Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Germany) are proud to offer this Double Degree. The Department of Political and Social Sciences at UPF and the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI) at LMU Munich have teamed up to offer a double programme by taking the Master in Current Democracies: Nationalism, Federalism and Multiculturalism at UPF (60 ECTS) and the Master Degree in Politikwissenschaft of LMU Munich (120 ECTS).

The study program at each institution will comprise one year. In the first year all students participating in the double degree program will follow the program at UPF and the second year of the program will take place at LMU Munich. The double degree is fully taught in English. Students successfully participating in the program and fulfilling all academic and administrative requirements will be awarded the following degrees:

LMU Munich: Master of Arts in Politikwissenschaft

UPF: Máster Universitario en Democracias Actuales: Nacionalismo, Federalismo y Multiculturalidad / Màster Universitari en Democràcies Actuals: Nacionalisme, Federalisme i Multiculturalitat 

(The UPF degree will be awarded after the successful completion of the LMU Munich Master program)


Study plan

During Year 1 students enroll in 60 ECTS of the Master in Current Democracies at UPF. Double degree students follow the study plan as established for the students of the Master in Current Democracies, but as the master thesis is written during the second year at LMU in Munich, they will have to take 4 additional courses. This would be the study plan:


Compulsory courses:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Fundamentals of Political and Social Research
  • Political Theory in the 21st Century
  • Democracy and Political Liberalism: theoretical and institutional features
  • Federalism and Federations: political theory and comparative politics
  • Techniques of Statistical Analysis I
  • Techniques of Statistical Analysis II
  • The construction of the EU and its Consequences on the European Population


Optional courses (choose four):

  • Current Research on Diverse Democracies
  • The current financial and economic crises and their impact on the social wellbeing of populations
  • Actors and Institutions in the Analysis of Public Policy
  • Migration and Society
  • Nationalism Today
  • Diversity and Immigration Policies
  • Electoral Systems
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Politics and Gender


On completion of these courses, students pass to year 2 of the MA Politikwissenschaft. All students of the double degree will write their master thesis according to the LMU program, but tutors of UPF faculty may also be chosen as tutors of the thesis.

Important notice: for studying the Double Degree, students have to apply at both LMU and UPF, and they have to be admitted to both.

Admission Requirements at UPF

Visit the UPF admissions webpage


Admission Requirements at LMU

International students have to apply at the Geschwister Scholl Institute and at the International Office. A certificate of German knowledge is NOT necessary. Only students with a B.A. in Political Science (or equivalent) will be admitted.




Application deadlines


Tuition fees

Students participating in the double degree program pay the regular tuition fees at UPF for the Master in Current Democracies (see tuition fees).

At LMU Munich, all students are required to pay a mandatory fee for student services (Grundbeitrag) and for basic off-peak public transport ("Semesterticket") Fee amount.

This fee is charged at the beginning of each semester by LMU Munich on behalf of the Munich Student Services ("Studentenwerk").



Regulations of the mobility programmes



Program coordinator at UPF: Prof. Dr. Marc Sanjaume ([email protected])

Administrative support at UPF: Laura Arcalís ([email protected])


Program coordinator at LMU Munich: Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill ([email protected])

Administrative support at LMU Munich: Lara Waas ([email protected])