Political Science (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Political Science focuses on the analysis of politics in its various forms. We encounter politics as an institution (e.g. states and their institutions), as content (i.e. as results of political decisions in areas such as migration and environmental policy, etc.) and as a process (e.g. such as elections or legislative processes). The degree programme aims at giving students a basic understanding of the principles of politics from the local to the global level and of the different theoretical and methodological analysis tools. They are qualified to critically and systematically analyse problems in the area of political science. Moreover, they learn how to present and communicate political phenomena and their social and economic context.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 624

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

Entrance exam procedure


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and two modules on the basics of social sciences and interdisciplinarity as well as an introduction to academic research and writing introduce students to the fundamental principles of political science as a subdiscipline of social sciences. The primary objective of the programme is that students acquire knowledge of political ideas, theories of political science, the political system in Austria and the EU, comparative analyses of politics, international politics as well as methods of political science. Alternative compulsory modules and elective modules provide the opportunity for students to specialise in specific subject areas and acquire qualifications preparing them for their future profession. Students can choose from modules on the following subject areas: political concepts and research on theories; international politics and development; European Union and Europeanisation; Austrian politics; state activity, policy and governance analyses; gender and politics; Eastern European studies; as well as culture and politics. In a bachelor’s thesis, they have to demonstrate the theoretical and methodological competences acquired.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Power
  • Political system
  • Democracy
  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Globalisation

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates are qualified to pursue a career in:

  • civic and public institutions
  • international organisations
  • consulting institutions and continuing education institutions
  • media as well as
  • academia.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.3 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.0 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 342 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Political Science graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 63% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,677 gross/month.
  • 18% of graduates work in the public administration sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "BA Political Science".