Application-oriented - Plural – Interdisciplinary

The Master's program in Socioeconomics is successfully launched and accredited! In the winter semester 2021/22, the third class of our new MA has started.

On this page we inform you about the structure, the contents, the lecturers responsible for the modules and career perspectives of the two-year MA program. You will also find information about the application process.

Everything you need to know | ➥ The basic modules in detail | ➥ Advanced modules
Our professors | ➥ Application | ➥ The Institute for Socioeconomics

Apply now for the winter semester 22/23

Everything you need to know

  • Five cohorts of the MA Socioeconomics since winter semester 2019/20, enrollment currently open for winter and summer semester.
  • Teaching by the newly founded Institute for Socioeconomics at the Faculty of Social Sciences with five professorships and about ten research assistants
  • Six basic modules, two in-depth modules over three semesters, and a final module with internship/research project and master's thesis in the fourth semester
  • Mobility window in the third (and/or in the fourth) semester by taking advantage of courses offered by related institutes of social and economic sciences and/or a stay abroad


Application-oriented - Plural – Interdisciplinary

With the master's program in socioeconomics, the University of Duisburg-Essen responds to the growing need to examine current key social issues using interdisciplinary and pluralistic scientific approaches. The program focuses on socio-economic issues and problems of social and economic policy relevance, for example

  •   Economic inequality
  •   The future of European integration
  •   Political economy of globalization
  •   Changes in the welfare state
  •   Growth, environment and employment
  •   Financial and economic crises
  •   Political effects of economic inequality
  •   Government tasks and public debt

A special focus is on social, institutional and political conditions and contexts of economic interrelations and on application-oriented methodological training.

In addition to interdisciplinarity, a central principle is a pluralism of perspectives, theories and models, with the aim of making the controversy of economic policy positions visible.

The target group of the program are students of economics and social sciences as well as related neighboring disciplines with career goals in the areas of

  •   science
  •   politics and policy consulting
  •   administration
  •   media
  •   Civil society / NGOs / associations
  •   (Socio-)economic and political education


The courses are held in German or English. All examinations can be taken in either German or English. Furthermore, students can take additional language courses at the Foreign Language Center and receive further support in German or English if required.

MA Socioeconomics- The basic modules in detail

Macroeconomic Analysis

  •   National Accounts
  •   Institutions of monetary/fiscal and wage policy
  •   Social and environmental embeddedness and history of macroeconomics
  •   Historical and current economic policy controversies and challenges
  •   Macroeconomic and political economy modeling
  •   International macroeconomics
  •   Varieties of capitalism and growth model


Economics - History - Philosophy

  •   Fundamentals of European intellectual history and current discourses on economic policy
  •   History of economic thought
  •   Paradigms of economics
  •   Comparative examination of economic and philosophical theories and approaches
  •   Multi-perspective consideration of social challenges
  •   Highlights of modern economic history


Comparison of Economic and Social Systems

  • Comparison of different varieties of capitalism (Varieties of Capitalism, Growth Models)
  • Comparative analysis of welfare states, labor market regimes, industrial relations and education systems
  • Socio-economic change processes (inequality, technological change, deindustrialization, financialization, globalization) and their political causes and consequences
  • Socioeconomic dimension of political conflicts


Methods of Socioeconomic Research

  • Philosophy of science of economics
  •  social ontology
  •  Methodological foundations of social sciences
  •  Fundamentals of data processing in the social sciences
  •  Basics of Econometrics
  •  Applied Econometrics


Government and Economy

  • Basic objectives and issues of government activity and government finance
  • Methods of financial/governmental analysis
  • Institutional studies: government revenues and expenditures in the federal system of the Federal Republic of Germany and in Europe
  • Multi-paradigmatic impact analysis of government activity and public finances, in particular their implications for distribution policy
  • International tax competition, tax evasion and tax avoidance


Inequality - Growth - Ecology

  •  Inequality of income and wealth: measurement, causes, consequences and distributional policies
  •  Distribution and growth theories
  •  Relationship between distribution and growth
  •  Ecological economics
  •  Methods of inequality research


More detailed information...

Ma Struktur
.…about the basic modules (descriptions of the events and literature references) can be found here.



The current examination regulations for the MA Socioeconomics can be downloaded here (PDF) and the module handbook for the program here (PDF).

Advanced Modules, Practical Fields & Current Problems of Socioeconomics

Advanced courses for research and/or practice-oriented emphases, e.g., in:

  • Labor market and employment
  • Advanced macroeconomics and political economy
  • Advanced Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Globalization and Development
  • Econometrics
  • Theory and Practice of Public Finance
  • Environmental policy and ecological economics
  • Inequality research
  • Business and management
  • Behavioral theory


The Institutes Teaching Collaborations

The Institute of Socioeconomics has agreed on comprehensive teaching cooperations within the Faculty of Social Sciences and with the economics faculties of the University of Duisburg-Essen. This allows students of the MA Socioeconomics to specialize in individual disciplines (Political Science, Sociology, Economics) as well as topic-related specializations across different disciplines in the specialization modules. In addition to the specialization courses offered by the Institute of Socioeconomics, students can optionally take courses from the following Master's programs (some with limited space available):

  • M.Sc. Business Administration (MSM): Advanced Macroeconomics, International Financial Markets, Monetary Theory, Monetary Policy, Topics in International Economics, International Economic Organization, Applied Microeconomics, Topics in Labor Economics, Game Theory and its Applications, Behavioral Economics
  • M.Sc. in Economics (especially M.Sc. Economics and M.Sc. Markets and Business): Dynamic Macroeconomics, Decision Theory, Empirics of International Money and Financial Markets, Monetary Theory and Policy, (Recent Developments in European Macroeconomics), Tax Law as Part of the Market System, Economic Effects of Taxation in a National Context and others
  • M.A. Theory and Comparison: Comparative Politics - 'Political Systems in Changing Modernity' and others
  • M.A. Political Management: relevant courses from the orientation module e.g. the seminar Economic Crisis in the Euro Area as well as courses from other modules of the core curriculum
  • M.A. IBEP: Global Governance and Development" and "Causes and Dynamics of Violent Conflicts" and others
  • M.A. Sociology: seminars in the Work, Occupation, and Organization concentration as well as 'The Sociology of Labor Markets,' 'Transnational Governance,' 'From the Local to the Global Economy: Approaches to Economic Sociology,' and others
  • M.A. CEAS/MEAS: Contemporary Challenges of the Economies in East Asia, International Economic Organization, Advanced Industrial Organization, and others.
  • M.A. Social Sciences: Module Thematic Fields of Social Science on an economic thematic field
  • RUB/UAR: Complexity economics and agent-based modeling, Macroeconomics and sustainability and others

Please note that registration for these courses is done through the Institute of Socioeconomics.

Photo: Anatole Serexhe

Occupational fields and possible career paths

Graduates of the MA Socioeconomics have a wide range of career options open to them. On the one hand, they can already focus on research-oriented courses in the master’s program and prepare for a further academic career. At the same time, the strong application focus of the program opens up numerous options in the fields of politics and administration, political consulting, journalism and media, as well as civil society, associations and NGOs. Valuable contacts can be made in the respective fields during the course of study. Cooperations with universities abroad allow for an additional broadening of horizons and contacts with academics and students abroad.

Our professors

​​Achim Truger

Achim Truger
Main Research Area: Government Activity and Public Finances


"​We should always think about questions in research and teaching from the perspective of concrete social challenges"

Read more: Three questions for Achim Truger


"​Socioeconomics poses questions about distributional effects, the interaction between economic dynamics and social cohesion, and ecological foundations of life"

Read more: Three questions for Jakob Kapeller

​​Jakob Kapeller

Jakob Kapeller
Main Research Area: Plural Economics

Miriam Rehm


Miriam Rehm
Main Research Area: empirical research on inequality



"Students should also learn to develop an independent opinion and express this opinion self-confidently and actively"

Read more: Three questions for Miriam Rehm


"​Economic transactions are complex psychological relationships embedded in organizations, cultural spheres and power relations"

Read more: Three questions for Paul Marx

Paul Marx

Paul Marx
Main Research Area: Comparative political economy and economic sociology

Van Treeck

Till van Treeck
Main Research Area: Macroeconomic analyses

"Students should always be skeptical when someone justifies the lack of alternatives to political measures with supposedly universally valid economic laws"

Read more: Three questions for Till van Treeck


We are excited that you are interested in applying for a place on our masters program. In the following, we have compiled all important information on how to apply for your start in the winter semester 2022/23.

Please note that the modalities for admission have changed compared to the last winter semester. The following information describes the currently valid regulations.

It is currently possible to start the Master's program in the winter semester as well as in the summer semester.

Admission requirements: Successful completion of a BA program or an equivalent program (180 ECTS) in the field of social sciences or economics or another program with social science / economics components of at least 20 ECTS* in the program. Minimum grade: 2.5.

Your admission to the MA Socioeconomics is divided into two steps: First, your contact with the Institute of Socioeconomics and a review of your admission requirements. Second, your enrollment at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

1. Establishing contact with the Institute of Socioeconomics: letter of motivation and examination of the admission requirements.

The MA Socioeconomics is still a young program - and from our point of view a unique opportunity to study economic issues from an application-oriented, plural and interdisciplinary perspective at Master's level.

In principle, we are open to ambitious students with different disciplinary backgrounds and Bachelor degrees. What counts for us above all is a strong interest in the topics of our study program and the willingness to learn new theories and methods.

In order to optimally match mutual expectations and wishes, we would like to learn from you what motivates you to study with us, what you expect, and what you would bring to the table in terms of subject matter.

Therefore, please send us the completed motivation form for the MA Socioeconomics (see below) in addition to your documents for the formal examination of your admission requirements.

Submit what?

Please send:

  • Motivationsbogenantragthe completed motivation form
  • the "Application for Review of Prior Professional Training" contained in it
  • Your proof of general or subject-specific university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma) (certified copy*)
  • Your degree certificate in the undergraduate and, if applicable, in the graduate program with all performance evaluations (Transcript of Records / Diploma Supplement) (certified copies in each case*)
  • Special cases:
    • If a degree certificate is not yet available, but you have already completed all credits: A confirmation from your university about the Bachelor's degree you have achieved: Students of the University of Duisburg-Essen use this form. Students of other universities please use this form.
    • If you do not yet have a degree certificate and you still have to provide certificates of achievement: Your Transcript of Records / Diploma Supplement showing (i) that you have completed at least 150 ECTS of your studies and (ii) that the average grade from the examination achievements up to that point is at least 2.5.
    • If you have not completed a degree program in economics / social sciences: In this case, please also attach to your documents the module descriptions of the modules in which you have acquired knowledge and competencies in social sciences or economics. We will then check whether any study content not marked as such is also eligible for credit.
    • If no German school/college degree is available: proof of a successfully completed German language test (DSH test, level 2) - further information, including on equivalently recognized proof, can be found here.
    • If you are a national of a non-EU country, please inform and apply at the International Office, also submit your documents there by August 15, 2022.

How & Where to Submit?

Please send us your documents by e-mail to

and additionally by mail* to:

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Sozioökonomie
Prüfungsausschuss für den Master-Studiengang Sozioökonomie
Lotharstr. 65
47057 Duisburg

* At present, we are unable to facilitate appointments for handing over documents in person due to the Corona pandemic. As soon as this is possible again, we will inform you about it here.


Important: In any case, please send your documents early digitally to

When to submit?

Please send us your documents

  • as early as possible, but no later than August 31, 2022, if you wish to enroll for the start of the study program. Application at a later date is still possible in individual cases by arrangement.
  • If you are only able to enroll during the course of your studies (e.g. because you have not yet completed your course work), please contact us personally to arrange the timing of your enrollment. (

Feedback from the Institute of Socioeconomics

We will send you as soon as possible after checking the documents

  • feedback on whether you meet the admission requirements as well as information on the requirements in the study program
  • a letter of acceptance for submission to the University of Duisburg-Essen for enrollment (see below). If we do not yet have your certified documents, you will receive information that you will be admitted as soon as we have your certified documents and instructions on how to proceed.
  • more information about enrollment and starting the MA Socioeconomics

We recommend submitting the documents to us at the earliest possible date.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact us!

If you have any questions about this procedure, please feel free to contact us at any time via

2. Enrollment at the University of Duisburg-Essen

After the Institute of Socioeconomics has successfully checked your admission requirements, you will receive a letter of acceptance (see above), which you will present when you enroll at the University of Duisburg-Essen on site at the Duisburg campus. Further information on enrollment and the required documents can be found here. Information on postal enrollment can be found here.

You can already prepare the following documents:

  • the fully completed application for enrollment
  • as well as all other documents applicable to you (including degree certificate, Transcripts of Records / Diploma Supplements, passport photo, confirmation of health insurance, etc.) according to Application for Enrollment, p.5.



Your contact persons at the Institute of Socioeconomics

Frauke Lutz
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in
der Geschäftsführung
Tel.: (0203)379-1858

Daniela Strüngmann 2014

Dr. Daniela Strüngmann
Geschäftsführerin am Institut für Sozioökonomie
Tel.: (0203) 379 - 1590

The Institute for Socioeconomics

  • The Institute for Socioeconomics (IfSO) was established in 2017 at the Faculty of Social Sciences and pursues economic issues from an interdisciplinary and pluralistic perspective at the interface of economics and social sciences.
  • The IfSO is embedded in the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is one of the largest social science faculties nationwide with about 200 scientists, including over 30 professorships, and over 3000 students.

    In addition to the Institutes of Political Science (IfP), Sociology (IfS) and Socioeconomics (IfSO), the Institute for Work and Qualification (IAQ) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) as well as the Institute for East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) set special research-related priorities.

    Other institutions include the NRW School of Governance, the Käte Hamburger Center "Political Cultures of World Society", the CIVES! School of Civic Education and the Rhein-Ruhr-Institute for Social Research and Political Consulting e.V. (RISP).

  • Furthermore, the IfSO cooperates in teaching with the two neighboring faculties of Economics (Essen Campus) and the Mercator School of Management (Duisburg Campus).

Five professorships have been established at the Institute for Socioeconomics, with the following profiles

  • Macroeconomic analyses
  • Government activity and public finances
  • Plural Economics
  • Empirical Inequality Research
  • Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology

At the IfSO, particular emphasis is placed on the consistent transfer of research, making scientific findings accessible to the media, politics, civil society, business and the general public.


Studying at University Duisburg-Essen

The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr region, with campuses in Duisburg and Essen. With more than 43,000 students, it is one of the ten largest universities in Germany. Its broad spectrum of subjects ranges from the humanities, social sciences and education to economics, engineering, natural sciences and medicine. Since its foundation in 2003, the UDE has developed into a globally recognized research university. With its approach, the Institute of Socioeconomics fits ideally into the university's motto: Open-minded!

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