FAQs

What’s the official language of the master programme?

The programme operates in German. Module 4 (Intergroup conflicts) is held in English entirely and some other modules offer English seminars.

Students can choose seminars according to their own preferences, which might also be 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!

How should a exemplary application look like?

There’s no simple solution to this. We don’t have and don’t want to hand out best-practice versions of an application.

Be advised to clearly state your competences, and reason for your motivation to choose PACS. The criteria, for which people are chosen, can be found here.

 How do I know, the program suits me?

We cannot really advise you here either, as we are a heterogeneous group of students. Noone “fits” the program and the program does not “suit” someone particularly.

We think that students interested in (global) conflict with a background in politico-sociological studies may have an advantage. However, inter- and multidisciplinarity are of special value at the Center too. We even have students with backgrounds in Sports, Engineering, Social Work or various Regional Studies.

A good orientation might be, whether you feel attracted by the approaches and perspectives of the Center for Conflict Studies, which they have outlined on their Homepage.

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’s worse! It’s rather terribly bad! It has been a huge problem for years and it’s just getting bigger. Sometimes they even allocate “emergency shelters” for the first weeks. 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!

Best finds are usually on:

www.marbuch-verlag.de (Rubrik Kleinanzeigen)  //  Studentenwerk // Bettenhaus

and the famous wg-gesucht.de

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.

The great semester ticket allows all of us to travel freely in Hesse. We can take regional and the slower long distance trains all across the Bundesland. So you can reach Frankfurt, Göttingen, Kassel, Heidelberg and Mainz for free! That rocks!