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Master of Arts

Master in Political Science

If you’re already studying Political Science and would like to find out more about specific details of your master programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Master in Political Science Programme Structure pages.

Thank you for your interest in the master's programmes of the WiSo-Faculty.

On this webpages you will find all required information on the Master Political Science - you will get a sneak peak into the programme structure as well as all facts about the admission criteria and the selection procedure.

In a nutshell

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Start: Fall semester (early October)
  • Degree title: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Language: English
  • Fees: Only Social fee (approx. 280€ per Term, including public transport, for more information click here)
  • Application Deadline: June 15th 2019 (please note the differing deadlines for the Double Master's Programme)

Only the best for your career

The M.A. Political Science at the WiSo-faculty of the University of Cologne widens the knowledge gained in your bachelor studies and makes you an expert in your respective area. This qualifies for national as well as international thematically wide spread occupations for political scientists in the areas of the economy, media and political institutions.

For many managing positions of different industries and for certain professions in research and teaching, a master is indispensable. Besides offering the opportunity to future PHD-studies, the master's programme in political science opens the door to exercise functions in political consulting or political functions in general. Furthermore, possible areas of employment can be found in administration and state institutions, as well as in political parties, political foundations and associations. On the parliamentary stage, political sciences often act as office managers or assistants to members of national or local parliaments. Additionally, international and European employers (like the EU) emerge as attractive perspectives of employment. International IGOs and NGOs offer job opportunities in project management or public relations for applicants with the respective profile. Also, public law and private media enterprises offer job opportunities to political scientists.

Take your professional future into your own hands and benefit from the theoretical and methodical-oriented approach of the WiSo-Faculty, which combines research as well as teaching with practical experience.

Double degree option

In addition to our regular master’s programme, students have the option to study the Double Master’s Programme in European Studies in cooperation with Maastricht University. Students of the international study programme spend one year at the WiSo Faculty and one year at Maastricht University. After successful completion of the programme, they are awarded two degrees.


There is the possibility to apply for a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities. Further information can be found on the homepage of our International Relations Center (ZiB WiSo).

André Kaiser

The labour market for political scientists requires generalists rather than specialists. The wide range of content offered by the master programme reflects one of the strengths of political science at Cologne University – the fact that we have six departments with expertise in the subject.

André Kaiser, Professor and Chair of Comparative Politics

Some examples of the questions Politics students look at

  • What are principal-agent problems in parliamentary democracies?
  • What is the difference between structural and instrumental business power regarding the bailout programs for banks in the recent economic and financial turmoil?
  • Should the president of the European Commission be directly elected by European citizens?
  • What is the meaning of the dimensions of experience discussed in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave?
  • What are the differences between publicly communicated and actual ends in the process that became known as the Arab Spring? Use the example of the bilateral relations between the United States and a country of your choosing to illustrate them. What effective means exist?

Information on the application

From the middle of April onwards you can submit your application via WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal. All applicants for the M.A. Political Science have to write a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) and upload it during their online application.

Applicants with a (bachelor’s) degree acquired abroad must additionally apply via uni-assist online as well as postal until 15 June (date of receipt). If you apply for our Double Master’s Programme(s) the deadline is 30 April (date of receipt).

Detailed information about the admission procedure, admission deadlines and required documents are provided at the application website. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward receiving your application!

Programme structure

The master programme Political Science consists of 120 ECTS- (European Credit Transfer System) Points and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree related to political science.

The Core and Advanced Section, which contains 36 credit points, will cover methodical as well as content-specific basics of the major Political Science.

The Specialisation Section deepens and enhances the already acquired knowledge within the field of political science. This section also consists of 36 ECTS-Points, of which 9 will be completed through a colloquium.

The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Further modules from social sciences as well as from business administration or economics are available to students. Altogether, a minimum of one and a maximum of two subareas have to be selected, in which at least 24 credit points will have to be obtained.

Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage on the Programme Structure pages. Especially at the beginning of your studies, individual consultations will help to make the right choices over the course of the programme.