About the programme
This double degree programme is a research-focused, fully integrated postgraduate programme in German and Russian Law. As a student enrolled in this programme, you will study towards your double Master's degree at two universities – the University of Passau and Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk. The programme carries a total workload of 120 ECTS credits and is directed at students who have an undergraduate degree in law or in a subject with a strong legal focus.
The programme acquaints German students with the principles of the Russian legal system, allowing them, for instance, to put the focus on the economic and tax laws in Germany and Russia. This requires knowledge of Russian (legal) language, which is taught as part of the degree programme.
As a student enrolled in this degree programme, you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to work as a jurist in the area of German and Russian law, while simultaneously developing the competencies required for independent scholarly work.
- The first fully integrated Russo-German law degree programme in Germany
- Students spend two semesters at the partner university in Krasnoyarsk
- No tuition fees whatsoever
- The same module catalog at both universities
- Joint colloquia with German and Russian students
- Compulsory internship abroad as part of the programme
- Previous academic achievements at other German or Russian universities are eligible for recognition
- The University of Passau and Siberian Federal University each award a final certificate making reference to the respective opposite university (double degree)
Once you graduate from this double degree programme, you will be well-suited for work in a Russian law firm or in a company with subsidiaries in or strong ties to Russia, particularly if you choose business or tax law as your specialization. As the programme's required electives include the subject areas of European and international law, you may have access to careers in international organizations, such as the OSCE, or NGOs (e.g. political think tanks) either located or with an interest in Russia.
The degree programme consists of five areas of study:
A) General Scientific Foundations
You will attend lectures on the philosophy of law and complete one foreign language course. This part of the degree programme allows you to engage in advanced study of the theoretical underpinnings of law at the beginning of your Master's programme, while the language course imparts the language skills you will need for studying in Russia.
B) Professional Cycle
Module group B.I – Legal Methods and History of Law
Module group B.I is composed of the following foundation courses: methods and history of comparative legal studies; history of political and legal science; history and methods of law; beginner's colloquium: current problems of law. These modules provide the research-methodological and theoretical foundations for comparative legal studies and working with the foreign law. The primary purpose of the beginner's colloquium is to help students on the course to identify more closely with the degree programme. All students complete the beginner's colloquium in Krasnoyarsk.
Module group B.II – Principles of foreign law
Students enrolled in the programme complete this module group during their stay at the partner university. This involves courses on the principles of German and Russian law, as well as other courses. The required electives include courses on the core areas of the respective foreign law: Russian students in Passau will complete one two-semester foundation course in either civil law, public law or criminal law, and at least one additional course from this list for a duration of one semester.
Module group B.III – Specialisation
Students will study the courses taught in this module group upon their return to their home university. This module group allows you to set your own specialization by choosing a sub-discipline which you will study in greater depth. The module is designed to maximize your choice, allowing you to focus on selected questions of (public) economic or (civil) business law, tax law, or international and European law. In addition, German students can complete courses with an East-Central-European focus offered by the University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
In this segment of the programme, you will apply the theoretical knowledge accumulated over the previous semesters. In a variety of courses, you will gain the ability to write shorter academic papers. You will also use this module group to write up a synopsis of your Master's thesis, which you will present and discuss in the group. The research colloquium is open to all students in Passau.
D) Professional Preparation
This part of the programme prepares you for legal work in an international context. The practical module consists of a six to eight-week internship, which you will usually complete abroad.
E) Final Assessments
At the end of the degree programme, you will undergo an oral examination. In addition, all students are required to write a Master's thesis (preferably on the comparative law) in German, English or Russian and undergo an oral defense.
Academic entry requirements
Siberian Federal University and the University of Passau enroll students in accordance with their own regulations, although the partner university's laws and regulations are taken into account.
To enroll in this Master's programme at the University of Passau, you need a first degree (Bachelor's, Magister, Diplom, state examination or equivalent) in law or with a strong legal focus, earned in a programme of study with a standard length of three years' full-time study.
If you are not a native speaker of Russian, you should have proof of Russian language skills at Level B2 CEFR, while students who are non-native speakers of German should provide proof of German language skills at level B2 CEFR, e.g. DSH-1 or an equivalent certificate.
Are you enrolled at SibFU Krasnoyarsk?
If you enrolled at Siberian Federal University Krasnoyarsk and wish to come to Passau for the study-abroad component of this double degree programme, you must register as an exchange student with the University of Passau by no later than 31 August.