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Brief Overview

- 8 professorships - 45 research associates - approx. 1,100 students - approx. 70 courses per semester (as of summer semester 2022)

Teaching Profile

Seven core programmes are offered at our institute. There are two Bachelor programmes:

  • B.A. Political Science
  • Joint B.A. Political Science (Dual Bachelor)

In Darmstadt, you can choose from three Master's programmes offered at the Institute of Political Science in Darmstadt or in cooperation with the University of Frankfurt (*):

  • M.A. “Governance and Public Policy”
  • M.A. “International Studies / Peace and Conflict Research” (*)
  • M.A. “Political Theory” (*)

Find out more about our courses (Currently only partially available in English)


Research at the Institute of Political Science enjoys an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally. For many years, the common focus has been on research into new forms of governance in multi-level systems. Our current research work concentrates on the following interconnected main research areas:

  • European Union
  • Local Politics and Mult-level Administration
  • Energy and Climate Policy Transformation
  • Standards of Governance
  • Federalism and Democracy

Find out more about our areas of research