University of Erfurt

Programme structure

Course schedule

The scheduled timeframe for our MA programme Economics, Law and Social Sciences is four semesters and includes a three-semester study phase and one semester for the preparation of a MA thesis.
The 120 credit points are divided into 30 mandatory credits from the primary field of study, 30 mandatory credits from the secondary field of study, 30 freely selectable credit points from all fields of study and 30 credit points for the MA thesis. (Please refer to the example curricula for further details.) 

Field of study and focal points

Our three fields of study are:

 • Law (Public and Administration Law; Economic and Tax Law)
 • Social Sciences (Political Sciences; Sociology)
 • Economics (Theoretical and Empirical Basics; Institutions and the State)
The following combinations are possible:
 • Society and Economics (Social Sciences/Sociology and Economics)
 • Economics and Politics (Social Sciences/Politics and Economics)
 • Law and Politics (Law and Social Sciences/Politics)
 • Law and Society (Law and Social Sciences/Sociology)
 • Economics and Law (Economics and Law)

Curriculum

For the respective 30 mandatory credits from the chosen fields of study, the following requirements apply:

 • Law: 24 credits from the mandatory modules in the field of "Public and Administration Law" or 24 credits from the mandatory modules in the field of "Economic and Tax Law" and 6 credits from other Law modules

 • Social Sciences: 24 credits from the mandatory modules in the field of Political Sciences or 24 credits from the mandatory modules in the field of Sociology and 6 credits from other Social Sciences modules
 • Economics: 12 credits from the mandatory modules Theoretical and Empirical Basics and 12 credits from the mandatory modules Institutions and the State and 6 credits from other Economics modules
You can find a detailed overview of the mandatory modules listed under the individual fields of study below.
The remaining 30 credit points can be chosen freely from any mandatory or elective modules. This allows students to deepen one of the two fields of study, to further pursue both fields of study to an equal measure and/or to develop their individual profile with modules from other MA programmes (History, Philosophy, Psychology etc.). Furthermore, students can gain 30 credit points during a semester abroad.

Mandatory modules in the field of study


Fields of Study


Law

Social Sciences

Economics


Public and Administration Law 


Economic and Tax Law 


Political Sciences 

 


Sociology


Theoretical and Empirical Basics


Institutions and the State


Modern States I

Modern States II

Law and Administration

Governing by Law

Administrative Sciences

Economic Administrative Law

 


European Economic Law

Corporate Law, Banking Law and Capital Market Law

Insolvency Law

Tax Law and Accounting

Tax Law 

 


Theories of Democracy I and II

Theories of Justice

International Organisations

International Governance

Classic Political Theory I and II

Modern Political Theory I and II

Policy Analysis

Comparative Studies of Political Systems


Social Theory

Political Sociology I

Political Sociology II

Qualitative Methodology

Quantitative Methodology

Empirical Research Project

 


Macroeconomics I

Macroeconomics II

Microeconomics I

Microeconomics II

Econometrics I

Econometrics II

 


Public Finance I

Public Finance II

Organisation I

Organisation II

Economic Policy I

Economic Policy II

 

 

Elective modules

Elective modules include: Law in Practice, Multi-level Governance of State and Law, Employment Law, Public Policy, Applied Economic Research, International Economics I and II, Macroeconomics (Advanced Studies), Microeconomics III and IV, Fiscal Sociology, History of Economic Thought, Strategic Management I and II, Ethics and Economics, Economic History, Economic Policy III.
Furthermore, in particular during the third semester, it is possible to attend self-study modules in preparation for the MA thesis or to participate in Economics, Law and Social Sciences related colloquia. 

Example Curriculum with a Semester abroad

Semester1st field of study2nd field of studyElective modules
1.12 CP from mandatory modules and an additional 6 CP in this field of study12 CP from mandatory modules in this field of study
2.12 CP from mandatory modules in this field of study12 CP from mandatory modules and an additional 6 CP in this field of study
3.30 CP from semester abroad
4.MA thesis in 1st or 2nd field of study 

 

Example curriculum without a semester abroad

Semester1st field of study2nd field of studyElective modules
1.

12 CP from mandatory modules in this field of study

12 CP from mandatory modules in this field of study

6 CP from 1st or 2nd field of study, resp. another discipline

2.

12 CP from mandatory modules in this field of study

12 CP from mandatory modules in this field of study

6 CP from 1st or 2nd field of study, resp. another discipline

3.

6 CP in this field of study

6 CP in this field of study

18 CP from 1st or 2nd field of study, resp. another discipline

4.MA thesis in 1st or 2nd field of study 

Further information

Detailed descriptions of the examination and study modalities, as well as the different modules are included in the study and examination guidelines.

MA examination guideline

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