Social Studies (M.Ed.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Social Studies (B.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.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a B.Ed. degree for college preparatory secondary school teaching in the same subjects from a university in Rhineland-Palatinate or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.

Applicants having a final degree that is not equivalent to but corresponds to at least 140 credit points to the required Bachelor's examination, may be admitted to the Master's degree program on the condition that the missing study and examination qualifications are obtained at the latest by the end of the first academic year. If the student does not provide proof within the period specified, they will no longer be allowed to continue studying; their enrollment will be canceled without further notice.

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; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. 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.


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).