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  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • German, English
  • Deadline:
  • 31 5월
    Modern societies are increasingly formed by social, economic, and legal relations that dissolve the traditional boundaries of nation states. Markets have outgrown systems of national regulation and international policy coordination. Transnational corporations and other cross-border organisations and networks interact in new patterns and set new standards of governance. Transnational migration, mobility and IT-driven communication change mindsets and public discourses. Contagion in financial crises, climate change and other critical developments reveal an interdependence of modern societies through uncoordinated transnational action that requires new institutional responses. This Master's programme engages the phenomenon of transnationalisation and its influence on the development of the law.
    A large part of the study programme is compulsory elective, so that students can place their emphasis on different legal subjects. During study track A, two compulsory elective modules with six CP each have to be selected. During study track B, four compulsory elective modules with six CP each have to be selected. The courses that can be used to fill those compulsory elective modules in Bremen can be found online in the university calendar. The courses are sorted under thematic headings so that students can decide more easily on which legal area to focus. However, those thematic headings are not binding, courses can be mixed. The following headings exist:
    • labour and social law in transnational context
    • information and health law in their transnational dimension
    • transnationalisation of economic law
    • transnationalisation of public law
    • transnationalisation of private law
    • transnationalisation of criminal and security law

    Educational organisation

    The Master's programme consists of obligatory modules, compulsory elective modules and the Master's graduation module (seminar on writing a Master's thesis, Master's thesis and oral presentation of the Master's thesis). The exact form of the programme differs according to the selected study track.

    Study track A
    Study track A offers the possibility to spend the first semester at a foreign university. The programme therefore starts in another country and has to be planned accordingly.
    During the second semester, the remaining number of compulsory elective modules has to be studied. The exact number of modules depends on the choice made during the first semester. In total, four compulsory elective modules have to be studied during the course of the programme. The second semester also includes the Master's graduation module (seminar on writing a Master's thesis, Master's thesis, and oral presentation of the Master's thesis). The oral presentation of the Master's thesis has to take place mid-September at the latest, which means the Master's thesis has to be handed in by the end of July, as the supervisors will need approx. six weeks to grade the thesis, unless a shorter period has expressly been fixed. In any case, the subject and supervisors for the Master's thesis should be chosen in February and March at the latest, so that writing of the thesis can commence in April.

    Study track B
    Study track B does not include a study abroad and has a stronger focus on the phenomena of transnationalisation of law.
    During the first semester, two obligatory modules, "Methodology of Transnational Law" and "Transnational Law I", have to be studied in Bremen, with a third obligatory module "Transnational Law II" taking place in Oldenburg. Additionally, at least two compulsory elective modules have to be chosen out of the courses offered in Bremen and Oldenburg. We advise students to take at least one more, i.e. in total three, compulsory elective modules during the first semester in order to focus on the Master's thesis during the next semester.
    During the second semester, the remaining number of compulsory elective modules has to be studied. The exact number of modules depends on the choice made during the first semester. In total, four compulsory elective modules have to be studied during the course of the programme. The second semester also includes the Master's graduation module (seminar on writing a Master's thesis, Master's thesis, and oral presentation of the Master's thesis). The oral presentation of the Master's thesis has to take place mid-September at the latest, which means the Master's thesis has to be handed in by the end of July, as the supervisors will need approx. six weeks to grade the thesis, unless a shorter period has been expressly fixed. In any case, the subject and supervisors for the Master's thesis should be chosen in February and March at the latest, so that the writing of the thesis can commence in April.

    Study abroad unit(s)

    Participants who follow study track A will spend the first semester of the programme at a foreign university.

    Internships

    Due to the compact nature of the programme (two semesters), an internship is not included in either study track. However, there is the possibility to take additional compulsory elective courses during the first semester, so that the second semester only comprises the Master's graduation module (seminar on writing a Master's thesis, Master's thesis, and oral presentation of the Master's thesis). In this situation, it may be possible to find a company or organisation which allows one to combine an internship with writing a Master's thesis. Interested students should begin the search for such an internship early. This option is a valuable qualification but requires a lot of effort and organisation on behalf of the student.

    Forms of assessment

    Written and oral exams, papers, Master's thesis
    The Master's thesis constitutes 40% of the final grade.

    Course objectives

    At the end of the Master's programme, students receives the degree Master of Laws (LLM) "Transnational Law" (Hanse Law School) that is awarded jointly by the University of Bremen and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. This accredited Master's degree forms a valuable addition to the undergraduate degree previously obtained. Students who complete our Master's programme work, among other opportunities, as legal counsel or consultants in companies, organisations or administrations. Other job opportunities include scientific services with or without the possibility of receiving a PhD at academia, administrations or companies.
    The Master's degree enables students to commence a doctorate programme. Interested students should note that only the best graduates are offered this chance and that close ties to the future doctoral adviser will have to be established during the Master's programme.

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    Language requirements

    • Proof of proficiency in German by presenting a certificate of at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), e.g. TestDaF TDN 3 or DSH 1
    • proof of proficiency in English by presenting a certificate of at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), e.g. IELTS or TOEFL

    Required DSH / TestDaF

    Yes

    Academic requirements

    a) Undergraduate degree in law (or equivalent) of at least 240 ECTS CP (four years)
    b) proof of English language proficiency (CEFR level B2), e.g. through IELTS or TOEFL
    c) proof of German language proficiency (CEFR level B2), e.g. through TestDaF TDN 3 or DSH 1
    d) letter of motivation (max. 2,000 words)

    Enrolment fees

    The University of Bremen charges a semester fee of about 280 EUR per semester (including a ticket for public transport, e.g. between Bremen and Oldenburg). No additional fees are charged by the University of Oldenburg.

    Costs of living

    About 700 EUR per month for Bremen or Oldenburg. For detailed information visit http://www.uni-bremen.de/en/international/your-stay-in-bremen.html.

    Job opportunities

    In Bremen, there are opportunities to find jobs in several fields via newspapers, etc.

    Services and support for international students

    Supervision and mentoring by course coordinators and by specially trained staff within the "kompass" programme* for international students
    *DAAD "Best Practice"

    Accommodation

    Dormitories and private accommodation. Prices for rent are reasonable in Bremen. For detailed information, please visit http://www.uni-bremen.de/en/international/your-stay-in-bremen.html.
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