Development and Governance (M.A.)


Campus Duisburg


1 year fulltime


Winter semester; start date: October


Master of Arts (M.A.)


The Master’s degree programme in Development and Governance combines teaching in several political science sub-disciplines (development studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies, administration and policy studies, comparative politics of European Union, Sub-Saharan Africa or East Asia) with a practice-oriented methodology including an internship with a German (development) organisation. The main emphasis is on acquiring knowledge of the relevance of different tiers and forms of governance-processes (local, national, international) both within the established democracies and the developing societies, and on training students’ analytical skills. The programme is thus providing students with both policy- and region-specific expertise.

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The curriculum consists of three modules, a compulsory 6-week internship with a German (development) organisation and the Master’s Thesis (accompanied by a mentoring programme).

Module 1 (Development) is dedicated to developmental problems from a governance perspective. It comprises three courses: Global Governance and Development discusses basic theories and concepts of global governance, with a special emphasis on developing regions and their participation in global governance processes. The seminar on Conflict, Democracy and Human Security reflects current debates in peace and conflict studies, based on national, regional and global conflict resolution strategies. The course Model United Nations is designed to prepare students for participation in the Duisburg-Essen UN-Simulation. This simulation hosted by the University of Duisburg-Essen for many years has been characterised by a broad and growing participation from international delegations.

Within the three courses of Module 2 (Governance) students gain knowledge of governance processes in industrialised and developing countries. An introduction on basic concepts and approaches in comparative Policy Analysis is complemented by a seminar on management and juridical aspects of administrative processes and reforms (Public Administration). The third course is focused on Democracy and Governance outside the OECD highlighting the applicability of democratisation and governance concepts in the developing areas.

Module 3 (Area Studies) complements the first two modules with an in-depth study of region-specific governance structures. Students select two out of the three courses on African Politics, European Politics and Asian Politics. Students shall learn to critically assess the relevance of general theoretical models and problem solving strategies for governance problems in their home countries.


60 Credits 


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Zugang zum Studium


  • Higher education entrance qualification
  • Bachelor's degree requiring four years of full time study in political science, social science, law, economics, geography or related discipline
  • Strong academic record
  • Minimum of one year full-time professional work experience at time of application
  • Very good English language proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide a recent language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS) giving evidence of their level of proficiency in English
    • TOEFL:
      • Paper based test: minimum score of 550
      • Computer based test: minimum score of 213
      • Internet based test: minimum score of 80
    • IELTS: minimum score of 6.0
  • Applicants can be exempted from this requirement only if they hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an English-language college or university. Instead they are required to provide proof that English was the language of instruction and of all examinations of their degree course.

DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East, within the Good Governance and Public Policy Programme (PPGG). Applicants that wish to be considered for a scholarship have to submit their application to the usual application address in their home country. Application details will be published in time on the DAAD's webpage, where there is also further information and application forms available.

Please note that in case of an application for a DAAD-scholarship no additional application at the University of Duisburg-Essen is required until further notice.

Application for candidates not applying for a DAAD scholarship

Please fill in the application form from the International Office and forward it together with your complete set of documents to:

International Office
University of Duisburg-Essen
47057 Duisburg

More information about application and application deadlines

Application Form for Foreign Applicants 


All classes are taught in English. 

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Berufspraktische Tätigkeiten

The curriculum includes a compulsory 6-week internship with a German (development) organisation and the Master’s Thesis (accompanied by a mentoring programme). Additionally the course Model United Nations will train the students in negotiation skills.




6 weeks.

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Informationssystem Studienwahl und Beruf  [ISA] 

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