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Master's Degree Program MAREPOL in English

New English Master's Degree Program 'Religion, Ethics and Politics'

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The Master's degree program MAREPOL will henceforth be offered in English.

The Master's degree program Religion, Ethics and Politics (MAREPOL) will be offered in English from the Winter semester 2022/23. Junior professor Matthias Kortmann, who is responsible for the program, explains the background and why the degree program is interesting for international students.

Why is MAREPOL going to be offered in English from the coming winter semester?

The tense relationship between religion and politics is one of the most important global social issues of our time. International research is also dealing intensively with this complex of topics. By offering MAREPOL in English in the future, we respond to this development in research.

At the same time, it is a further step in the internationalization strategy of the Department of Humanities and Theology. We already have numerous contacts with foreign universities on the level of research cooperation and faculty exchange. The English-language MAREPOL offers the opportunity to intensify our contacts in the area of student exchange as well.

What is the degree program about?

MAREPOL examines the relationship between religion, politics, and society from theological, philosophical, and political science perspectives. Students learn to address and understand the interaction between these spheres as well as the challenges that result from this complex field of tension and to develop interdisciplinary solutions. In doing so, they deal with the ethics and aesthetics of religions, analyze the relationship between religion and state in political systems, or discuss theological justifications for the political engagement of religious communities.

Portrait of Junior Professor Matthias Kortmann © Felix Schmale​/​ TU Dortmund
Junior professor Matthias Kortmann of the Department of Humanities and Theology conducts research on religion and politics, migration and integration policy, party competition, populism, and welfare policy.

What makes the degree program interesting for international students?

Since the relationship between religion and politics is highly relevant in all global regions, the knowledge and skills gained in the program can be applied in various international contexts. Therefore, MAREPOL prepares students excellently for national and international professional fields, for instance in research and teaching, political management, political or economic consulting, consulting, international cooperation and diplomacy, political education or in associations, publishing houses and foundations. In addition, we offer international students special intra-departmental support, which complements the services of the International Office.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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