Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

MA Politics and Public Administration

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MA Politics and Public Administration offers you …

  • the unique experience of studying in both the UK and Germany
  • an advanced understanding of key theories and contemporary practices in international politics and policy making
  • a practical insight into the public administration of Germany.

If you want to …

  • engage with students and academics from across the globe
  • contribute to and make an impact on global society
  • pursue a career in the international political arena, including development, diplomacy, policy, international law, administration, non-governmental advocacy or journalism

… then consider MA Politics and Public Administration.


This highly distinctive dual Masters programme allows you to study advanced political and public administration at the University of Leeds and the Universität Konstanz.

This programme is only available for full-time study. You will spend the first year studying one of the POLIS MAs in the UK, followed by a year in Germany studying MA Public Administration, both years are taught in English.

This unique programme will enable to you explore international perspectives on political systems, public administration and policy making, while gaining invaluable international experience. On completion you will graduate with two masters degrees. It is ideal for those who wish to make a major impact and contribution to global society.


Career possibilities

As a graduate of this programme, you will be strategically positioned within a global job market, having studied in both the United Kingdom and Germany. You will be well placed for a career in the international political arena, in fields such as development, diplomacy, policy, international law, administration, non-governmental advocacy, and journalism, as well as teaching in higher education. 

On the other hand, you will blend critical analysis with statistical and logical modelling, and these skills relate to careers in policymaking, policy analysis, and work in international organizations such as the OECD, EU, and UN in positions appropriate to the skills you have obtained. You may also pursue a career in development aid (policy, international relations, conflict management), or with a multinational corporation, where you might provide in-house consultation or work for human resources.

Year 1 - Leeds

In your first year, you will study in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds.

Compulsory Modules

You will be required to complete the compulsory modules from one of the following degree programmes:


Optional Modules

You will study up to three optional modules from the following list. 

  • Africa in the Contemporary World
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • Developments in British Politics
  • European Defence and Security Analysis
  • Global Inequalities and Development
  • Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
  • International Political Theory
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities
  • Political Economy of Resources and Development
  • Political Theory in Action
  • The Rise of China

Year 2 - Germany

Compulsory modules

In your second year you will study at the Universität Konstanz.

You will be required to choose one of the following degree areas:

  • International Relations and European Integration
  • Management and Public Administration
  • International Administration and Conflict Management
  • Comparative Politics and Policy Analysis

Within your chosen area there are seven compulsory modules which are tailored to your specialisation:

  • Basic Seminar in Field of Specialisation I
  • Basic Seminar in Field of Specialisation II
  • Advanced Seminar in Field of Specialisation
  • Research Design I
  • Research Design II (choice of quantitative or qualitative)
  • MA Colloquium
  • MA Thesis

 More information on the programme at Konstanz


Programme Structure

You will achieve your learning objectives through a combination of advanced lectures by our expert academic staff, as well as lively seminar discussions, guided weekly readings, and the completion of independent research in the form of essays of varying length. Your dissertation will be completed under the close supervision of your module leader.

Additional contact hours are offered in the form of personal tutoring and supervision, as well as the optional participation in postgraduate conferences, research seminars and an impressive range of guest lectures and workshops.

MA Politics and Public Administration offers you the unique opportunity to study at two internationally recognised Universities, creating a programme with a truly global perspective and practical outlook.

At the University of Leeds, you will learn in one of the largest and most diverse schools of Politics and International Studies in the UK, benefiting from a broad range of expertise in substantive issues and regional specialisations. At Universität Konstanz, you will also be taught by academics with recognised achievements in teaching and research, and a record of successful participation in national research projects.

Both Schools place great emphasis on the combination of theories and practice for teaching methodologies, and often invite experts from home and abroad to deliver lectures and seminars.

Research-led teaching

POLIS and Universität Konstanz academic staff are widely recognised as leading experts in their fields, as measured by their successful acquisition of research funding, publications in leading peer-review journals, the production of policy briefs and evidence used in high-profile political deliberations, and frequent invitations to appear on national and international media.

A key strength of the research culture in POLIS is an approach to academic inquiry which openly embraces normative and empirical approaches in the study of international politics and public administration. We participate in a number of research clusters, including “The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute”, “Foreign Policy Analysis” and the “Middle East Research Group”.

Academic staff at Universität Konstanz explore specialised themes such as public security and safety, administrative law, contemporary politics and governance, and public affairs and social security.

The 'double degree' qualification

What qualification will I receive at the end of the programme?
At the end of your second year of study, you will receive 2 separate degree qualifications – your chosen MA from the University of Leeds and MA Public Administration from Universitat Konstanz. 

What language will the programme be taught in?
Both Year 1 (University of Leeds) and Year 2 (Konstanz) will be taught in English.

What grade do I need to achieve in Year 1 to progress to Year 2?
You will need to pass your first year of study at the University of Leeds to progress to the second year of study at Konstanz.

Application process for UK, EU and International candidates

How do I apply?
All applicants must apply to both the University of Leeds and Konstanz. You will apply initially to the University of Leeds and subsequently to Konstanz.

  • To apply to the University of Leeds, please visit the How to apply webpage. For further information and guidance please contact Postgraduate Admissions. The deadline for applications made to the University of Leeds is 10 September 2015.

What are the entry requirements for this course?
A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, an equivalent professional qualification, or relevant experience. If English is not your first language you will also need an English language qualification, for example IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

I am currently studying a POLIS MA at the University of Leeds. Can I ‘convert’ my current degree to the MA Public Administration qualification?
Yes, it is possible to ‘convert’ your standard POLIS MA to the MA Public Administration - unless you are currently studying MA Politics (parliamentary pathway).

Please contact Postgraduate Admissions for more detailed information about the conversion process.

How much does the programme cost?

  • At the University of Leeds, you will pay the standard, full-time taught postgraduate fees, depending on your fee status.
  • You will also have to cover your personal maintenance costs in both the UK and Germany.

Living costs

What is the average cost of living in the UK?

  • The Leeds University Union provides some useful information about the average costs of living as a student in the UK.

Am I eligible to apply for university accommodation?

  • In your first year at the University of Leeds, if you are an international applicant you are guaranteed a place in our accommodation. If you are a UK/EU applicant, you are not guaranteed accommodation however we are confident that we will be able to offer you a room. Please visit the Accommodation website for further information and for application deadlines.

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