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Political Science (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

The degree programme consists of elective modules in political science, some of which are taught in English, depending on the topic. These modules, which vary from year to year, are divided into the traditional disciplines of political science: 'Analysis and comparison of political systems, international affairs' (module Pol IB) and 'Political philosophy, theory and history of ideas' (module Pol PPT).

Furthermore, they cover the following specialist areas only offered at FAU: 'Human rights/human rights policy' (module Pol MR), 'Politics in extra-European regions' (module Pol AER) and 'International political economy'(module Pol OEK).

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

This degree programme builds on a Bachelor's degree programme with political science as the first or second subject.

Modules and degree programme structure
  • In the 1st and 3rd semesters one module in each of the five areas is offered. Students have to choose three of these modules (a total of six compulsory elective modules). They can choose to cover the whole range of topics on offer. In this case, their specialisation subject will be in the area in which two modules (with different topics) are chosen. They can also choose their specialisation subject by attending two modules in two or three of the political science areas.
  • In the first summer semester (2nd semester) students cover the compulsory modules 'Empirical social research', 'International political economy' and 'Elective complementary studies' or the compulsory elective module 'Philosophy of science'.
  • In the second summer semester (4th semester) students write their Master's thesis.

Winter semester

  • Module Pol SYS
  • Module Pol I B
  • Module Pol PPT
  • Module Pol AER
  • Module Pol MR

Summer semester

  • Methodology module
  • Module Pol OEK
  • Complementary studies

Winter semester

  • Module Pol SYS
  • Module Pol I B
  • Module Pol PPT
  • Module Pol AER
  • Module Pol MR

In the winter semester, you have to choose three of the modules listed above.

Potential challenges
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of English language proficiency of at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (usually UNICERT II or TOEFL iBT). If you cannot submit such proof at the start of the degree programme, you have to submit it within one year (by the start of the third semester). Please note that this period cannot be extended.
  • Modules and examinations may be in English.
Programme features

1. Master's degree programme in Political Science, specialisation 'public law'

Admission requirements:

All graduates from FAU and other universities with a Bachelor's degree in political science (first subject) and public law (second subject) can continue studying these subjects in the Master's degree programme. To be admitted, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in political science and public law and must have earned at least 70 ECTS credits in each subject.

Content of the degree programme:

The specialisation consists of two modules. In the second semester (of a total of four semesters) students can choose the module 'Public law I: administrative law' instead of the module 'Elective complementary studies'; in the third semester they can choose the module 'Public law: constitutional and international law' instead of a political science module. These modules expand on the knowledge gained in the Bachelor's degree programme. Both modules consist of compulsory elective courses. This means that students can specialise in certain areas such as administrative procedural law, administrative management, international law or environmental law or gain in-depth knowledge in constitutional history, law philosophy or general theory of the state.


Module coordinator
Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski
Juridicum, room 0.127
Schillerstrasse 1
91054 Erlangen
Phone: +49 9131 8522259


Study plan:

2. Modules offered by the Chair of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy

This Chair was established in 2009/2010 and is the only one of its kind in Germany. It focuses on freedom of religion and belief, social human rights, feminist critical theory and the analysis of processes for the implementation of human rights.

3. Master's programme in Political Science with a focus on digitalisation and social change

From the winter semester 2021/22, it will be possible to study the subjects Political Science and the focus Digitalisation and Social Change at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Admission requirements are 30 ECTS points in the field of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences or Digital Transformation.

Contact: Dr. Thorsten Winkelmann (Student Advisor)

Admission requirements
  • Applicants with a good Bachelor's degree in political science (first or second subject) with the minimum grade 'gut' (good – 2.5 or better) are admitted to the Master's degree programme.
  • This also applies to applicants from other universities who have a Bachelor's degree in political science or in a degree programme involving political science. As a rule, they must have earned at least 70 ECTS credits in political science.
  • Applicants are also required to submit proof of English language proficiency of at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (usually UNICERT II or TOEFL iBT). In justified exceptional cases proof of English language proficiency can be replaced by proof of equivalent skills in another relevant language. Students who cannot submit such proof prior to the start of the degree programme may be admitted under the condition that proof of language proficiency is submitted by the start of the third semester at the latest.
  • Graduates from other degree programmes (Bachelor's degree or State Examination) may be admitted if they have at least achieved the grade 'gut' (good) and a considerable part of their degree programme was devoted to aspects of political science. The admissions committee will decide whether to grant admission on the basis of an interview.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology