Master of Education
Social Sciences

Social Sciences

The subject of Social Sciences in the Master of Education degree program focuses on identifying and defining social and political problem situations, placing them in broader contexts and working out basic approaches to theories of society, politics and the state. Students are introduced to the analysis of political and social structures, processes and developments. An important aspect is learning to assess conditions that lead to social problems, taking historical examples of such conditions into consideration and examining possibilities for reshaping or influencing them.

While students in the bachelor's degree program focus on gaining subject-specific knowledge, the Master of Education degree program puts a stronger emphasis on educational sciences and subject didactics. Students learn to use methods, work techniques and media to illustrate politological, social and economic content in the classroom. This includes elaborating and planning own research and teaching projects. In subject didactics, students also tackle questions of inclusion in political education.

In teaching degree programs designed for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to Social Sciences, students are enrolled for a second subject as well as Educational Sciences. The practical semester is a key component of the degree program.


Possible lines of work:

Teaching at schools

For other possible lines of work, please refer to the Sociology (MA) degree program.

Open admission
Master of Education
Grammar/Comprehensive School
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 3, CEFR level C2, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Other language skills: Two foreign languages (modern languages on CEFR level A2 or qualification in Latin/Greek)

Specific modules: 67 ECTS credits each for subject knowledge/subject didactics modules in the chosen school subjects (with 3 ECTS credits each for subject didactics) | 24 ECTS credits for educational sciences (with 3 ECTS credits for the topic of inclusion; aptitude and orientation internship as well as vocational internship) | Bachelor's thesis 7 ECTS credits

9 weeks internship, incl. 25 days at a school

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