Political Economy and International Relations (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:

Restricted in semesters 1 and 2 (subject to the approval of all relevant committees)


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

In recent times, the scope in which democratic politics takes place and is shaped is becoming subject to increasing dispute:

What citizens expect of the state goes far beyond merely ensuring internal, external and social security; rather, the distribution of wealth, the regulation of markets and the production of a variety of other public benefits such as consumer protection, environmental protection and data protection are at the forefront. Therefore, political decisions are made under highly complex conditions and with a multitude of competing interests in mind.

In addition to this, due to globalization processes and increasing intergovernmental interdependence, nation states can in fact no longer be perceived as sovereign actors who are independent when it comes to regulating their internal affairs and their external relations. Rather, we must look at them as interlinked and dependent actors whose scope for decision-making is diminishing in a complex network of inter- and supranational relations.

These apparent limitations in terms of the scope of government leeway point to a central question: What possibilities do political players both within and beyond national borders have in terms of shaping and steering affairs in a politically and economically globalized and networked world?

Students in the Master's program "Political Economy and International Relations" deal with this question on the basis of the latest research results in a theory-based and well-founded methodical manner.

Master Entrance Requirements

  • Students must be able to provide proof that they have a Bachelor's degree with at least 60 credit points in political science or have obtained another similar degree from a university in Germany or abroad.
  • They must also provide proof that they have an understanding of statistics and methods of empirical social research/empirical policy research amounting to at least 6 credit points.
  • If students apply before completing their Bachelor’s degree, they must provide proof of having earned at least two thirds of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.
  • Language skills: Students are required to have a sufficient active and passive understanding of the English language that enables them to read specialist literature in English, participate in English-language courses and complete written tasks 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.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).