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Transition Management (MSc)

Master of Science (MSc)

Überblick / Overview

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englischsprachiges Studienangebot / taught in English


The English-language Master’s Programme "Transition Management" is an interdisciplinary study programme established by five faculties of Justus Liebig University Giessen, headed by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management (Faculty 09). The Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at Giessen University contributes topical input and teaching modules specifically tailored to the needs of the programme.

Transition Management addresses the enormous economic and political transformations we observe in many transition and emerging economies worldwide. Their societies are changing from state management to a market economy, from autocracy to democracy, often at a rapid pace and at higher income and technology levels than in a typical developing country. The group of transition countries includes the successor states of the former Soviet Union, the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as transition economies in Asia, such as China and Vietnam. The programme also provides relevant insight on emerging economies in Latin America and Africa. Graduates of Transition Management qualify for senior positions in private and public sector management, public administration, academia, and international technical and economic cooperation.

Justus Liebig University Giessen has been the first university in Germany addressing the specific problems of transition countries in an international, interdisciplinary study course, combining both theory and practical experience.


The Master's Programme Transition Management enables students:

  • to understand the complex processes and specific demands of transition and emerging economies
  • to comprehend the various areas of transition, including economic, legal, political, social, agricultural, and environmental aspects and their interlinkages
  • to gain knowledge as well as practical competences in methods and strategies to enhance the transition process
  • to train their soft skills by learning and working in international and interdisciplinary teams.

Target Group

The Master's Programme appeals to students who are interested in both learning about the complex problems of transition countries as well as developing approaches to overcome these problems by linking economic, political and environmental aspects.
A background in related academic disciplines of economics, law, and/or the social sciences is required.



Since July 2006

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme


Master of Science (MSc)

Duration of studies

4 semesters – 120 credit points (cp)


Composition of degree programme

The study programme consists of individual modules. Each module comprises four semester hours per week. Students complete the modules with a final examination as given in the module description. The individual module grades determine the final grade of the study programme.
The course consists of eight mandatory modules (core modules) and six optional modules (profile modules), an industrial internship (or two more optional modules) and the Master thesis. The concept of choosing profile modules individually enables students to select from a diverse range of study areas on top of a fundamental scientific education represented by the core modules..

Structure of the Master's Degree Course

The Master’s degree course consists of 16 modules (120 credits).

Students can choose beetween the following two structures:

Structure A
Core Competence 8 mandatory modules 48 credits
Profile Competence 6 optional modules 36 credits
Industrial internship 1 module 12 credits
Master’s thesis 1 module  24 credits
Total 16 modules 120 credits


Structure B
Core Competence 8 mandatory modules 48 credits
Profile Competence 8 optional modules 48 credits
Master’s thesis 1 module  24 credits
Total 16 modules 120 credits


Core Modules (Mandatory Courses)

  • Empirical Research Methods (6 CP)
  • Transition in Practice (6 CP)
  • Law in Transition (6 CP)
  • Theory and Practice of Economic Development (6 CP)
  • Transition and Integration Economics (6 CP)
  • Power and Democracy (6 CP)
  • Economics, Organization and Management in Agriculture and Food Industries (6 CP)
  • Global Food Markets (6 CP)


Profile Modules

Students tailor their individual profile by selecting six modules and the internship or eight modules from the entire profile module catalogue of the faculty. Among the recommended English modules for this study programme are the following:


  • Internationale Ernährungssicherung II
  • Produktions- und Qualitätsmanagement
  • Plant Breeding: Special Topics of Resistance and Quality Breeding
  • Öko- und Ertragsphysiologie der Pflanzenernährung
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Economy of Rural Institutions
  • Mikrobiologische Diagnostik in der Umweltbiotechnologie
  • Bioverfügbarkeit
  • Host-Intestine-Microbe Interactions for Nutrition and Health
  • Laboratory Course: Tissue Culturing and Genetic Transformation
  • Laboratory Course: Methods in Molecular Phytopathology
  • Global Nutrition and Agriculture
  • Biotechnology for Pest Control
  • Microbial Diagnostics
  • Molecular Plant Breeding
  • Bioinformatics
  • Selection for disease resistance in farm animals
  • Bodensalinität und Salzresistenz von Kulturpflanzen
  • Methods of Regional Analysis and Planning
  • Molecular Techniques
  • Milestones of Insect Biotechnology & Bioresources
  • Antibiotics: Present, Past and Future
  • Instrumental, Biochemical and Trace Analytical Methods in Food Analysis
  • Method Development in Food Analysis and Food Biotechnology
  • Laboratory Course I
  • Laboratory Course II
  • Insects for Food and Feed Production Systems
  • Python for Environmental Scientists
  • Geomatics for Development
  • Effect-directed Analysis by HPTLC-Assay-HRMS
  • Food Systems
  • Empirical Research Methods for Natural Resource Analysis
  • Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services
  • Gender and Development
  • Democracy and Postcoloniality
  • Renewable Energy Transition
  • Business Administration for Scientists
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Clinical Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Clinical Nutrition in Paediatric Disease
  • Berufspraktikum
  • Internship
  • Theorien des Essens
  • Farming Systems in the Tropics
  • Concepts of Ecological Economics
  • Field-Work based Research in Socio-Economics
  • Land Governance for Sustainable Land Use in Africa
  • Agriculture, Ecosystem Functioning and Climate Change
  • Econometrics & Modelling Applications
  • Regulation of Agricultural Value Chains
  • Pharmaceutical Basics
  • Quality Management
  • Bioprocess Engineering II – Advanced
  • Selected Chapters of Pharmaceutical & Industrial Biotechnology


Internship (optional) (12 CP)

The objective of the internship module is to give students examples of practice-oriented knowledge and skills from companies, institutions and other institutions of future careers. In particular, you should acquire knowledge about activities and processes in institutions that have a transformation-specific relationship or are active with or in transition countries. Students learn to associate theoretical knowledge and scientific methodology with practice. Internships are possible in all professional disciplines represented by a module of the study programme.
Furthermore, through experiencing practical problems of an economic, technical, organizational and social nature, the internship promotes the understanding of research and teaching at the university and reinforces the relation between study and practice.


Master Thesis (24 CP)

Students dedicate the major part of the 4th semester to writing the Master thesis. With the thesis, they prove their capability to investigate a given topic independently and scientifically within a given timeframe.



Application: Commencement of studies

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester;

Application: admission and registration


  • Foreign applicants outside the European Union who do not have a German ‘Abitur’ (university entrance certificate) must submit their application to JLU Giessen via uni-assist (details).
  • You are welcome to apply from May 1, the application deadline is June 15.
  • No study fees are charged for this study program. However, students have to pay a semester contribution of approx. 300 EUR  for administration and semester tickets (details).

For further information you may contact:
Goethestraße 58
Postal address: Postfach 11 14 40, 35359 Giessen
Tel.: 0641/99-16400
Detailed information on the application process

Application: Admission requirements

Admission requirement

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree with at least 180 ECTS-points in one of the following scientific fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Nutrition
  • Natural or environmental sciences
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Political science

Proof of sufficient knowledge in economics, law, and/or the social sciences, i.e. at least 60 ECTS points in at least one of these subjects.

Applications without a relevant Bachelor degree will be examined individually as to whether the study requirements are fulfilled. A specialist commission at JLU will then decide on which qualifications can be accepted or whether additional qualifications are necessary. We cannot provide you with information on the status of acceptance before you fully completed the application process.



Application: Language requirements

Language requirements

As the entire degree course is taught in English, applicants must provide proof of sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English. Accepted proofs of language proficiency:

  1. either: TOEFL Test iBT (internet-based test) with at least 80 points, or IELTS test with a minimum grade of 6 in the academic test.
  2. or: proof of university entrance qualification awarded for one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, the USA, the UK, South Africa.
  3. or: proof of completion of an English-language Bachelor’s degree course.
  4. or: "UNIcert II" certificate.

Career Options

Career Options / Career Opportunities

Career Options / Career Opportunities

Graduates of Transition Management work as project managers and consultants in private and public organisations involved in transition and development cooperation at national, supranational and international levels. They find employment as managers and specialists in private enterprises active in industry, the agricultural and nutritional sector, trade, banks, and financial services.

The graduation also allows entering a career as (junior) scientist in universities and non-university research institutions or as chief executive or public officer in national public administrations, ministries, EU institutions as well as in non-governmental organisations in the non-profit sector, think tanks, or representations of interest groups.


Course Directors

Transition Management (englischsprachig)

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

Department of Agricultural Policy and Market Research
Zeughaus, Senckenbergstraße 3, 35390 Giessen
Phone +49 (0) 641 99 37050

Office hours: by appointment

Further Information

Further Information: Dokumente

PDF documents for the courses of study


Prüfungs- und Studienordnungen

Courses offered in the course catalogue

 Electronical course catalogue (in German)

 List module (Informationen in English)

Masterstudiengänge des Fachbereichs 09
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