Master Labour Policies and Globalisation
Master of Arts (M.A.)
- Type of study
- Standard period of study
- Programme start
Winter semester (at University of Kassel)
- Credits (ECTS)
- Language of instructions
- Number of places
- 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
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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.
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).
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.
Global Labour University at the BPS
The Master of Labor Policies and Globalization is a study course of the Global Labor University (GLU), which is carried out at the Berlin Professional School and the University of Kassel.
After completing your first semester at the University of Kassel, you will complete an internship at a trade union organization before you continue your studies at the Berlin Professional School in Berlin.
- 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.
Why study in Berlin?
Berlin is an international capital city of culture, sport and science. Berlin embodies dynamism and diversity. Imagine a city full of beginnings and ends, characterised by residents and visitors, cultural richness, industry and professional associations. Here, start-ups blossom next to large corporations that operate on a global scale. And Berlin is a student metropolis, with 16 state universities alone. This includes three universities, four art colleges and eight universities of applied sciences. Berlin’s campus is Berlin itself. And we’re right in the heart of it all.
And in Kassel?
Kassel not only hosts an internationally significant art exhibition every five years with documenta, but also the University of Kassel, which places particular emphasis on strategies for trade unions and global governance. An ideal location to start studying Labor Policies and Globalization.
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.