Governance und Public Policy

Master of Arts; tuition language: German

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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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Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Course Catalogue

Institute for Political Science

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Semesters 4
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.
Start of studies Winter semester, summer semester
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
Admission requirements 1. A degree B.A. Politikwissenschaft oder J.B.A. Politikwissenschaft of TU Darmstadt (reference programme) or an equivalent degree.

2. additional requirements:
Study regulations
Competences description;.

3. Formal and language requirements for applicants with international qualifications.

See also: General information on applying to a master's degree programme .
Admission procedure Provided that the admission requirements (entrance examination) are met, there are no numerical admission restrictions.
Application Application deadlines and online application

Early application deadline for international applicants: The application portal TUCaN is already open for international applicants from 1st March 2024 to 31st August 2024 for an application for the winter semester 2024/25. This serves, for example, for the application for a visa or for submission to the Foreigners' Registration Office. More information can be found on our website.
Good to Know Costs and budget
einfachsTUdieren : Pre-Courses, getting started
Preparatory courses for international students
Study Abroad
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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