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Invitation for Tender for the Postgraduate Masters Course «Peace and Security Studies» 2006/07 at the University of Hamburg Academic Network «Peace Research and Security Policy»

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 fur 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

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 (Sprachpr?fung f?r den Hochschulzugang ausl?ndischer 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) (http://toefl.org), 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 ? 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 title="http://daad.de daad.de) may apply.

5. Detailed information about the course are found at:


6. Documents in Support of an Application

  • application form (available online for download) with photo
  • curriculum vitae
  • school-leaver?s certificate qualifying for university (German
  • certifications of academic degrees and, if at hand, references from
  • certificates of language skills
  • written acknowledgement of willingness to pay on time, assuming
  • if wanted, statement of interest in applying for a scholarship

Certificates and other documentary evidence must be provided in German or English. Translations must be officialy certified. Only complete documents received on time will be accepted.

7. Deadline

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
f?r Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universit?t 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 f?r Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universit?t
Hamburg Falkenstein 1 D—22587 Hamburg tel. +49—40—866077—20

fax +49—40—8663615

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