Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (= 3 years)
ECTS credits: at least 180
(125 in core subject, approx. 55 in supplementary modules)
Language of instruction: German, English
Language requirements: A good level of English proficiency is required.
You can prove your language proficiency if you have taken this subject in school or by taking a language test. For more details, please see the selection statutes.
If you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Social Sciences
Semester fee: € 204,30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Political Science involves analyzing the role of institutions including governments and courts, organizations such as political parties and interest groups, and voters within society in preparing, agreeing, and implementing political decisions within democratic and undemocratic regimes. Questions of power, information, and fairness are empirically addressed from both a general and a personal point of view, including:
The bachelor’s program in Political Science at the University of Mannheim consists of a core subject and the supplementary modules.
Political Science as a core subject gives students a solid foundation in the field. It is divided into introductory modules and advanced modules which focus on four areas: international relations, comparative politics, political sociology, and methods and statistics.
The program is research-oriented with an international focus and is respected worldwide. It has long held the top spot in international rankings as the QS Ranking, the Times Higher Education Ranking, the Shanghai Ranking oder the CHE University Ranking. The bachelor’s program in Political Science receives top grades in categories such as overall study situation, scholars’ reputation, international orientation, support for students who wish to study abroad, and career guidance services.
Graduates of the program are able to take up a master's program in Political Science or a related field. By completing a career development module and a social skills module, students are also prepared to begin their professional career right after completing their studies.
Our graduates work, for example, as members of the German parliament, at the European Commission in Brussels, or at non-governmental organizations such as Terre des Femmes. Other opportunities are available in public relations, at local and national media outlets as well as interest groups, and in business.
The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.
The University of Mannheim is well-connected internationally, and is partners with around 450 universities around the world. The International Office can help you to plan a semester of study abroad. The ideal time to study abroad is during the fourth or the fifth semester of the program. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the school. Credits that you obtain abroad are normally recognized by the University of Mannheim, which means that you do not have to extend the duration of your studies.
The career development module gives students an insight into the career options available to political scientists. They build on this module by doing a twelve-week internship during a semester break. Their experiences are then discussed during an exercise course in the following semester.
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Graduates of the program can take up a master's program in Political Science or a related field in Germany or abroad. Due to the thorough instruction in methods given during the program, graduates also have the opportunity to move directly onto a doctoral program and work towards a doctorate.
At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!
In our selection process for the Bachelor's Program in Political Science, we take the following criteria into account:
German language proficiency
If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.
Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.
The University of Mannheim is the most popular university in Germany
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