Peace and Conflict Studies: University of Marburg

Master of Arts
Peace and Conflict Studies: University of Marburg, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker, Ketzerbach 11, Marburg, 35032, Germany
Humanities and Arts
Course Language(s) 
German, English
Course Beginning 
2 years
App Deadline 


The Master's programme has a curricular structure which covers four semesters and is comprised of the following seven modules:

  • A: Introduction to peace and conflict studies (20 credits)
  • B: Conflict analysis and conflict processing (16 credits)
  • C: International practical course (12 credits)
  • D: Interdisciplinary research seminars (24 credits)
  • E: Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scope lectures (6 credits)
  • F: Conflict fields (14 credits)
  • G: Dissertation and final examination (28 credits)

Module A contains the introductory lessons in the subject. It consists of an introductory lecture, an exercise class and seminars concerning conflict theories and different forms of conflict resolution. In this module, the fundamental historical, conceptual and theoretical knowledge should be acquired.

Building on that, module B concentrates on conflict analyses, focusing on political factors and/or resource conflicts individually. A transdisciplinary exercise on conflict resolution and mediation is likewise part of this module. The fundamental knowledge from module A is deepened in module B by a practical exercise class that uses selected conflicts as examples, thus expanding knowledge in the field of conflict resolution.

In module C the students complete an international practical course in the area of conflict resolution. It will last about ten weeks and is overseen by the Center, which will also prepare and support the students.

Module D transfers the analytical knowledge and practical experiences gained from the seminars, exercise classes and the practical course to interdisciplinary research contexts. It consists of interdisciplinary research seminars on the political, economical, cultural and ecological factors of political conflicts.

Module E frames the first four modules with basic lectures on public international law, on international relations and on the socio-psychological aspects of conflict and conflict resolution. The basics of the core areas in peace and conflict studies, which are highly significant for the analysis of political conflicts within world society, are taught in this module. Additionally, global conflict scenarios are discussed in an interdisciplinary ring lecture.

Module F is mandatory and will help students choose the particular field of conflict in which they want to specialise. This field of conflict can be chosen from political science or cultural studies.

In module G a dissertation of 40 - 60 pages is to be written (following one of the two research seminars) and a final examination of one hour has to be passed.

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