Politics & Technology
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
The new Master´s program offers a new approach to the study of politics and policy in an age of major technological and economic changes.The program is intended for students willing to take on the challenge of addressing big questions, eager to think "outside of the box”.TUM School of Governance
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
In the program, students will learn advanced methodological tool and analytical skills, diverse theoretical approaches, and normative perspectives that can be applied to understanding the governance of new and existing technologies as well as pressing political and policy questions related to democratic and global governance, climate change, energy transitions, international trade and finance. Students will examine the causes of problems and analyze different policy solutions and instruments.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is English.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
- To combine knowledge in engineering or natural sciences with expertise in political science
- To integrate know-how, skills, and competencies from different disciplines into the political dialog
- To analyze and evaluate specific theories and methods of political science
- To identify opportunities for interdisciplinary working methods and approaches in technology-related fields of action in political science
- To implement projects independently and on their own responsibility
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
Our Master´s program gives students first-rate analytical and leadership skills. In this program, that cuts across disciplines, students will gain outstanding skills for careers as analysts, communicators, managers, innovators and leaders at all levels of government and public administration, in the private sector, in think tanks, the media, domestic and international non-profit and non-governmental organizations.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (a bachelor's or higher degree is required. Students from different disciplinary backgrounds - political science or comparable social science, or engineering/natural sciences - are welcome to apply) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
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- Important information about your apllication from the TUM school or department
How do I apply? (start of program in summer semester 2020)
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.
Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.
Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)
- Online Application Print-out (signed)
- Transcript of Records (certified copy)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date (certified copy)
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (certified copy)
- Letter of Motivation
- Complete and Current Résumé (CV)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Passport (copy)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Preliminary evaluation by uni-assist for graduate certificates (i.e. a bachelor's degree) obtained in a country outside of the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in summer semester 2020)
- Application for Admission
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date
- Transcript of Records
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Letter of Motivation
- Complete and Current Résumé
- Preliminary Documentation (VPD) if the qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor's) is obtained outside the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents.
What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)
Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.
You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.
Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.
Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in summer semester 2020)
Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.
We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.
We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.
You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.
In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview.
Where can I find the online application portal?
The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.
Do I have to complete an internship?
This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.