Two-Subject Master's Degree Master in Social Sciences - Specialization Fields

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Ruhr-University Bochum pursues a modern interdisciplinary approach to social sciences. The key feature of the faculty is the combination of social science disciplines from the fields of political science, sociology, social psychology and social anthropology, social policy and social economics, as well as social sciences methodology and statistics.

In the MA program in social sciences in the two-subject model, students choose a specialization by selecting one of the following disciplines (fields of study):

  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Social Theory and Cultural Psychology

In this model, the three master's modules in the chosen field of study and research area form the core of the program. A practical module completes the interdisciplinary and social sciences profile of the two-subject program.


Field of Study Sociology

Sociology deals in theory and research with the interrelations between social action and societal structures. General sociology elaborates general explanatory approaches to the structures and processes of modern societies and their cultural as well as social change. Special sociologies research areas such as labor, development/internationalization, gender, organizations, and city/region.

Master's Modules

  • Labor and Organization
  • Gender and Society
  • Space and Development

Student Counseling - Till Stefes

Office: GD E1/620
Phone: (0234) 32 22782
Office hours: see homepage


Field of Study Political Science

Political science deals with the process of political decision-making and its effects. The focus lies on the mediation of interests, policy field analysis and local and regional politics.

Master's Modules

  • Interest Mediation
  • Policy Field Analysis
  • Local and Regional Politics

Student Counseling - Prof. Dr. Rainer Eising

Office: GD E2/255
Phone: (0234) 32 25172
Office hours: Tue 1 pm - 2 pm, registration via entry in the list on the blackboard of the chair

Field of Study Social Theory and Cultural Psychology

The program addresses current trends in theoretical discourse in the social sciences. The focus on social theory aims at a theory of social sciences, i.e. integrating theorizing in the social sciences that goes beyond the theoretical approaches inherent in the subject. In the present context, the social psychology focus refers to recent developments in social psychology that attempt to bridge the gap between psychological and social scientific social psychology by linking to their interdisciplinary origins.

Master's Modules

  • Cultural Psychology, Cultural and Social Theory
  • Interculturality
  • Practical Cultural Psychology and Cultural Anthropology

Student Counseling - Prof. Dr. Jürgen Straub

Room: GD E1/259
Phone: (0234) 32 259
Office hours: Wed 8.30 am - 9.45 am


Master of Education

The Master of Education program in the subject of Social Sciences supersedes the former teacher training program and conveys subject-specific didactic content in addition to subject-specific knowledge.

Master's Modules

  • Subject Didactics
  • Subject Science
  • KOOP (Cooperation Seminar)

Student Counseling - Teresa Tuncel

Office: GD E2/167
Phone: (0234) 32 19821
Office hours: by arrangement

Subject Combinations

In the two-subject model, social sciences may be combined with a second, non-social sciences subject.

The following combinations are possible:

  • Art History
  • Catholic Theology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Classical Philology
  • Economic and Raw Material Archaeology
  • English and American Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • General and Comparative Literature
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Language Teaching Science
  • Media Studies
  • Oriental and Islamic Studies
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Prehistory and Ancient History
  • Protestant Theology
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance Studies
  • Romance Studies French
  • Romance Studies Italian
  • Romance Studies Spanish
  • Russian Culture
  • Sinology
  • Slavonic Studies
  • Theatre Studies

Depending on the desired subject combination, it is possible to obtain a double degree by adding the Master of Education. For further information, please contact the registrar's office at RUB.

Please pay attention to the subject-specific admission requirements.