social responsibility?

Profile of the Master’s Programme

This two-year international programme, jointly organized and taught by the Departments of Philosophy and Economics, provides a rigorous graduate-level education in core areas of economics and analytic philosophy. Economics and philosophy are integrated as methods for analysing institutional mechanisms in a globalized context that requires new governance structures. Bayreuth’s MA in Philosophy & Economics is an advanced degree that caters to those who are prepared to undertake rigorous cross-disciplinary training and who care about shaping the world we live in. Our programme provides expertise in ethics, moral and political philosophy, business ethics and corporate governance, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophical and applied logic, and decision and game theory.

Fields of Employment

Graduates of the MA in Philosophy & Economics pursue research careers in higher education or in the private and public sectors as well taking up public and private sector leadership and consulting positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Empirical Economics Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A degree (or completed course of studies) with an examination grade of “2.0” or better in the bachelor’s programmes Economics, Philosophy & Economics, or International Economics & Development at the University of Bayreuth, or an equivalent degree
  • Equivalency of the completed bachelor's degree is the responsibility of the board of examiners and is not determined conclusively until the application process is under way
  • An aptitude assessment process is carried out if the applicant's average grade for the degree is worse than "2.0" to "2.3" (see Examination Regulations, Annex 2); it includes an evaluation of the applicant's qualifications and, if necessary, a personal interview
  • Language Proficiency: ENGLISH level B2

Tuition Fee

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Tuition fees: none / Semester fees: 112,86 €

Living costs for Bayreuth

630 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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