Master Labour Policies and Globalisation

  • Degree

    Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Type of study

    full-time

  • Standard period of study

    2 semester

  • Programme start

    Winter semester (at University of Kassel)

  • Credits (ECTS)

    60

  • Language of instructions

    English

  • Number of places

    25

  • Admission requirements

    completed undergraduate degree in Political Sciences, Sociology, Law or Economics, experience in trade union work or related fields, very good knowledge of English

  • Application deadline

    1 March (at the University of Kassel)

  • Tution fees

    600 Euro

  • Accredited by

    ZEvA

Master Labour Policies and Globalisation – understanding and shaping unions and globalisation

The Master in Labour Policies and Globalisation (LPG) combines skills in the sectors of sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards and unions. LPG is a programme in trade union studies, targeted above all at young trade unionists, principally (but not exclusively) from developing and transition countries.
The  Master programme offers you:

  • Comprehensive skills in international trade union work
  • The option to study in Germany or at a partner university elsewhere – Witwatersrand in South Africa, the State University of Campinas in Brazil, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India or the Penn State University in the USA.

Programme Structure

The Master Labour Policies and Globalisation runs full time over the course of a year in conjunction with the University of Kassel. It begins in October annually and is divided into three sections:

  • Phase 1: Learn the fundamentals at the University of Kassel
  • Phase 2: Six-week internship at a national or international trade union organisation
  • Phase 3: The programme continues at the Berlin Professional School from April on, concluding with the master’s thesis

You have the option to complete one section of the programme in Germany and another at one of our partner universities in Brazil, India, the USA or South Africa (applicants should specify this on application).

Programme Content

The Master in Labour Policies and Globalisation tackles the challenges of financial and political globalisation as well as the opportunities and strategies of trade union organisation. The combination of seminars, workshops, conferences and internships provides you with the necessary professional and leadership skills. The study plan includes international labour law, trade union strategies, social change, economic and political aspects and alternative employment strategies.
The programme incorporates multiple opportunities to specialise in areas such as the labour market or development policy as well as environmental or economic aspects.

Download the Curriculum here

  • A first degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in Political Sciences, Sociology, Law or Economics; To the extent possible within accreditation requirements and national university regulations, skills and qualifications as well as professional experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree may be recognized
  • Experience in trade union work or related fields is absolutely essential
  • Language Proficiency in English is an entry requirement (e.g. TOEFL cbt 213 or ibt 79; IELTS 6,5).

Please note that applications for this joint degree programme are processed only by our partner university, the University of Kassel.

For detailed information on the application process and the requirements for admission please refer to the website Global Labour University (GLU)


Semester fees and semester ticket for both Kassel University and Berlin School of Economics and Law amount to approx. 600 EUR altogether.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students. The scholarship includes free tuition, travel costs and a monthly grant to cover living expenses.
Applications for a scholarship can be indicated in the application form.
Applicants from EU member states can apply for a scholarship from the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.

Alumni Services

Over 3 000 alumni from more than 30 nations, and another 200 students joining annually. That is the worldwide Berlin Professional School alumni network, consisting of specialists from infinite industries and companies. As part of this international community, you will gain access to BPS alumni groups on XING and LinkedIn.
You will also automatically receive invitations to BPS alumni events including our homecoming event or the X-Mas Punch.

You have studied at the Berlin Professional School or at the IMB Institute of Management or the Institute of Distance Learning at HWR Berlin? Then you can register for our Alumni Network here.