Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesPolitical Science – Degree Programme Component in the Master of Education

Students of the degree programme in Political Science primarily study the organisation and functioning of political institutions, the agencies and processes operating between state and society, the complexion of governance as a function of state policy, and international relations.

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Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Education
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureApplication for Master of Education
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The degree programme component for Political Science in the consecutive Master of Education for teaching in German secondary schools (Gymnasium) is designed to build upon a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree programme of at least three years with relevance to two subjects, and to teaching. The Master of Education prepares students to complete state-recognised training to become a teacher in a German secondary school (Gymnasium). The degree programme combines specialist subject knowledge with specialised didactics, and is characterised by a focus on practical skills required in the classroom.

Students become familiar with political theories, concepts and methods. Having completed a relevant Bachelor’s degree programme and the Master of Education, graduates will have the specialist subject knowledge required to teach the entirety of the political science curriculum taught in German secondary schools. Students also learn to reflect critically on the didactic concepts which are central to the teaching of political science; and gain practical experience of implementing such approaches; planning, developing and delivering lessons based on the specialist topics addressed in the programme.

Course Structure

In order to successfully complete the degree programme component in Political Science in the Master of Education for teaching in German secondary schools (Lehramt Gymnasium) students must gain 18 credits in specialist subject modules, and 13 in course elements focussing on specialised didactics. In addition to this, students gain 15 credits for the completion of a Master’s thesis in Political Science. The Master’s thesis is seen as a separate module. The Master of Education may be begun in the Summer or Winter semester. Students are advised to follow different recommended courses depending on when they begin the programme.