Institute of Political Science

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Martin Große Hüttmann

 University of Tübingen
     Institute of Political Science
     Melanchthonstraße 36
     72074 Tübingen

 +49 70 71 - 29 - 72 91 9



New Documents

If you start the study programme in the winter term 2018/2019 or later, the new documents are relevant for you.

Modulhandbuch ab dem Wintersemester 2018/2019 (PDF in German only)

Studien- und Prüfungsordnung ab dem Wintersemester 2018/2019 (PDF in German only)

Old Documents

If you started the study programme in between the winter term 2012/2013 and 2017/2018, the old documents are relevant for you.

Modulhandbuch ab Wintersemester 2012/2013 (PDF in German only)

Prüfungsordnung ab Wintersemester 2012/2013 (PDF in German only)

Modulübersicht ab Wintersemester 2012/2013 (PDF in German only)

Study Programme

Objective of the Master's Programme

The programme is structured with a focus on skills. The goal is to provide you with subject-specific and vocational skills that will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Modules in the Master's programme

Schematic Y-structure of the Master's programme

The Master’s programme lasts for four semesters and is structured in modules. You will earn 120 ECTS credits (credit points, CP). The study programme is characterised by extensive fundamental courses and the subsequent opportunity to specialise your knowledge in the Y-structure according to your career aspirations, either in the field of "The Role of the EU in International and Global Policy" (Mandatory Elective Course Plan I) or in the field of "Public Policy" (Mandatory Elective Course Plan II).

The Supplementary Course Plan finally allows you to focus on your career start, related disciplines or expanding your language skills (Mandatory Elective Course Plan III).

Mandatory Course Plan "Fundamentals"

Of the 120 ECTS credits, 48 credits are attained in the extensive fundamentals module, in which you will acquire a working knowledge of theories, methods and core aspects of European governance.

Module 1
Power and authority in political systems – theoretical and methodological perspectives

Module 2
Theoretical foundations of legitimacy and integration in EU governance

Module 3
Political economy of the EU and national democracy

Module 4
Future development of European integration

Mandatory Elective Course Plan I "International and Global Policy" or Mandatory Elective Course Plan II "Public Policy"

You will gain another 24 ECTS credits in the mandatory elective modules. Here, you can specialise either in "The Role of the EU in International and Global Policy" or in "Public Policy" with a focus on European social politics.

Elective Course Plan I: "International and Global Policy" 

Module 5
The EU in the international political economy

Module 6
Europe’s role in International Relations

Module 7
Issues in international governance

Mandatory Elective Course Plan II: "Public Policy"

Module 8
European social policy in the 21st centrury

Module 9
Policy fields in the multi-level system

Module 10
Participation of public and private actors in European politics

Mandatory Elective Course Plan III: "Interdisciplinary and Vocational Supplementary Course Plan"

In addition, you can deepen your knowledge in the field of interdisciplinary European Studies (Sociology, History, Law and Economy), prepare your career start in the course of internships or expand your language skills in the supplementary course plan. This area covers 18 ECTS credits.

Module 11
Legal foundations of European integration

Module 12
Interdisciplinary contributions to European Studies

Module 13
Research methods in the social sciences

Module 14
Professional skills development

Module 15
Field trip

Module 16

Mandatory Course Plan "Master’s Thesis"

Finally, you will acquire 30 ECTS credits in the exam module by authoring your Master’s thesis. A colloquium will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your research in detail with other students and the lecturers. Thus, the colloquium will complement individual supervision by lecturers and enhance the feedback that you will receive early on in your planning and writing process. The final step will be to defend your written thesis in the course of an oral exam.

Overview of modules of the Master's programme

Overview of modules

ECTS Credits: The Credit Point System

Credit points (CP) are meant to quantify the average amount of work you must invest in a course and provide for international comparability. One credit point corresponds to a workload of about 30 hours. These credit points are measured according to the ECTS (European Credit Point Transfer System). The amount of credit points attributed to seminars and lectures depends on which proof of performance you are required to provide for a specific course.

Modules in the mandatory and mandatory elective course plan

A module in the mandatory and mandatory elective course plan generally covers 12 CP and can contain the following elements in varying combinations. Your final mark is calculated by weighting your individual marks according to the credit points awarded:

Course Format Requirement Credit Points
(2 lesson units)
Active participation and Presentation or
Exam or Term Paper
4 Credit Points
(2 lesson units)
Active participation 2 Credit Points
(2 lesson units)
Active participation and Exam 4 Credit Points
Modul Exam Exam or Module Assignment or Oral Exam 4 Credit Points

Exam Module

The exam module covers 30 CP and is composed as follows:

Course Format Credit Points
Master's Thesis 24 Credit Points
Oral Exam 4 Credit Points
Colloquium 2 Credit Points