Questions regarding the online application and the application procedure in general
What is STiNE?
STiNE is the student information network that provides valuable support to students from their initial application through to completion of studies (and even beyond that as alumni). To apply to a program at the University of Hamburg you must use the online application form on STiNE (at the link https://www.stine.uni-hamburg.de).
How do I apply via STiNE?
Once you have set up an applicant’s account in STiNE you may log in repeatedly during the application period to complete the application form. You must submit the completed form electronically via STiNE and upload your documents.
Can I start the application process in STiNE now?
The application period begins on 15 February. Please do not submit any documents before as your application may not be processed properly in that case. The application process is to apply online.
May I submit a paper application without going through STiNE?
No. For legal reasons you must use the STiNE for your application. This is only possible during the fixed application period (15 February to 31 March).
Can I send my application by mail?
No. It is necessary to complete the form in STiNE and upload all required documents with it until 31 March.
Is it possible to apply for more than one master’s program at the Universität Hamburg? May I apply for both MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics and Philosophy program?
No. It is not possible to apply for more than one program at the same time.
I don’t understand a particular question in STiNE. Whom can I contact for assistance?
If you do not understand a particular question on the online application form, please contact:
Will the receipt of my application be confirmed?
After submission of the application form you receive a notice confirming that your application was received.
Can I make changes to my application after I have submitted them?
Yes, please contact STiNE-Support.
STiNE is not working. Whom can I contact for assistance?
If you experience technical difficulties using the STiNE portal, please contact STiNE-Support.
Questions regarding admission requirements
My primary degree was neither in economics, political science nor philosophy. Can I apply for the MSc Politics, Economics and Philosophy?
I have a first university degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics). Do I satisfy the admission requirements?
This depends on the composition of your particular PPE degree. Each application will be judged on its own merits. In your application, please specify any specialization in one of the PPE fields.
I took some courses in Politics, Economics and Philosophy. Can I apply for the MSc Politics, Economics and Philosophy?
You need to have had at least a strong focus on one of the fields of studies involved. Please have a look at our website for more information:
May I apply if I have not yet taken a test to prove my English language proficiency?
Yes. In this case, you must submit your registration for one of the accepted tests (e.g. a copy of your online registration). The test results have then to be submitted as soon as possible, latest by 31 May.
Please note that your admission (if offered) will remain conditional on the subsequent submission of the required proof of your English language proficiency. Delayed submission or insufficient test results may forfeit your admission.
I failed to achieve the required score in the English language test I took. May I repeat the test and submit the new test result at a later date?
If the deadline for applications has not yet expired, you are welcome to try for another test. If there is not enough time for that, you must submit your registration for one of the accepted tests (e.g. a copy of your online registration). The test results have then to be submitted as soon as possible, latest by 31 May.
Please note that your admission (if offered) will remain conditional on the subsequent submission of the required proof of your English language proficiency. Insufficient test results may forfeit your admission.
I took an English language test that is not on your list. Is it accepted?
We only accept the English language tests that are listed on our website.
I have a Bachelor degree from a program that is entirely taught in English (e.g. a program in the UK or US). Do I need an English language test?
If the university is located in the UK, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or the English Speaking Parts of Canada, an official note from your university that your Bachelor program is entirely taught in English would be sufficient.
In all other cases, you must provide additional proof of your English language skills.
Is there an expiry date for my English language test?
Test results remain valid for two years (counting back from the beginning of the application period on 15 February).
Questions regarding documents to be uploaded
Must the application documents be uploaded as a PDF? Can I instead submit the documents as a WORD document e.g.?
It is absolutely essential to upload your application documents as PDF. If you submit documents in other formats, we may have problems to access them. PDF documents can be created directly in from WORD documents or most image editing software by using the Adobe PDF function, if installed, or by using free software and the print function.
Please note that the PDF must not exceed the maximum file size of 5 MB. Therefore, please be sure to compress images or image files before converting them into a PDF.
Whom can I contact if my documents can’t be submitted by 31 March?
If it is impossible for you to meet the deadline for submission (due to your location) contact the admissions team to let them know about it and as to when your documents are expected. Do not forget to indicate your name and the program you want to study in your request.
My primary degree certificate will not be available in time for the application deadline. What can I submit in its place?
Please submit the following documents:
- An up-to-date transcript of records of all exams taken, including your grade point average (GPA) up to this date.
In case of your acceptance, you have time until the end of the first semester (31 March) to present your final degree.
Do I need to add official documents from my university to the application?
No. Uncertified copies are sufficient. For your transcript if records you can also use internet print outs from your student account.
What should the letter of motivation contain?
The letter of motivation should contain up to 500 words and could refer to the following aspects:
- Why do you want to study MSc Politics, Economics and Philosophy?
- What makes you a good candidate for the program?
- How does the MSc Politics, Economics and Philosophy fit into your overall career objectives?
- Give a brief glance at your personal background.
What should the letter of recommendation of a university lecturer contain?
The letter should answer the following questions:
- How long have you known the applicant?
- How did you first get to know the applicant? Which of your lectures or seminars did the applicant attend?
- What is your opinion of the applicant’s academic and personal qualification?
- Is the applicant qualified for the program he or she applies for?
Do I have to use the form on the program's website for the letters of recommendation?
No. You referee could also decide to write a reference without making use of the form.
Which language must the letters of recommendation be written in?
The letters of recommendation may be written either in German or in English.
Who is entitled to write a letter of recommendation for me?
The letter of recommendation should be drafted by someone who is able to comment on your academic abilities and competencies. Therefore, the referee should be a lecturer (at least PhD level) who teaches full-time at your (or another) university.
For German applicants, the referee should be a professor, senior academic or junior professor. Please note that we do not usually accept references from postdocs/research fellows. If in doubt, please contact application-pep.wiso"AT"uni-hamburg.de.
Can my employer also write the letter of recommendation?
Do the letters of recommendation have to be written by lecturers in my major subject or can they also come from a lecturers in one of my minor subjects?
The letters of recommendation may be written by lecturers of your choice from your program of studies.
It has been a long time since I attended university and I have difficulty obtaining letters of recommendation by a university lecturer. What will happen if I do not submit letters of recommendation?
The letters of recommendation are necessary for application. Please get in contact with your university lecturers.
Should the letters of recommendation be submitted together with the other application documents or should they be sent directly by the university lecturer?
There are two possible ways to submit the letters of recommendation. Either students upload the letters of recommendation as part of their application documents in STiNE or it can be submitted confidentially on the following link.
What can I do if my referee prefers to forward the recommendation letter directly to the university?
If your referee prefers to send the recommendation directly to the university, s/he can upload it using the following link. In this case, please upload a note in the required field in STiNE. Make sure that the references reach us in time.
Questions regarding admission, enrolment or rejection
What happens after my application is successful?
A letter of notification will be sent regarding admission. The letter of notification will be made available to you in your STiNE user account (please see “Dokumente (documents tab)”.
You cannot accept a place by email. Instead, you will need to use the template provided or return the enrolment application (attached to the acceptance letter) to confirm. You do not enroll in person.
Please have a look at this page for more information:
What documents do I have to submit for admission?
Here is a checklist for enrollment into International Master’s Degree Programs:
Where can I certify my documents?
Enrolment requires submission of certified copies. Here you can find some information about the certification:
I have no health insurance yet. Can I still be admitted to the program?
If you are not familiar with the German health insurance system, you may find the following sites helpful:
How do I know if I'm rejected?
You will find a letter of rejection in your STINE account.
I have been rejected. Can I apply for next year again?
Yes, you are welcome to apply next year again, if the reason of your rejection is a lack of places.
Questions regarding the course of studies
Does the master program also begin in the summer semester?
No. The program only starts in the winter semester.
Can I study part-time?
Yes, you can study this master’s degree part-time. Detailed information about prerequisites, deadlines, the application procedure, and any exceptions is available on the university's Campus Centers website.
It is not necessary to announce that you would like to become a part-time student within the application.
Questions regarding tuition
What are the tuition fees for the program?
Since winter term 2012/13 there are no more study fees at Universität Hamburg. Please have a look at the following link to inform yourself about the current semester contribution:
Is there a scholarship for the program?
No. Currently, neither the university nor the program are able to provide any sort of scholarships. Here you can find general information on financing your studies:
Comprehensive information on scholarships available from German funding bodies can be found at the website of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).