Politische Theorie (Master of Arts)
(Political Theory)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The Master’s programme in Political Theory, created by Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt, is the first degree of its kind in Germany. Students attend lectures at, and are tutored by, both universities, which also jointly award the academic degree. The Master’s programme in Political Theory teaches the theoretical knowledge and academic skills necessary for a comprehensive analysis of the current political situation and its dynamics. Thus ideas of justice, democracy and power are confronted by the world’s current problems, which are becoming increasingly complex. The course includes:
1.    an historical perspective, i.e. an historical, conceptual and critical reconstruction of systematically relevant theoretical approaches,
2.    a philosophical perspective, i.e. an analysis of terms and normative discussion of current political questions,
3.    a theoretical perspective of institutions, i.e. an empirically-based reflection about how legitimate political relations can be developed in complex societies,
Political theory is the focus of this interdisciplinary study programme. In addition to political science and its various branches, the programme includes philosophy, sociology, law and economics.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in Political Theory 


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters. 

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. 

Student advisory service Alexander Simon
Campus Westend
PEG 2.G133
Tel: 069/798-36564

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Admission to the Master’s programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in political science or a comparable degree in a related or comparable study programme.
  • motivation letter
  • Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by:
    - five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or
    - a level 2 UNIcert degree, or
    - a TOEFL test (online score of at least 80) or
    - a comparable certificate (niveau B2)

  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

Mode of admission Admission to the programme is restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • if the Bachelor’s degree has not yet been completed:
    a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
  • certificate of English language skills
  • letter of motivation (max. 700 words)
  • comprehensive CV in tabular form
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • you may need to submit other documents, depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree   
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01.05. - 15.06.

Address for applications Online application portal for Master’s programmes

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