CfA: MA Peace and Conflict Studies (International Double Degree) (Kent and Marburg University)

The University of Kent and University of Marburg are now accepting applications for the international double degree programme Peace and Conflict Studies for the 2012-2013 year.

This international double award is jointly offered by the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and the Centre for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg. Upon successful completion of the programme students will be awarded an MA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Kent University and an MA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Marburg. The two year full-time programme encompasses 120 ECTS credits (240 Kent credits). The programme includes a mandatory internship of at least 10 weeks. The Master dissertation is jointly supervised and marked by academic staff at Kent and Marburg.

This multidisciplinary programme features compulsory modules on theories of conflict, conflict resolution, research methods/methods of conflict analysis and intergroup conflicts. Optional modules cover a wide range of topics including negotiation, mediation, diplomacy, development, critical approaches to peace and conflict studies, international political economy, foreign policy, human rights and terrorism.

Students will spend the first year at Kent University and the second year at Marburg University where courses are taught in English. Thus, international students do not need to speak German to study in Marburg. Alternatively, fluent German speakers can opt to spend the first year in Marburg where compulsory courses will be taught in German and spend the second year in Canterbury. The universities do not operate on a system of deadlines for applying to this programme. We do recommend submitting applications by the end of June 2012. Nonetheless, applications received after this date will still be accepted.

Further information on modules, application requirements, fees, and scholarships is available



Please note: We can offer five stipends for German nationals. These stipends are funded by the DAAD. These stipends cover the period between September 2012 and March 2013 at Kent University. German applicants who want to be considered for one of the DAAD stipends have to add a written statement of no more than 400 words to the application. This statement should explain why the applicant wants to be considered for a DAAD stipend. German students who want to be considered for a DAAD stipend have to submit their application to Kent University by 01 June 2012. Successful applicants who receive an offer for a DAAD stipend have to both take up the stipend and register at Kent University by 16 July 2012. This stipulation applies for German nationals only who want to be considered for a DAAD grant.

German nationals can also apply for funding by the ´Auslandsbafoeg` funding scheme. If you qualify for funding, the tuition fees at Kent University can fully be covered by a grant (i.e. non-repayable funding) by the ´Auslandsbafoeg` scheme.

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Comment by Paul Steinheuer on November 3, 2011 at 8:32am

@Sam: It is of course always good to include information on professors and convenors. However, I strongly disagree that UKC does not have the credentials to teach Peace Studies. There are a number of very competent convenors with research interests that belong to the field of peace and conflict studies. A good overview of these staff members can be found at the University's Conflict Analysis Research Centre. My point is that UKC has a section of Peace and Conflict studies in its own right (of course as a section within the Politics&IR department, but this is common practise in many academic environments).

Comment by Sam Pearse on November 1, 2011 at 12:57pm

I do not wish to be negative, and I say this with a sense of responsibility rather then rashness but I question the credentials of the University of Kent to teach Peace studies, having studied Politics & IR there recently. Peace studies is not an extension of Politics or International relations in my opinion and it seems the 'expert' in Peace has all his experience in War and politics. I just feel I wouuld like that info if I was going to apply to the program. I am entirely ignorant about Marberg university.

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