Students

On this page you will find everything you need to know about studying for a Master's degree in Social Sciences.

 


Aims of the degree program

Qualification objectives of the degree program - start of studies from 2023

 

The in-depth study of one of the three social science pillars Sociology, Political Science and Communication Science as well as the interdisciplinary specialization area Society, Environment and Technology in Transition provides graduates with a broad scientific understanding of social and political structures and processes in Germany and in international contexts, which is supplemented by interdisciplinary skills in the subject areas of society, environment and technology.

 

Qualification objectives of the degree program - start of studies from 2018

The in-depth study of one of the three social science pillars of sociology, political science and communication science as well as the interdisciplinary specialization area of city, environment, mobility (SUM) provides graduates with a broad scientific understanding of social and political structures and processes in Germany and in international contexts, which is supplemented by interdisciplinary skills in the subject areas of city, environment and mobility.

 


Contents of the study program

Structure of the Master's degree program in Social Sciences (PO 2023)

The degree program can be studied full-time or part-time and is divided into three areas: The subject specialization in social sciences, the inter- and transdisciplinary research practice and the interdisciplinary specialization.

 

A total of 36 CP are acquired in the specialization in Social Sciences. Of these, 18 CP are allocated to the two compulsory modules, and a further 18 CP are allocated to the chosen specialization (Political Science, Sociology or Communication Studies). In the chosen specialization, two core modules must be completed, each with two related courses amounting to a total of 18 CP.

In the area of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research practice, you will acquire the required 27 CP by completing two modules. In addition to the project module (18 CP), you will complete the inter- and transdisciplinary bridge module in the first year of study.

The interdisciplinary specialization "Society, Environment and Technology in Transition" comprises 27 CP. You are free to choose the modules in this area, but modules with related content are recommended.

In total, all students take 4 modules from the social science subjects, 2 interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary modules and 4 to 6 modules from the area of "Society, Environment and Technology in Transition". On average, 10 to 12 modules are taken. In the final semester of the course, students complete the Master's thesis, which takes six months to complete and has a module size of 30 CP.


Structure of the Master's degree program in Social Sciences (PO 2018 and PO 2021)

The degree program can be studied full-time or part-time and consists of three pillars. A total of 33 CP are acquired in the first social science pillar. Of these, 15 CP are allocated to the two compulsory modules, and a further 18 CP are allocated to the chosen specialization (political science, sociology or communication studies). In this specialization, two core modules must be taken, each usually comprising two related courses and a total of 18 CP.


In the inter- and transdisciplinary area, the specialization module with 9 CP and the project module are compulsory. In the project module, which can be carried out with social science and non-social science participation, students can work on a specific topic over six or twelve months (with 9 or 18 CP). A further module must be chosen if the project module with 9 CP has been completed. The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary area therefore comprises 27 CP.

The interdisciplinary specialization "City, Environment, Mobility" (SUM) comprises 30 CP. It is divided into the two specializations "City and Environment" and "Mobility". Students are formally free to choose the modules in the area of "City, Environment, Mobility", but modules with related content are recommended.

In total, all students take 4 modules from the social science subjects, 2 to 3 inter- and transdisciplinary modules and 4 to 6 modules from the area of "City, Environment, Mobility". On average, students take 11 to 12 modules plus a Master's module. At the end of the course, students complete a Master's thesis, which takes six months to complete and is worth 30 CP.


[Translate to English:] Musterstudienpläne

You can download an overview of the structure of the degree program here. Please make sure you have the version that applies to you.

 


Timetables and courses

Here you can find the current timetables for the Master of Social Sciences. Timetables, course catalogs and module handbooks from previous semesters can be found in the Archiv.

 

The current course catalog and module handbook are essential for understanding the timetables. The course catalog provides information about the courses offered in the respective semester. The module handbook provides information on the allocation of courses to the modules and to the module headings.

 

Summer semester 2024


Study abroad

During your studies, you have various opportunities for a stay abroad. You can find an overview of existing TU Braunschweig exchange programs on the pages of the International House. The most common is the Erasmus+ program. The Department of Social Sciences has partnership agreements with European universities within this framework. Under certain conditions, it is also possible to apply to one of the other 250 European partner universities of TU Braunschweig.


Information on possible partner universities can be found on the International House website. Plan your semester abroad well in advance, as the application deadlines are approx. 5 (Erasmus, Europe) or 9 (rest of the world) months before the start of the semester abroad.

It is best to discuss the right time for your stay abroad with the subject coordinator.

 

Further informations

  • General advice and information on exchange programs, the partner universities and the application procedure can be found on the homepage of the International House. There you will also find the dates for the regular information events on the Erasmus+ program.
  • Subject Coordination Erasmus+ of the Department of Social Sciences:Institute for Comparative Politics and Public Policy -  Ilana Schröder.

Mailing lists

The mailing list provides information about current dates, news, examination periods and important changes.


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Alumni

Have you finished your studies or are you about to complete your Bachelor's or Master's degree and don't yet know what to do next?

 

ALSOWI e.V.

Would you like to keep in touch with your former institute as an alumni?


Then join the ALSOWI alumni association. The Alumni Association of the Department of Social Sciences at the TU Braunschweig (ALSOWI e.V.) is aimed at all those who study, have studied or feel connected to the Institute of Social Sciences. The association was founded in spring 2008.

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Career Service

The Career Service at TU Braunschweig supports students and graduates on their path from university to a career. We provide you with practical contacts and insights into the world of work and offer a wide range of advisory and qualification services to prepare you specifically for your career start.

 

Career Service

Alumni networks at the TU Braunschweig

Alumni networks at the TU Braunschweig

 

E-mail distribution list for job and internship-related offers

In cooperation with the ALSOWI-Club the Sowi Jobs mailing list is an e-mail distribution list for job and internship-related offers. You will receive information about student assistant positions, job offers, internships, career entry and similar topics.

 

Study Program Coordination

Eva Rink
Rebenring 58a, Raum 129 / Bienroder Weg 97, Raum 148

Consultation hours:

  • Tuesday 10-12h (consultations on site)
  • Thursday 10-12h (online consultation)

Dates and registration via Stud.IP

Examination Office

Sybille Bläsche
Rebenring 58a, 1.OG, Raum 126

Consultation hours:

  • By telephone or e-mail
  • Consultation hours on campus are only possible after prior appointment booking via StudIP .