Internationale Studien / Friedens- und Konfliktforschung

Master of Arts; tuition language: German

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The Master of Arts in IInternationale Studien / Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 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 Technical University of 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.

Programme Information, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Department 03 Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Insitute for Political Science, TU Darmstadt

Course Catalogue

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Semesters 4
Language German; some lectures in English
Start of studies Winter semester
Internship Students do a minimum 7.5-week-long internship to acquire insight into possible later careers.
Application 1. Application is through Goethe University Frankfurt
2. a Proof of proficiency in English at B2 (GER) level.
Good to know Students must attend at least four courses/lectures at Technical University of Darmstadt and at least six courses/lectures at the Goethe University Frankfurt.
Further information
Preparatory courses for international students
Part-time studies at TU Darmstadt: no
Doctoral Studies

The career prospects for social scientists in general and for graduates of Political Science in particular, i.e. Master of Arts holders in Internationale Studien / Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 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.

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