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Political Science

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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Students of the degree programme in Political Science at Heidelberg University 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.


The Political Science programme at the Heidelberg University is intended for graduates of a Bachelor’s degree programme in Political Science who wish to pursue more advanced studies within a strongly research-oriented environment. 

The focus of the Master’s degree programme is on the theory-driven empirical analysis of democracies and governmental activity within a variety of political systems, as well as the comparative analysis of differing political systems, foreign policy, institutions, conflicts, and international regulatory policy.

Key Features

The Master’s degree programme reflects the research focus and core competencies of the Institute for Political Science, in particular, the comparative analysis of political systems in general, and, specifically, of democracy and research on governmental activity, as well as conflict research and analysis of institutes.

It provides students, through their choice of the modules offered, with the opportunity to establish specialisations, allowing them to develop their own individual academic profiles. Students will also actively participate in ongoing research activities, gaining insight into current political science research debates.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Government Activity Research/Policy Research
  • Comparative Analysis of Political Systems
  • Comparative Conflict Analysis and International Governance 
  • Modern Political Theory/Institutional Theory
  • Perspectives and Positions of Political Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Certificate of the undergraduate degree programme
  • Certificate of enrolment from the most-recently attended university
  • Students applying for a transfer or change of institution from a non-German university must also submit: a certificate of transferable grades from the relevant subject area
  • Proof of sufficient financing for completion of the course of study. This does not apply for applications from EU/EEA member states and applicants with a German university entrance qualification

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA- Fees and contributions: 171.80 € / Semester

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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