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Master (1 Subject)

Philosophy and Political Science


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

Complex social challenges increasingly require interdisciplinary solutions: Complex conflict structures and wars in the international system, questions of power configurations and of the legitimacy and efficiency of political systems have become central social challenges as have ethical aspects in scientific, social and individual contexts – for example with regard to euthanasia, the application of research innovations in preimplantation genetic diagnostics or the use of nuclear energy.

The M.A. in Philosophy and Political Science (MAPP) brings philosophical and political science perspectives together systematically and fosters networked global thinking and intercultural understanding. Students tackle social problems from an interdisciplinary approach.

Both disciplines – philosophy and political science – are brought together in tutorials in the form of “team teaching”. MAPP students have the opportunity to draft and analyze research questions by themselves as well as in project groups and to arrive at new insights in the process. These core skills are needed, for example, for doctoral studies, for which the MAPP program is an ideal preparation. Society-oriented research competence also includes a strong practical focus: The aim is for research and practice to complement each other.

Apart from team teaching, two other features make the MAPP program special: Firstly, students work closely together in particularly small groups in order to ensure they receive individual support and supervision. A mentoring program, in which more advanced students are responsible for the personal supervision of newer ones, allows for an ideal start to the program. In this way, questions and problems are solved more quickly. Secondly, students are prepared for their further careers, e.g., through courses in research and project management and extensive phases of practical training, which open first doors to the world of work or integrate students in research projects at the Institute.

Knowledge and skills

Prospective students should ideally have prior knowledge in the field of political science, philosophy or the social sciences. Anyone who is additionally curious about complex social issues and wants to engage in controversial interdisciplinary debate should also opt for this program.

Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Philosophy and Political Science is a Bachelor’s degree with a final cumulative grade of at least “Good” and with philosophy, political science or social science as the major or minor subject. Applicants must submit a personal letter together with their application as well as their curriculum vitae in tabular form and a motivation letter on a scale of at least two pages.

Professional fields

The knowledge and skills acquired in the MAPP program are in demand everywhere. The program offers outstanding possibilities for subsequent careers in highly diversified professions. MAPP alumni work in the following professional fields, for example:

  • Research and teaching
  • Policy management, policy advice
  • (Business) consulting
  • International organizations and diplomacy
  • Associations, publishing houses, foundations
  • Further training and political education

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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