Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Please read the following list of FAQs carefully. We are happy to provide additional information, if your question is not answered.
1.1 What does this programme have to offer?
1.2 What are the differences between studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent and Marburg?
1.3 Is the international double degree programme accredited?
1.4 Do I have to speak German in order to study at Marburg?
1.5 Can I take classes in German?
1.6 Does the international double degree increase my chances on the job market?
1.7 What are the exact starting and end dates of the programme?
2.1 Where do I apply?
2.2 Which documents do I have to submit with the application?
2.3 What are the minimum requirements?
2.4 What are the language requirements?
2.5 Do I have to hold a first degree in Peace and Conflict Studies?
2.6 Do I have to submit my application to both universities?
2.7 What is the application deadline?
2.8 Is there an application fee?
2.9 Where do I register?
2.10 Can I decide after the first year whether to do the double degree Master or not?
2.11 Can I register with one of the universities and transfer to another programme at Kent or Marburg after the first year?
2.12 Can I register at one of the universities and spend the second year at a university other than Kent or Marburg?
2.13 Can the study period (2 years, 4 semesters) be extended?
2.14 What is the ratio between the number of applications and the number of available places?
2.15 Do I have a chance to be accepted? Should I apply? Can you take a look at my CV?
2.16 I need an offer in order to apply for a scholarship. Can you make an early offer?
3.1 Is the internship mandatory?
3.2 What is the duration of the internship?
3.3 Can I intern with two or more organisations?
3.4 Are there placement agreements with potential employers?
3.5 When do I have to apply for an internship?
3.6 Are the internships paid?
3.7 Is their financial assistance available?
3.8 Where can I intern?
3.9 Do I have to inform the university about my internship plans?
4.1 Which fees do you charge?
4.2 Do I have to pay tuition at both universities?
4.3 Is there financial support available?
4.4 Can I expect to have access to additional funding sources after registering?
4.5 Are there loans available?
4.6 Am I allowed to work whilst studying?
5.1 How high are living costs in Canterbury and Marburg?
5.2.Can you provide information on student life in Canterbury and Marburg?
5.3 Can I meet the teaching staff at Kent and Marburg University?
5.4 How can I get to Canterbury and Marburg?
5.5 What if I have a question not answered in this FAQ?
- An insight into the causes and effects of international conflicts and the means to manage them peacefully or to prevent them in the first place;
- An insight into the changes in conflict environments at the national, regional and global levels;
- An insight into the role of various international organizations as a motor of and actor in international conflict resolution;
- A solid introduction to the philosophical and epistemological foundations of the study of international conflict;
- All students receive training in philosophical and epistemological questions relating to the social sciences
- Insights into the complex relationship between the concerns of domestic and international politics
- Cosmopolitan staff and student body
- Teaching informed by research at the cutting edge of the discipline
- Wide choice of specialised modules
- Different lengths to suit the needs of a wider range of students, with opportunities to study in another academic environment and in a different cultural setting for a year abroad
- An internship that provides additional experience enabling students to enhance their employment prospects
- Extra-curricular learning programme
- Friendly campuses at Canterbury and Marburg, and highly active study centres at these locations with dedicated teaching staff
The programme is fully accredited at both Kent and Marburg Universities.
Students follow the regular semester dates in Kent and Marburg.
Winter semester in Marburg: middle of October through the middle of February
Summer semester in Marburg: middle of April through the middle of July
Kent University. Admission to the programme will be jointly decided by both universities.
- Evidence of your academic qualifications. If you have not yet completed your degree, please send us an interim transcript (a list of all the modules/courses you have taken with the mark achieved for each). Once you have been awarded your degree we will require a final transcript and a certificate confirming your overall degree classification. For the purposes of application a copy of your transcript is acceptable, however you will need to show us the original copy upon registration.
- References from two academic referees. All references must be in English. The university needs to receive both references before deciding on your application. If you apply online, your referee will be sent an automatic email requesting a reference. We can accept references by email, provided your referees use their institutional email account and follow up the email with copies written on official letter-headed paper and signed by the referee.
- Evidence of English language ability, if required
- Samples of work or research proposals you have been asked to submit (for those applying to research degrees).
- Any other materials or documents you would like to have considered
in support of your application. Please visit the University of Kent
website for further information.
- You should have a good Honours degree normally in Politics, Government, International Relations, International Studies or European Studies or in a cognate discipline in social science (e.g., Geography) or humanities (e.g., History). However, students applying from other disciplines will also be considered providing they can demonstrate that they have the relevant knowledge/experience.
- Applicants whose first degree is from a German university must achieve one of the following qualifications: Diplom; Erstes Staatsexamen; Magister Artium; Fachhochschuldiplom; Bachelor; Bakkalaureaus at levels gut or sehr gut. The new Bachelor can be regarded as equivalent to a UK Bachelors (Honours) and the Magister/Master to a UK taught Masters.
For the purposes of this programme, foreign degrees are generally considered equivalent to German degrees. You can apply with a B.A. degree received in any country.
- Applicants whose first language is not English need to provide evidence of their proficiency in written and spoken English together with the other application documents. This requires a score of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in reading and writing in the International English Language Test (IELTS), a ‘C’ in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, an ‘A’ in the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English, or a TOEFL score of at least 90 including 22 reading and 21 writing, 21 listening and 23 speaking, but an overall score of equal to, or in excess of 90 (internet based). This requirement for non-native speakers of English may be waived, provided that the student has obtained a higher degree of education which was taught entirely in English. In this case, applicants will need to provide a document from their University confirming that the medium of instruction for their degree was English. Please note: if applicants require a visa to study in the UK, they will have to take an English test due to the visa regulations set out by UKBA.
- Applicants who wish to take modules in German during their second year and whose first language is not German need to provide evidence of their proficiency in written and spoken German. This requires a DSH II certificate that should be accomplished before registration. For more information please check here.
There is no formal application deadline but early applications are strongly encouraged. Due to the limited places available on the programme, applicants who submit their application early (i.e. before end of March) will have a much higher chance of securing a place on the programme. Students wishing to apply for accommodation on campus must have received an unconditional offer and applied by 30th June of the year in which they wish to start the MA. Those intending to apply for scholarships or other awards should also note the relevant deadlines for application.
Neither of the hosting
universities charges an application fee.
2.11 Can I register with one
of the universities and transfer to another programme at Kent or
Marburg after the first year?
No. Although the international double degree Master programme builds upon existing programmes at Kent and Marburg, it is distinct from these existing programmes. Please check the website of the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent University and the Center for Conflict Studies at Marburg University, if you are interested in the other programmes.
2.12 Can I register at one of the universities and spend the second year at a university other than Kent or Marburg?No, students have to take the required modules at Kent and Marburg in accordance with the programme specifications. The University of Kent is also running double degree programmes with other universities in France, Poland and Russia.
No. Extensions are not allowed, unless there are strong and justifiable reasons (e.g. disease, pregnancy) that impede you from completing your studies in time.
For 2011/2012: 40:15
For 2012/2013: 101:16
Please check the admissions criteria. We do not pre-evaluate applications and CVs.
No. There is no fast track admission process. We understand that applicants have to invest time and effort into the application, but we will not make any decisions without a proper application.
There is no fixed time period for the internship. However, we advice the students to try and complete the internship during the term breaks or after the spring term at Kent University.
3.7 Are the internships paid?This depends on the agreement between you and the organisation offering the internship. We strongly recommend applying for internships that offer some kind of financial compensation or other forms of support like accomodation and board.
PROMOS grants, ASA grants, Carlo Schmid grants, AuslandsBaföG, Anke-Reese-stipends or Heinrich J. Klein grants. We recommend getting in touch with your home institutions or governments in order to explore other potential sources of funding. Information regarding financial assistant for non-EU-students can be found here and here. previous destinations of our students.
finance website. The University of Marburg does not charge tuition fees. However, students do have to pay administrative fees to the amount of about 250 Euros per semester. These administrative fees include contributions to the students union and free public transport for the whole State of Hesse and adjacent cities like Heidelberg and Goettingen. The University of Marburg charges small fees for elective German language modules or the intensive language and preparation course in September. The Centre for Conflict Studies collaborates with the Academy for Conflict Transformation. The Academy charges fees for their modules, which can also be taken by students of the International Double Degree Programme. However, these modules are additional and elective. Marburg University does not charge fees for the required modules.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/finance-student/fees/postgraduate/index.html). information on scholarships. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers information and advice on scholarships for German students who want to study abroad and international students who want to study in Germany. German language speakers can also search the databases of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Stifterverband. We encourage all applicants and registered students to apply for scholarships. However, be aware that most scholarship schemes are heavily oversubscribed.
Marburg University offers DAAD grants for German students. See http://www.uni-marburg.de/konfliktforschung/studium/international-double-award/feesandfunding.
4.5 Can I receive an Erasmus exchange grant?
Since this is an integrated double degree programme, there is no Erasmus funding available.information on loans for EU/UK and international students. Information on publicly subsidized or commercial loan programmes in Germany is available here and here.
Kent University ( http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/funding/postgraduate/costs/living.html) and Marburg University offer information on average living costs.
handbook student life 2011-2012, the student life webpage and the International Student Guide 2011 for further information. Information on student life in Marburg is available here.
University’s Open Days held in February, July, October and December or you can arrange an informal visit by emailing (R.L.Devine@kent.ac.uk). Alternatively, you can meet representatives of the University of Kent at one of the educational events Kent University regularly attend around the world. If you want to visit Marburg University or meet the teaching staff, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
here and here for directions.
Mrs. Roxanne Devine (R.L.Devine@kent.ac.uk) or send a message to PACS[AT]staff.uni-marburg.de.
The double degree programme is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from funds of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).