The demand for normative skills is recently growing in corporations, in politics and public organisations. Therefore, new areas of employment and job specifications are generated that make it attractive for students with degrees in economics or social science to acquire further ethical and judicial competence. For the same reasons it has become attractive for students of philosophy and law to acquire further skills in economics and social science.




The Master’s programme in „Ethics – Economics, Politics and Law“ (EELP) offers a broad and interdisciplinary course of study that answers to these demands: It combines knowledge and skills of normative-oriented practical philosophy with those of empirical-oriented social science. It is particularly focused on qualifying the students for independent normative reflection and rational analysis with regard to current normative problems.

This special qualification constitutes the core and the attractive idea of the combination of ethics and law with economics and politics. The four main topics of the programme are decidedly interdisciplinary: poverty and global justice; ethics of financial markets and corporate social responsibility; ethical aspects of governance and administration; ethics of health care systems.




The relevant core disciplines of philosophy are ethics and ethics of economy, political philosophy and theories of justice. Those four areas are closely related to the relevant core disciplines of the other participating sciences.

In economics those disciplines are micro- and macroeconomics, in particular management science, corporate governance and political economics.

The relevant disciplines in law are in particular philosophy of law, constitutional law, economic law and public international law.

In social science particularly research on democracy, the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany and international relations are relevant for the programme.




The module “Interdisciplinary Work and Research” is conducted over a period of two semesters as an integral part of the EELP-programme. This module connects the other modules and lays the foundations for independent interdisciplinary research. It is a basic element of this module that students with different Bachelor Degrees work in tandems. Additionally the module is composed of two specific tutorials, an interdisciplinary lecture series, a colloquium and a summer school.