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Master Political Science

Specialisation Section

Research Projects

The modules consist of research projects, usually held as seminars. There may be several research projects available in a given module; however it is only possible to complete one seminar per module.
Students choose three (out of six) modules from this section. Each module is awarded 9 credit points. The reserach projects in Module IV and the colloquium may be held in English or German, all other courses are taught in English.

Specialisation module Political Science I (Political Institutions)

The research projects cover current issues in the comparative analysis of political institutions with a special focus on research design, political science methods and theoretical approaches.

Examples of research projects offered in past semesters:

  • Federalism
  • Types of Democracy
  • Decentralization, Federalism, Multi-Level Politics

Specialisation module Political Science II (Comparative Political Economy)

The research projects cover various topics and problem areas as well as research methods and research design specific to comparative political economy.

Examples of research projects offered in past semesters:

  • Research Design and Case Studies in Comparative Political Economy
  • Strategies of Causal Analysis and Comparative Research Designs

Specialisation module Political Science III (Empirical Democratic Theory)

The research projects cover varying topics from the field of empirical democratic theory as well as research approaches and methods.

Examples of research projects offered:

  • Political Choice and Strategy

Specialisation module Political Science IV (International Relations)

The research projects offered in this module cover a wide range of topics related to the field of international relations.

Research projects offered in past semesters:

  • Security Risks and Vulnerabilities for Germany and Europe
  • Emotions, Conflict, identity
  • NATO in Transition – Review and Outlook

Specialisation module Political Science V (European Politics)

The research projects cover conceptual and theoretical approaches for the analysis of European politics and the European political system, such as the EU’s multi-level system, with a special focus on applied quantitative methods of comparative politics.

Research projects offered in past semesters:

  • Analyzing EU Politics with Big Data
  • Causal Inference and Public Policy in Europe
  • Researching Parliaments in the European Union
  • Quantitative Text Analysis               

Specialisation module Methods of Political Science

Seminar - Introduction to qualitative Methods

The course introduces participants to the principles and practice of qualitative research with a focus on the field of Comparative Politics. Qualitative research is understood as subsuming case studies and process tracing. Topics include case selection, varieties of comparative case studies and challenges in implementing them as well as process tracing and the analysis of mechanisms.


The Colloquium provides support to students in the writing process of their thesis. Participants present outlines of their thesis and discuss it with professors and fellow students, with a focus on theoretical and methodical problems.