M.A. European Culture and Economy

Ruhr University of Bochum

Application deadline: August 31 (EU); May 31 (Non EU)
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This is a four semester graduate degree for those who have a BA/BSc or equivalent who wish to know all that is worth knowing about European identity (history, philosophy, media, politics), languages, economy, and law. The degree "MA in European Culture and Economy" shows that you are a European specialist and well prepared for the European job market - particularly in those activities that require competence in cultural, economic, and legal matters.

ECUE is an interdisciplinary programme, i.e. it comprises subjects from Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Cultural Studies, Humanities and Economics. The Faculty of Social Sciences is responsible for this programme. Also involved are the Faculties of Economics, History, Philology, Philosophy and Educational Sciences. The course is clearly focused on issues relating to an international, especially European context.

The programme comprises 9 modules each concerning one topic. In these modules the students analyse, identify and reflect interdisciplinary, by adapting social, cultural and economic points of view, on the convergence and divergence of Europe. The ninth module consists of colloquia lasting several days and a compulsory excursion.
During the interdisciplinary colloquia the students investigate interdisciplinary interrelations, train their intercultural competences, enhance their knowledge of research methods and prepare subjects for their master thesis.

The modules are concerned with the following topics: Society and Culture in Europe, Economy in Language and Literature, European Economy and Law I and II, The History of Europe´s Economy and Culture, Areas of European Politics, Cultural Research Methods, Concepts of Europe and Special Topics, Philosophy, Culture and Education.


General requirements:

Wide interest in both cultural and economic questions. Depending on the major of the first degree: Willingness to quickly and, if needed, with the help of tutorials to acquaint oneself with new disciplines (e.g. economics), in order to be able to follow courses at the level of the master programme.

Language requirements (for foreign applicants):

International students should have successfully completed standard German language competency testing at the time of application (e.g.: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)).
In all cases the DSH test (or its alternative) must be successfully completed by the start of the studies. Alternatives to the DSH qualification include the TestDaF (minimum standard required is 4 x TDN 4 in 4 sub-tests) and the following tests conducted by the Goethe Institute abroad: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS). On request a completed German Studies major may also be recognised as an equivalent standard.
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Language requirements (for all applicants): Certificate of English language skills (TOEFL 580/237/92/93) or comparable certificate).

Language requirements (for native speakers of German and English):

A further European foreign language at level B1 of the Common European Framework or UniCert I, for further information

Subject specific requirements:Good to very good B.A. (min. 2,5 German Grading System) or comparable degree of a German or recognized foreign university with a course duration of at least 6 semesters in a subject in Arts or Economics.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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