Governance and Public Policy (Master of Arts)
(Governance und Public Policy, M.A.)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Internship: An optional internship may be taken as part of the compulsory modules to be accredited as part of course requirements (Optional Area); further information|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. |
Please also note the general information on the Master degree programme, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the eligibility requirements (suitability test) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Special Features: none|
The focus of the Master of Arts degree in Governance and Public Policy is on “Governance”. In addition to providing a general, in-depth overview of various theoretical issues in political science, the degree programme is designed to provide comprehensive information on governance in multi-level governance systems. Additional important issues include the diversification of decision-making processes at both national and international levels, change in political institutions, new forms of political governance and new types of bargaining systems.
The degree programme is designed around research as its central aim. Students participate in a research colloquium which will serve as a basis for a later career in the field of social sciences.
The Master of Arts in Governance and Public Policy is divided into the following sections:
- A Introduction to Concepts of Governance and Public Policy: Governance, Overview of Concepts in Modern Governance; Methods and Theories of Science;
- B Research Principles: Research Design;
- C Governance in Europe: Governance in the E.U.; Public Policies in Multi-Level Systems; Public Policies in Comparison;
- D State and Government: Debates about State and Administration; Political Governance; Local Politics and Government;
- E Participation and Legitimacy: Law, Constitution, Citizenship and Democracy; Interest Mediation; Participation and Legitimacy;
- F Governing beyond the State: Governing beyond the State I; Governing beyond the State II; Private Government and Social Responsibility;
- G Optional Area (18 CP): The area serves to enhance the interdisciplinarity of the programme. Students may choose courses from disciplines closely related to political science. In addition, an optional internship in this area may be accredited; further information;
- H Final Module: MA Thesis (24 CP), Colloquium.
Further information may be found here.
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While the Bachelor of Arts degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Arts builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Arts enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Arts degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Political Theory (M.A.) (Politische Theorie, M.A.)|
|International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research (M.A.) (Internationale Studien/Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, M.A.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The career prospects for social scientists in general and for graduates of Political Science in particular, i.e. Master of Arts holders in Governance and Public Policy, are widely varied. An important feature of this broad spectrum includes practical experience, which students may obtain during their degree, depending on which specialisations they wish to focus on.
Political scientists also work with schoolbook and textbook editors, with publishing houses (e.g. as copy editors), with radio, television and newspaper editing desks, in PR and marketing agencies, in libraries and archives, with international organisations and in the cultural field. With additional business management qualification, political scientists may also find positions in business enterprises (e.g. in business and marketing or human resources). Other options include working in the public service or with press agencies, which are areas where social scientists often work in.
In general, political scientists often find themselves working in research and teaching at universities. In addition, they are also found in statistical, market and polling institutes for political parties, associations, international organizations or in public administration.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information on career opportunities may be found at the following websites:
De’ge’pol- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikberatung e.V. (German Association for Political Consulting)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft (German Association for Political Science)
Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) (German Society for Political Science)
Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research)