International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research
(Master of Arts),
in cooperation with Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
(Internationale Studien / Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, M.A.)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German; some lectures in English|
|Internship: Students do a minimum 7.5-week-long internship to acquire insight into possible later careers; further information|
Requirements for Admission: |
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in the same area or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here. For further questions please contact the TU Darmstadt departmental advisor’s office or the programme advisor at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Please also note the general information regarding Master’s degree programmes.
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted|
|Part-time Studies: No|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: only through Goethe University Frankfurt; further information|
|Special Features: students must attend at least four courses/lectures at TU Darmstadt and at least six courses/lectures at the Goethe University Frankfurt; further information|
The Master of Arts in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research takes place with cooperation between the Goethe University Frankfurt, the TU Darmstadt and the Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK) (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt – PRIF). As a result, students are required to attend at least four courses/lectures at TU Darmstadt and at least six courses/lectures at the Goethe University Frankfurt.
The degree programme is situated at the interface between peace and conflict research, international relations, political theory and philosophy.The focus of the programme is on problems of regional and global systems, the differential analysis of conflicts and the comprehensive theoretical development of strategies to diffuse conflicts and promote peace.
The Master of Arts in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research is divided into the following modules:
- Module 1: Foundations of International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research: Introduction to fundamental political science concepts and paradigms, as well as features and concepts in peace and conflict research
- Module 2: World Order and Civilization: Agents and political arenas at the international level
- Module 3: Conflict, War and the Peace Process: Conflicts and wars of the present, peace processes and conflict mediation, origins and consequences of war, conflict transformation, peace strategies
- Module 4: Research Internship: In-depth study of empirical knowledge and application of methods in empirical social science research
- Module 5: Internship: Career-related internship of a minimum of 7.5 weeks, plus final written report
- Module 6: Theory and Political Philosophy of Global Socialisation: Concepts and debates surrounding global society, Normative principles of world order, Democracy and transnational socialisation, Universalism and particularism
- Module 7: Optional Module: Specialisation in one module (see semester course schedule)
- Module 8: Final Module: Colloquium, Master’s thesis and oral examination
The programme concludes with the Master’s Thesis (23 CPs).
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Arts in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Arts enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Arts degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The career prospects for social scientists in general and for graduates of Political Science in particular, i.e. Master of Arts holders in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research, are widely varied. An important feature of this broad spectrum includes practical experience, which students may obtain during their degree, depending on which specialisations they wish to focus on.
Political scientists also work with schoolbook and textbook editors, with publishing houses (e.g. as copy editors), with radio, television and newspaper editing desks, in PR and marketing agencies, in libraries and archives, with international organisations and in the cultural field. With additional business management qualification, political scientists may also find positions in business enterprises (e.g. in business and marketing or human resources). Other options include working in the public service, with press agencies or in journalism, which are areas where social scientists often work in.
In general, political scientists of course also often find themselves working in research and teaching at universities. In addition, they are also found in statistical, market and polling institutes for political parties, associations, international organisations or in public administration.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites: