Questions Regarding the Application Process
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.
Can I start the application process now?
The application period begins on February the 15th. 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 prior to the application period without going through STiNE?
No. For legal reasons you must use the online application system and you must apply within the fixed application period.
STiNE is not working. Whom can I contact for assistance?
If you experience technical difficulties using the STiNe portal, please contact:
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:
Is it possible to apply for more than one master program at the Universität Hamburg?
No. In STiNE you can only apply for one program.
May I apply for both the Economics and the PEP program?
No. It is not possible to apply for more than one program at the same time.
Questions Regarding Admission Requirements
My primary degree was neither in economics, political science nor philosophy. Can I apply for the M.Sc. PEP?
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 M.Sc. PEP?
You need to have had at least a strong focus on one of the fields of studies involved. Please go to https://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/studienbueros/wiwi/mscpep/application/ for more information.
I took an English language test that is not on your list. Is it recognised?
We only accept the English language tests that are listed on our website.
If I have not passed yet any of the English language tests on your list, am I still eligible for application?
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 May, 31.
Please note that your admission (if offered) will remain conditional on the subsequent submission of the required proof of your English language competencies. Delayed submission or insufficient test results may forfeit your admission.
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).
I failed to achieve the required score in the TOEFL/IELTS test. May I repeat the test and submit the new test result at a later date?
If the deadline for applications has not passed, yet, you are welcome to try for another test. If there is not enough time for that, send proof of your registration for an English language test along with your application documents. You have then time until May, 31 to submit the results.
Please note that your admission (if offered) will remain conditional on the subsequent submission of the required proof of your English language competencies. Insufficient test results may forfeit your admission.
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 part of Canada, an official note from your university that your Bachelor program is entirely taught in English is sufficient.
In all other cases, you must provide additional proof of your English language skills.
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. The referee must be a lecturer who is full-time employed at your (or another) university. 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.
For German applicants, the referee should be a professor, senior academic or junior professor.
Do I have to use the form on the program's website for the letters of recommendation?
No. Your referee could also decide to write a reference without making use of the form.
What if I find only one lecturer to recommend me?
The letters of recommendation are not part of the admission requirements but the application assessment. Therefore, you can still apply if you have only one letter of recommendation.
Please note that this may impact on the assessment of your application against the other applications.
Questions Regarding the Documents to be Submitted
Where can I certify my documents?
Enrollment requires submission of certified copies. Here you can find some information about the certification:
What should the letter of motivation contain?
The letter of motivation should contain up to 500 words (in English) and could refer to the following aspects:
- Why do you want to study the M.Sc. PEP
- What makes you a good candidate for the program
- How does the M.Sc. PEP fit into your overall career objectives
- A brief glance at your personal background
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.
- A statement of confirmation by the examinations board or examinations office of your university that all requirements apart from certain exams have been met, and that the missing exams will take place by the end of the summer semester (September 30).
In case of your acceptance, you have time until the end of the first semester (31 March) to present your final degree.
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?
Can my employer also write the letter of recommendation?
No, the letter of recommendation must be written by a university professor, a senior lecturer or a junior professor.
Do the letters of recommendation have be written by lecturers in my major subject, or can they 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 from university lecturers. 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.
Which language must the letters of recommendation be written in?
The letters of recommendation may be written either in German or in English.
Should the letters of recommendation be submitted together with the other application documents or should it be sent directly by the university lecturer?
They should be submitted together with the application documents.
Do I need to include official documents from my university?
No. Uncertified copies are sufficient. For your transcript you can also use internet print outs from your student account.
Questions Regarding Admission/ Rejection
Where can I certify my documents?
Enrollment requires submission of certified copies. Go to www.uni-hamburg.de/campuscenter/bewerbung/bachelor-staatsexamen/zulassung-einschreibung/amtliche-beglaubigung_e.html for more information about the certification.
What documents do I have to submit for admission?
Go to https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/campuscenter/bewerbung/master/master-einschreibung.html for a Checklist for Enrollment into International Master’s Degree Programs.
I have no health insurance, yet. Can I still be admitted to the program?
If you are an international student, and there is no health insurance system in your country, you don't need to have health insurance prior to your arrival in Germany.
In this case contact the admissions office (info.zulassung[at]verw.un-hamburg[dot]de) to inform them about your situation.
If you are not familiar with the German health insurance system you may find the following sites helpful:
Who can I contact if my documents cannot be submitted within the given deadline?
If it is impossible for you to meet the deadline for submission (due to your location) contact the admissions office (Service für Studierende) to let them know about your intent to accept the offer and as to when your documents can be expected.
Don't forget to indicate your name and the programme you want to study.
What institutions are entitled to authorize my documents?
Documents can be certified or authorized at every public office with an official seal (e.g. governmental offices, embassies). The authorisation must include:
- an official confirmation that the copy corresponds to the original document (Beglaubigungsvermerk). This can be a stamp or a note in writing
- the signature of the person who authorises the document
- an imprint of the official seal.
N.B. A seal usually contains an emblem.
Also note that, at the UHH authorizations from religious institutions, banks, lawyers, clubs, health insurance agencies etc. will not be accepted.
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 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 WiSe 2012/13 there are no more study fees at the University of Hamburg. Please have a look at the following link to inform yourself about the current semester fee: www.uni-hamburg.de/en/campuscenter/studienorganisation/studienverlauf/beitraege-gebuehren/semesterbeitrag.html
Is there a scholarship for the program?
No. Currently, neither the university nor the program are able to provide any sort of scholarships.
Comprehensive information on scholarships available from German funding bodies can be found at the homepage of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).