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Zentrale Studienberatung
im SSC-Gebäude
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
57076 Siegen

Telefonische Erreichbarkeit der studentischen Hotline:
0271 740-2712
Mo/Di/Do/Fr: 10 - 13 Uhr
Mi: 12 - 16 Uhr

Mail: info.studienberatung[at]

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Roads to Democracies


Final Degree

Master of Arts


Application Deadline

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Program Website

Study Program

The M.A. Roads to Democracies is research-oriented, international and interdisciplinary. It is offered by the Department of History and Department of Social Sciences. Further partner universities are involved in student exchange. The programme aims to provide students with analytical tools and theoretical knowledge that help to understand and explain the interrelation between institutional structures, political processes and the social and cultural foundations of democracy. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of democratic ideas, institutions and structures both in and outside of Europe.

The language of instruction and examination is English. Students may attend courses instructed in other languages in the area of additional special studies and transferable skills. One Introductory Module consisting of two courses:

  • Theories of Democracy
  • Methods in History and Social Sciences

One Method-Module consisting of the courses:

  • Methodology and Methods
  • Research Seminar

Five Themativ Modules

  • Actors and Institutions in historical and contemporary perspective</<li>
  • Political Cultures and the Public Sphere: Past and Present
  • Global and Translational Processes: Past and Present
  • Democracies in Comparative Perspective
  • Thematic Module Abroad (Partner University)

A Thesis Module comprising thesis forumsand tutorials, the Master's Thesis and the Master's thesis presentation.

Two additional practical modules including transferable skills, language courses and additional optional seminars. The language centre at the University of Siegen offers free courses in various different languages.

One Internship (8 weeks)

The Master’s programme qualifies successful graduates to pursue a further academic qualification within doctoral studies/PhD studies and provides a good basis for responsible positions in international organisations and NGOs, international aid and development agencies, research institutions and institutes of higher education of the public and private sector, culture agencies and cultural heritage institutions, publishing houses, journalism and media agencies concerned with international and intercultural communication, political parties, associations, foundations, international and internationally operating companies.

Admission requirements

An above-average first academic degree (minimum three years Bachelor‘s degree or equivalent) in History or Social Sciences, Political Science, Sociology or in a related field of study with a final grade of at least ‘good‘ (local grade 2,5).

Admission procedure / Application

Applicants need to submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (English)
  • Short CV in English, with photograph (English)
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates, transcripts of records and university entrance certificate
  • Language certificates (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, see website for further information)
  • First draft of research ideas for the applicant‘s potential master project in English
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please consult the program website for further information concerning the application procedure.


The study plan includes an internship.


A very good command of English (equivalent to Level C1 of the Common European Framework) documented by internationally recognized test certificates (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL).

Study organization

Examination regulations/degree plan/module manuals/internship rules

Examination regulations (POs) specify the basic structures of a degree program (e.g. admission requirements and contents to be studied). Students are automatically subject to the current version of their PO when they matriculate for their first subject-related semester. This means that even if the PO changes during their studies, the original version according to which they matriculated will remain valid (provided that the PO does not expire).
The respective degree plan is the recommended example progress of the studies in individual subjects and is part of a PO.
Supplementary provisions and details for any module to be studied can be found in the module manually (e.g. requirements for taking a written test or content-related information on the modules/events, ...).
The internship rules define the conditions under which the required or optional internships must be completed.

We recommend at least looking at the study schedule for your degree program before the lecture time starts, to ensure that you know which modules are intended for the start of your studies.