Political Science (Master)

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The discipline of political science considers political processes, crises and changes as a continuous challenge for academic discourse and the development of solutions to political issues. Therefore, this master’s programme aims at equipping students with competences in analysing and shaping the discipline of political science. Students of the master’ programme in Political Science acquire competences in analytical thinking and develop the ability to present academic findings in oral or written form, organise collaboration in political as well as administrative and organisational fields of activity, and develop solutions to problems.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 824

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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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

Basic knowledge of social science and methodological competences are a prerequisite for the master’s programme in Political Science. Based on this foundation, students acquire and deepen analytical skills and research methods in the area of political science. The master’s programme enables students to focus on selected subject areas and specialise in a wide range of fields, including gender research, integration research, research on Europeanisation, international political ecology, critical globalisation research, migration research, research on Eastern Europe, political party research, election research, representation research as well as visual studies. Students have to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in the framework of a practical research course, aimed at preparing them for writing their master’s thesis. In addition, elective modules provide the opportunity for students to expand or deepen their knowledge in the area of political science.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Gender
  • Europeanisation
  • Ideology
  • Migration
  • Representation

... 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 of the master’s programme in Political Science are qualified for a career in academia as well as in non-academic occupational areas. They have acquired the necessary knowledge and competences for leading and research-oriented positions in the following occupational fields:

  • staff, policy, strategy and planning departments of organisations and institutions on local, regional, national, European and international levels
  • policy-oriented and civic institutions
  • adult education
  • applied political science and scientific political consulting
  • universities and non-university research institutions.

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: 3.1 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 95 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master'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 ...

  • 77% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 3.017 gross/month.
  • 17% 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 "MA Political Science".