Coursework in the Bachelor’s Program in Political Science

Structure of the Bachelor’s program

Students will initially acquire basic knowledge in all fields of political science (political theory, international relations, comparative politics, policy analysis, empirical research methods). In later semesters, students will choose a concentration in up to three of these fields.

Students will also acquire a thorough understanding of the related disciplines of economics (focusing on political economy/macroeconomics) and law (focusing on public and administrative law), as well as a solid command of key competences (soft skills).

Unlike traditional political science programs, where the interdisciplinary element usually simply involves choosing a minor subject (typically in the social sciences or humanities disciplines), the B.Sc. degree in Political Science was designed to offer students a selection of modules in fields that have been chosen for their relevance to public policy and technology. The interdisciplinary element of the program sees students attend modules on topics like “big data/data security”, “energy”, “mobility”, “environment” and “industrial systems” at the Technical University of Munich. The interdisciplinary part of the program is flexible: students can combine focus topics or can opt to specialize in one area.

In order to ensure compatibility with students of TUM partner institutions in the interdisciplinary course offering, the Bachelor program requires compulsory attendance of basic lectures in mathematics. Statistics is also taught as an essential component of political science.

The inclusion of an internship project further supports students in building an individual profile and developing personal skills. During this mentored internship, which is usually completed in cooperation with a partner active in policy-making, students can strengthen their functional and methodological skills through practical assignments.

At the end of their coursework, students will complete a Bachelor’s thesis.

Detailed information about the content of the individual modules can be found in the module manual.

Period of study

The coursework can be completed on a full-time or part-time (66%) basis.

The full-time model can be completed in 6 semesters. The recommended period of study for the part-time model, which covers the same content as the full-time model, is extended to 9 semesters.

Switching between the full-time and part-time model is possible at the start of any winter semester.

The work/study model is suitable for those who wish to combine study with work by:

  • concentrating political science courses in the afternoon hours, and/or
  • recognizing online instruction in the interdisciplinary part of the study program

To plan your personal study path, please contact student advising.