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Political Science / Social Sciences, Department

Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften at the Uni Heidelberg

Institut für Politische Wissenschaft

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Basic information

Teaching in core subjects
Total number of students 1,030

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 11/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 83.0 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 77.8 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment
Master theses in cooperation with work environment


Third party funds per academic 32.5 T€
Research reputation

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.1
Support in studies 2.0
Courses offered 2.4
Study organisation 1.8
Exams 2.2
Research orientation 2.0
Support for stays abroad 2.4
Rooms 2.1
Library 1.6
IT-infrastructure 2.0
Overall study situation 2.1

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 252
Teacher qualification programmes TQ degrees: Two-Subject-Bachelor, Master of Education
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Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Teaching has a strong research orientation and interdisciplinary networking with numerous other institutions at the university. Regularly offered subjects are complemented by current topics; the course planning takes into account the wishes of students. The degree course offers a wide range of options both between modules as well as within the modules. Characteristics are a variety of methods and good group sizes and supervision ratios (limitation of the number of participants in seminars).
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    Aarhus Universitet, Dänemark; Sciences Po/Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Frankreich; Trinity College Dublin, Irland; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Israel; Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italien; Universidad de Granada, Spanien; Karls-Universität Prag, Tschechien; Eötvös-Loránd-Universität Budapest, Ungarn; University of Cambridge, Vereinigtes Königreich; Yale University, USA
  • Special features regarding research activities
    Numerous research projects are underway at the Institute (including EU, DFG, state of Baden-Württemberg, University of Heidelberg), currently in the research areas of Democratic Transformation, BTI, Civil-Military Relations; Conflict Research, Cybersecurity; Middle Class Discourses, Urban Politics, Police Practices, Migration; Youth Unemployment, Climate, Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, German Government Policy and Policy Theories. The research focus is reflected in the courses offered; students in the M.A. are directly involved in research through the research internship
  • Support for founders
    Start-ups by students, graduates and staff of Heidelberg University are supported by the university's start-up management; among other things by the transfer agency heiINNOVATION and the newly established office of a prorector for innovation and transfer. The university participates in the Exist programme, including Heidelberg Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (HEIC). Cooperation structures exist with successful spin-offs from research areas of the Institute.
  • Other special features
    Numerous student initiatives supported by the Institute (e.g. Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, Forum for International Security Heidelberg, Federal Association for Security Policy at Universities); good learning and working conditions due to limited number of participants and good facilities at the Bergheim Campus. Networking with companies and internship exchange of the institute; comprehensive evaluation system. MA students are involved in ongoing research activities. Good and intensive cooperation between the student council and the institute.
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Last update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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