School of Social Sciences

Excellent in Research and Teaching

Research and teaching at the School of Social Sciences takes an empirical-analytical approach, which is informed by theory and relies on quantitative methods.

The three departments that the School comprises – Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology – are each among the most distinguished in the nation and are also well positioned when compared with similar institutions abroad. One of their key features is their strong international orientation. Various rankings have confirmed the outstanding quality of research and teaching at the School of Social Sciences on a number of occasions.

  • Welcoming Remarks by the Dean

    Whether you are interested in one of our bachelor’s or master's programs, want to pursue a doctorate, or would just like to learn more about current research projects at our School – here you will find what you are looking for!

    The School of Social Sciences prides itself on a long-standing tradition of academic excellence. Due to our first-rate research, attractive portfolio of degree programs, and extraordinary facilities, our three departments – Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology – are among the top in Germany and Europe.

    We aim to create an academic environment where students and researchers can thrive and tap into their full potential. To achieve this, we dedicate all our energy and resources to continuously improving the programs and research opportunities offered at our School.

    A comprehensive overview of our degree and exchange programs and information on our Graduate School (CDSS) is just a few clicks away. If you are interested in cutting-edge research in the field of social sciences and want to learn more about research activities at our School, you can browse through the pages of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, the Collaborative Research Center 884, and the Otto Selz Institute.

    Furthermore, you can find out about the many different ways you are supported by the dean’s office and about the work of the roughly 40 professors at our School.

    If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the dean’s office. They will be more than happy to help you!

    Prof. Michael Diehl
    Dean of the School of Social Sciences


Political Science

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