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Students complete the MPP program by writing a Master thesis. They research and analyze a specific problem in public policy in depth. Aided by a colloquium and assisted by a supervisor, students conduct a study with a distinct practical orientation on a particular policy issue.

The usual length of the thesis is 25.000 words. The time frame for completion is five months.

Below you find some examples of topics of master’s theses submitted to the MPP Examinations Committee in the past.

Global Public Policy

  • Adjustment of China's Trade Policy after its WTO Entry
  • EU and NATO between Competition and Cooperation: Evidence from Recent Cases of Internal Conflict Management
  • Performance Management and Evaluation Methods for Embassies and Consulates. A Comparative Study of the Approaches of Different Foreign Services
  • EU Enlargement Policy Conditionality towards the Western Balkans
  • The Policy Implications of the Mutual Perceptions of Science and Industry in Germany
  • EU Policy in Genetically Modified Organisms: The Precautionary Principle as an Approach to Enhance EU Legitimacy
  • The European Union Policies Towards Central Asia

Development and Socio-Economic Policy

  • Civil Society Influence on the EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) Negotiations in Eastern Africa
  • Public Private Partnership and the Governance of Water and Sanitation Services
  • Prospects of E-Government in Developing Countries
  • Voluntary Commitments and the Promotion of Sustainable Development
  • Public Sector Reform and Corruption: Ghana as a case study

Conflict Studies and Management

  • State-Motivated Violence and the Fight Against Illegal Drugs: Analyzing Thailand and the Philippines
  • Counterterrorism in Germany
  • A Viable Nexus? Transitional Justice and the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Project in Eastern DRC
  • Regional Intervention in Somalia
  • Recording the War: An Assessment of Uganda’s National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre Conflict Dataset
  • Conflict Mediation and Peace Facilitation by a Small State: Norway as a Mediator in the Palestine-Israel and the Sri Lankan Conflicts
  • Beyond Ethnicity and Religion: An Analysis of the Violent Conflict in Burma's Arakan State
  • In Search for Transitional Justice: Children and Truth Commissions

Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: The Challenge for medium-seized Enterprises
  • Decentralization: The Municipal Institution as the Corner Stone for Development
  • Entrepreneurship Policy and the Development of Small- and Medium-seized Enterprises in Vietnam
  • How the FIFA World Cup Can Create a Stimulus for Regional Economic Growth: A Strategic Development Plan for the City of Erfurt
  • Planning Youth Work at the Local Level in Lithuania and Germany
  • The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Fight against Corruption: Conceptional Ideas for the German development cooperation

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