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 semester

If not all available places can be assigned in the winter semester, free places will be assigned in the summer semester.

Admission restrictions:



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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

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 you believe certain sources in the media and in power, all countries in the world are either democracies or are headed that way. It is true that there are very few countries that fail to have elections at least now and then. But is voting sufficient evidence that a country is democratic? What do we mean when we speak of “democracy”? And is democracy per se something desirable? If yes, then how do democracies arise? What is required to make them functional and stable? What role do the citizens of a democracy play? There are very different types of democracy—how do these differences affect their ability to function? And is it true that democracies in general are peaceable? If so, can democratic institutions and democratic political cultures be simply exported to the entire world?

Using empirical methods and frameworks, students of Empirical Research in Democracy will be attempting to answer these kinds of questions based on the latest research in the field.

Master Entrance Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 60 credits in political science, or a similar degree from a university either in Germany or abroad.
  • Proof of at least 6 credits of experience in statistics and methods of either empirical social research or empirical political research. If you have less than 14 credits of statistics and methods of empirical social/political research, you may be admitted to the program on the condition that you pass the Statistics II exam within the first two semesters. This exam is offered at the end of every semester. If you fail to pass it, your admission will be rescinded. Sections 17 and 19 of the Examination Regulations for master’s programs in Faculties 02, 05, and 07 apply.
  • If you are applying before having completed the bachelor’s degree, you must demonstrate that you have completed at least two-thirds of the subject-specific requirements for the degree before the application deadline.

Language requirements: Students must have an active and passive proficiency in English that allows them to read subject literature in English, participate in classes taught in English, and write papers in English.

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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