Course Duration / ECTS4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degreeMaster of Arts (MA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Department Political Sciences and Sociology
ModeFull time
Study ID
D 066 824
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the MA degree course in
Political Science, students must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in Political Sciences or in a related field from
anaccredited inland or international institution of
higher education.
Language of instruction English  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

The MA degree programme in Political Science, which is taught in English, is aimed at BA graduates who plan to deepen the knowledge of political science and its methods they have acquired during their BA degree programme. Students can focus on the subject areas of Democracy and Legitimacy; Comparative Political Science; Politics on Multiple Levels: Austria and Europe; and International Relations. Students will be systematically introduced to two of these subject areas in their scientific research. Along with imparting professional and methodical skills, the aim of the programme is to enable students to develop innovative research questions, to compose written works which are theoretically and methodically profound, as well as to analyse complex political issues independently and to name and justify practical procedures of solution.

Which career opportunities do I have?

The MA degree programme in Political Science prepares students for an academic career, but it also opens up a wide variety of career options beyond university. Graduates are especially qualified for responsible tasks in public administration, lobbying and non-government organizations (NGOs), in the field of PR and foreign ministries.

Why Salzburg?

At the University of Salzburg, MA students do not only profit from their chosen research emphases, but also from the high quality of teaching, the cooperation with the Salzburg Centre for European Union Studies (SCEUS), and the department’s and its staff’s international networks. More good reasons to enrol on the MA degree programme in Political Science in Salzburg are the flexible, individual organisation of the programme, small seminar groups, close supervision and an appealing and central location.

How is the course structured?

Political Science MA
WM1-4 Optional modules (2 out of 4 subject areas) 36 ECTS
WPM1-2 Compulsory optional module (advanced methods or
courses orientated towards practical experience)
P1 Compulsory module (deepening/extending in Political Science) 12 ECTS
P2 Compulsory module (methods) 12 ECTS
P3 Compulsory module 6 ECTS
Master’s thesis 24 ECTS
Optional subjects 12 ECTS
Total 120 ECTS


Mag. Dr. Franz Fallend

Mag. Dr. Franz Fallend
Head of the curriculum committee Political Science

Rudolfskai 42, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 8044-6618
Fax: +43 662 8044-0001