What is global politics

Global Politics: Structures and Boundaries (M.A.)




Name of the course offer: Global Politics: Structures and Boundaries (M.A.)
Graduation: Master of Arts
Normal period: four semesters, part-time up to seven semesters
Start of studies: Winter and summer semester
Part-time study possible
Classroom language: German

Admission requirements: Bachelor or equivalent degree in political science or a closely related subject, see below
Application time: May 15 (winter semester); November 15 (summer semester)
Lottery procedure: October 1st - October 5th (winter semester), April 1st - April 5th (summer semester)
Canditature: Master's application at the Faculty of Social Sciences


The degree course
The master’s degree in Global Politics: Structures and Boundaries enables students to analyze political action and its results in a comprehensive sense, systematically and independently. You learn to develop your own research perspectives and to present them effectively. The master’s course combines a compact and research-oriented specialization in all political science sub-disciplines with attractive opportunities for specialization.

The aim of the course is to acquire in-depth scientific knowledge and the ability to do independent, subject-specific scientific work. The students learn to develop research perspectives independently, to formulate research-leading questions and to present and discuss the results of their work in an appropriate manner. The focus is always on the interplay of delimitation and structuring of politics. A compact specialization in the areas of research logic and design, political theories and international relations as well as comparative political science and the political system of the FRG lays the foundation for the problem-oriented specialization in one of the three majors "Perspectives of German Politics", "Political Ethics in the Globalization Process" , "Global and Regional Governance" or "Democracy and Social Conflicts".

Structure of the master’s course
The master’s degree offers the choice between a purely political science course with specialization options or a combination of political science with another subject. Please note the admission requirements for module packages in the examination regulations for the respective subject.

The course comprises 120 credits, which are spread over 4 semesters as follows:
a) on the specialty course 78 C:
in the amount of 78 C (including 30 C major) or in the amount of 42 C in combination with a permissible module package from outside the subject amounting to 36 C,
b) on the key competencies 12 C,
c) on the master's thesis module 30 C.

The master’s course is suitable for part-time. This applies in the case of a specialist degree in combination with a permissible module package from outside the subject.


Career prospects
The degree program qualifies students to work as a political scientist in many fields of activity in public and private institutions through the imparting of subject-specific knowledge and methodological-analytical skills relevant to the profession:

  • Media, public relations, political education and adult education;
  • Politics, administration and associations;
  • NGOs and intercultural transfer;
  • Consulting agencies as well as market and opinion research;
  • Science and science management.


In addition, the master’s program provides skills for starting a doctoral program in addition to technical knowledge

Conditions of admission
Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in political science or a closely related subject, if the degree has not yet been completed, at least 150 C at the time of application

  • at least 50 C in the political program
  • for applicants whose mother tongue is not German DSH 2