Overview

Degree Bachelor of Arts
Start of study Winter semester
Application period Winter semester 01. July until 31. July
Standard period of study 7 semesters
Credits 210
Accredited

Yes

 

Admission restricted Yes
Admission requirements
  • General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) or placement examination/special admission
  • English language skills at level B1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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Language of instruction German
Faculty/institution School of Social Sciences
Integrated stay abroad Yes

Are you interested in politics and would like to have a better understanding of political issues and decision-making processes at local, national and global level? Do you attach great importance to a practice-oriented education? Then the Political Management degree programme at HSB is just the right thing for you!

The strength of the degree programme lies in the combination of theory (political science, sociology, economics, organisational theory, foundations in law), empiricism and the practice (political consulting, communication, project management, campaigning, rhetoric). The aim is to understand political communication at different levels, from communal to international – the ideal foundation for a career in the field of politics at home and abroad! Practitioners in Bremen and federal politics as well as from the business world will be among your lecturers. A truly optimum preparation for your career entry.

Career prospects

A degree in Political Management opens up a wide range of possible careers in policy-related areas, for example:

  • Political consultancy in local, national, supra-, trans- and international government agencies, public institutions and non-governmental organisations as well as for members of parliament, political parties and associations
  • Staff positions in political communication and public relations, such as press office
  • Organisational and personnel management in politically active organisations and companies

The degree programme also qualifies students for entry to a Master's degree at any other university of applied sciences or university. Many graduates go on to take their Master's degree at internationally renowned universities, for example in Berlin, Brussels or London.

Programme structure

The degree programme comprises a total of seven semesters. In the first three, you acquire a broad knowledge of political science and social science methods, foundation knowledge of law and business administration as well as advanced English language skills. In addition, practical soft skills are taught and tested.

In the fourth semester, the practical phase (13.5 weeks) takes place as a compulsory placement in an institution typical of the occupational field. The practical semester is an integral part of the degree programme and the choice of placements is diverse. The HSB maintains good contacts to potential placement providers such as civil authorities or administrations, public institutions and political parties, non-governmental organisations as well as companies, trade unions and consultancies.

The fifth semester is taken up by the compulsory semester abroad, which you spend at a foreign partner university (see Internationality).

In the final phase, the sixth and seventh semesters, you will deepen your knowledge of political science and gain practical political expertise. The focus is on topics such as social cohesion, sustainability, participation and regional development. A central learning objective is to understand political processes at and across different levels – from the municipal to the global level. In addition, courses are offered in the sixth and seventh semesters that enable project-based learning and the integration of experiences made during the practical semester.

Exam regulations

Orientation to practice

For many years, politicians, administrators, academic organisations and professional associations have been calling for more practice-oriented political science degree programmes. Evaluations of political science programmes as well as exit studies of graduates of political science degree programmes repeatedly stress the need for a stronger practical orientation in the education of political science students in order to facilitate their transition into the labour market.

The International Degree Programme in Political Management contributes to remedying the structural deficit in the training of political scientists.

The practical study semester of at least 16 weeks is a compulsory part of the degree programme. It is firmly integrated into the curriculum and takes place in the 4th semester, and is intended to specifically establish intensive contact with political science practice. It is intended to give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous studies in an in-depth practice-related training, to reflect on and evaluate the experiences made in the process and to prepare the students for their future professional activities.

Possible internship positions are political institutions, authorities or administrations, public institutions, non-governmental organisations as well as companies and consultancies with fields of activity such as practical or scientific policy advice, public relations, organisational and personnel management.

Internationality

You spend a compulsory semester abroad at one of the partner universities of the degree programme or at a university of your choice worldwide. The programme systematically prepares

you for your stay abroad through the transfer of experiences between former and present students, through regular courses held in English, foreign language training as well as seminars on international and intercultural topics.

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