Peace and Security Studies: University of Hamburg

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Master of Peace and Security Studies - (M.P.S.)
Peace and Security Studies: University of Hamburg, Universität Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans J. Giessmann, Beim Schlump 83, Hamburg, 20144, Germany
Humanities and Arts
Course Language(s) 
German and English
Course Beginning 
Winter semester: Beginning of October
11 months
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Kooperationsverbund Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik, Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg, Falkenstein 1, 22587 Hamburg

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The postgraduate programme "Master of Peace and Security Studies - (M.P.S.)" at the University of Hamburg is a trans- and interdisciplinary programme of two semester, combining theory-based education in the areas of peace research and security policy with the practice-oriented application of methods for research. The prime objective of the course is to provide highly qualified graduates from a national or foreign university and academically trained practitioners of a field-related vocational background with the fundamental basics of the discipline peace studies and security policy as well as to provide them with the instruments applicable for differentiated research in this field. The course is a joint programme of the University of Hamburg and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg - (IFSH). The programme is further guided and partly implemented by a number of co-operating resident institutes of the "Co-operation Network Peace Research and Security Policy" (Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik - KoFrieS). The intense co-operation with the various resident institutes, each concentrating on different issues in the broad field of peace research and security policy, ensures the programme's diversity. The programme is co-sponsored by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Within the context of the course, students may play an active role in building a peace-network programme in Southeast Europe. Furthermore, all students will have the possibility to carry out a period of practically-orientated research at a co-operating resident institute of their own choice.

The programme is organised into three elements: an introductory unit, first semester and second semester. The introductory unit (one week) aims to illustrate basic issues in peace studies and security policy. Furthermore, the co-operating institutes of KoFrieS take the opportunity to introduce their research and teaching profiles during this time. The unit takes place at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) in the first half of October.

The first semester provides an intensive programme of study encompassing the following modules:

  • International Peace and Security Policy
  • International Law and Peace
  • Natural Sciences and Peace
  • Ethics and Peace
  • Economic Problems of Peace and War

Students will take obligatory lectures, additional in-depth seminars, various block seminars as well as a number of interdisciplinary courses and an intensive course at the end of the semester.

The second semester focuses on a vocationally-based course and intensive practical academic work, including:

  • A minimum period of four weeks pursuing practical research at one of the programme's co-operating institutes
  • Periods of guided and independent research
  • Optional short placements and interviews
  • Participation in academic colloquia
  • The completion of the Master's thesis

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