Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Master of Peace Research and International Relations

Formerly M.A. Friedensforschung und Internationale Politik (MAFIP)

The “Master Peace Research and International Relations" - MAPIR - is a four-semester study programme and part of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Its German version - MAFIP - has been offered since the winter semester 2004/05 as one of the first M.A. degrees with a focus on studying peace, conflict and international relations in Germany. It is designed as a consecutive and research-oriented degree programme. In addition to academic teaching, the programme offers study trips, lecture series as well as workshops with experts who work for international organisations, NGOs, and think tanks.

The programme is aimed at university graduates with a first degree in Political Science or International Relations or related fields who are seeking for a career in peace research and policy. After successful completion, students have a systematic and critical knowledge in the field of Peace Research and International Relations.

The Master's programme focuses on research-based learning in relation to core questions of peace, conflict and international politics. These include the processes and structures of violent conflicts and how they are embedded in broader structures of international politics as well as the opportunities and possibilities of cooperation between a variety of actors in coping with such conflicts. The programme involves the critical re-thinking and further development of central concepts, institutions and strategies of violence prevention and peaceful conflict transformation based on methodologically substantiated and theoretically informed research. In addition, it covers core ethical questions of international politics as well as the normative foundations of peace.

At a Glance

Degree Master of Arts
Entrance Semester Winter term (October)
Application Deadline 31 May of each year (definitive deadline)
Duration Standard period of study: 4 terms (120 ECTS)
Language of Instruction


(It is not possible anymore to apply for the German version of the programme (MAFIP).)

Requirements Bachelor's degree in Political Science, International Relations or in a related programme (with at least 60 ECTS in Political Science or International Relations) with a minimum grade of 2.5 according to the German grading system. Here you can find further information about the admission and language requirements.



The study programme only begins once a year in the winter term (this does not apply to any transfer of previous academic achievements in the same subject area). Admission is restricted. For further information, the admission requirements and the requested documents, please visit

Application Deadline: 31 May (definitive deadline)

Applications have to be submitted via the university's online system:


Study Programme Convenor

Dr. Hendrik Quest (representing Dr. Gabi Schlag while she is on leave) 

Research Associate

Melanchthonstr. 36
72074 Tübingen

Room 107

Telephone: 07071/29-76463[at]