The Master's degree in Empirical Political and Social Research offers graduates of social science, political science and sociological courses the opportunity to deepen and expand their acquired knowledge and to specialize. The focus is on theory-led and problem-oriented empirical research.

The students have the opportunity to set priorities and develop an individual social science profile. In the area of ??specialization modules, you can set a sociological or political science focus or consider both disciplines equally. In addition, they can opt for a political science or sociological project seminar that serves to develop their own research design and to implement it using quantitative and / or qualitative methods of empirical social research. These modules are supplemented by a relevant internship that establishes the relationship between professional practice and course content.

The range of courses includes the following areas:

  • Political Systems and Political Sociology
  • Political theory and empirical democracy research
  • International Relations and European Integration
  • Empirical social research and statistics
  • Technological and environmental sociology
  • Organizational and innovation sociology
  • Computational Social Science



  • 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:



Social scientists work in very different professional fields such as journalism, in political parties, associations and other non-governmental organizations, public administrations, parliamentary services, companies, survey institutes and in science in various functions.

Due to its specific content orientation, the MA course in Empirical Political and Social Research qualifies its graduates in particular for activities in the following areas:

  • Market and opinion research
  • Election research
  • Social planning
  • statistical offices
  • Organizational advice and development
  • Personnel development
  • Research institutions
  • Media analysis

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