International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research in cooperation with Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Master of Arts

Internationale Studien / Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, M.A.

Description

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.

More information:

Programme Information, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Department 03 Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Insitute for Political Science, TU Darmstadt

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Degree Master of Arts
Duration 4 Semesters
Language: German; some lectures in English
Programme Start winter semester
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme are comprised of
1. 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.
2. a Proof of proficiency in English at B2 (GER) level.
Internship Students do a minimum 7.5-week-long internship to acquire insight into possible later careers; further information
Part-time Studies No
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.
Online Self-Assessment

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.

Upon successful completion of a Master of Arts degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt

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.