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International War Studies | Master*

Image: Matthias Friel (left) & University College Dublin (right)

The new English-language master’s degree program in International War Studies offers the opportunity for a double degree with the University College Dublin.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameInternational War Studies
DegreeMaster of Arts (Double Degree)
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instructionEnglish
Start of study (1st semester)Winter semester
CampusAm Neuen Palais & Griebnitzsee & University College Dublin

* subject to approval by the MWFK

Program Content

The International War Studies degree program examines the causes, dynamics and contexts of violent conflicts at a national and international level, as well as their pre-history, course of events, and consequences. The program focuses primarily on military history, the cultural history of political violence, and military sociology, with each field’s respective methodologies and theories. The interrelationships between the state, society and the military are analyzed from the beginning of the Early Modern period to the present day. The program concentrates on modern history (the 19th and 20th centuries).

Course Objective and Future Career Options

Students will acquire abilities and competences that enable them to analyze historical and current conflicts. They will deepen and expand their subject-specific competences to include essential content from military sociology, the history of violence, and military history. Students will refine their use of methodologies in the social sciences and humanities, become capable of discussing various subjects in a critical manner, and learn how to present the findings of their work in an appropriate way.

The program’s international orientation, as well as the location of studies in Dublin and Potsdam, offer students global career opportunities. There are also no limits when it comes to fields of work. Opportunities abound in international organizations and NGOs, in scholarship, the media, subjects related to politics and policy, think tanks, museums, foundations and cultural management and communications.

Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel and Prof. Dr. Robert Gerwarth

Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel and Prof. Dr. Robert Gerwarth, the program's initiators

"We offer our students the best conditions for university studies, attractive internship positions, and an international atmosphere that lays the foundation for later success in professional life."

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

The foundation of your application and your acceptance into the master’s program is a strong interest in political, social and historical events.

Applying for a master’s degree requires that you hold an undergraduate degree, such as a bachelor’s degree. Your undergraduate degree must be in a field relevant to International War Studies, such as history, political science, sociology or a related subject. Proof of 40 credit points in one of these subject areas is sufficient. If your transcript comes from a system that does not use credit points, then the joint Examining Board will make a decision about the equivalence of academic performance. Because the master’s degree program is conducted in English, we require proof of English language skills that correspond at least to Level C 1 of the Common European Framework for Languages.

You can read more about the subject-specific admission requirements in the respective Admission Regulations.

Program Structure

This four-semester master’s degree program requires the completion of 120 credit points. The following overview provides information about the weighting of individual modules and types of courses. For additional information, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.

Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel and Prof. Dr. Robert Gerwarth

Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel and Prof. Dr. Robert Gerwarth, the program's initiators

"We offer our students the best conditions for university studies, attractive internship positions, and an international atmosphere that lays the foundation for later success in professional life."

CONTENT AND CREDIT POINTS

Modules

Credit points

Mandatory modules54 CP

Core Course: Introduction to International War Studies

The Military and Society in the Age of the “Total Wars”, 1792-1945

Module Abroad Dublin 1: Modern History and Politics

Module Abroad Dublin 2: Political Violence in 20th Century Europe

Module Abroad Dublin 3: War Studies

9 CP

15 CP

10 CP

10 CP

10 CP

Elective Fields 36 CP

Elective Field: Language
An elective module of 6 credit points must be successfully completed.


Academic Writing in English

Working with English Research Literature and Sources

Elective Field 2
Two modules of 15 credit points each must be successfully completed.

Armed Forces and Society after 1945

International History since the Early 20th Century

Armed Forces and Society from Social Sciences Perspectives

Adjoining Fields in Military History

Violence, War and Memory in Modern History

Conflict, Security and the Armed Forces – Historical and Social Sciences Approaches

Security Policy

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

30 CP

15 CP

15 CP

15 CP

15 CP

15 CP

15 CP

15 CP

Master’s Thesis and Final Colloquium
30 CP
Total120 CP

Advantages at a Glance

The program’s international orientation enables a broad array of scholarly opportunities for creating your own profile. Dublin and Potsdam, as places to do research, offer diverse cultural and political institutions that constitute a unique environment for research and teaching.

The program offers an international environment for university studies and global career opportunities. By working together with several partners in Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, there are established cooperative agreements for internships in German ministries, media firms, museums and think tanks. This program is suitable for part-time studies and offers an opportunity for a stay abroad; the University will be happy to offer assistance in the planning and realization of your plans.

Application

Have you decided to study for a master’s degree in International War Studies at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step and get more information about the current application and enrollment procedures at the application website.

Bastian Matteo Scianna

Contact

University of Potsdam | Department of History

Bastian Matteo Scianna, M.A., M.Sc. | Departmental Advisory Office

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais | Building 11, Room 1Z 1.04

Contact

University College Dublin | UCD School of History

Kate O’Hanlon | School Manager

 

UCD School of History, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4