Political Science
(Bachelor of Arts)

© Deutscher Bundestag, Lichtblick, Andi Hill
© Deutscher Bundestag, Lichtblick, Andi Hill
Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Part-time option

Part-time study is optional.

Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Political Science provides students with insight into political systems, political processes, policy and the theoretical and analytical relations of political organisations in modern societies. The focus is on academic discourse on political theories and contemporary decision-making processes. At Leibniz Universität Hannover, the subject of Political Science is offered on a wide scale, as recommended both nationally and internationally. In other words, the areas of Political Theory, Comparative Government, International Relations and Methods in Political Science are represented. These are supplemented by the Political Science Department’s areas of specialisation: Political Sociology, Policy Areas and Political Administration.

Further information on the website of the programme Political Science (German language only)

Areas of Focus

  • History of political ideas and theories of politics
  • International relations
  • Methods of political science
  • Modules from other subjects (such as Law, Economics and Business Administration)
  • Periods of practical training and skills related to the specific field of professional activity
  • Policy areas and political administration
  • Political sociology
  • Political systems and government
Course Content

The degree programme consists of an introductory module, five basic modules on the political science specialisations and a module on methods of political science. In addition, students choose two areas of specialisation at a later stage, in which they take one module each. The degree programme is supplemented by compulsory elective modules from other subjects (including Law, Economics and Business Administration, History and Sociology). Periods of practical training and courses in key transferable skills related to future career options complete the programme.


Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Einführung in die Politische Wissenschaft (nur im 1. Semester)
  • Basismodul Politische Ideengeschichte und Theorien der Politik
  • Basismodul Politische Systeme und Regierungslehre
  • Basismodule Politikfelder und Politische Verwaltung
  • Politikwissenschaftliche Methoden
  • Basismodul Politische Soziologie und politische Sozialstrukturanalyse
  • Basismodul Internationale Beziehungen, Weltgesellschaft, Europäische Integration
  • Fortsetzung Politikwissenschaftliche Methoden
  • Praktikum (2x4 oder 1x8 Wochen)
  • Vertiefungsmodul
  • weiteres Vertiefungsmodul
  • Bachelorarbeit (im 6. Semester)
  • Wahlpflichtmodul(e) aus einem anderen Fach
  • Module aus dem bereich Schlüsselkompetenzen
  • Wahlpflichtmodul(e) aus einem anderen Fach
Recommended Abilities
  • The willingness to get to the depths of political science topics and texts
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills
Career Opportunities
  • National and international political institutions, organisations and facilities
  • Political parties, associations and administrative bodies
  • Media enterprises
Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master''s programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master''s programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students (Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year (application via uni-assist)
  • Applicants who have passed the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a German foundation course (Studienkolleg): 01.06.-15.07. of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover