Institute of Political Science

The Masters Programme "Democracy and Governance in Europe" (MADRE) - Your Door to Europe

Would you like to get to know the European Union in depth while keeping up with current developments in the member states? Then Tübingen is right for you! The Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen (IfP) has been offering a two-year Master's programme "Democracy and Governance in Europe" (MADRE) since the winter semester of 2012/2013.

Please note concerning applications for the winter term 2021

The application process for the winter term 2021 will open in early April 2021. Please visit the university's application portal. We strongly recommend to apply by 15 June 2021. Here you find detailed information on the application process and the deadlines.

Quicklinks to Important Study Ressources

Advisor for MADRE programme

Dr. Martin Große Hüttmann

 University of Tübingen
     Institute of Political Science
     Room 006
     Melanchthonstraße 36
     72074 Tübingen

 +49 70 71 - 29 - 72 91 9


Consultations hours: see notice on the office door. Curretnly, consultations via phone or Zoom are arranged by e-mail!


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)

Celebration "under the lime" - the institute's landmark

"The unusual title and the very focussed programme sparked my interest right away. My expectations are fully satisfied. The atmosphere at the institute is very familiar and casual. The professors and lecturers are very committed to sharing their knowledge, and they ask questions that raise my interest for the various topics. One can be assured to get an equally broad and deep understanding of the complex system of the European Union and its role in international relations."

Elsa Steinwand
B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Oldenburg

The Masters Programme "Democracy and Governance in Europe" at a glance

Topics of the Programme

The programme examines both the organisation and development of the institutions of the European Union and compares the political systems and cultures of the EU member states (Comparative Political Science). The programme further focuses on the interrelations of the European national states in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg (European Integration Research).

Practical Insights

The practical connection to current developments in European Politics is not neglected in the face of these topics. In previous semesters, seminars on the topic of Brexit, security policy in the EU, right-wing populism or current Bundestag and European elections have been given. Additionally, professionals from the field of European politics are integrated into class instruction.

Career Perspectives

The focus on current developments in the member states and the EU itself provides numerous career opportunities

• in European institutions,
• in national ministries,
• in political consultation and communication as well as
• in the economy.

Gaining a foothold in these fields is facilitated by the frequent encounters with professionals in the context of excursions to Brussels and the many talks given at the institute. Job specific specialisations and the opportunities to study abroad or do an internship enable you to become oriented and focussed early on.

The focus on established as well as innovative theories of political science offers you the opportunity to pursue an academic career by means of a doctorate at a university or European research institute. You will find the institute's excellent reputation and the scholars working here very helpful in this endeavour.

In 2019/20 we conducted a survey among the graduates of the first five academic years. The objective was to find out how they assess the MADRE programme in relation to their professional life and how well the programme has prepared them for a transition into the labour market. You find a synopsis of the survey results here. The full version of the survey is available in German only.


You can start your studies every winter semester. The application deadline is 30 September (15 July for non-EU citizens) every year. You can find detailed information for admissions requirements here.

The university town of Tübingen

Tübingen doesn't have a university, but instead Tübingen is a university. This motto and the fact that 30,000 out of 90,000 inhabitants are students emphasise the importance of the university for life in our city.

"'Democracy and Governance in Europe' sounded exactly like the specialisation I needed for my Master's. My impression after the first semester: exciting seminars, dedicated teachers, great fellow students and reliable guidance and counselling. Additionally, I think Tübingen is a great place to study. The city is just the right size and beautiful and also offers plenty of possibilities: there are lots of interesting evening lectures, language courses, student clubs and breathing space to study and relax."

Anna Leßmann
B.A. Politics and Society, University of Bonn

Tübingen has a rich cultural life, a large variety of pubs and many city fairs. There are also many film festivals spread out over the year. Numerous citizen initiatives are active in many fields and look forward to your participation.

The surrounding region is also great for your free time: be it hiking in the Alps or in the Black Forest, a visit to the zoo in Stuttgart, sailing on Lake Constance or a trip to Alsace - these destinations are all close by.

Tübingen's citizens singing Bach's chorals in the market place during the "Kulturnacht"