As the first master’s degree of its kind in Germany, the MA in Peace and Security Studies (MPS) is a two-semester, interdisciplinary degree program in which students acquire knowledge of peace research theory and security policy as well as practical expertise. The program thus pursues both transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches involving the natural sciences, the social sciences, and law.
The aim of the program is to introduce highly-qualified graduates from German and foreign universities as well as academically trained professionals to debates and approaches in peace research and security policy. Universität Hamburg offers the program jointly with the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Universität Hamburg (IFSH) in conjunction with leading academic and security policy institutions as part of the Cooperation Network for peace research and security policy (Kooperationsverbund Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik—KoFrieS).
Graduates of the MA in Peace and Security Studies from Germany and abroad are equipped for careers in peace research and teaching, national and international organizations, public administrations, professional associations, private-sector companies, the media, etc.
While most lectures are conducted in German, some also take place in English. Examinations may be written in either German or English. The program is structure as follows:
Introductory Module: Orientation Unit
Introduction to the residence institutes (RI)
Individual program planning, selection of research projects and residence institutes
Introduction to debates in peace research and security policy
Focused study of problematic issues and debates in peace research and security policy in the form of lectures, seminars, block and intensive courses
240 credit points accumulated during previous degree program
An above-average grade in a degree completed at a German or foreign university, or a successfully completed degree from a German or foreign university together with proof of above-average professional experience in the field of peace studies or security policy