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Peace and Conflict Studies (Master of Arts, International Joint Degree)

Program: Peace and Conflict Studies
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.) (International Joint Degree)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)

The multidisciplinary, English language "Peace and Conflict Studies" program is offered in cooperation with the University of Kent. Students spend one academic year each in Canterbury and Marburg and, following successful completion, receive an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies (Joint Degree) from the Philipp University of Marburg and the University of Kent.

The program's subject matter focuses on conflicts and peace processes in the face of international change. In the program, students acquire in-depth, specialized knowledge of peace and conflict research and the capability to research and analyze conflicts in national and international contexts, to develop conflict management options, and to personally collaborate on the management of conflicts.

Major topics

The required modules comprise the topics of Conflict Theories, Conflict Management, Conflict Analysis and Inter-Group Conflicts, as well as an internship of at least ten weeks.


The Peace and Conflict Studies program enables you to work professionally in a wide range of fields. Depending on the individual major topic, e.g. through selection of the international internship, through conflict analyses according to specific perspectives, the master's thesis, etc., holding a profession in the following fields is conceivable, for example:

  • Science (universities, research institutions, esp. in interdisciplinary and international research contexts)
  • Civil conflict management (e.g. non-governmental organizations)
  • Governmental institutions and organizations (e.g. in the field of conflict management)
  • Conflict mediation / conflict management
  • Political consulting, organizational consulting
  • Media (incl. publishing) and public relations work
  • Economy (industry, companies, independent / private services)