Peace and Conflict Studies (International Double Degree)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
Deadline: Jul 15, 2023
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The Master's programme "MA International Development Studies" deals with the causes, effects and general conditions of economic, societal and political development. The "MA International Development Studies" focuses on the interdependencies of institutions and development processes in regional and international contexts, especially looking at non-OECD-countries. The research oriented Master's programme uses the methodological approach "comparative analysis of institutions".

High methodological competence and well-founded transfer of economic and socioscientific theories will enable successful students to fulfil tasks in and for developing and transitioning countries. Using inter- and multidisciplinary modules the "MA International Development Studies" prepares the students for the solving explicit problems in the area of development cooperation, within international corporations, in the non-profit sector or within the scientific community.

Since its launch students from nine nations (Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and Uzbekistan) and four continents have registered for the Master's programme "MA International Development Studies".

Study abroad unit(s)

Participants are allowed to study abroad for one semester of the programme.


An internship of at least eight weeks is to be completed (for example) during the summer break between the second and third semesters. Programme advisers will assist students with finding an appropriate internship.

Forms of assessment

Presentations, exams, tests and records

Course objectives

Students will be prepared for jobs in and for developing countries and transformation countries. Graduates will be able to work in the private sector, public service, non-profit-sector, international organisations or in science and research via a doctoral degree.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their German and English skills and of another modern foreign language.

German: DSH 2
English: B2 (CEFR)
other modern foreign language: B1 (CEFR)

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Economic Sciences or Political Science with at least 60 points (ECTS) in one of these disciplines and 12 ECTS in methods of economic OR political and social science.
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Enrolment fees

The university charges a registration fee of 50 EUR and student union fees. State law requires all students to be members of the student union. These fees entitle students to subsidised accommodation as well as meals and automatically include a free travel pass for public transport in most of the state of Hesse. In summer 2016, the student union dues amounted to approx. 313 EUR.
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Costs of living

Living costs depend on individual lifestyles and on regional prices. The Marburg foreigners' registration office ("Ausländerbehörde") requires international students to prove that they have at least 600-700 EUR per month at their disposal in order to cover their living costs.
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Job opportunities

Within certain legal limits, job opportunities are available for international students. Fluent German is required for most jobs. Employment for international students must be approved by the foreigners' registration office. There are hardly any legal restrictions on taking academic assistant jobs at the university.
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Funding opportunities within the university

Arrival support

Marburg is located 100 km north of Frankfurt and can easily be reached by plane, public transport, or by car. For detailed descriptions of the different routes to Marburg and to find one's way around the town, see:

Services and support for international students

Philipps-Universität Marburg offers an intensive one-week welcome and orientation programme for all new international students. It includes a variety of services such as practical help with authorities, setting up health insurance, and opening a bank account. It also includes cultural and social events and the opportunity to make initial contacts with fellow students. The second week is usually dedicated to orientation programmes organised by the faculties.
Special services for doctoral candidates are provided by Marburg University Research Academy (MARA).

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The situation on the accommodation market in Marburg is not easy. However, the university assists international students in finding suitable and affordable accommodation.
The Studentenwerk Marburg maintains 20 student residence halls with a total of 2,049 units. Apart from single rooms, there are 129 flats with two to three rooms for married couples. Only students registered at Philipps-Universität Marburg are entitled to a place in a residence hall. The Konrad Biesalski House, in which handicapped and non-handicapped students live together, offers round-the-clock assistance. There is a bus service and other services such as physiotherapeutic exercises and massage baths.
Many students live in private accommodation or shared flats. The supply of flats in the centre of Marburg is limited, especially in the Oberstadt, but the situation on the outskirts of Marburg and in the immediate vicinity is better. There are good bus connections (bus timetables are available in the Customer Centres of the Municipal Department of Works on Rudolphsplatz). Experience shows that demand is highest on the accommodation market at the beginning of each semester (April, October), so you should start looking for accommodation around the end of the previous semester (February, July) if possible.
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