Master's Degree in Political Science in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany

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Political Science

A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

Political science provides individuals with an understanding of the executive, legislative, and judicial processes that are used to govern a country or society. Their impact on the economic and social structure is also examined. 

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin.

North Rhine Westphalia is the biggest state in Germany. It is also home to 4 of Germany’s biggest cities. The State has over 17 million people. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is home to 14 universities and over 50 colleges.

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Double Masters Programme in Political Science (European Studies)

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Germany Cologne

The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives first-class students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. [+]

Masters in Political Science in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany. The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives first-class students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme study at each university for one year and graduate with two master’s degrees from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. The international master’s programme focuses on the European Union, its policies and institutions. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the EU as well as interdisciplinary research skills. The programme prepares students for high-level positions in the private or public sector which require international experience combined with a profound knowledge of the EU. Students that graduate with this double degree will have excellent opportunities to work, for example, in EU or national institutions, in NGOs or the media. Please check our website for more information on the programme, entry requirements and the application procedure. In cooperation with Maastricht University The Fac­ulty of Arts and So­cial Sci­ences (FASoS) has ap­prox. 1,800 stu­dents and is one of the six fac­ul­ties at Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity. Its ed­u­ca­tional ap­proach is based on the prin­ci­ple of Prob­lem-Based Learn­ing (PBL). The Fac­ulty has a strong in­ter­na­tional ori­en­ta­tion, ev­i­denced by its in­ter­na­tional stu­dent body and its ex­ten­sive re­search. The Fac­ulty has an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion in the cen­tre of Maas­tricht. Pro­gramme du­ra­tion: 4 se­mes­ters, full-time Pro­gramme start: Be­gin­ning of Sep­tem­ber in Maas­tricht De­grees awarded: Re­search Mas­ter in Eu­ro­pean Stud­ies by Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity and Mas­ter of Arts in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence by the Uni­ver­sity of Cologne Lan­guage of in­struc­tion: Eng­lish Fees: Stu­dents pay tu­ition fees at Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity dur­ing their first year of stud­ies (ap­prox. €1,980 for EU ap­pli­cants; for more de­tails on the tu­ition fee, please see the web­site of Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity) and a se­mes­ter con­tri­bu­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Cologne (ap­prox. €260 per term, which in­cludes a stu­dent travel card which is valid on all pub­lic trans­port in North Rhine-West­phalia). Pro­gramme The Dou­ble Mas­ter is an am­bi­tious re­search-based and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary programme which has a strong focus on the Eu­ro­pean Union, its in­sti­tu­tions and poli­cies. Stu­dents de­velop an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the EU and of the work­ings of pol­i­tics and so­ci­ety in an in­te­grated Eu­rope. The pro­gramme equips grad­u­ates with ex­cel­lent method­olog­i­cal skills, en­abling them to op­er­ate at an ad­vanced level in an in­ter­na­tional re­search en­vi­ron­ment. Dur­ing their year abroad, stu­dents will be ex­posed to an in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows them to im­prove their in­ter­cul­tural and lan­guage skills. Stu­dents ad­mit­ted to the Dou­ble Mas­ter’s Pro­gramme pur­sue a Re­search Mas­ter in Eu­ro­pean Stud­ies at Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity in their first year and com­plete mod­ules of the Mas­ter of Arts in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Cologne in their sec­ond year. The pro­gramme is based on the mu­tual recog­ni­tion of credit points by both uni­ver­si­ties. Stu­dents at­tend a col­lo­quium and write their mas­ter’s the­sis dur­ing their year in Cologne. The the­sis is jointly su­per­vised by pro­fes­sors at both uni­ver­si­ties. After suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the pro­gramme, stu­dents are awarded a Re­search Mas­ter in Eu­ro­pean Stud­ies by Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity and a Mas­ter of Arts in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence by the Uni­ver­sity of Cologne. Career perspectives Graduates of this double degree will be well prepared for the demands of an international employment market in European Studies, which increasingly expects applicants to have studied in more than one country. Graduates of the programme are particularly well qualified for a career in the institutions of the European Union, other areas of public administration or international companies. The research-oriented nature of the degree also enables graduates to move on to doctoral research, or to research-related work in think tanks or NGOs. These career perspectives require familiarity with different academic cultures, and thus graduates with a double degree will be better prepared for these kinds of positions than most of their peers with degrees from a single university. Application process For admission, candidates need to apply for the Double Master’s Programme in European Studies at the University of Cologne and at Maastricht University. The application period for the Double Master’s Programme at the University of Cologne runs from early April to 15 May. Applications must be submitted online via the application portal. Once the application portal has opened, the link will be published on this website. In addition, applicants who have not obtained their bachelor’s degree in Germany or at Maastricht University must apply online via uni-assist and by post until 1 May. When applying via uni-assist, please select the programme ‘MA in Political Sciences’ at the University of Cologne. For more information on the obligatory additional application and admission at Maastricht University, please visit Maastricht University's website. Entry requirements An excellent bachelor’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with strong proficiency in Political Science (30 ECTS). Furthermore a minimum of further 12 ECTS in Political Science or in Methodology and Empirical Social Research Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system) English at level C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (TOEFL min. ibt 100; IELTS min. 7.0; Cambridge CAE (B) or CPE (C)). Please note that the Maastricht University also requires minimum scores in writing. IELTS: minimum score overall 7.0, minimum score writing 7.0; TOEFL ibt: minimum score overall 100, minimum score writing 28. Very good intercultural and social skills Relevant practical experience is desirable Application documents DMP application form CV in English Letter of motivation in English explaining the reasons for applying to the Double Master’s Programme (aprox. 500 words) Proof of sufficient language skills in English of at least C1 (CEFR) Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate, including all exams taken to date, listing the grades received and the number of credit points per course Descriptions of all relevant courses taken during bachelor’s degree (e.g. extracts from the course catalogue) If applicable, written confirmation of any studies abroad which may have already been completed. In case any of the courses completed abroad have been credited towards the bachelor's degree of the home university, this written document must contain an official record of the courses taken and the grades received. Please also attach a description of the modules taken abroad. An essay in English written by the applicant, either specifically for this application or for earlier studies or other occasions. It is preferable, but not absolutely necessary, that the topic is related to the Double Master’s Programme. There are no requirements as to the length of the essay A photocopy of a valid passport or EU ID card A recent passport photo All documents must be provided in English or German. Documents in any other language must have an authorised translation into English or German attached. We may need to ask for further documentation at a later stage of the application process. For more information on the application documents to be handed in at Maastricht University, please check Maastricht University's website. Application deadlines The online application for the Double Master’s Programme in European Studies takes place both through Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. Please note the different application deadlines at the two universities. At the University of Cologne: For applicants with a German bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree from Maastricht University: 15 May 2017 For applicants who have not obtained their bachelor’s degree in Germany or at Maastricht University: 1 May 2017 At the University of Cologne, please apply online. Once the application portal opens, the link will be published on this website. At Maastricht University: For EU applicants: 1 June 2017 For non-EU applicants: 1 May 2017 For more details on the application deadlines at Maastricht University, please visit Maastricht University's website. Selection process Candidates need to apply separately at Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. Please note the different application deadlines. Applications for the Double Master’s Programme will be assessed by the admissions boards at both universities. The admission boards will assess all applications and communicate its decision no later than the end of July. Enrolment takes place in late August or early September. The study programme starts in October in Cologne. Please note that in case your application for the Double Master’s Programme is not successful, your application may still be considered for the regular MA in Political Science at the University of Cologne or for the regular Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University given that all entry requirements are fulfilled. [-]

Master in European Studies - Governance and Regulation

University of Bonn
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year October 2017 Germany Bonn

ZEI's English-speaking post-graduate Master program is a research-based response to this development. It enables European and non-European graduates to become experts in the interplay between political, legal and economic aspects that constitute today's life in the European Union as well as the EU's relations with other parts of the world. [+]

The development of the European Union has increased the need for comprehensive expertise in European affairs as well as the sources and effects of integration at all levels of government and in the private sector in the EU. ZEI's Master in European Studies - Governance and Regulation prepares students for an international career in EU institutions, international organizations, national administrations, NGOs and global companies. The transformation process of the EU includes and affects the development of EU institutions and their interplay with national institutions in EU Member States. Based on subsequent treaty changes, more and more sovereignty has been transferred from the national to the EU level. The program examines the implications of EU governance for the EU as well as for its Member States, also taking into account national reservations. The program also introduces ZEI students to the basic theories and methods of economic integration and economic and monetary governance in the EU. Political decisions and legislative acts in the EU continuously generate new regulatory frameworks. The regulation of network industries (electronic communication, energy, logistics) as well as of the financial sector are taught and analyzed in the framework of ZEI´s Master program. The interplay of governance and regulation constitutes today's reality in the European Union. ZEI's English-speaking post-graduate Master program is a research-based response to this development. It enables European and non-European graduates to become experts in the interplay between political, legal and economic aspects that constitute today's life in the European Union as well as the EU's relations with other parts of the world. Admission Requirements - An above-average and completed, career-qualifying higher education degree (minimum Bachelor) from a German or foreign academic higher education institution, preferably in law, economics, or political science, with at least 180 credit points (CPs) according to the ECTS system - Proof of very good verbal and written English skills (for details see below) - Proof of at least one year of practical work experience (also internships) - Commitment to EU affairs - In light of the thematic EU focus of the program, knowledge of another official EU language is beneficial Faculty The program's faculty comprises renowned academics and practitioners with strong international experience from different European countries. Leading experts in European integration studies and the international scientific community prepare students for a career in European institutions, the business sector or politics. ZEI Fellows are provided with teaching standards of the highest quality and benefit from an enriching diversity of methodological approaches. Every year, up to 32 ZEI Fellows start an exciting international career based on the profound and interdisciplinary knowledge which ZEI's Master program provides. [-]