Civil-Military Interaction (M.A.)

Civil-Military Interaction

Study Programme Profile

This programme aims at preparing future military executive personnel of the Bundeswehr and NATO to perform command functions in the area of civil-military cooperation in conflict and crisis regions. It is offered in cooperation with the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE). The courses will be held in German and English. The cooperation with the CCOE is as follows: The CCOE offers two modules with compulsory attendance in The Hague, Netherlands.

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Duration of study: A 2-year standard period of study, 60 ECTS credit points

Target group: Future military and civilian executive personnel of the Bundeswehr and NATO

Admission requirements:

  1. A total of 240 ECTS credits achieved for completion of a bachelor’s programme at a German or foreign institute of higher education.
  2. At least two years of vocational activity, including at least one year with management responsibility, after obtaining a higher-education degree that qualifies the graduate to enter a profession.
  3. Proof of English language skills required for the studies and examinations corresponding to the B2 – C1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

Structure:
In-service online studies combined with compact attendance-based classes comprising 9 compulsory modules, 2 of which are completed at the CCOE and 7 of which are completed at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), including a final module with a master’s thesis.

Content:

At the CCOE: principles of civil-military cooperation and a planning module for civil-military cooperation including an attendance phase.

At the HSU: principles of leadership, research methods, cross-cultural awareness and intensive courses in subjects such as strategy, diversity and international politics.

Important dates!
Beginning of the programme: November 1, 2020 (Herbsttrimester)


Organisational Support

 

Assistant: Ms. Kathrin Schweitzer

Schweitzer

Room:
H 11171
Phone:
+49 40 6541-3376
Address
Helmut Schmidt University/University of the German Armed Forces Hamburg
Fakultät für Elektrotechnik
Technische Informatik
Postfach 70 08 22
22008 Hamburg

 

Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Hans Koller

Prof. Dr. Hans Koller, Scientific Director MCMI

Full professor at the Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg holding the chair of Technology and Innovation Management (former Industrial Management and Technology Management)

 

Comment of Prof. Dr. Tobias Scheytt, Board of the Centre for Postgraduate Education (ZWW)

“We learn in these days from the COVID-19 pandemic how important successful interaction between the military and other state authorities is – on a national level as well as internationally. The students in our master program get to grips with designing processes and structures of CMI, but also with its social, cultural and historical preconditions. Developing intercultural and interprofessional competencies, a reflexive mode of thinking and strong leadership proficiencies are the main goals of our students – and I’m sure our program will deliver!”


Study Programme

The Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction (MCMI) is intended to impart knowledge and skills which will enable students to exercise informed judgement in the area of civil-military cooperation in conflict and crisis regions, to deal with these issues by taking an academic approach and to find methodological solutions to related problems, thus enabling them to perform military and civilian command functions. The aim of the programme is to enable students to apply their skills and acquired knowledge in their specific professional field.

The programme is offered by the HSU in cooperation with the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE). The University’s Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences has academic responsibility for the programme. The Academy for Continuing Scientific Education provides support with regard to the academic organisation of the MCMI programme.

The CCOE is an international military organisation based in The Hague, Netherlands. It was founded to support the transformation of NATO and accredited as NATO Centre of Excellence (COE) in 2001. The main task of the CCOE is to bring military and civilian societies together. To this end, the CCOE offers solutions and support regarding conception, analyses as well as basic and follow-on training.


Content

The programme is interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in nature. It builds on the CCOE curriculum in the area of civil-military cooperation, in particular the NATO CIMIC “Staff Work” and “Higher Command Planning” courses, and complements the practical and theoretical aspects of these courses through academic content taught by the HSU. The standard period of study is two years.

The programme is modular in structure and comprises 9 compulsory modules. It combines practical and academic elements and carries a total of 60 credits. With regard to the practical elements, the students are required to complete the two NATO CIMIC courses “Staff Work” (principles of civil-military cooperation) and “Higher Command Planning” (planning module of civil-military cooperation). This requires participation in attendance courses at the CCOE in The Hague, Netherlands. The additional seven modules are offered by the HSU.

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Master‘s study program in Civil-military interaction (M.A.)

In-Service Studies

The programme follows a modular structure. The modules consist of two attendance phases of three days each with a blended learning phase of approximately eight weeks in between. An attendance phase includes three days, mainly on weekends, with seminars, group work and discussions. During the blended learning phase, you will use the ILIAS online learning environment.

Blended learning enables students to handle tasks and topics flexibly according to their individual learning style. They can decide themselves where and when to study. Within the ILIAS online learning environment, students can exchange views and information with fellow students and lecturers at any time. A one-trimester module takes about 12 weeks with a weekly workload of approximately 8 hours. The dates of the attendance phases in each module are announced well in advance before the beginning of the trimester.

You will profit from the flexible learning format in the Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction as follows:

  • In-service approach combining attendance courses on weekends with blended learning.
  • Attendance courses take place in attractive places, in Hamburg and The Hague.
  • Lecturers and students remain in close contact via the online learning environment.
  • You have permanent access to your study material and can organise your studies flexibly.
  • Examinations taken during the course reflect the high flexibility of the study programme.
  • The programme is designed to enable students to apply their acquired skills and to put them into practice.
  • Exchange views and information with other specialist and executive personnel during the course as well as at the HSU and the CCOE.
  • Personal and individual advice and coaching by lecturers and personnel of the Academy for Continuing Scientific Education.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction, you will need to produce the following qualifications and certificates:

  1. A total of 240 ECTS credits achieved for completion of a bachelor’s programme at a German or foreign institute of higher education.
  2. At least two years of vocational activity, including at least one year with management responsibility, after obtaining a higher-education degree that qualifies the graduate to enter a profession.
  3. Proof of English language skills required for the studies and examinations corresponding to the B2 – C1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Your Application Documents

Please submit the following documents as originals or certified copies (of the originals). With foreign-language documents, please enclose a certified German or English translation.

(1)   Final documents of your last/highest university/higher-education degree (at least 240 ECTS credit points) (leaving certificate and degree certificate).

This includes:

—       German Diplom and Magister qualifications (university; college of applied sciences will be considered only if the standard period of study was four years or if an intensive study course was   attended at the Bundeswehr University, Munich),

—       Master’s degree (university or college of applied sciences)

—       Bachelor’s degree, provided it comprises at least 240 ECTS credit points (university or college of applied sciences),

—       State examination (e.g. in medicine: please submit licence to practice medicine as a doctor, or certificate for the third part of the medical examination)

(2)   Completed registration/enrolment form

(3)   Certificate of deregistration from your former university/universities or college(s) if no degree was completed

(4)   Proof of at least two years of practical vocational activity, including at least one year of management responsibility after achievement of the higher-education degree qualifying to enter a profession

(5)   Proof of English language skills required for the studies and examinations corresponding to the Standardised Language Profile (SLP) of 3332 or an equivalent document certifying proficiency    of a standard corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B2 – C1 (applicants whose first language is English will be exempted from this obligation)

(6) Personal statement: Please write approximately one page explaining the reasons why you would like to take the Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction (MCMI). Please explain particularly in what way the further academic education offered by the MCMI programme could be valuable for your professional work.

(7) Declaration of preparedness to pay the fees set for this programme.


You can send your application in advance via e-mail to pruefungsamt@hsu-hh.de.

AND

Please send all your application documents, including certified copies of the originals, by mail to the following address:

Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Prüfungsamt/Studiensekretariat
Postfach 700822
22008 Hamburg

If you have any questions regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible person at the Registrar’s Office / Examination Office via e-mail to pruefungsamt@hsu-hh.de.

 


Allocation of Study Places

When your e-mail application has arrived, you will be sent an automatic confirmation of receipt. Please also send us all your application documents, including certified copies of the originals, by mail. We will then check to ensure that we have received all the required documents. If there are any documents missing, we will ask you to submit these within the specified application deadline.

After expiry of the deadline, all received applications will be checked by the Registrar’s Office. The Board of Examiners will then decide on the allocation of study places. If the number of applications exceeds the number of study places available, a selection procedure will take place.

All applicants will receive a written notification of whether they have been admitted to the programme or not within approximately 4 weeks after expiry of the application deadline.


Enrolment

Applicants who receive a positive notification of admission to the Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction can proceed to the enrolment phase. Enclosed in the letter is a brochure containing information on the next steps in the enrolment process.

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Letzte Änderung: 21. October 2020