Ph. D. On Campus

Political Science

University of Mannheim

48 months
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Research in the Political Science programme from the Graduate School of Economics and Social Science (GESS), University of Mannheim, is characterized by an empirical-analytical approach. It uses quantitative methods for data analysis and covers a broad range of topics.


Empirical-analytical research with a quantitative focus, methodological diversity as well as interdisciplinarity are the linchpins of research conducted within the department and the School of Social Sciences.

Research at the chairs of Political Economy, Political Sociology and Political Psychology acts as a bridge between political science on the one hand and sociology and psychology on the other, which are closely related fields.

Furthermore the School of Social Sciences closely collaborates with GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).


The CDSS PhD Program in Political Science from University of Mannheim, offers courses in topical areas of research and advanced methods. The latter provide students with the tools for rigorous and thorough theoretical and empirical analysis such as, theories of rational and social choice, game theory, Bayesian learning models are as much part of this as are advanced quantitative methods, including multivariate analysis (OLS) and maximum likelihood estimation. 

Programme Structure

Main research fields:

  • Elections and party competition in established democracies, but also processes of democratization and political decision-making in other forms of government
  • European integration process
  • National conflicts and civil wars
  • Drivers and consequences of reform processes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The prerequisite for admission is a master’s degree or a four year bachelor's degree in the respective field or equivalent.
    • Personal data
    • Letter of motivation
    • Certificates and transcripts of grades
    • GMAT (or GRE)
    • Writing sample
    • Any supplementary information relevant to your application.

Tuition Fee

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There are no tuitions fees, just a small semester fee of €194.30 Euros per term.

Living costs for Mannheim

800 - 1100 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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