The Master’s study program Empirical Political and Social Research offers graduates from socio-scientific, political and sociological study programs the opportunity to enrich and extend their knowledge acquired in their undergraduate degrees, as well as to specialize in selected areas of social sciences. Thus the focus of the degree program lies in problem-oriented empirical research which is guided by theory, and deals with political and sociological questions.
In the in-depth modules of the study program, students can place an emphasis on either sociological or political studies or they can focus on both areas equally. They can also choose to participate in a political or sociological project seminar that helps them develop and realize their own empirical research design. The specialization modules support the realization of an individual profile, here the students can also place an emphasis on either sociological or political studies or they can focus on both areas equally. Additionally, the study program offers a module related to practice which can be completed as an internship or as a practical seminar.
The range of courses includes the following fields:
- Political Systems and Political Sociology
- Political Theory and Empirical Democracy Research
- International Relations and European Integration
- Empirical Social Research and Statistics
- Technological and Environmental Sociology
- Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies
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.