Master of Arts in Political Science

Model and structure of the M.A. program in Political Science

The MA programme's curriculum combines far-reaching opportunities of specialization with an emphasis on Political Science modules located at the forefront of the discipline. Most of the programme's overall 120 ECTS credits have to be accumulated within the sub-fields of Political Science.

The modern social science profile and strong research orientation of the programme is reflected in a number of distinct aspects:

  • Apart from a general Master in Political Science, you can choose between seven specialized foci.
  • Applicants should have a solid knowledge of social science methods that is required in all sub-disciplines.
  • The Master's thesis is highly important and compensates for 30 ECTS credits due to the programme's intensive research orientation.
  • In addition, we offer a range of electives, such as classes in Business Administration, Economics, Sociology, Law, History or Communication Studies.

The regular duration is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters of studying.

You can spend one or two semesters abroad at one of the various partner universities or apply for one of our double degree programmes.

Goal of the M.A. program in Political Science

The Master programme in Political Science has a strong research orientation in order to prepare you for further academic employment or Ph.D. programmes. At the University of Bamberg, Political Science is taught as a social science with a strong empirical focus. Our teaching staff has a reputation for international excellence, therefore providing you exclusive insights into ongoing research. The extraordinary support from our professors enables you to conduct your own research with the right focus and approach, putting you in a position to know which methodological tools are appropriate to find answers to your specific research interests.

With this programme you will be provided with the unique opportunity to build up notable knowledge and expertise of political institutions and processes in a comparative and international perspective. Theoretical knowledge is complemented with skills to apply modern ICT facilities, statistical methodsand software, placing the right strategies for the analysis of political phenomena to your disposal. This combination of theoretical and methodological skills facilitates you an easy transfer to Ph.D. programmes and provides a broad spectrum of job opportunities and advantages on the labour market after graduation. As a graduate, you receive a widely acknowledged university certificate that will be useful for your future career.

As a Master student you can voluntarily engage in finding internship opportunities, which enables you to liaise with potential future employers. The university keeps a network of national and international partners, providing you with the necessary contacts and job opportunity for your future career.

Practical diplomatic training is provided by giving you the opportunity to take part in the annualNational Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York/USA

Application and Enrolment

The Double Masters programme begins each year in October. Applications must be submitted by June 30th.

To apply for the Master in Political Science at Bamberg candidates will be expected to satisfy the following general admissions criteria in Political Science

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or another congenial programme in the Social Sciences with a minimum of 70 ECTS credits accumulated in classes with a Political Science background or empirical methods (methods component maximal 20 of the 70 ECTS) and at least an average mark of 2.5 for their degree classification, or
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or another congenial programme in the Social Sciences with a minimum of 90 ECTS credits in classes with a Political Science background or empirical methods (methods component maximal 20 of the 90 ECTS) and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for their overall degree classification (according to the regulations of Bamberg’s MA in Political Science)

If you are unsure, whether your ECTS credits can be counted as being acquired in classes with a Political Science background, you should nevertheless apply. Courses in Sociology, Philosophy, Economics or similar disciplines may also be included, if relevant to Political Science.


Knowledge of the German language

All international applicants are required to demonstrate a good knowledge of the German language. At the time of application, students must provide proof of language ability equivalent to intermediate level II (Mittelstufe II)/level C1 of the European Reference Frame or above. Those who meet these requirements will be permitted to take the DSH language examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) which is necessary for admission to the university. This examination is offered twice a year in Bamberg before the beginning of each semester. The fee for the DSH examination in Bamberg is currently 50 €.

Entry dates

Enrolment takes place every winter and summer term. The winter term starts in October and the summer term in April.

Fees at Bamberg

The University of Bamberg does not charge tuition fees since the winter term 2013/2014. However, students are obliged to pay administrative fees to the amount of 74 Euro per semester (so-called "Semesterbeitrag"). These administrative fees include contributions to the students union and free public transport in Bamberg and surroundings.

How to apply?

International applicants should consult the University's Studierendenkanzlei. You can also find information in the university's information brochure " Information for Prospective International Students".

Specific questions can be posed to the study counsel for the MA in Political Science:

Dr. Frank Bandau
Office: Room F21/03.24a, phone 00 49 951 863-2624

Fast Track

Herausragende Studierende können sich bereits während ihres Masterstudiums intensiv auf die Promotion im Rahmen der Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) vorbereiten. Ein promotionsberechtigtes Mitglied der BAGSS aus dem Bereich der Politikwissenschaft übernimmt die Betreuung und steht auch für die Promotion als Erstbetreuer/in zur Verfügung. Studierende des Fast Track sind der BAGSS assoziiert und nehmen an ausgewählten Veranstaltungen teil. Sie legen die Masterarbeit als Vorstudie für die anschließende Promotion an und können dadurch die oft langwierige Startphase der Promotion deutlich verkürzen. Die Promotion setzt den Erwerb eines qualifizierten Masterabschlusses voraus.