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Getting Started

You have received an offer and have decided to take up the challenge. So what happens next? To help you get started ...

there are a number of important dates and events that you need to plan for in advance. Please note that the 2015-16 academic year starts on 12 October.

The Welcoming Session

Your Master studies in Philosophy & Economics officially starts with the Welcoming Session with the course directors, instructors, and staff. This usually takes place on the first day of term. The exact time and location will be posted here once it is known. It is also a chance for us to inform you about programme details and for you to pose any questions that you may have.

There are two social events at the beginning of the semester: immediately following the introductory meeting there is the University Opening Ceremony followed by drinks in the Mensa; and a dinner with faculty (from about 20:00) – details to be announced at the meeting. Further social events for your first week will also be announced by the current MA students.

Crash Courses

The first semester will be the toughest and you should prepare yourself accordingly. You will be taking four compulsory courses in the Foundations module that will require a lot of preparation for classes and examinations. Do not take things easy – catching up will be difficult. Once you are over this hurdle you will have obtained most of the basic skills and knowledge required for following advanced courses in philosophy and economics. Attend the crash courses!

  • Empirical Economic Research
  • Philosophical Writing and Argumentation

These courses normally take place from the last week of September to the week before lectures start. Details will be announced here and sent to you by e-mail.

Core Lectures

The timetable for the four core courses will be announced here. Keep an eye out so you can plan your week. These courses are:

Ethics (8 ECTS, 4 hrs per week)
Philosophy of the Social Sciences (8 ECTS, 4 hrs per week)
Advanced Macroeconomics (8 ECTS, 4 hrs per week, 1st half of semester)
Empirical Economic Research (8 ECTS, 4 hrs per week, 2nd half of semester)


Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Juniorprofessor Alice Pinheiro Walla

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