Internationale Studien / Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
(Master of Arts)
(International Studies / Peace and Conflict Studies)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The research-oriented Master’s programme in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies is offered jointly by Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt in co-operation with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. The study programme takes a socio-scientific approach and offers theoretical and normative knowledge at the junction between peace and conflict research, international relations, political theory and philosophy, and applies this knowledge to the current problems of regional and global order.

Students are made familiar with theoretically based and normatively founded perspectives on national, trans-national and global socialisation processes and acquire the ability to undertake a differentiated analysis of conflicts within and between states, as well as a considered development of strategies to settle conflicts and promote peace. Students take part in a research placement where they will carry out the research themselves. They can learn to apply their theoretical and methodological skills to an analysis of real ”cases”
The interdisciplinary study programme’s focus is on political science, especially international relations. In addition to political science and its different focus areas, the master’s programme includes sociology and philosophy in addition to compulsory optional subjects such as law and economics, engineering sciences or natural sciences. These subjects are not subsidiary subjects in the conventional sense, but integrated into the master’s programme via certain problem fields and subject areas. This promotes intensive handling with, but also between, different theoretical and methodical practical approaches.

In addition to specialist knowledge, the study programme also promotes students’ key skills. In order to develop team spirit, the students create content in working groups in seminars and present this information jointly. Different forms of learning, such as the staging of panel discussions or the simulation of negotiations, also teach presentation techniques.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in International Studies / Peace and Conflict Studies 


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters. 

Languages of instruction

German (and partly English) 

Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. 

Student advisory service

Alexander Simon
Campus Westend
PEG 2.G133
Tel: 069/798-36564

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Admission to the Master’s programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in political sciences or a comparable degree in a related or comparable study programme.
  • Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by:
    o five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or
    o a level 2 UNIcert degree, or
    o a TOEFL test (online score of at least 80) or
    o a comparable certificate (niveau B2)

Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.

Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

Mode of admission Admission to the programme is restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate (incl. final Trancript of Records)
  • if the Bachelor’s degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • certificate of English language skills
  • letter of motivation (700 words max.) 
  • comprehensive CV in tabular form
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01.05. - 15.06.

Address for applications Online application portal for Master’s programmes

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