The Franco-German Master’s degree in “Empirical Political and Social Research” continues the Franco-German BA degree in “Social Sciences”. The Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Stuttgart offers it together with Sciences Po Bordeaux .

The master’s degree leads to a German and a French degree. It is available in two variants: as a research-oriented MA, in which both years of study are spent in Stuttgart, and as a practice-oriented MA, in which the first year of study in Stuttgart and the second at Sciences Po Bordeaux (including a compulsory internship). Both variants also offer a wide range of options for stays in third countries.



  • Degree in a bachelor's degree program lasting at least six semesters (or an equivalent degree)
  • Degree in the respective course or a course with very similar content
  • Depending on the course, there may be additional requirements. The exact admission criteria can be found in the admission regulations

Admission with conditions

In the case of admission with conditions, you will be admitted, but you must catch up on certain examinations from the bachelor's degree before you register for the master's thesis. This can be the case, for example, if you completed your bachelor's degree at another university or a university of applied sciences and did not take seminars or modules there that you need for the master’s degree at the University of Stuttgart. The final decision as to whether your professional aptitude is recognized as sufficient is made by the admissions committee .

Graduated from a university of applied sciences

A degree from a university of applied sciences (formerly a university of applied sciences) or the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University basically entitles you to study for a master’s degree at a university, according to the State University Act.

Admission restriction (NC)

In master’s courses in which the number of study places is limited (Numerus Clausus (NC)), ranking lists are created for the allocation of study places based on the criteria that are a prerequisite for admission to the master’s course. The admission regulations for the relevant master’s degree program regulate further details.

Course-specific features

Apart from the admission with conditions, there are other variants of admission depending on the subject:



The professional fields of the graduates are very broad. Possible job profiles can be found in science or politics at national level (parties, parliamentary service, associations), in international development cooperation, in European or international governmental and non-governmental institutions, in business (especially in the field of public relations), in public administration, in journalism, but also in event management or the cultural sector.

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