Empirical Political and Social Research

Master of Arts 

Start of studies: winter semester
Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: German

This study program is not offered in English. For further information please visit the German version of the study program.

The Master's program Empirical Political and Social Research offers graduates of Bachelor's programs in the social sciences, political science, and sociology the opportunity to deepen and broaden the knowledge they acquired in their first degree program, and to specialize in selected areas of the social sciences. The focus of the program is on theory-driven and problem-oriented empirical research on relevant political science and sociological issues.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in their chosen field, by completing a variety of modules in the areas of 

  1. Political systems and political sociology
  2. Political theory and empirical research on democracy
  3. International relations and European integration
  4. Sociology, focusing on social science research methods.
  5. Sociology of technology and the environment
  6. Sociology of organization and innovation
  7. Computational Social Science

This enables course participants to develop an individual social science profile. Two modules from the areas 4 and / or 7 are compulsory, in accordance with the 2023 examination regulations. This reflects the underlying principles of the degree program. 

In addition, the course also offers a practical module, which takes the form of an internship and connects professional practice, content-related and methodological knowledge, as well as the ability to combine both fields in a meaningful way.

The methods of empirical social research and statistics play a central role in the Master’s study program, which is why relevant and corresponding knowledge from the Bachelor’s study program is expected. Next to an interest in socio-scientific questions there should be a special interest in empirical research.

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