Social Studies (B.Ed.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung):
W-/WW- or W-Course. To find out if you are required to take the Assessment Test, check your Certificate of Recognition.

Admission restrictions:



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


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Social Studies (M.Ed.)


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

The qualification to teach social studies at secondary school level requires a sound knowledge of politics, i.e. key political players and institutions, political measures and fields of politics, formulation of political opinion, decision-making and implementation processes, as well as political ideologies and political philosophical ideals. The teacher training course in Social Studies at the Institute of Political Science includes the six core areas: Domestic politics and political sociology, analysis and comparison of political systems, international relations, political theory, the economy and society, and methodologies. Particular focus areas include election and party research, with a particular focus on the phenomenon of right-wing extremism, comparative research of the functionality and performance of democracies, the analysis of the European Union system, its "domestic life", the study of empirical and normative theories of democracy, as well as the mutual impact of politics and the economy.

Students are taught the skills required to build up this knowledge systematically, to analyze the information, and - above all - to teach it. This takes place in two phases, firstly in the Bachelor of Education Social Studies and then in the Master of Education Social Studies.


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).