International Programmes 2018/2019

Empirical Political and Social Research (Franco-German), MA Empirical Political and Social Research (Franco-German)

University of Stuttgart • Stuttgart

Master of Arts in Empirical Political and Social Research
In cooperation with
Sciences Po Bordeaux
Teaching language
  • German
  • English
  • French

Courses in Stuttgart are held in German, courses in Bordeaux in French. There are some courses that are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 July of every year

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

EU citizens do not pay tuition, whereas non-EU citizens pay a tuition of 1,500 EUR per semester.

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

At University of Stuttgart: Political Science, Sociology, Methods of Empirical Research and Statistics.
At Sciences Po Bordeaux: Political Science, Economy, Culture Générale. Students have to choose one specialisation. For further information, see our website (

Course organisation

The Master's programme takes four semesters (two years). The first year of compulsory study takes place in Stuttgart, and the second year takes place in Bordeaux (professional Master's) or in Stuttgart (research Master's).
Master of Arts (MA) in Empirical Political and Social Research
This is a German-French joint degree programme.

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International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The two Master's years can be spent in Stuttgart (one year) and Bordeaux (one year) or they can both be spent in Stuttgart (because the Master's programme is the continuation of the Franco-German BA course of study, which requires the students to spend two of three years in Bordeaux).

Integrated internships

Students who choose the professional Master's (one year in Stuttgart, one in Bordeaux) have to complete an internship of at least four months. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • German-French University (DFH)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

EU citizens do not pay tuition, whereas non-EU citizens pay a tuition of 1,500 EUR per semester.

Semester contribution
Approx. 180 EUR per semester
Costs of living
Living expenses amount to about 750 EUR per month. You will have to demonstrate that you have sufficient finances to cover your living expenses for 12 months. EU citizens may apply for state guaranteed loans during the time of enrolment. For more information, see the links on our websites, which are given below.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Please check our website on financial aid and scholarships:
Academic Admission Requirements

Completion of a Franco-German university course in social science of at least three years duration, either in the cooperation programme of University of Stuttgart with Sciences Po Bordeaux or in an equivalent programme

Language requirements

Very good French skills (German students) or German skills (French students)
The main requirement of the German-French Master's programme is a degree in a German-French course of social sciences (Bachelor's, German "Diplom", etc.), so that the German students are equipped with good French skills (and the French students with good German skills).

Application deadline

15 July of every year

Submit application to


Possibility of finding part-time employment

Please be aware that it may be very challenging to finance your whole studies by working. Non-EU citizens are allowed by law to work for a maximum of 120 days per year. Only students who are employed by the university in one of the institutes or departments (Studentische/Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte) are exempt from this regulation, but other restrictions apply.

For more detailed information, please consult our websites:

International Students: Financing your Studies and Working during your studies



Both the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and in Stuttgart centre have on-site halls of residence. Dorm rooms (ranging from 240-350 EUR per month) are furnished. Some are equipped with a sink, and all have access to kitchen and sanitary facilities, telephone and Internet. From the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, the city of Stuttgart can be reached by suburban railway within ten minutes.

University of Stuttgart

Visionaries for the topics of the future

The University of Stuttgart is one of the leading technically oriented universities in Germany with global significance. Located centrally in an economically strong region with vast cultural integration, the university sees itself as a hub of university-based, extramural and industrial research. Furthermore, it takes a role as a leader in research-based teaching, focused on quality and holism. The university is dedicated to researching and strengthening the interfaces between technology, society and culture in an interdisciplinary manner, defined as the "Stuttgart Way". This means the integration of engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences based on the fundamentals of cutting-edge research at a disciplinary level.

Excellent research and teaching

The University of Stuttgart implements innovative concepts in research and teaching in order to provide knowledge and strategies for a meaningful and sustainable development. It focuses on basic research that is both knowledge-oriented and application-related. To facilitate this research, the university is actively part of regional, national and international research networks.

The university is committed to the principle of unity between research and teaching. Students acquire knowledge, expertise and the power of judgement, in accordance with the guidelines of scientific research and awareness. The university fosters fascination for the sciences, supporting its students and junior researchers at all stages of their careers. It promotes independent thinking and provides an environment for responsible action. In doing so, the university educates individuals into exceptional experts who think integratively and globally and act responsibly in the sciences, economics and society.

A powerful region

Founded in 1829, at the beginning of the Industrial Age, the University of Stuttgart continues to prepare the way for innovation within an economically and scientifically powerful region and contributes to the economic success and prosperity of our society. This process combines the requirements of a social and cultural change, which allows an early and extensive input of social interests in research and design, as well as teaching and further education.


The University of Stuttgart stands for open-mindedness, individuality and community spirit. It brings together students that are eager to learn, highly motivated employees, outstanding teachers, and excellent researchers as well as visionary thinkers and inventors. By means of its culture of integration, the university creates and conveys knowledge for shaping the future of our society.

University Location

The University of Stuttgart is nestled in one of Europe’s most vibrant industrial regions. This fosters many forms of interdisciplinary collaboration – for instance, in numerous Collaborative Research Centres (CRC sometimes CRC/TRR) and in application-oriented research assignments. The University of Stuttgart sets up a close relationship and a successful transfer of knowledge and technology between its research institutions and business enterprises in the region and beyond. This very practical orientation benefits research and teaching. At the same time, economic players profit from rapid access to new scientific knowledge and contact to experts in their specialised fields. There are numerous possibilities of collaboration for businesses. Furthermore, the university also maintains a close relationship with non-university research institutions such as the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, the German Aerospace Center and the German Literature Archive Marbach. Thus, the optimal prerequisites for cutting-edge research at the highest level are all to be found in Stuttgart.