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Our MA programme in Philosophy & Economics is one of Germany's leading programmes for graduate level P&E education. The two-year international study course provides intensive, high-quality and rigorous education in core areas of economics and analytic philosophy.

Learn more about the programme, its structure and contents, and opportunities during your studies at the University of Bayreuth. For a quick glance at what the programme has to offer, click here.

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Why P&E?

A modern degree for modern challenges: Student

A modern degree, meeting modern challenges.

We see both economics and philosophy and their integration as methods for analysing allocation, distribution, and institutional mechanisms in a world that is in need of new global governance structures. The programme is targeted at students with an interest in obtaining an advanced analytical and quantitative traning as a foundation for pursuing research-based careers in academia, public service, and business.

Interdisciplinarity and Individuality: Student

Interdisciplinarity & individuality.

Our MA Programme is for the open-minded intellectual who wants a rigorous training that cuts across disciplines. After having gained a solid foundation in core areas of philosophy and economics, a wide range of electives allows you to specialize according to your individual interests and aptitude, giving you the opportunity to carve out your own distinctive academic and professional profile.

Researcher at Uni Bayreuth

Research-led teaching.

The mission of research-led teaching is taken seriously in the P&E Programme: courses are taught by those whose research is close to the topic and P&E faculty strive to explore novel ideas and methods with their students. In addition, the regular research seminars and workshops organized by both departments offer students the chance to become familiar with top-level international research.

Programme Structure & Contents

The MA Programme is an intense and demanding course of study. You have to take six courses in the foundations module area (A) that provide you with the methodological skills and frameworks you need for analyzing problems in both disciplines. The compulsory classes in the integration module area (B) further train the ability to reason, reflect, and converse about current research questions in philosophy and economics. Lastly, you complete the specialization module area (C) consisting in five MA electives in philosophy, economics, or related fields. In your final semester, you will write your master thesis (D).

  • A Foundations Module Area
    A1 Ethics
    A2 Political Philosophy
    A3 Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    A4 Advanced Microeconomics
    A5 Advanced Macroeconomics
    A6 Advanced Empirical Economics

  • Integration Module Area
    B1 Research Seminar
    B2 P&E Integrative Seminar

  • Specialization Module Area
    5 MA electives from the departments of philosophy (C1), economics (C2), or from cognate departments (C3)

  • D Master Thesis
    D1 Master Thesis
    D2 Thesis Seminar

Find more detailed information on the respective courses here:

Queries about the programme?
If you have any questions about the philosphy courses please contact Prof. Dr. Julian Fink. For economics courses, please contact Prof. Dr. Hartmut Egger.

Research, Conferences & Lecture Series in P&E

Each semester, the departments of philosophy and economics welcome guests from all over the world to share and discuss their research. Students are very much encouraged to take part in the regular research seminars and join the international lecture series, conferences, and colloquia.

Find out more about the current research events on the websites of the two departments:

Research Events by the Economics Department

The economics department holds weekly research talks during the lecture period. The current schedule can be found here.

Research Events by the Philosophy Department

The philosophy department organizes a host of international conferences and workshops in philosophy, as well as a series of regular research events. Find an overview here.

Student Life in Bayreuth

Campus & City

Students, researchers, and staff agree: when they first came to the University of Bayreuth, they felt at home straight away. And with an enrolment of 13,000 students, we’re not too big, and not too small – there are plenty of interesting people here, but it’s still easy to meet them.

Get involved!

Besides being a place for the academic exchange, learning, and research, UBT offers plenty of chances for getting involved in a wide range of student organizations and initiatives. Learn more...

Visiting Us

If you are thinking of applying to the programme or you have received an offer and you need to decide if this is the right choice for you, then it is really worthwhile to visit us. Just contact our progamme administrator Claudia Ficht who can advise you on travel and accommodation and help you to arrange visits to seminars as well as meetings with staff and students.

Webmaster: Univ.Prof.Dr. Julian Fink

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