Psychology ranked #85 in THE Ranking

The University of Mannheim has been ranked number 85 in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of psychology subjects, confirming its position as one of the top institutions worldwide in this field.

To the press release.
To the ranking.


International Program in Survey Data Science (IPSDS)

The application period to join the fourth cohort of the „International Program in Survey Data Science (IPSDS)“ is now open. The Program is designed by the University of Mannheim and a consortium of the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan and Westat. Due to the funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, participation in the program is completely tuition-free until Feburary 2019.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Question & Answer Sessions are offered on:
November 22, 2018, 6-7pm
January 16, 2019, 6-7pm

Sign up by sending an email to

More Information about the Program.
To the press release.


Prof. Dr. Bless accepted as SPSP Fellow

At the beginning of September 2018, Prof. Dr. Herbert Bless was accepted as a Fellow by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the leading association for personality and social psychology. This makes him one of the few German scientists and the first Mannheim scientist to be accepted into the Fellow Program.

Further information.


Dr. Heck awarded the Heinz Heckhausen Prize

Dr. Daniel Heck was awarded the Heinz Heckhausen Prize for Young Scientists by the German Society of Psychology (DGPs) for his services to the application and development of multinomial processing tree models for the measurement of cognitive processes.

Read the press release (only in German).


DataFest Germany 2018: Awards for MA Political Science Students

The DataFest Germany 2018 was a complete success for the students of the Master's Program in Political Science: Two out of three teams won the awards for "Best Insight" and "Best use of outside data" against a competition from statistics and data science.

A Team of second year Master in Political Science students won the award for "Best Insight". The Team "InDataVeritas" consisted of Thomas Alcock, Erik Kückelheim, Viktoriia Semenova und David Weyrauch.

Another Team of first year Master in Political Science students won the awards for "Best use of outside data". The Team "Stargazers" consisted of Katya Beebe, David Grundmanns, Yannick Deepen, Oliver Rittmann und Rebecca Weiss.

The Faculty of Social Sciences congratulates on this outstanding success.


Prof. Dr. Sonnentag elected as Fellow of IAAP

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sonnentag was elected as Fellow by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).
This makes her the first psychologist in Mannheim to be honored as an IAAP Fellow.

To the website of Prof. Dr. Sonnentag.


Funding for International Ph.D. students and candidates in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) are funding international Master's graduates of all disciplines who want to do their Ph.D. in Mannheim. Their Program "International Promovieren in Deutschland - for all" (IPID4all) supports in addition to travel and accomodation expenses, research and acquaintance visits.

More information.


DataFest Germany 2018

This year's DataFest Germany will take place from March 23 to 25 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

The DataFest is a competition and interdisciplinary team event where large amount of data are processed and evaluated according to own ideas. In a group of up to four people, a data set of a business partner is analysed. The results will then be presented to a jury.

The DataFest will again be organised by a consortium of the Chair of Statistics and Social Science Methodology at the University of Mannheim, dem Department of Statistics at the LMU Munich and the American Statistical Association (ASA).

The registration deadline is on Feburary, 28.

More information about the DataFest Germany 2018 here.


Prof. Dr. König accepted in Leopoldina

Prof. Dr. Thomas König was accepted as a member of the Leopoldina. The National Academy of Science, founded in 1652, is committed to free science for the benefit of people and to shaping the future.

Prof. König is the second member of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leopoldina (after Prof. Dr. Sabine Sonnentag, elected as a member in 2011). Three other former professors of the faculty are also members of the Leopoldina: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Esser, Prof. Dr. Walter Müller und Prof. Dr. Franz Urban Pappi.

To the Website of the Leopoldina.


Public Panel Discussion - (K)Eine Minderheitsregierung für den Bund?

The University of Mannheim invites to a public lecture and discussion to the topic "(K)Eine Minderheitsregierung für den Bund? - Eine Bewertung aus historischer, verfassungsrechtlicher und politikwissenschaftlicher Perspektive".

Three Professors of the University will shed a light on the topic from the perspective of their respective disciplines - history, law and political science - in short lectures of about 15 minutes each. Amon them are Prof. Gschwend, Ph.D, Chair of Political Science, Quantitative Social Methods.

Date: 07.12.2017
Time: 5:45 pm
Place: SN169

All interested parties are cordially invited.

Read the full press release.


Obituary to Prof. Dr. Volker Stocké

On August 22, the former research assistant and assistant of our faculty Volker Stocké died at the age of 51. He was a member of our University and the Faculty of Social Sciences for more than two decades. In 1987 he began his studies in sociology, political science, science and public law, graduating in sociology in 1994. In 2001 he received his doctorate in philosophy from our faculty with the overall grade "summa cum laude". His dissertation on "Framing Rationality. The importance of the presentation of information for decision-making behaviour" was awarded the prize of the Lorenz-von-Stein-Gesellschaft. In May 2009 he habilitated at our faculty and received the "venia legendi" for sociology. He then became Professor for Sociology at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamber, focusing on longitudinal educational research. In March 2012 he was appointed Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research at the University of Kassel. His scientific merits are honoured in an obituary of the recently founded Academy for Sociology in Mannheim.

To the detailed obituary. (only in German)


International Shanghai-Ranking confirms: Universität Mannheim is outstanding in its core programs in „Social Sciences“

The University of Mannheim was rated as the best german university in the programs "Political Sciences", "Business Administration", "Finance" and "Sociology", as one of the best three german universities in "Economics" and "Communications" as well as one of the best four german universities in "Management" and "Communication". More... (german)


Results reports of the Workload-Study in fall term 2016

The new short reports on the results of the Workload-Study in the fall term are online now.

This is about recording the time that students spend with attending the events and self-study. Followed by the ECTS points, which are required to pass a degree.

The survey took place from 14th to 22nd November 2016, and includes Bachelor's degree courses in Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, as well as the Master's degree courses Political Science, Psychology with a focus on work, business and society, psychology with a focus on clinical and cognitive psychology and sociology.


Dr. Jochen Gebauer receives a Heisenberg professorship of the German Research Foundation DFG

Mannheim psychologist Dr. Jochen Gebauer receives a Heisenberg professorship of the German Research Foundation DFG. He conducts research on social and personality psychology and focuses on self-concept and self esteem. The Heisenberg professorships of the DFG offer the prospect of a permanent position as professor to outstanding young scientists.


[New Faces]² - Inaugural Lecture Prof. Marinov, Ph.D.

On Wednesday the 24th of May, Prof. Marinov, Ph.D., Professor for Empirical Democracy Research, will hold his inaugural lecture at the Department of Social Science. In a speech titled “Why Democracy is Retreating and Should We Do Anything about it?”, he will introduce himself and the focus of his works.

Anyone interested is cordially invited!

Date: 04/25/17, 17:15-18:45
Location: A5, Room B144


Tuition fees for international students

The tuition fees will affect all international students who are about to study in Germany at one of the universities in Baden-Württemberg from the fall semester 2017 on. The tuition fee amounts to EUR 1,500 per semester.

Please visit this website for more information.

Tuition fees for the second degree (starting in the fall semester 2017)

The second degree fee amounts EUR 650.00 per semester. Please visit this website for more information.



The 2nd "IPSDS Talks" takes place on Saturday the 28th of January at the University of Mannheim (14:00-16:30). IPSDS Talks is an event dedicated to modern data collection methods.

Keynote speech: "Macroeconomic Indicators: From Big Data to Information" by Roberto Rigobon (MIT), co-founder of the Billion Price Project.

Other speakers and the detailed program will be released shortly here.

To register for the IPSDS Talks, please send an e-mail to

The Connect@IPSDS provides IPSDS students with the opportunity to meet faculty and peers in-person at the University of Mannheim. Our students will also meet survey and data science leading professionals as well as take part in some intensive workshops.


New Degree Program Mannheim Master in Data Science

14. 02. 2017

The School of Business Informatics and Mathematics together with the School of Social Sciences start to offer the new degree program Mannheim Master in Data Science in Spring 2017. The degree program equips students with solid theoretical foundations as well as the necessary practical skills to obtain operational insights from large and complex data sets.

The acquisition and utilization of large quantities of data nowadays influences all areas of our daily life. The analysis and interpretation of large and often complex datasets - called Data Science - is a key factor for the economic success of businesses, the improvement of processes in public administration, as well as the advancement of science. The central obstacle that hinders companies, governments, and research institutions from realizing a larger number of Big Data projects is the lack of well-trained specialists who have the ability to integrate, analyze and interpret large amounts of data. With its new degree program “Mannheim Master in Data Science“ (MMDS), the University of Mannheim contributes as one of the first universities in Germany to closing this education gap.

Due to the traditionally strong quantitative and empirical orientation of Mannheim’s social sciences as well as due to the focus of Mannheim’s business informatics and mathematics on analyzing large data sets, the University of Mannheim provides the ideal environment for educating data scientists. The new degree program teaches students both the fundamental knowledge about methods of empirical social research and explorative data mining, and the skills to apply this knowledge on large data sets in practice. The program is highly interdisciplinary and is run as a collaboration of University of Mannheim’s Data and Web Science Group, Institute of Business Informatics, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, and Institute of Mathematics.  

The MMDS degree program starts in the spring term of 2017 with 25 students per year. The program is financially supported by the second stage of the “Master 2016” extension program of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The target audience of the degree program are graduates of technically oriented Bachelor programs such as business informatics, business mathematics, informatics, mathematics and statistics, as well as graduates of quantitatively oriented Bachelor programs in social and economic sciences such as business administration, political sciences, sociology, and economics.

Structure and Content

The program is structured into the five blocks Fundamentals, Data Management, Data Analytics, Projects and Seminars, and the Master’s Thesis.

Fundamentals: The goal of the fundamentals block is to align the previous knowledge of students from different degree programs. Graduates from computer science and mathematics acquire the required knowledge in empirical research (in particular, data collection and multivariate statistics). Graduates from the social sciences and other fields acquire the required knowledge in computer science (in particular, programming and database technology).

Data Management: One of the central challenges in the Big Data area is to handle the enormous amount, speed, heterogeneity, and quality of the data collected in industry, the public sector, and science. The Data Management block covers methods and concepts for obtaining, storing, integrating, managing, querying, and processing large amounts of data. The block includes courses on modern data management technology (such as parallel database systems, Spark, and NoSQL databases), data integration, information retrieval and search, software engineering, and algorithms.

Data Analytics: The Data Analytics block forms the core of the study program. It provides courses ranging from data mining, machine learning, and decision support, over text analytics and natural language processing, to advanced social science methods such as cross-sectional and longitudinal data analysis. The range of methodological courses is enhanced by courses on optimization, visualization, mathematics and information, and algebraic statistics.

Projects and Seminars: The Projects and Seminars block introduces students to independent research and teaches the skills necessary to successfully participate in and contribute to larger data science projects. The block consists of research seminars, individual projects, team projects, as well as data science competitions. The projects are conducted jointly with industrial partners and/or support ongoing research efforts of participating institutes.

Master Thesis: In the master thesis, students apply what they learned throughout the program. The master thesis has a duration of 6 months. Students are encouraged to write their thesis either in the context of research projects conducted by participating institutes or together with an industrial partner.

More Information

More information about the degree program and how to apply for the program is found at


IPSDS Talks take place on the 20th of February 2016

The 1st "IPSDS Talks" takes place on the 20th of February at the University of Mannheim (14:00-16:30). IPSDS (International Program in Survey and Data Science) Talks is an open event dedicated to modern data collection methods.

Keynote speech: "Importance of Survey Research" by Mario Callegaro (Google).
Other speakers and the detailed program will be released shortly. (

To register for the IPSDS Talks, please send an e-mail to

IPSDS is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in order to establish an online study program for working professionals in survey methodology and data science. Core project partners are the Universities of Mannheim (Germany) and Maryland (USA).
Project Leader: Prof. Dr. Frauke Kreuter.


Results of the Workload Survey

Dear students,

Thank you for your participation in the workload survey. You'll find the results of the study here.

The next survey will take place from November 2 to November 9, 2015.

Thank you for taking time out to participate also in the next survey!


Workload Survey taking place from April 27 to May 4, 2015

Dear Students,

The School of Social Science would like to know more about your actual workload situation during your studies. We therefore invite all students of the bachelor`s and master`s programs of the School of Social Science to take part in a

 Workload Survey

taking place from April 27 to May 4, 2015.

The survey is conducted online. In order to complete the questionnaire, you will receive an access code via your Horde e-mail account on April 27. This access code allows you to complete the questionnaire once.

Please find more information on the survey here.

Thank you for your time and participation!