Peace and Security Studies
Qualification: Master of Peace and Security Studies
Faculty: Law; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Humanities; Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences
Duration: 4 semesters (regular duration) or 2 semesters (shortened form)
Teaching language: German/English
Program start: winter semester, Important semester dates
Application period: 15.02. to 31.03.
Admission restrictions: yes
Tuition Fees: none, but Semester contribution
Are you interested in peace research and security policy and how they are connected? Do you want to learn more about strategies for avoiding or reducing violent conflicts and what conclusions politics should draw from this? Do you want to acquire further knowledge and competencies in the field of peace and security policy, work together with experts and researcher with interdisciplinary background and gain life-long networks?
Join our two-year master's programme Peace and Security Studies and study at one of the leading research institutions in Germany. For this, a degree with 180 ECTS is required. After admission, it is possible for applicants with 240 ECTS to apply for a two-semester curriculum. The master's program is the only program in Germany to date that combines questions of security policy and security research with a peace studies perspective.
The master’s programme gives you an overview of the social science foundations of peace research and security policy. You will learn about current conflicts in individual regions of the world, concrete aspects of peacekeeping, disarmament and foreign policy.
The curriculum combines research-oriented learning with hands-on skills in an interdisciplinary environment. We cooperate with academic institutions from Germany and abroad that have a thematic proximity to the work of the IFSH. You will learn from experts in the field of social sciences, law, humanities, ethics and natural sciences. Studying Peace and Security M.A. will be a unique educational experience and prepares you to work in international environment.
This is made possible through close cooperation with other academic institutions from Germany and abroad that have a thematic proximity to the work of the IFSH. It is about current conflicts in individual regions of the world, concrete aspects of peacekeeping, disarmament and foreign policy.
While most lectures are conducted in German, some also take place in English. Examinations may be written in either German or English.
The curriculum begins with an orientation unit. Afterwards, students start with the basic modules "Fundamentals and Methods of Peace and Security Reseach" and "Normative Issues in Peace and Security Research". The profile modules "Security Studies" and "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Peace and Security" are the core modules of the master’s programme. In the "Practice Module", students acquire practical skills, job-specific qualifications, and knowledge about possible occupational fields and their requirements. Students are required to do an internship at one of the cooperating institutes involved in programme (KoFrieS). In addition, students have to take part in field trips to national and international institutions. In the “final module” students are required to write a Master's thesis.
Here you will find a Model Study Plan “Peace and Security Studies” for 4 Semesters.
The one-year curriculum is a shortened form of the two-year programme. Here you will find a Model Study Plan “Peace and Security Studies” for 2 Semesters.
Additional information on degree program
Information on studying at Universität Hamburg
- 180 credit points/credits acquired in previous studies. Those who can prove 240 ECTS from previous degrees can apply to shorten the duration of their studies to one year.
- A degree completed at a German or foreign university
- Good proficiency in German and English
Applying / Application procedure
Applications are always possible for winter semester; the application period for the international master's programs runs from 15 February to 31 March of each year for winter semester (starting in October).
General academic advising
Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik
an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH)
Beim Schlump 83
Questions regarding the application procedure
Tel: +49 (0)40 86 60 77-15
Office Hours: Monday - Tuesday from 9 till 1pm
11. Sep. 2023