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Political Science

Course Description

Information on the Programme

The master programme Political Science consists of 120 ECTS- (European Credit Transfer System) Points and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree related to political science.
The Core and Advanced Section, which contains 36 credit points, will cover methodical as well as content-specific basics of the major Political Science.
The Specialisation Section deepens and enhances the already acquired knowledge within the field of political science. This section also consists of 36 ECTS-Points, of which 9 will be completed through a colloquium.
The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Further modules from social sciences as well as from business administration or economics are available to students. Altogether, a minimum of one and a maximum of two subareas have to be selected, in which at least 24 credit points will have to be obtained.

Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage in the area of “study”.

Only the best for your career

The M.A. Political Science at the WiSo-faculty of the University of Cologne widens the knowledge gained in your bachelor studies and makes you an expert in your respective area. This qualifies for national as well as international thematically wide spread occupations for political scientists in the areas of the economy, media and political institutions.
For many managing positions of different industries and for certain professions in research and teaching, a master is indispensable. Besides offering the opportunity to future PHD-studies, the master programme in political science opens the door to exercise functions in political consulting or political functions in general. Furthermore, possible areas of employment can be found in administration and state institutions, as well as in political parties, political foundations and associations. On the parliamentary stage, political sciences often act as office managers or assistants to members of national or local parliaments. Additionally, international and European employers (like the EU) emerge as attractive perspectives of employment. International IGOs and NGOs offer job opportunities in project management or public relations for applicants with the respective profile. Also, public law and private media enterprises offer job opportunities to political scientists.
Take your professional future into your own hands and benefit from the theoretical and methodical-oriented approach of the WiSo-Faculty, which combines research as well as teaching with practical experience.

Not international enough?

If this is the case, get information on our double master programme in Political Science in cooperation with the University of Maastricht.
Additionally, there is the possibility to apply for a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities. Further information can be found on the homepage of our International Relations Center.

Visit the Political Science page on the University of Cologne website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Overall grade of at least 2.7 (German grade) in the Bachelor’s degree, at least 30 ECTS credits in Political Science and at least 12 ECTS credits in Political Science or Methodology or Empirical Social Research, German and English language skills. Please visit our website for more information: View Website

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