Dual Master’s Degree Programs and International Research Training Groups

When it comes to career opportunities, whether within or outside of academia, international mobility of students and graduates is a critical factor. Dual degree master’s programs and international research training groups offer a special form of training and education. These programs are developed in cooperation with institutions in Germany and abroad.

German-French Dual Degree Master’s Program in Political Science – Affaires européennes / Affaires internationales

The Otto Suhr Institute (OSI) at Freie Universität Berlin and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) offer students the opportunity to complete the German-French dual degree master’s program in Political and Social Sciences within just four semesters.

This program offers an international education at a high academic level and supplements students’ solid education by providing in-depth knowledge of the political cultures of both Germany and France and the languages of both countries. This is a major advantage in today’s Europe, with relations between France and Germany still being highly important.

Public Policy & Management

The German-French dual master’s degree program in Public Policy & Management, offered jointly by the Otto Suhr Institute (OSI) of Freie Universität Berlin and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Paris, combines economic, political, and administrative aspects and enables students to complete two master’s degree programs at once within two years.

These programs offer a new, interdisciplinary perspective on public management and a variety of ways to look at and understand the post-globalization world. Students in the program are prepared for a career in the business sector and political administration. At the same time, they earn the qualifications they need if they wish to go on to doctoral studies of political science, business, or economics.

German-Russian Master’s Degree Program in International Relations

The European higher education cooperation project in International Relations, operated by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Potsdam alongside the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), offers a German-Russian dual master’s degree program in which students earn both a German master’s degree and a Russian one within two years. The aim of the program is to enhance students’ international mobility, improve their abilities to take action and make decisions in increasingly complex contexts in global politics, and equip them with the skills needed for thorough analysis of international relations from various perspectives.

International Research Training Group: InterArt

The InterArt international research training group, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), offers highly qualified doctoral candidates in the humanities the opportunity to complete their dissertations in a challenging and stimulating research environment. In cooperation with the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Freie Universität offers a joint research and academic program for these students. The program features master classes, workshops, and guest lectures as well as intensive individual advising and is specifically tailored to the needs of this group of doctoral candidates, providing them direct access to cutting-edge research developments and the opportunity to find a place for themselves in the research community early on, in both a national and an international context.

International Research Training Group: "Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation"

The “Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation” international research training group, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is aimed at highly qualified doctoral candidates in the social and cultural studies, allowing them to complete their dissertations in a challenging and stimulating research environment. The group focuses on the movements between various regions of the world and the new spaces created by these movements throughout the history of globalization, right up to the present day.

Doctoral candidates in the group receive support in both Mexico and Germany and benefit from the wide variety of regional knowledge networks open to them. Aside from research-oriented colloquia, the academic program offers events in various formats, such as lecture series, methodology workshops, and guest lectures, as well as intensive individual supervision.

International Research Training Group: “Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology”

The DFG-supported international research training group GRK1673, titled Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology, is a joint effort of Freie Universität Berlin, under the umbrella of Dahlem Research School (DRS), together with the University of Hyderabad, India.

The research aims to integrate expertise in the field of Infection Biology in Berlin, and Bioinformatics in Hyderabad, to create the needed functional link between host-pathogen genomics and the variation of host responses to viral pathogens. Students doing their doctoral studies within the framework of this program can earn a PhD degree by fulfilling the requirements of the program in Biomedical Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin’s Dahlem Research School.