1 DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange Service Home [//www.daad.de/en/index.html] / Information on Study and Research in Germany [//www.daad.de/deutschland/en/] / International Programmes [//www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programs/en/] International Programmes in Germany 2016 Double MA Degree in Political Science University of Bamberg Bamberg Degree Our Double MA programmes offer the opportunity to achieve an MA in Political Science (University of Bamberg, Germany) plus an MA in Governance and International Politics (Aston University, UK) / in Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe (University of Macedonia, Greece) / in Political Science (University of Essex, UK) within the standard period of study (24 months). [http://www.unibamberg.de/ma-dd-politics] In cooperation with Aston University (Birmingham, UK) University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece) University of Essex (Colchester, UK) Course language(s) English No knowledge of the German language is required to complete any of our Double MA programmes, as modules are taught in English at Aston University, the University of Macedonia, the University of Essex and the University of Bamberg. However, some elective modules are taught in German during the second year at Bamberg, and are open to all students in the programme who have an adequate command of German. Admission semester CONTACT Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft Wolfgang Goldbach Feldkirchenstraße Bamberg Tel. +49 (0) Tel. +49 (0) Fax. +49 (0) Winter semester only Beginning Every winter semester, starting at the beginning of October at Aston University, at the University of Macedonia or at the University of Essex. Programme duration Four semesters / 120 ECTS Course website [http://www.unibamberg.de/ma-dd-politics]» Submit application to Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg Studierendenkanzlei Kapuzinerstraße Bamberg Germany Application deadline
2 It is recommended that students submit their applications by 30 June. Course content Our Double MA degrees are exciting new educational programmes which allow students to develop a deep understanding of issues of contemporary research in the field of political science whilst benefiting from the combined expertise of teaching staff at two institutions. These two-year programmes provide students with an exceptional opportunity to pursue a Double Master's, giving them an unparalleled understanding of issues in governance, international politics and political economy that is enhanced and enriched by the mix of British/German or Greek/German perspectives. Educational organisation Participants acquire a Double Master's award from Aston University in Birmingham (Governance and International Politics), the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe) or the University of Essex in Colchester (with differing possible foci) as well as a Master's qualification from the University of Bamberg (Political Science). The programmes are structured in such a way that students spend their first year abroad and their second year at the University of Bamberg. The Double MA with Aston University: Core modules of the Double MA with Aston University are - International Relations - Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance Elective Modules of the Double MA with Aston University can be chosen from a wide range of subjects, for example - Comparative Politics - International Political Economy - Political Theory - Public Policy Analysis - Research Methods - Asia-Europe Relations - Religion and Politics - International Security A dissertation project is started at Aston University and will be finished as a Master's thesis at Bamberg. Therefore, students do not need to submit two different Master's theses to the two universities. The Double MA with the University of Macedonia: Core modules of the Double MA with the University of Macedonia are - Politics and Society in Eastern and Southeastern Europe - Economics of Eastern and Southeastern Europe - EU Integration in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
3 - Empirical Methods Elective Modules of the Double MA with the University of Macedonia can be chosen from a wide range of subjects, for example - Comparative Politics - International Relations - Public Policy Analysis - Political Theory - Political Sociology - Policy-Making in the EU - Democratic Representation in Comparative Perspective - Minorities, Human Rights and Ethnic Conflict The Double MA with the University of Essex: Core modules of the Double MA with the University of Essex (depending on the chosen focus) are - Comparative Politics - Public Opinion and Political Behaviour - International Relations - Political Economy - Quantitative Empirical Methods Elective Modules of the Double MA with the University of Essex (depending on the chosen focus) are, for example, - The above listed topics - Political Explanation - Advanced Research Methods - Further optional modules A Master's thesis will be written at the end of the programme at Bamberg. Students, therefore, do not need to submit two different Master's theses to the two universities. Study abroad unit(s) Students are required to complete up to 60 ECTS credits abroad and at least 60 ECTS at the University of Bamberg. Internships An internship is not obligatory in order to complete the MA at Bamberg. Nevertheless, students will be provided with information about internship opportunities throughout their studies. Furthermore, we offer study trips to potential future employers. Aston's outstanding record in graduate employment is supported by our award-winning Careers and Employment Centre which was one of the first in the UK to achieve the Matrix quality award for information, advice and guidance. Students will have access to Aston futures - a one-stop shop for graduate vacancies, work experience and summer internships. Students can also view the latest careers events and reserve a careers appointment to help them find an appropriate internship.
4 An internship is not obligatory in order to complete the MA at the University of Macedonia. Nevertheless, students will be provided with information about internship opportunities throughout their studies. The Career Office offers its service to students and graduates. Furthermore, we offer study trips to potential future employers. An internship is not obligatory in order to complete the MA at the University of Essex. Forms of assessment Examinations will take various forms depending on the aims and content of the courses. This includes written and oral exams, papers, presentations, and group work. Specific examination criteria will be specified in the syllabus of each course at the beginning of the semester. ECTS credits 120 Diploma supplement Yes General promotion / funding DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Course-related German language courses Yes Course-related English language courses Yes Course objectives The Double MA programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful internationally oriented career in the public or private sector. Moreover, students gain experience of a different culture inside and outside the confines of the respective universities. They improve their command of foreign languages, which is a crucial asset in a globalising economy. They interact and network with students from a variety of cultures, further enhancing their employability. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include: - Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO,
5 UN, etc.) - Careers in government administration - Careers in business, government, NGOs and international organisations operating in Eastern and Southeastern Europe - Journalism - International marketing or business - Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks - Postgraduate research at PhD level Tuition fees The University of Bamberg does not charge tuition fees. The University of Aston charges a total of 4,340 GBP for UK/EU students and 13,000 GBP for non-eu students. The University of Macedonia charges 4,000 EUR for the first year of the programme. Participants in the Double MA programme from the University of Bamberg receive a 50% discount. The University of Essex charges a total of 7,725 GBP for UK/EU students and 14,950 GBP for non-eu students. Participants in the Double MA programme will be eligible to receive a 1,000 GBP tuition fee discount. Enrolment fees In Bamberg, students are obliged to pay administrative fees to the amount of 75 EUR per semester (so-called "Semesterbeitrag"). Funding opportunities within the university The University of Macedonia component is supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) until 2016 with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office. This enables us to equip participants of the Macedonia-Bamberg Double MA programme with scholarships for a time span of six months while studying at the respective partner university. Students who are sent from the University of Bamberg to study at the University of Macedonia will receive: - A one-off payment of 2,000 EUR towards tuition fees at the University of Macedonia - A one-off subsidy of 225 EUR towards travel expenses EUR per month for a time span of six months Language requirements For the Aston University component, candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy one of the following minimum requirements:
6 - An English language score of 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of Band 7 in Writing and Band 6 in Speaking, Reading and Listening), or - a TOEFL score of 105 with a minimum of 25 points in Writing and Speaking and 23 points in Reading and Listening, or - Pearson Academic results of minimum 68 in Writing and Speaking and minimum 61 in Reading and Listening, or - evidence that their undergraduate degree was taught mainly or entirely in English For the University of Macedonia component, candidates whose first language is not English will be expected to provide proof of proficiency in English comparable to that of the Aston component. The same applies for the University of Essex. Academic requirements To apply for the Master's in Political Science at Bamberg, candidates will be expected to satisfy the following general admission criterion in political science: - Hold a Bachelor's degree in political science or a similar programme in the social sciences Candidates wishing to enter the Double Master's programme will be expected to hand in a separate written application, which includes: - A letter of motivation written in English - A CV written in English - For candidates whose first language is not English, evidence of their English speaking and writing abilities (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Academic, or evidence that the Bachelor's degree they hold was taught mainly or entirely in English.) - Two references, typically from professors who know the applicant personally Where to apply Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg Studierendenkanzlei Kapuzinerstraße Bamberg Germany Arrival support University of Bamberg Students will be provided with support via web, and telephone concerning general information (e.g. visa application, contacts with embassies, residence permit, health services and insurance policy, academic and social life, accommodation). In addition, students will be teamed with a mentor, a local student who provides support and guidance starting on the first day of arrival. Aston University
7 As part of Aston Welcome there is a free Meet and Greet service for new students who can be collected from the airport and taken directly to the campus (see: tudents/meet-and-greet/ [http://www1.aston.ac.uk/newstudent/international-students/meet-and-greet/] ). Prior to the start of your studies, Aston University runs a week of activities to help you settle into your new environment which also offers the opportunity to meet other students and enjoy a week of activities before the home students arrive for Freshers' Week. University of Macedonia Students will be provided with support via web, and telephone concerning arrival matters. In addition, students will be teamed with a mentor, a local student who provides support and guidance starting on the first day of arrival. University of Essex Students will have access to student support networks and will be offered opportunities to communicate with faculty staff in advance of the commencement of studies to discuss possible thesis topics, expectations, and conventions. Services and support for international students University of Bamberg Students will be teamed with a mentor, a local student who provides support and guidance during the first months at the university. Students will have free access to the internet on campus. At the language centre students can learn the national language as well as other languages in the form of intensive courses or as semester courses at various levels. It is also possible to study the language together with a local tandem partner. Aston University The Hub Advice Zone and Finance Centre aims to enrich the student experience at Aston by providing outstanding student support in a friendly, welcoming environment where students can feel at ease. You may want to open a bank account, register with a doctor, register with the police or speak to a member of staff about your tuition fees - you can get help with all of these tasks by visiting The Hub. It also runs various trips to local places of worship (see [http://w ww1.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/] ). University of Macedonia Students will be teamed with a mentor, a local student who provides support and guidance during the first months at the university. Students will have free access to the internet on campus. At the language centre students can learn the national
8 language as well as other languages. University of Essex Students will have access to student support networks and will be offered opportunities to communicate with faculty staff to discuss possible thesis topics, expectations, and conventions. Accommodation University of Bamberg: Students will be offered support in finding accommodation in Bamberg. For more information visit: s/life-in-bamberg/ [http://www.unibamberg.de/en/studies/degree-students/life-inbamberg/]. Aston University: Our green and compact campus right in the heart of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city, gives our students the best of both worlds - all the facilities of a small town within a vibrant city. This makes settling into campus life much easier and means that you can stay on campus throughout each academic year of your studies if you want to. Aston has a wide variety of accommodation, all located on campus, giving students easy access to all facilities and eliminating travel costs. For more information on the types of accommodation available, current prices and the application process, please go to: info/ [http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/accommodation/ge neralinfo/]. For general information about house hunting the Advice & Representation Centre (The ARC) will be delighted to help. Phone +44 (0) or University of Macedonia: Students will be offered active support in finding accommodation in Thessaloniki. University of Essex: The University of Essex will assist students in locating suitable accommodation. Course website [http://www.uni-ba mberg.de/ma-dd-politics] About the university The University of Bamberg is a medium-sized university with an academic profile clearly rooted in the humanities, social and economic sciences, human
9 sciences and application-oriented computer sciences. Since 1978, subjects in the Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration Faculty (SoWi) have represented the university's largest areas of study and research focus; the Social Sciences Department, with its focus on empirical research methods, is held in particularly high esteem throughout the German academic community. ( [http://www.uni-bamberg.de/en] ) Students from over 120 countries study at Aston and live in a lively, safe, close-knit and friendly atmosphere. Aston students make the most of their time on campus with a high level of participation in clubs, societies and sports. Aston staff and students appreciate the importance of the academic contribution and cultural diversity that all our international students bring to the university environment. There are around 7,500 undergraduate students at the university, and around 1,500 postgraduate students (MSc, MBA, PhD, etc.). Approx. 15% of our students are from overseas (outside the UK), from over 90 countries. ( [http://www.aston.ac.uk/]) The University of Macedonia was founded as a Graduate School of Industrial Studies in 1948 and is currently attended by about 10,000 students. The campus is located in the centre of Thessaloniki and hosts 10 different departments. In general, the aim and ambition of the departments of the university is to prepare fully qualified scientists, consultants and executives for the public and private sectors. Students can avail of various lecture and seminar rooms, laboratories, teleconference rooms, a restaurant which operates during the academic year, a gymnasium, a University Press and a bookshop. In addition, various sporting activities, social events and cultural activities are open to all students at the university. ( [http://www.uom.gr/]) Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, the University of Essex is now top five in research in social sciences in the UK,sixth for student satisfaction among mainstream English universities as well as third in the UK, and 22nd in the world, in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50. It is a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn't just encouraged, it's expected. The University of Essex is committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Essex is a genuine global community. With more than 130 countries represented within the student body, and 40% of their students from overseas, they are one of the most internationally-diverse universities in the UK. ( [http://www.essex.ac.uk]) Total number of students 13,500
10 Total percentage of international students 7 % About the city University of Bamberg: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, Bamberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. With its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, it is an architectural gem and represents a fascinating contrast to Birmingham and Thessaloniki. Bamberg is also ideal for student life, as it is affordable and offers an abundance of cultural events and recreational opportunities, including a lively nightlife and music scene. Aston University: Students at Aston become part of a vibrant, small and friendly community in the heart of Birmingham. It is a real student city and many restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas and museums offer generous student discounts. Aston is based right in the city centre, so most things are within easy walking distance. University of Macedonia: Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, with more than one million inhabitants and more than 100,000 students. Due to its student population the city is very lively, with numerous cultural activities all year round rendering it the cultural capital of Greece. The location of the city facilitates short visits to the neighbouring countries in the Balkan region, with Sofia and Skopje a little over an hour away by car, while Istanbul and Athens can be reached in less than one hour by plane. University of Essex: Home to over 10,500 students from more than 130 countries, Colchester Campus has shops, restaurants, banks, a theatre and even a nightclub and a hairdresser on site ( [http://www.essex.ac.uk]). The historic centre of Colchester itself is only two miles away from the Campus and is the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain. After being named as one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, Colchester now has exceeded 120,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, London as well as Stansted Airport are only one hour away and the port of Harwich is just over 30 km east of Colchester. Disclaimer: The data used for this website was collected and analysed in good faith and with due diligence. The DAAD and the Content5 AG accept no liability for the correctness of the data contained in the "International Programmes in Germany".