Master’s course, part-time
Vienna’s city management is a model for many political systems and urban centers. At the same time, the federal capital is the location of important international organizations and diplomatic missions. Against this background, the English-language, interdisciplinary Master course aims to combine the topics of diplomacy, administration, political management and applied political science. High potentials in international and municipal organizations will develop their leadership and management skills and specialize in international affairs and urban policy.
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Start of the master's course in October 2021
The application is continuously possible
once payment € 13.500,-1
+ ÖH premium / semester
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You work in administration or in an international environment and would like to significantly expand your professional portfolio. “Think global” is not simply a catchphrase for you, but reflects your entire mindset. You are able to view developments in a larger context and recognize multidimensional connections. Complexity does not frighten you, but instead encourages you to uncover structures and potential in order to achieve good solutions. In any case, your aim is to share social responsibility and to professionalize administrative processes and decisions.
As a qualified employee in international and municipal organizations, this English-language Master course provides you with well-founded academic training with extensive expertise in leadership and management.
We take into account your specific needs by offering two specializations: International Affairs and Urban Policy. You will get to know management tools that support you in mastering specific problems in international affairs and in urban politics and develop guidelines for sustainable solutions in an urban, as well as international environment.
You combine your professional experience with profound scientific know-how and benefit from access to current research in Applied Political Sciences. During the course you will work on current topics and questions from your own professional experience. In a lively exchange with your fellow students and lecturers, you will build a network in which the latest knowledge circulates. The City of Vienna actively supports this network.
Many of the lecturers are top experts with management responsibility who come from public administration or renowned universities. You contribute current topics from your successful professional practice. You are also invited to join our fireside chats for an in-depth and practice-oriented exchange.
You will conclude the program with an internationally recognized Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations (with a specialization in International Affairs or Urban Policy).
The Master course benefits from its close cooperation with the City of Vienna. With its political and administrative experience in public services and city management, Vienna is a role model for many metropolises and urban areas and is an important source of knowledge. We place great emphasis on imparting intercultural knowledge as well as digital skills, especially in the areas of e-governance and e-diplomacy. You will apply this knowledge in city diplomacy as an international instrument of local urban administration, with the aim of creating a prosperous and sustainable environment.
The program opens up new perspectives for European and international governance and for networking between regional and international institutions, for example through a study trip to EU institutions in Brussels and international organizations in Vienna. Would you like to expand your professional experience? Optionally, you can complete an internship with an international organization in or outside Vienna or with municipal departments of the City of Vienna.
You will combine basic political and legal knowledge such as international law, actors in the international system, international politics, etc. with practical elements such as leadership, e-diplomacy or e-governance in order to manage challenges in politics or politically related fields. Based on this, you will formulate sustainable solutions for an urban environment, especially in a European context.
You will learn to politically and administratively control urban living spaces. Above all, this means gaining the ability to act on the basis of cybernetic analysis and control models.
In order to analyze and evaluate questions of public order and to design creative solutions for the metropolitan areas with a large number of political decision-makers and interest groups, you will further develop your problem-solving capacities.
- European Case Studies - Outcome Assessment - Learnings and Conclusions
Lecture with activating methods and discussion
- Dealing with complexity and complex systems - Principles of management cybernetics - Principles of organizational cybernetics
Lecture with activating methods, Group work, Presentation, Discussion
- Organization theories - systems theory and constructivism - A systemic approach to organizations and individuals - Geographical and cultural impacts on organizational issues - Differences of organizational cultures in political and municipal contexts from an intercultural perspective
- Resilience of organizations and individuals with focus on political and municipal contexts - Principles of learning organizations - Theory of transformation - Effective change and transformation processes with focus on political and municipal contexts
- Theory of stakeholder approach - Stakeholder management as integral part of managerial and leadership work - Tools for stakeholder management in the NPO, governmental and private sector - Stakeholder management in the NPO, governmental and private sector - case studies
- Introduction to scientific rules, work and writing - Introduction to different types of scientific texts
Continuous assessment Paper
Writing an excerpt and a scientific article; reviewing a scientific article
- Introduction to social research strategies - Methodological research approaches (qualitative and quantitative)
Final exam Paper
Lecture with activating methods, discussion
- Institutions & Organizations: Keeping in touch with supporters, members, employees or customers with the aim of activating them for actions if necessary - Ladder of Engagement Model - Ways and means of establishing contact with target groups - Methodical accesses for platform-independent use - Adaptation and optimization of messages for the respective channels and target groups - E-Diplomacy
- Definitions: Aspects of the digital ecosystem - Digital spaces: Nation state, international space and interconnected models - Digital actors: Characteristics, examples, differences - Digital Practices: Digital Literacy, Digital Divide, Digital Economy, Digital Education, eDemocracy, Privacy, Security, Surveillance Studies, Net Politics, Digital Commons, Public and Private Spaces, Sustainability of Digital Ecosystem - Topics and Peculiarities of the Digital Ecosystem: Liquid Democracy, Right to be forgotten, Deep Web, Internet of Things, Permanent Change et al. - Practical aspects
- Introduction to political marketing - Market research and psychographics - Political strategy I: USP in politics - Political Strategy II: Strategic thinking and resource-based decision-making - Political Marketing Communication I (psychology of communication, staying in touch with voters) - Political Marketing Communication II (special issue: message control, spin doctoring, crisis communication) - The ethics of political marketing - Social Marketing I: Principles, Concepts, Strategies and Tactics
Interactive lectures with discussions, group activities, case studies (e.g., campaigns, elections, social marketing campaigns), individual tasks and exercises (e.g., press releases), simulations (crisis communication press briefing
- Multicultural, intercultural, cross-cultural, glocal: definitions, historical background, relevance for Central and (South) Eastern Europe. Inner Orientalism and self-colonization - Urbanity as Western concept? Variations of the urban ethos according to cultural and historic factors - Public and private space: definitions, characteristics, classification, cultural variety. - Social practices of producing and using urban space. Classical theories and their limits (e.g. strolling) - Intercultural and interreligious agenda for cities. Urban policy approaches to diversity - Creative industries of minority ethnic groups and ethnical economies - Planning intercultural and interreglious neighborhoods - Dialogue and divergence in lieux de mémoire (public monuments and public squares) - Interreligious dimensions
- Approaching modern IL, its history and structure, the key principles and the main sources of IL - Peace and Security in the UN system (collective security, the functioning of the UN Security Council, UN peacekeeping operations), case studies - The peaceful settlement of international disputes (negotiations, good offices,mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement) - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and other international tribunalsRefugee Law, the legal aspects of the migration crisis - International Humanitarian Law - Regional frameworks of multilateral cooperation (e.g. EU, Council of Europe, NATO, OSCE)
- Historical development of the EU - Legal basis (treaties) - EU institutions - European and national law - EU budget and multi-annual financial framework
Continuous assessment Written Exam
Blended learning: self-study of given literature, lecture and discussion to deepen and apply the subject matter
- Foundations of International Relations and the Global System of States - Theories of International Relations and the Role of Law and Organizations - The Landscape of International Governance and Institutions - Contemporary Challenges and Global Crisis (Global Financial Crisis and COVID-19) and the Future of International Relations - Role of Civil Society
Lecture with activating methods; discussion and students' presentations
- International Organizations and Cities & Regions: the role of UN Habitat, OECD, EU - The State of World Cities and international developments - City Diplomacy – the Role of Cities & Regions in International Relations - Multilayered Diplomacy of Cities & Regions - City Diplomacy and Civil Society
Lecture with activating methods, discussion and students' presentations
The content of the lectures and talks is related to urban policy and international affairs.
The students are, after finishing the course, able to - Identify major theories and trends in socio-economic thought - Assess the impact of the Austrian school at international level - Theorize pros and cons of public infrastructure ownership (like health care, transport, water management, etc.) and public sector based provision of services of general (economic) interest (public utilities, etc.) - Theorize the pros and cons of market based provision of services of general interest - Assess relevant contexts for innovative and effective procurement/forms of cooperation
- Essentials of EU procurement law and EU state aid law - Interplays with EU competition law - Disambiguation of Terminologies: SGIs/SGEIs - Legal Contextualization of SGIs/SGEIs as a concept - Remunicipalization from a legal point of view and relevant jurisdiction
- Introduction to qualitative methods - Introduction to quantitative methods - Practical exercises of both methods based on case studies
Lecture with activating methods, case studies; blended learning
- Negotiation Strategies - Conflict Resolution - Non-Verbal Communication
- The dynamics of international negotiations and mediations - Skills to prepare for negotiations in a range of settings - Explaining specific cases of negotiations
Cities as Organizations: Interplay of Strategy and Structure, Smart City Governance and Stakeholder Management, New Ways of Collaboration and Impact Promoters of Change: The Role of Project Champions, Promoters, Innovation Brokers & Change Agents and Opinion Leaders in Urban Context A Critical Review of the Smart City Terminology Strategies for City Transformation. Smart City Vienna Framework in Comparison with International Benchmarks Measuring & Monitoring Progress: Metrics, Indicators, Rankings Innovative Financing (Guest Speaker)
Lectures with interactive formats, group works, break-out sessions and discussion
Reducing Complexity via Smart Project Management: Assessment –Selection – Implementation – Scalability The Interplay of Digitization, Social and Ecological Sustainability Science and Technology Assessment for a Sustainable Urbanization The Role of the Citizen: Introduction to Diffusion Research – How Innovation spreads The Concept of Preventive Innovation Citizen Empowerment. Participation, Co-Creation and the Crowd in City Transformation (Guest Speaker)
- Creation, development, and impact of the concept of 'good governance' - Rule of law and democracy - Anti-Corruption - SDGs and Good Governance - Good governance and ethics: business ethics, ethical standards in government, professional ethics - E-Governance
- Basic Elements of International Trade Theory, Policies and International Money - Global Governance in International Economics – the importance of G7, G20, IMF, World Bank and emerging institutions in Asia - The Role of Multinational Enterprises in International Political Economy - States, Regionals and Markets in the World Economy in the Era of Digitalization and (post-)Era of Globalization
- Drivers of the digital revolution - VUCA Environment - Changes in expectations of leadership - Characteristics of digital leadership - Leadership approaches and tools in the digital economy - Threat landscape of cyber crime - Cyber Security Management
- Principles of High Reliability Organizations Theory - Commonalities of High Reliability Organizations and political work, municipal, NPO or private organizations - Case study: Useful methods and tools of High Reliability Organizations for the political and municipal contexts - Military decision-making process and issue of orders - Communication skills of High Reliability Organizations, e.g. negotiation skills in hostile environments
Smart City Case Studies Future Urban Mobility, Energy Management, Construction/Housing, Circular Economy, Climate Adaption, Digital City Case Studies eGovernment, Internet of Things and AI, Blockchain, Value of Urban Data, OGD, Data Governance Comparison of International Benchmarks Smart City Economics The Digital Economy and Local Value Added The Role of Startups and Scalability
Lecture with interactive formats, group works, break-out sessions and discussion
Energy Management Renewable Energy Generation Urban Mobility, Mobility as a Service, Public Transport Services Innovation Management and Data Governance in Public Utilities Resilience and Security in Urban Infrastructure Business Models and Financial Management of Public Utilities
- Interrelation between different selected regions (China and Asia, Middle East, the Americas) - Ethnic conflicts in comparative perspective - The emergence of new actors in world affairs (NGOs, Cities, etc.) - Climate change
- Internal market policy - Competition and state aid policy - Green deal - Innovation and research policy - Structural and Cohesion policy - Common Foreign and Security policy
Lecture with activating methods, discussion. Complementary self-study of given literature.
- Basic Principles of the International Legal Economic Order - The Main Actors and Law Makers of International Economic Law - Basic Elements of World Trade Law (GATT, GATS, TRIPS, Anti-Dumping Measures) and Regional Trade Agreements - Introduction to Mechanisms of International Dispute Settlements and International Commercial Arbitration - Comparison and Case Studies of the Regional Market Integrations
Introduction and examples of research exposé Preparation of master thesis
Lecture with activating methods, discussion; blended learning
Presentation of current research projects Introduction to applied political science
Lecture with activating methods, discussion; case studies; blended learning
Mechanics of strategic networking, lobbying, and public affairs campaigns with a special focus on digitalization Historical background to effective public relations and lobbying, and the ethical and regulatory frameworks Various techniques employed by lobbyists around the world Guidance to plan and implement campaigns Case studies
Introduction into the main legal EU terminology Understanding EU legal texts and Court of Justice's judgements
Inter-active language training based on legal texts (legislation and judgements)
Theoretical and historical foundations of public diplomacy and city branding Strategies, tactics, and stakeholders in public diplomacy Media relations, strategic media management, and crisis communication Public diplomacy in the digital age Brand management for cities and regions Image and reputation management for cities in a globalized world Implementation and evaluation of city branding strategies
Interactive lectures with discussions, group activities, case studies (country cases and trends), individual tasks and exercises, simulations (crisis communication)
Citizen sovereignty: advantages and disadvantages in security matters The role of data and statistics: official statistics and dark numbers; data security in research The state of European cities: demographic development, mobility and digitalization Individual and social aspects: risk perception, vulnerable groups, fear of crime, relevant theories in criminology, subjective and objective safety and security Service of public interest: urban resilience, sustainable urban planning, European and national action plans, public private partnership, risk and crises communication Security technologies: video surveillance, unmanned aerial vehicles, social media analyses, artificial intelligence Case study: analyze problem areas, vulnerable groups, relevant stakeholders and required data; evaluate and apply action plans
Lecture, work in groups, discussions, case study
Livability of cities and regions in co-creation with residents Development of regenerative blue-green areas and sensitive spaces that support healthy conditions Climate adaption and mitigation in urban planning Case Studies East-Asian, American and European cities Cooperation of civil society and city-administrations Awareness of ecologic, economic and social potentials of communities and companies Introduction to theories of social integration and disintegration Mechanism of group-focused enmity and radicalized milieus
Lecture with activating methods, case study solutions, problem-based learning
Management instruments: Definitions, elements, benefits, effort Individual design of management instruments for the benefit of the decision makers, the managing stuff, the learning organization, the customers and the public Analyzing organizations to identify useful management instruments to achieve certain improvements Integration of certain management instruments and tools: Designing an individual Integrated Management System
Lecture with activating methods Group work Presentation Discussion
Theory of change, opposition and conflict Intra-, interpersonal and intercultural aspects of opposition and conflict Change management in political, municipal and private context Theory of mediation and different approaches Public, interorganizational and intraorganizational participation: methods and tools Design of a change process - case study
Project management in general and EU project cycle management Principles and structure of different EU funds Finance structure design and grant processing of the most important EU funds Principles and techniques of EU projects planning Case studies for planning, submitting, managing budgeting/financing of EU projects and reporting needs
Elaboration of a Report
Continuous assessment Report
Visit to international and municipal organizations in Vienna (and optionally in Brussels)
Milestones of Austrian/Central European History Austrian politics within a Central European context Basic elements of Austrian foreign policy Austrian social policy and social partnership (Sozialpartnerschaft) Austrian political party system
Analysis and interpretation of interview transcript Application of statistical methods
Lecture with activating methods, exercise on the basis of concrete examples; blended learning
Methodical discussion of the master thesis Discussion of the content and structure of the master thesis
Lecture with blended learning
Presentation of scientific poster Oral exam
Program type and times From the 1st semester, blended learning for some courses (class attendance phases and e-learning phases)
Times In blocks over weekends, Friday to Sunday, one to two blocks per month.
You also have the opportunity to attend selected open courses (in german only) from other degree programs or departments. You can find the registration details here.
The program fee is determined according to the actual costs. In addition to the tuition fee, you will also have to pay the ÖH student union fee (ÖH premium) each semester.
Variant A assumes that you will complete and pay for the entire program. In this model, you will pay the entire fee prior to the start of the program in a single payment of € 13.500,-.
Single payment: € 13.500,- (Due approximately 4 weeks before the start of the first semester.)
This model offers you the possibility to pay the program fee in four installments of € 3.550,-. If you decide to leave the program early, you will still have to pay the entire fee.
Installment per semester: € 3.500,- (total amount: € 14.000,-) (In each case due about four weeks prior to the start of the semester)
This model takes into account the possibility of leaving the program after each semester and is ideal for those who want to keep the option open to leave the program early.
First, second and third semester, each: € 4.450,- Fourth semester: € 2.000,- (total amount € 15.350,-) (In each case due about four weeks prior to the start of the semester.)
Grants may be applied for for Master courses and for academic courses and seminars.
For information on supporting bodies, please refer to Grants and Bursaries.
The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach of the Master course opens up an extremely wide range of fields of activity and forms the starting point for your next career steps in city administration departments, in politics, in organizations of international relations and embassies as well as in business. A wide range of knowledge from political science, economics, international law and management creates the best conditions for assuming managerial responsibility and making well-founded and evidence-based decisions. You also have the opportunity to teach or conduct research in the social and political sciences.
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To apply you will require the following documents:
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The admission procedure is a two-step process. In the first step, all the formal requirements are examined. In addition, the curriculum vitae and the letter of motivation are important elements that provide information about your previous performance. If the basic eligibility for acceptance is fulfilled, applicants will be invited to an admission interview. This interview is conducted on the basis of a structured guideline and (for applicants without a degree) also serves to review basic scientific knowledge through the completion of special tasks.
There are only a limited number of places available for students who have not completed a degree program. In order to ensure the inter-subjectivity of the results, the admission interview is conducted by at least two people from the core team of the academic course. The specializations are only offered if there are a minimum number of participants.
A commission decides on the suitability of applicants in individual cases.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility or if you have a specific need in the admission procedure due to an impairment, please contact Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann for organizational reasons as early as possible email@example.com.
Since we try to take into account individual needs due to disabilities when conducting the written admission test, we ask you to indicate in your online application to Mag.a Weilenmann in which form you require support.
Your contact person in the department Gender & Diversity ManagementMag.a Ursula Weilenmann, Mitarbeiterinbarrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.athttp://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/barrierefrei
Head of Master´s Course Leadership, Politics and Management, Digitization, Politics and Communication, International Relations and Urban Policy, Academic Staff
Hessam Habibi Doroh, MMA Course coordination Favoritenstraße 226, Raum A.3.22 1100 Vienna T: +43 1 firstname.lastname@example.org@fh-campuswien.ac.atMap Main Campus Favoriten (Google Maps)
Office hours by agreement
Personal consultation via Zoom
For a personal consultation via Zoom, please make an appointment with course coordinator Hessam Habibi Doroh.
The master's course is conducted in partnership with the City of Vienna.
We work closely with renowned companies in commerce and industry, with universities, institutions and schools. This guarantees you contacts for internships, employment or participation in research and development. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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