International War Studies

University of Potsdam

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The new master’s degree program in International War Studies offers the opportunity for a double degree with the University College Dublin. Students spend their first year at the University of Potsdam and have the opportunity to chose transferring to the University College Dublin for their second year. Upon completion of their MA thesis in Dublin, students will be awarded two master’s degrees. 


The International War Studies degree program at the University of Potsdam 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).

Career opportunities

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • 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
  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, German


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

280 Euros per semester administrative fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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International War Studies
University of Potsdam


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