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Student of the Philosophy & Economics programme at the University of Bayreuth

The UBT Master – the way it should be

The MA Programme in Philosophy & Economics is targeted at students with an interest in obtaining an advanced analytical and quantitative training as a foundation for pursuing research-based careers in academia, public service, and business.

In designing the degree we had in mind economists, philosophers, political scientists or those with a background in business or management studies who are intent on sharpening their abilities in normative reflection, on deepening of their knowledge of subjects they have pursued during their Bachelor’s studies, and on broadening and enhancing their methodological skills in key areas relevant to both disciplines.

A modern degree for 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. Chief among these are pressing foundational and practical questions: What are the dimensions of equality? Does globalisation 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?

The Bayreuth P&E Programme is the advanced degree for the national and international public policy analyst, the public servant, and the concerned business professional. Our MA Programme is for the serious intellectual who wants a rigorous training that will cut across disciplines, who wants to innovate and engage with the world. It is an advanced training in the concepts and methods of social and economic justice and is a real alternative for the standard types of Master programmes in economics, philosophy, political science, or business and management studies.

Clarity and individuality

The P&E Master programme has a very clear structure with a set of core courses in both disciplines, a well-defined integrative philosophy & economics seminar, and a wide range of electives allowing our students to specialise according to individual interests and aptitude. Our programme will provide you with solid foundations and the opportunity to carve out your own distinctive academic and professional profile.

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. P&E faculty bring their own research to the seminar room and explore novel ideas and methods with their students in an intensive but relaxed way.

All you need to know about the programme

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