University of Salzburg



Dear prospective Student,

Welcome to the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, a great place to study! Located in a breathtakingly beautiful alpine setting in Northwestern Austria, the city of Salzburg boasts a rich cultural heritage, an old town that is a UNESCO world heritage site, beautiful parks, palaces, and an imposing fortress. It is also a city known the world over for its favorite son Mozart and for the famed Salzburg music and arts festival. Since 1622 it has also been a university town when Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron founded the university that now bears his name. Today it comprises four faculties, with approximately 18,000 students and 2,800 employees. As a centre for innovative research, it is firmly integrated into the vibrant cultural and economic life of Salzburg and its environs that extend far into Southern Germany. With its cultural, intellectual, and economic ties, it is a modern knowledge hub located in the heart of Europe. We are also proud that our university blends seamlessly into the architectural ensemble of the historic center. The University of Salzburg offers students a broad range of specializations with a balanced ratio of teachers to students. The University of Salzburg is committed to academic excellence and progress through research. It intends to play a vital role in helping tackle the great questions of our time. Reinhard Heinisch, Chair of the Department of Political Science on behalf of the Rector of the University of Salzburg, Prof. Heinrich Schmidinger.

Organization & Structure

The University is one of the largest employers in the country (Bundesland) and, as such, is a major stimulus for the economy of Salzburg. The management and supervision of the University is the responsibility of the Rectorate, the Rector, the University Council and the Senate. According to the organisation plan the University is divided into Faculties, Departments, the School of Education, Focus Centres, other Institutions and Centres specialising in Research and Teaching and Administrative Services.

Faculty of Theology

The Faculty of Catholic Theology is the oldest of the four faculties of the University of Salzburg and dates back to 1622. Today, it consists of four departments. There are seven programmes of study offered at present. The faculty is determined, inter alia, through an interdisciplinary approach, which is particularly committed to teaching and research. Newly introduced, is Intercultural Theology and Study of Religions, which takes into consideration socio-political changes.

Faculty of Law

At the Faculty of Law, students have a choice of five degree programmes in which they can enrol. Since 2004, the academic discipline Law and Economics has been offered, and this programme now has almost as many students enrolled as the degree programme in Law. The knowledge network of Law, Business and the Work Environment is the point of contact for the economy.

Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences is the largest faculty in Salzburg. It consists of twelve departments and offers over 30 study programmes. Student teachers have ten teaching subjects to choose from, including many languages ​​and historical disciplines. In 2012, the former Teacher Education programme was expanded and united into the newly established School of Education. Another special study programme offered is the interdisciplinary Master’s program in European Union Studies which combines courses in European Politics, European Law, European Economic Integration, History of European Integration, Sociology and Communications Science.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences is the second largest university faculty. Due to the many different specialized sciences in this faculty, it has the highest percentage of external funding at the university. There are eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences that offer seven study programmes. It offers two technical study programmes: the study of Engineering is offered as a double degree program with the Technische Universität of Munich, and of particular importance is the Teacher Training in the field of Natural Sciences.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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MA in Political Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Austria Salzburg

The NEW MA program Political Science prepares students for a scientific career but also affords graduates different opportunities for careers outside academia. [+]

Career Prospects Our NEW Master Political Science with a two- track study model is designed as well for students who want to extend their skills in scientific research as for students aiming a career outside academia as we offer both methodological training and profound practical training. Graduates of the program can thus embark on successful scientific careers and continue their political science studies toward a Ph.D., while others can pursue professional careers in public administration, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, press, interest groups and public relations. For our international students we additionally offer the possibility to complete the whole programme in English. Admission criteria For admission to the Master program in Political Science, applicants need to have graduated from a corresponding BA program, a closely related program from a University of Applied Sciences, or an equivalent program from an accepted domestic or foreign post-secondary institution of education. Study Fees No tuition fees are required for the MA program in Political Science as long as students do not exceed the program’s normal length of four semesters. However, a small obligatory activity fee (currently € 18.70/semester) in support of the Austrian Student Union is collected from all students. Exceptions apply to third-country nationals who are charged tuition fees of € 745.42 per semester. Study goals and contents The MA Political Science is designed for BA degree holders wanting to substantially deepen their scientific knowledge and those already in a profession but interested in a qualified advanced training. The program’s stated objectives are for students to acquire highly specialized knowledge about the field of study along with advanced methodological skills. Program participants will also learn how to develop innovative research questions, compose seminar papers that are theoretically and methodologically well-grounded, and defend their arguments in oral presentation. Graduates of the program will be able to critically analyze and evaluate complex political subject matters and gain a rich expertise on which to draw in the professional practice. Why Salzburg? Good reasons why to consider Salzburg as your ideal location for MA study are all of the following: The high quality of research and teaching combined with its international orientation Highly flexible and individualized designs of the study program to suit your needs Small class sizes and interactive format Individual attention and excellent mentoring Cooperation with the Salzburg Centre for European Union Studies (SCEUS) Close interaction with predominantly international students of the EUS Master program Attractive, scenic Location in the old town Salzburg with great overall infrastructure Students with a superior record may find opportunities to work as research assistants in funded projects undertaken by the faculty. By doing so, individuals may gain first-hand experience in actual scientific research and in the administration of such (international) projects. The MA program in Political Science allows for individualized course programs based on your personal interests, needs, and preferences. Along with the two core areas to be selected from four optional modules, students must choose between a research-oriented and an applied module. The core of the academic program is composed of specialized issue-specific seminars and a rigorous set of compulsory methods courses (including research design courses and computer-assisted statistics). The following elective courses offerings are designed to complement and further deepen the training graduates receive: Gender Studies, Geography and Regional Planning, Communication Sciences, Law, Economics, Contemporary History, etc. International orientation The Department of Political Science is internationally oriented in its teaching and research. Although the overall program is in German, a significant number of courses are taught in English. German-taught classes routinely use English-language texts and allow students to complete written work including, importantly, the MA thesis in English. The importance of an international experience for the future career prospects of graduates is recognized by the MA program in that study-abroad periods are strongly encouraged and supported by the department. Students may especially draw on the many opportunities available under the ERASMUS Program. In this context, the department has established formalized exchanges with a range of top European universities such as the Institut d‘Études Politiques Paris, the University of Warwick, the University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, the University of Pavia, the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and many more. Additional opportunities are afforded through participating in the Joint Study Program. Another attractive feature of the MA Political Science at the University of Salzburg is the extensive international experience and reputation of its teaching staff. Faculty members are globally connected in their research and professional activities, publish in top international journals, and have consulted local, national, and international institutions and governments. [-]

Location address
Kapitelgasse 4-6
Salzburg, 5020 AT