7. Januar 2006

Invitation for Tender for the Postgraduate Master

1. Principles and Goals of the Course

1. Principles and Goals of the Course
The postgraduate course 'Master of Peace and Security Policy Studies' (M.P.S.) is conducted by the University of Hamburg in cooperation with the Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik (IFSH) and other scientific institutions and partners of the network 'Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik' (KoFrieS). The Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF) offers 15 scholarships for this course. The M. P. S.-course is trans- and interdisciplinarily orientated. It is meant as a combination of 'hands on' and classroom-based learning. The course aims at introducing highly qualified humanities and sciences graduates from German or foreign universities as well as academically qualified, experienced practitioners to problems of peace- and security-policy and to fundamental issues relating their practical application. Furthermore, the course aims at imparting methods and insights of peace research and thus at preparing the students for work in peace-studies research and teaching or for practical work for national and international organisations, administrations, associations, and businesses (e.g. peace-keeping, monitoring, verification,
development aid, mediation, arbitration, conversion, administration).
2. Admission Requirements
The course is designed for students who wish to work in the fields of
peace studies or peace- and security-policy. Applicants must have 240 points ECTS (usually a four-year course in no matter what discipline) and must have achieved an honours degree at a German or foreign university. Applications showing professional interest and scientific or practical experience in fields related to problems of peace and international security will be preferred. As both teaching and research are done in German and English, sufficient knowledge of both languages
is required. Students may choose whether to complete coursework and examinations, including their master´s thesis, in the English or German language.
3. Language Skills
A good working knowledge of both German and English is required for admission. Appropriate evidence must be provided by the applicants. Concerning German language skills, the German Language Examination for Foreign Students\' Admission to University (Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studierender) (DSH), the examination
German as a Foreign Language, or any examination of equal value are accepted. Concerning English language skills, the TOEFL (230 points/ 570 paper-based) (, the IELTS (5.5), the Advanced C, or any examination of equal value are accepted. Applicants who are German or English native speakers are not required to prove their skills in their native language.
4. Financial Support
The DSF grants a total of 15 scholarships of Euro 1000,- each. The Admissions Committee decides about who will receive a scholarship. There will be no distinctions between German and foreign applicants. Interest in a scholarship should be mentioned in the letter of application. Additionally, applicants already holding a scholarship (e. g. a GAES scholarship, see ) may apply.
5. Detailed information about the course are found at:
7. Applications for the academic year 2006/7 must be received between December 15th, 2005 and March 15th, 2006.
Written applications to:
Kooperationsverband Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik Institut
für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans J. Giessmann
z. Hd. Frau Heinke Peters
Falkenstein 1
D-22587 Hamburg
Please direct any inquiries to:
Dr. Patricia Schneider
Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität
Hamburg Falkenstein 1 D-22587 Hamburg tel. +49-40-866077-20
fax +49-40-8663615
Please read our answers to frequently asqued questions (FAQs) and the
contents of our homepage beforehand!
(information extracted from the invitation).