M.A. in Roads to Democracy


University of Siegen

siegen, Germany

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Key information
: 2 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Exam Intake
: Oct
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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  • The M.A. Roads to Democracy is research-oriented, international and interdisciplinary. It is offered by the Department of History and Department of Social Sciences. Further partner universities are involved in student exchange. The program aims to provide students with analytical tools and theoretical knowledge that help to understand and explain the interrelation between institutional structures, political processes and the social and cultural foundations of democracy. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of democratic ideas, institutions and structures both in and outside of Europe.

    The language of instruction and examination is English. Students may attend courses instructed in other languages in the area of additional special studies and transferable skills. One Introductory Module consisting of two courses:

  • Theories of Democracy
  • Methods in History and Social Sciences
  • One Method-Module consisting of the courses:

  • Methodology and Methods
  • Research Seminar
  • Five Themativ Modules

  • Actors and Institutions in historical and contemporary perspective
  • Political Cultures and the Public Sphere: Past and Present
  • Global and Translational Processes: Past and Present
  • Democracies in Comparative Perspective
  • Thematic Module Abroad (Partner University)
  • A Thesis Module comprising thesis forums and tutorials, the Master's Thesis and the Master's thesis presentation.

    Two additional practical modules including transferable skills, language courses and additional optional seminars. The language centre at the University of Siegen offers free courses in various different languages.

    One Internship (8 weeks)

    The Master’s programme qualifies successful graduates to pursue a further academic qualification within doctoral studies/PhD studies and provides a good basis for responsible positions in international organisations and NGOs, international aid and development agencies, research institutions and institutes of higher education of the public and private sector, culture agencies and cultural heritage institutions, publishing houses, journalism and media agencies concerned with international and intercultural communication, political parties, associations, foundations, international and internationally operating companies.


    Admission requirements 

    Admission to the Master's programme requires a proof of a study-related special qualification. A study-related special qualification is ascertained when the submitted documents, in particular the transcript of records, the letter of motivation and the exposé show that the student has the ability to conduct independent scientific work and has the relevant methodological competencies that enable him/her to successfully complete the Master's programme. The assessment of the study-related special qualification is part of the application procedure.


Entry Requirement

  • Applicant must have a Bachelor degree.

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