What’s the official language of the master programme?
The programme operates in German. Module 4 (Intergroup conflicts) is held in English entirely though and every semester some other modules offer English seminars as well.
Students can choose seminars according to their own preferences, which might also be in English.
How many prospectives apply each year?
The last years have shown that a heightened interest always leads to about 300-350 people applying each year. There is a limited contingent of 30-40 placements. The coordinators have not introduced a numerus clausus procedure, however, a “eligibility test” is run on each application. Here, engagement, stays abroad as well as motivation are evaluated and weighed.
If you want to study the minor of PACS or take some import modules for your undergraduate program: these are numerus clausus free and free of any admission procedures. This, however, might result in crowded seminars. Choose wisely!
When can I apply and what documents are necessary?
Please inform yourself ahead of time on the homepage of the Center for Conflict Studies. Usually the application period starts in June. Marburg has NO rolling application system, it’s a fixed timeframe.
The necessary documents are outlined here.
Is there any specific pre-qualification in terms of prior study programs?
No! We are a colourful bunch of people from all different kinds of backgrounds. We have Bachelor, Diploma, Magister and other degrees from a variety of subjects and fields. We are even very varied in ages…there is no one-fits-all-solution here!
I heard, finding a flat in Marburg is not so easy?
Well, to be honest, it is not too easy – depending as well on what you’re used to. But don’t be put off by this.
We advise you to start early with looking for flats. The earlier you try, the better your chances (admission letters are usually handed out in August). Flats are not too cheap, but vary a lot: From very reasonably priced rooms in shared flats (~250€/pmonth), to crazily expensive rooms (everything above 400€) to shitty pithole-cupboard-under-the-staircase-rooms somewhere off limits. You can find it all 🙂 Marburg generally is a nice and comfortable place with a lot of great flatshares. Roomshares are pretty rare, and actually prices are usually not so bad that it seems appropriate!
Most people try to live close to the center, which means “Oberstadt”, “Südviertel” and “Weidenhausen”. But other parts of the city are also ok, usually just a bit farther off the trail.