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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

We are a small, competitive program that welcomes talented students from around the world. Candidates should hold a master's degree or equivalent in political science, sociology, organizational studies, history, or related fields and possess strong English skills

Master's Programmes



Students who attend our program investigate the crucial intersection between the economy, politics, and society and develop new approaches in economic sociology, comparative political economy, and organizational studies.


Research at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) investigates the complex linkages between economic and social action. Just as politics and social life are affected by pressures for economic efficiency and economic power, economic action is embedded in and indeed presupposes an infrastructure of social institutions and political decisions. In this sense, the economy as a system of action is both politically and socially constituted. 

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Housing services

The Visitors' Liaison at the MPIfG will help you find suitable housing in Cologne.

ICT services

    If you are working in the MPIfG building or are connected to the MPIfG local area network via VPN, you can use the following links to go directly to the IMPRS-SPCE In-House pages;If you are working outside the institute, you can use the internet to access the IMPRS-SPCE In-House pages.

Medical services

Every student must have health insurance coverage. This is also a prerequisite for enrolling at a German university. Students with an employment contract at the MPIfG automatically receive public health insurance coverage by law and can choose their insurer at the beginning of their contract.