Double Masters Degree in Political Science


The Double Masters Degree in Political Science offers the opportunity to achieve both an MA from the University of Bamberg (Germany) and an MSc from the University of Essex (UK) within the standard period of study (24 months).

The University of Essex is a highly acclaimed university that is well known for its outstanding research and teaching expertise. It is consistently ranked as one of UK's best universities. Located in the east of England, university life predominantly takes place on the main campus called Wivenhoe Park, comprising 17 different schools and departments from Humanities to Science and Health. Its Social Science Department is considered to be one of the best in Europe and therefore attracts a high number of international students each year, with a current student body of 130 different nationalities. Students profit from excellent scholars, all kinds of university facilities that assist students in any way possible, and a closely-knit community that empowers a welcoming and very friendly atmosphere.

At the University of Bamberg, Political Science is taught as a social science with a strong empirical focus. Students will be taught by a number of scholars with a reputation for international excellence, who are committed to offering and developing an outstanding learning experience for students from all backgrounds. The university is in a position to offer courses in all major subfields of Political Science, including a range of modules in English. Both our teaching and research are strongly driven by theory, and cutting-edge research methods are also a central focus. Moreover, the university provides students with an excellent library and ICT facilities.

The dual framework offers the combination of two Master's programmes of two prestigious universities. At the University of Essex, students have the opportunity to choose from six Master's programmes within the Department of Government, providing freedom for individual focus and specialization. The University of Bamberg complements these programs with subjects in the general field of Political Science as well as profound knowledge in methodology of social sciences. Apart from earning Master's degrees from two European universities, foreign language skills and improving transnational competences, students will enhance their job opportunities in a globalized world.

The dual programme is structured such that students spend their first year at Essex University and their second year at the University of Bamberg.

To obtain both Master's awards students must

  • successfully complete one of the Master's programmes of the Department of Government at the University of Essex (12 months full time, 60 Essex credits) and
  • successfully complete the MA in Political Science at the University of Bamberg
  • The Master's thesis will be developed over the whole period of two years. Students start by drafting a paper (“dissertation”) at Essex University and will complete the paper as a Master's thesis on the same topic in Bamberg. Consequently students will benefit from two supervisors with different backgrounds (one from Essex, one from Bamberg), a collaborative research environment and close cooperation between the supervisors.

After successful completion of their studies, graduates are awarded a Master of Science from the University of Essex and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Bamberg.

Possible Essex Degree Programmes are:

  • MSc Political Science
  • MSc Multilevel Governance in Europe
  • MSc International Relations
  • MSc Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
  • MSc Political Economy
  • MSc Global and Comparative Politics
  • MSc Conflict Resolution

At Bamberg, elective Modules can be chosen from a wide range of subjects, for example

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Socioloy
  • Governance of Complex Systems
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods

Career Prospects

This Double Masters Degree equips students with knowledge as well as the analytical and transferable skills needed to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful internationally career in the public or private sector. Typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
  • careers in government administration
  • further postgraduate research at the PhD level
  • journalism
  • international marketing or business

Fees at Bamberg

The University of Bamberg does not charge tuition fees with the beginning of the winter term 2017/2018. However, students are obliged to pay administrative fees to the amount of about 100 Euro per semester (so-called "Semesterbeitrag"). These administrative fees include contributions to the students union and free public transport in Bamberg and surroundings.

Fees at Essex

For further information on tuition fees at Essex please click on the following link: Fees at Essex.

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.

Candidates wishing to enter the Double Masters programme will be expected to submit specific documents, among others these include:

  • a letter of motivation written in English
  • a CV written in English
  • for candidates whose first language is not English, evidence of their English speaking and writing abilities (e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Academic or evidence that the Bachelor’s degree they hold was taught mainly or entirely in English)
  • Two references, typically from professors with personal knowledge of the applicant.


German applicants have to prepare their application by following our online application tutorial and finally submit this application by post to the Studierendenkanzlei in Bamberg:
Please apply here.


Applicants who do not hold German citizenship should apply to this programme via the University of Essex: Please apply here.

University of Bamberg
Institute for Political Science
Feldkirchenstr. 21
96052 Bamberg

Subject Advisor
Dr. Simon Scheller
E-Mail: simon.scheller(at) 
+ 49 951 863 2619