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Labour Market and Human Resources (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

This research-oriented degree programme examines the many aspects of the labour market, the working world and human resources from various perspectives. It focuses in particular on an economic and social analysis of the structures, processes and impact of the labour market. It has a strong empirical and interdisciplinary perspective. Acquisition of subject-specific skills in several disciplines of economics and social sciences is a key aim of the degree programme.

During their studies, students are quickly introduced to relevant current international research. Furthermore, as they are taught a range of methodological skills, they gain the ability to conduct independent empirical analyses. They learn to solve problems independently and in a group, and to communicate and implement their solutions. Students are taught how to carry out independent academic work and participate skilfully in current discussions of economics and social policy.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

In principle, all applicants with a Bachelor's degree in business and economics are eligible for this degree programme. In certain cases graduates with a degree in social sciences may also be admitted. More information about admission requirements is available below. If you are interested in the degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

In the first semester students learn the theoretical and empirical foundations in the core subjects. Following on from this, in the second semester students take a compulsory interdisciplinary seminar and select five out of a choice of nine modules, giving them an initial opportunity for specialisation. In the third semester students select three specialisations according to their interests and career goals. The degree programme is completed with the Master's thesis in the fourth semester.

An example study plan is available here.

Potential challenges

The Master's degree programme in Labour Market and Human Resources is largely based around research and has a strong quantitative focus. In light of this, in addition to basic knowledge of business (especially economics), applicants should have an interest in statistics and econometrics.


Does the name of the programme, Labour Market and Human Resources, mean that aspects of the labour market are the main focus or are both areas considered equally?

As you can see from the study plan, more time is devoted to labour markets, although various elements of human resources are also part of the degree programme. If you are only interested in human resources, you would probably be more suited to a Master's degree in human resource management.

I have no knowledge of economics. Does it still make sense to apply?

No, it is almost impossible to make up for a lack of knowledge of economics. You probably would not have the skills required for economics-based lectures and seminars on topics such as labour market economics and human resources economics.

I didn't study any sociology or psychology during my previous degree programme. Is that a problem; do I need previous knowledge of these subjects?

Knowledge of sociology and psychology is not required. The modules on these subjects in the Master's degree programme do not require any specific previous knowledge.

How much previous knowledge of statistics is required?

You should have at least taken an introductory module in statistics (and/or econometrics) in your previous degree programme. Basic knowledge of linear algebra, calculating probabilities and distribution theory are expected. As the Master's degree programme has a strong empirical focus, you should have an interest in statistics.

I don't have a Bachelor's degree in business and economics. What previous knowledge of economics do I need?

You should have at least sufficient basic knowledge of business studies and economics acquired through introductory modules or modules in business and economics as minor subjects (20 ECTS credits, of which at least 5 credits should be in business and 5 in economics). For economics, you are required to have knowledge of indifference curve analysis and optimisation as taught by standard textbooks on microeconomics (such as Pindyck/Rubinfeld: Mikroökonomie, chap. 1–9).

Admission requirements

Above average university degree in economics or above average university degree in social sciences with basic knowledge of statistics and economics (business studies and economics). Applicants who are in the final stages of their first degree programme may also be admitted. For Bachelor's degree students, a minimum of 135 ECTS credits are required for this.

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Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.


Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

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