Governance und Public Policy

Master of Arts; tuition language: German


The focus of the Master of Arts degree in Governance und 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.

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Institute for Political Science

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Degree, length Master of Arts, 4 semesters
Language: German. Individual courses can be offered in English. Please be aware that scientific literature is be read and edited also in English or other foreign languages.
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission .
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme 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.
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
Special Features Costs and budget
Preparatory courses for international students
einfachsTUdieren : Pre-Courses, getting started
Part-time studies
Doctoral Studies

The career prospects for social scientists in general and for graduates of Political Science in particular, i.e. Master of Arts holders in Governance und 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.

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