Empirical Research in Democracy (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Political Science (B.A.)


Department of Political Science


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

If one believes some media and those in power, then all countries in the world are democracies or at least on their way there. Indeed, there is hardly a country that does not have elections now and then.

But are elections a sufficient indication that a country is a democracy? What is even meant by "democracy"? And is democracy desirable per se? If so, under what conditions do democracies exist? What are the conditions for its functionality and stability? What is the citizens' role in this? There are many different types of democracy: How do these differences affect their performance? And is it true that democracies are peaceful in general? If so, can democratic institutions and political cultures be readily exported to all countries?

Questions like these confront us every day. Participants in the Master's program in Empirical Research in Democracy will develop solid answers based on the latest research results.

Master entrance requirements

  • Proof of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad. Here, a minimum of 60 credit points must be completed in Political Science.
  • Proof of the required knowledge of statistics and methods of empirical social research/empirical political research of a minimum of 6 credit points. Admission is granted to the M.A. program in Empirical Research in Democracy with less than 14 credit points on the following conditions: The applicant must pass the written examination for the lecture "Statistics II," which is offered as part of Advanced Module I in the B.A. degree program in Political Science. Three attempts are given to pass this examination within the first two semesters. If the applicant does not conclusively pass the examination, their admission is rescinded.
  • It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English. Proof is not required.
  • Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


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