Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesEconomics – Degree programme component in the Master of Education

Economic issues play a central role in our daily lives: economic growth, wage inequality and unemployment are featured just as frequently in the media as financial crises, emissions trading or the consequences of globalisation. At the same time, we must all make numerous economic decisions in our private and professional lives. Students in the economics programme focus on analysing and answering these and similar questions.

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Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Education
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureApplication for Master of Education
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The degree programme component in economics in the Master of Education is designed to prepare students to become teachers of economics as a school subject in German secondary schools (Gymnasium). The degree programme component builds on students’ knowledge of economics, as gained in the preceding Bachelor’s degree programme, by equipping them with additional knowledge and skills in the subject and in specialised didactics.  

Graduates of the programme are familiar with the economic models and concepts required to teach economics at secondary school level. Graduates are therefore able to recognise economic problems, behaviours and conflicts on a micro and macro level; they can provide systematic explanations for these, and are able to draw on appropriate models for analysis.  

As well as gaining specific knowledge of economics, students benefit from interdisciplinary approaches to develop their understanding of selected neighbouring subjects, or gain practical experience in the field of economics. 

Course Structure

The standard period of study for the Master of Education for secondary level teaching (Gymnasium) is four semesters. The degree programme component in economics requires that students gain 31 credits. 13 of these credits are allocated for didactics specific to the teaching of economics (including didactic elements taught alongside the practical semester in a school). 18 credits are allocated for subject specific course components focussing on subject knowledge in economics. The so-called “blended module” is worth 10 credits. It combines subject specific knowledge with specialised didactics.  

The course is interdisciplinary, meaning that students are able to develop their knowledge of neighbouring disciplines, or complete a placement in a field of economics where they witness the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained through study.  

The Master’s thesis may be completed in economics and is worth 15 credits.