Political Science – Master of Education (Secondary education)
The Master of Education (MEd) in Political Science follows the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and complements your teacher education ("Lehramt Gymnasium"). After earning your MEd, you can be admitted to the teacher traineeship ("Referendariat").
When studying political science you will be mainly concerned with political perspectives on social needs, interests and objectives. You will acquire knowledge about political institutions and their inner structures. You will become acquainted with theories that explain how political power is legitimised. And you will attend classes on conflict resolution and consensus building. In so doing, you will learn how to analyse political decision-making processes and critically appraise mechanisms within our society.
|Degree||Master of Education (Secondary education)|
|Programme start||Winter semester & Summer semester|
|Period of study||4 semesters|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.7. | 29.11. - 15.1.|
|Number of places||16 (Studienjahr 2019/20) mittelfristig 27 Plätze|
Why study Political Science in the University of Konstanz?
You will be studying with internationally distinguished professors and lecturers at one of the most reputable departments of politics and public administration. A strong feature of the study programme is the creation of solid foundations in social scientific research methods. This enables you to critically assess current research and also provides you with the foundations for independent scientific work. The department’s strong research profile provides numerous opportunities to work together on research projects. In addition to this, the department cultivates outstanding contacts with universities within and outside Europe, so that you have a wide choice of partner universities for a semester abroad.
Prospects and opportunities
Once you have earned the degree Master of Education you can apply for the Referendariat (18 months of teacher traineeship) in Baden-Württemberg (and under certain conditions in other federal states, too). At the end of the Referendariat you will take the 'Staatsexamen' (state examination). Having passed this state examination, you may apply to work at a public school in Baden-Württemberg (and, in certain circumstances, in other federal states).
You will find further career perspectives in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Here, alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their personal career entry.
Winter semester & Summer semester
The master’s programme usually takes four semesters to complete. Graduates are awarded the academic degree of “Master of Education”. You will be taking two major subjects as well as classes in educational science including a practical teaching semester. A total of 120 ECTS credits (cr) is required.
You can find an overview of teacher education here.
Erweiterungsfach (additional subject)
If you are enrolled in a Master of Education programme, you may opt to study an Erweiterungsfach (additional subject) as a separate master's programme. You can start taking courses in your additional subject during your Bachelor of Education programme and even complete the relevant coursework and performance assessments. These may be recognised once you start your Master of Education programme. Please consult the director of the departmental administration first.
You can study one of these as an additional subject:
- Chemistry (90 ECTS-Credits)
- Computer Science (120 ECTS-Credits)
- German (120 ECTS-Credits)
- English (120 ECTS-Credits)
- French (120 ECTS-Credits)
- History (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Italian (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Latin (90 or 120 ECTS-Credits)
- Mathematics (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Philosophy/ Ethics (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Physics (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Russian (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Spanish (120 ECTS-Credits)
The following subjects are not available for study as additional subjects: biology, political science, sport, economics.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Internship and study abroad
You will complete a practical teaching semester (12 weeks) during the master's programme.
We recommend that you spend at least a few months abroad to acquire language skills and intercultural competencies that supplement your study programme. Your departmental student advisory service and the International Office will be happy to support you in this.
Impressions from students and lecturers
Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.
- Three Questions to Tifenn, M.A. Politics and Public Administration
- Three Questions to Matthew, M.A. Politics and Public Administration
- Three Questions to Dimitria, M.A. Politics and Public Administration
Get an impression
Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.
What interests and skills should I have?
As a teacher you need a variety of skills and competences. You should of course be fascinated by the contents of your subject, and at the same time enjoy sharing your knowledge with your young students. You will need to be able to develop teaching concepts, sometimes with your teacher colleagues, and you will need to demonstrate a high level of educational skills in your daily work with children and adolescents. In addition to this, you will need a variety of social competencies. These include communication skills, the ability to deal with conflict, resilience and the ability to inspire and motivate. These skills will also help you when interacting with parents. You need to have a personal interest in current political issues and the desire to address them.
Required Foreign Language Skills
You do not have to provide proof of any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.
Required German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.
Language(s) of instruction
The languages of instruction are German and English, with numerous courses being taught in English.
We will publish the admission requirements soon.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.
Application and application documents
The Master of Education (Political Science) has admission restrictions.
An application is possible during the following period: 9.5. - 15.7. (winter semester) and 29.11. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.