Peace and Conflict Studies


Peace and Conflict Studies

Degree Conferred Master of Arts (M.A.) Duration 4 Semesters Enrollment Wintersemester Admission restriction No restricted admission Entry requirements - Appropriate Bachelor in social or cultural sciences with a minimum GPA of 2,5 on the German scale
- Proof of Englisch on level C1 (minimum ibTOEFL score of 108 or minimum IELTS overall band score of 7.0)
- Letter or Motivation
- Proof of international experience (work or studies) of at least three months
Application Details Accepting applications for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 2022/2023 from 1 June to 15 July. Further details 

Application deadline   Applicants with a German Bachelor degree   an der OVGU 15 July   Applicants with an International Bachelor degree   über uni-assist 15 July Language English


The english Master's programme Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) attaches great importance to a theoretically well-founded academic education. At the same time, the practical relevance of these concepts and methods is discussed and demonstrated in the seminars. Specific conflicts and cases are analysed within the courses offered and practical skills of conflict management are trained within special practice modules. The courses focus on human rights issues, conflict analyses and normative issues of a global peace order. The PACS programme offers the students a broad education in theories and methods of peace and conflict study and enables them to develop the strong analytical and practical skills.

Career Perspectives

These competencies qualify our graduates as excellent candidates for various professional fields, international organizations as well as for positions in associations or in an academic career.

Competencies and Interests Required

The PACS programme is aimed primarily at graduates of Social Sciences and Humanities Courses (at least BA). In principle also graduates from other courses are allowed. Because this programme is a postgraduation course, students are expected to be familiar with techniques of scientific work. The course is designed explicitly for international applicants. Applicants who are interested in a scholarship can apply directly through the DAAD and must not send a separate application to the Otto-von-Guericke University. Foreign interested applicants can also apply directly without a scholarship at the university.

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The Master?s programme Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) is characterized by its internationality and interdisciplinarity, its beneficial study conditions as well as the combination of theory and practice. Approximately one quarter of the students enrolled in the PACS programme comes from abroad, from both European neighbouring countries and Africa, Asia and Latin America. Some of them receive scholarships sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Besides courses in political science and sociology, which are the core areas of study within the PACS programme, students will be able to attend courses in cultural sciences, philosophy, psychology and history. Student tutors support their fellow students in both the organization of their studies and their academic progress. The beneficial study conditions within the PACS enable the establishment of close networks among the students and excellent supervision by the teaching staff.


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Last Modification: 07.03.2024 - Contact Person: Allgemeine Studienberatung