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Aims of the MA Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
The MA Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies aims at enhancing students´ competences and abilities in crisis prevention, conflict management and the promotion of peace. Students learn to analyse conflicts and their underlying causes, they develop practical skills in peaceful conflict transformation and develop and deepen their motivation to participate in the creation of a world society living in peace and justice.
The study programme enhances students´ abilities to work in an academic-analytic manner. They gain deep knowledge about research approaches and methods used in social sciences, which are required for analysis in peace studies. Students are enabled to identify and classify problems and to develop strategies for their solution. The study programme aims at furthering students´ interdisciplinary and practice-oriented research competence. This is supported by research projects and internships.
There is a wide variety of career perspectives for graduates of the MA Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. Employment is possible in all areas where competences and skills for conflict analysis, the development of strategies for conflict management and the promotion of peace are requested or desired.
This covers activities on a national and international level in politics and public administration, in social organisations as well as in the intermediate sector, e.g. with political parties, foundations and non-governmental organisations, in development cooperation and conflict management, in the areas of political consulting and mediation, in the media and education as well as in business. Furthermore, there are job opportunities at universities, university-level institutions and academic research institutions.
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Please attach the following documents to your application:
* An official EPU application form in Word or PDF format
* An updated Curriculum Vitae
* Photocopies of your BA Degree Diploma (180 ECTS Credits) or certificate equivalent degree to a BA Degree Diploma and other relevant degrees and diplomas
* A TOEFL test not older than one year (exceptions are only made for native English speakers and for persons who have studied at least two semesters in English)
* An application essay of approx. 300 words, indicating the main fields of interest in the program and how you hope to benefit from the program
* Two letters of recommendation of individuals familiar with your academic / professional work (in sealed envelopes)
* One passport size photograph
Scholarships of the European Peace University (EPU Scholarships)
A limited number of partial scholarships is offered by the EPU. As indicated in the application form EPU takes the candidate into consideration for a scholarship. The EPU scholarship results in a partial reduction of tuition (no reduction in housing fees is possible).
Full Scholarships for citizens of the Austrian province of Burgenland
A limited number of full scholarships (tuition and accommodation, but no living expenses) are available for students who have permanent residence status in the Austrian province of Burgenland.
Full Scholarships for citizens of the South Eastern Europe
A limited number of full scholarships (tuition and accommodation, but no living expenses) are available for students from countries of South Eastern Europe.
The European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU) has submitted a request for accreditation as a private university with the Austrian Accreditation Council (Österreichischer Akkreditierungsrat - ÖAR) on 5 March 2009. By official notification of the Council of 22 February 2010 the EPU has received accreditation as a recognized private university ("Private Universität") according to the University Accreditation Act (UniAkkG) of the year 2000 and the European Bologna Process.
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