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The MA RTP is a new one-year master program especially designed for international graduates wanting to start a PhD-program in Germany. It is taught at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Core element of the master program is an individual curriculum to provide every student with the best possible preparation for an application at a Graduate School or Research Training Group in Germany.

The new one year (two semester ) consecutive research-oriented master program qualifies students with a background in political science, sociology or an adjacent discipline for a PhD program in Germany. A core element of the master program is an individual curriculum for every student in order to provide them with the best possible preparation for an application for study at a Graduate School or in a Research Training Group. Two groups of students are especially encouraged to apply for this unique program:

  • International graduates who want to prepare themselves for their application for a PhD program or graduate school in Germany.
  • Strongly research focused B.A.-graduates with a minimum of 240 ECTS from Germany and abroad.

The individual curriculum provides every student with the freedom to work on his or her weaknesses, be they methodological, theoretical, topic- specific, language- related or due to the lack of socialization in the German academic system.

The individual curriculum is agreed upon by the student and their supervisor in an in-depth counseling meeting at the beginning of the fall term and the outcome fixed in a binding learning agreement. A standardized guideline will be used for these meetings. The guideline will be made available to the students in order for them to prepare for the meeting, especially to critically reflect on their method of working academically .

The in-depth counseling meeting will be conducted by the lecturer teaching the research design course.

Courses will be taught in English and German.

Although the MA RTP is a new program, the ISW has a long tradition and much experience in educating PhD candidates in a variety of research options, especially through its excellent graduate school, the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Fees and Scholarships

Tuition Fee

There is no tuition fee charged for this master program. However, an administrative fee of approximately 250€ must be paid every semester to the university. This fee includes payment for a public transport pass for Berlin for 6 months.

Living expenses and Scholarships

Students have to cover their living expenses themselves. There are various possibilities for funding and scholarships for foreign students. The program’s office will assist prospective students with information about possible funding and scholarships. If you are planning to apply for scholarships please contact the program’s office (masterrtp.sowi (at) as early as possible in the application process.


Applications from international graduates are especially welcome. Applicants must have a first university degree (Diploma, Master or Bachelor with at least 240 ECTS) in political science, sociology or an adjacent discipline . The application deadline for a start in the fall semester 2011 is:

July 15, 2011

The online application platform will be accessible for German citizens from June 15 until July 15, 2011.
Foreign citizens can apply until July 15, 2011, via UNI ASSIST.

There is an application fee of 48 € for EU citizens and 68€ for Non-EU citizens.

Documents to be submitted in the online-application:

Copy of University degree
Official transcript of records of all university level course work
Letter of motivation
Curriculum Vitae

The following documents can be submitted by pdf to the program’s office:

Outline of a possible doctoral project (1-2 pages)
Writing sample of research work (BA or MA thesis, essay, scientific paper, etc.)
Two letters of recommendation (by university lecturers or senior research staff)

Master RTP Office
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institute for Social Sciences
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

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  1. . I am an Ethiopian. I earned my first degree in Theology. I completed my study with great distinction.My GPA is 3.71 I am also graduated in New Testament. I would like to pursue my study and I would like to apply for the MA program. So if in case you do have scholarship, could you please provide me with the necessary information.
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