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An Interdisciplinary Programme of the University of Bayreuth

Development Studies (M.A. Programme)

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How can I hand in my application?Hide

Currently, it is only possible to hand in the application for the Master program online. Hard/Printed copies which are send in per mail are not accepted.

Is a German language proficiency required to apply for the M.A. Programme?Hide

All necessary courses are taught in English. However, admission requires to demonstrate German language skills at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, at the latest until the end of the first year of studies. A series of certificates are accepted.

Are there possibilities to take German language classes?

Yes. The Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) at UBT offers German courses and a variety of other languages. Check out their courses here.

When does the M.A. Programme start?Hide

Programme entry is restricted to winter semesters. You can find the official start of the lecture periods on the website of the Bavarian Ministry for Higher Education. Usually, the winter term starts in mid-October.

Are there opportunities for scholarships and study grants?

There is no general M.A. scholarship programme availabel from the University of Bayreuth. International students may apply for an educational grant at UBT’s International Office. For a detailed description on scholar opportunities, please visit their website.

How much are the tuition fees per semester?

The University of Bayreuth charges no tuition fees. Only a student fee of € 103 per semester must be paid. The student fee includes a ticket for local public transport and entitles you to reduced prices at the University’s canteen.

When are the application deadlines?Hide

Application ends for international students on 1 July 2018 for winter semester 2018/19. Early applications are very welcome but not before April when the online system opens. We advice international students who need a visa and who have to expect a rigorous visa application process to apply before 1 May. You will be informed about the decision in due time.

Does my academic background suit the requisites of the M.A. Programme?Hide

A number of B.A. degrees from the University of Bayreuth, listed in the Application & Admission section of this website, are accepted. Non-Bayreuth degreed will bechecked for their equivalence.

Is my degree equivalent to the requirements of the M.A. Programme?Hide

The assessment of equivalence depends on the individual focus that you have chosen in your application. All applications will be checked individually. In some cases, you might be admitted subject to catching-up with some additional B.A. courses. 

If you selected “Advanced Development Sociology and Politics,” the assessment takes into account the candidate’s knowledge base in the social sciences demonstrated in a detailed transcript of records. Candidates are expected to have successfully covered a range of introductory courses in the social sciences in their previous studies; approximately including a general introductory course to the social sciences, sociology, or political science, quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as some development issues and/or sociology/politics in regions or countries of the Global South.

If you selected "Advanced International Economy," the assessment takes into account the candidate’s knowledge base in economics demonstrated in a detailed transcript of records. Candidates are expected to have successfully covered a range of introductory courses in economics in their previous studies; approximately including micro- and macroeconomics, statistics, as well as applied economics.

If you selected "Advanced Geography," the assessment takes into account the candidate’s knowledge base in geography demonstrated in a detailed transcript of records. Candidates are expected to have successfully covered a range of introductory courses in geography in their previous studies; approximately including human geography, basic theories of social and cultural studies, quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as development issues and/or the regional geography of a region in the Global South.

Is my grade equivalent to 2.5 or better on the German grading scale? Hide

Your grading has to be transferred into the German grading system. This will be checked based on your formal application and the documents provide by you. In this case the copy of your certificate and of the transcript of records is required. The German grading system distinguishes four performance levels of successful graduates. Mark 1 is the best whereas 4 indicates that the cadidate scraped through with great difficulties.

Are M.A. courses from other post-graduate programmes transferable? Hide

The transfer of courses of other master's progammes is possible if the courses are equivalent with regard to content and workload (according to European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System = ECTS points) to courses taught in this M.A. Programme. You need to provide a description of the course. The grade will be transferred into the German grading system. Contact the programme coordinator for further advice.

What means “practical experience abroad dealing with development”? Hide

Practical experience abroad dealing with development of at least four weeks’ time is expected. 'Practical experience ' includes traineeships and formal employment. 'Abroad' particularly applies to applicants who do not originate from a developing country. ‘Dealing with development’ means that the organisation, public agency or business should be related to development issues. However, the admission assessment weighs different aspects of your practical experience.

If you have no such proof yet, for example, because you will only realize the intership in the summer after the application, please provide an official acceptance letter for the intership. Under specific conditions, the internship can also take place within the first year after the inscription. Again, please provide an acceptance letter for the internship in such a case.

What is meant with "Higher Education Entrance Qualification"?Hide

The “Higher Education Entrance Qualification” is the school certificate which allows you to either enter a university directly (e.g., German Abitur) or which is the fundamental requirement for university applications.

Where is Bayreuth, and what can I do there in my leisure time?

Bayreuth is the capital of the Upper Franconia (Oberfranken), a picturesque region located in the Free State of Bavaria, Germany. It is also the home of the classical music composer Richard Wagner and the correspondent world-famous festival. Owing to over 12.000 students at UBT – many of them from foreign countries, Bayreuth hosts a fairly active nightlife and many recreational opportunities for young people. Just in distance are the ‘Fränkische Schweiz’ (Franconian Switzerland) and the Fichtel Mountains, which are great spots for outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking, skiing (well, at least sometimes), road and mountain biking, or kayaking.

Where can I find information concerning my arrival from abroad?Hide

The University of Bayreuth’s International Office provides detailed information about arriving in Germany and Bayreuth, including accommodation, enrolment, visa, and many more topics.

What language test are accepted?Hide

We accept a variance of language tests from official agencies. For example, English skill can be profen by TOEFL results above 95 points or IELTS results equal to or above 7 points.

How do I handle module E1 (project)?Hide

The following standard procedure applies:

  1. Your individual focus as stated in your admission letter determines the discipline in which you absolve the E modules (and write your master’s thesis).
  2. As early as possible, you must conclude a project plan for module E1 with the relevant member of the examination board. Before this meeting, you must download form E1 from this website (see home page; at the bottom) and fill in the one page that is relevant for you as far as possible. There is one standard option for each disciplinary focus, but also a page for individual arrangements.
  3. Once the project plan has been concluded (dated and signed), you are responsible to send a copy (hardcopy or PDF scan via email) to the programme advisor. Also, you must not lose the original document since you will be responsible to collect the necessary signatures and stamps on the project plan.
  4. You should register online with the relevant courses contributing to module E1 as a participant, but you should not register for course examinations. You must not collect ECTS credits for courses related to your project plan in any other way than on the project plan hardcopy.
  5. Once all elements of the plan have been accomplished, you must bring the plan to the programme advisor who will credit the module on CampusOnline.

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