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

The Master of Global Politics: Structures and Frontiers is a two-year professional degree program. The curriculum enables students to analyze political issues comprehensively, systematically, and independently. Students will learn to develop their own research perspectives, and how to present and communicate these effectively. The master's program combines compact, research-oriented modules covering advanced topics in all branches of political science with attractive specializations in particular aspects of global politics.


Name of degree program: Global Politics: Structures and Frontiers (M.A.)
Degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: four terms (two years), part-time up to seven terms
Start: winter and summer term
Part-time study is possible
Language of the programm>: German

Admission requirements: Bachelor or comparable degree in political science or a closely related field
Application deadline: May 15th (starting winter term); November 15th (starting summer term)
Lottery procedure: October 1 - 5 (winter semester), April 1 - 5 (summer semester)
Application: Application for Master's degree programmes


The program:
The Master of Global Politics: Structures and Frontiers is a two-year professional degree programme. The curriculum enables students to analyze political issues comprehensively, systematically, and independently. Students will learn to develop their own research perspectives, and how to present and communicate these effectively. The master's programme combines compact, research-oriented modules covering advanced topics in all branches of political science with attractive specializations in particular aspects of global politics.

The programme's main goal is for students to acquire advanced scientific knowledge and the ability to independently design, conduct, and write subject-specific research. Students learn to develop their own perspectives on current political science research, generate original research questions, and appropriately communicate and discuss the results of their work. Throughout the programme, the focus lies on the interplay between structuring and globalizing factors affecting politics today. A compact foundation in the distinct political science disciplines of research logic and design, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and political system of Germany allows students to later specialize in one of the programme's four focus areas: »Perspectives on German Politics«, »Political Ethics in the Process of Globalization«, »Global and Regional Governance«, and »Democracy and Social Conflict«.



Structure of the master's program
Students have the choice between a degree program focusing exclusively on political science with one of the specializations outlined above, or a program combining political science with another appropriate discipline.

The program has a total of 120 credits, which are distributed as follows:

  1. political science studies 78 C:
    either 78 C (including 30 C in a focus area) oder 42 C when combined with an appropriate non-political science module package of 36 C

  2. key competencies 12 C

  3. master's thesis module 30 C

The master's program is available for part-time study. This is also valid for a combination of political science with another appropriate discipline.


Job perspectives
Students with a degree in Global Politics are qualified for a wide variety of jobs. The program aims to convey political science knowledge in a way that is relevant to its use on the job, and hones key methodical and analytical skills. The following fields of employment are of special interest for those graduating from the program:

  • National and international organizations
  • media, public relations, civic education, adult education
  • politics, public institutions, unions and associations
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and cultural exchange
  • consulting, market research, polling
  • science and science management

  • The master's program also prepares students substantively and methodically for entry into a doctoral study program (Ph.D.).

    Admission requirements
    Bachelor or comparable degree in political science or a closely related field. Should the previous degree not yet be completed, at least 150 credits are required at the time of application:

  • at least 50 C in political science
  • applicants whose native language is not German must show proficiency DSH 2