Study Programme Profile
This programme aims at preparing future executives and staff members to take over leadership responsibilities in the area of civil-military cooperation in conflicts and crises. It is offered in cooperation with the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE): Two high-quality courses offered by CCOE in The Hague, Netherlands are a compulsory part of the programme.
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration of study: A 2-year standard period of study, 60 ECTS credit points, part-time, in-service
Target group: Future military and civilian executive and staff members of the Bundeswehr and NATO, as well as from NGOs and governmental agencies
(1) a total of 240 ECTS credits achieved by completion of a bachelor’s/master’s programme at an accredited German or foreign higher education institution.
(2) at least two years of vocational activity, including at least one year with management responsibility, after obtaining a higher-education degree
(3) proof of English language skills required for the studies and examinations corresponding to the C1 level 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 organised from the CCOE and 7 of which are organised from the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), including a final module with a master’s thesis.
Content: Classroom sessions (for the time being: virtual or hybrid) studies combined with problem-based learning phases. 9 compulsory modules, 2 of which are completed at the CCOE (link to the CCOE schedule of the 2 courses) and 7 of which are completed at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), including a final module with a master’s thesis.
Language: The programme is taught in English.
Next course will start November 1, 2023. Deadline for application is May 31, 2023.
Administration: ZWW Office
Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Hans Koller
Helmut Schmidt University/University of the German Armed Forces
Centre for Postgraduate Education (ZWW)
Postfach 70 08 22
Comment of Prof. Dr. Tobias Scheytt, Board, Board of the Centre for Postgraduate Education (ZWW)
“We learn in these days from crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian agressive war against Ukraine how important successful interaction between the military and other state and NGOs 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!”
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 crises, to deal with these issues by taking an reflexive 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 Centre for Postgraduate Education provides support with regard to the academic organisation and quality assurence 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.
The programme is interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in nature. It encompasses elements of the CCOE curriculum in the area of civil-military cooperation 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 . Each module at HSU / UniBw H consists of two in-classroom sessions (at the moment: virtual/online) with a problem-based learning (PBL) phase between the classroom sessions. In the PBL-phase students work in groups on topics or problems from their professional fields. The two modules at the CCOE consists of in-classroom teaching combining inputs, group discussions, simulation games etc.
The programme is structured as follows:
The programme follows a modular structure. The modules consist of two attendance phases of 2,5-3 days each with a blended learning phase of approximately eight weeks in between. Attendance phase take place on weekends and comprise inputs, group work and discussions. During the blended learning phase, students use the ILIAS online learning environment as well as VC tools provided by the university to work on issues from their professional field.
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 10-12 weeks with a weekly workload of approximately 8 hours. The dates of the attendance phases in each module are announced well before the beginning of the trimester.
You will profit from the flexible learning format in the Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction:
- In-service approach combining attendance courses on weekends with blended learning.
- Lecturers and students stay in close contact via the online learning environment.
- Students are enabled to apply their acquired skills and to put them into practice.
- Students have permanent access to your study material and you can organise your studies flexibly.
- Dialogue and collaboration with other students is a didactic cornerstone of the programme.
- Examinations based on written papers, presentations and discussions reflect the high degriee of flexibility of the study programme.
- Students are enabled to apply their acquired skills and to put them into practice.
- The programme offers individual advice and coaching by lecturers and personnel of the Centre for Continuing Education.
The requirements are as follows:
- A total of 240 ECTS credits achieved for completion of (a) study programme(s) at a German or foreign institute of higher education.
- 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.
- Proof of English language skills required for the studies and examinations corresponding to the C1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Please submit your application as described in the document “information on application” in the download centre. You need to send in up to three forms together with all necessary documents:
- Enrolment form
- Registration and declaration form (HSU / UniBw H)
- Application form (CCOE) (in case you have not yet completed both CCOE‘s courses that are part of the MCMI programme).
You can send your application in advance via e-mail to the Registrar’s office: [email protected].
You habe to send all your application documents, including certified copies of the originals, by mail to the following address:
Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE APPLICATION HAS ARRIVED AT THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE UP TO THE DEADLINE DATE!
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 [email protected].
Allocation of Study Places
The Registrar’s Office will check to ensure the documents. If there are any documents missing, you will be asked to submit those 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 admission. 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 8 weeks after expiry of the application deadline.
Applicants who receive a positive notification of admission to the Master’s programme in Civil-Military Interaction can proceed to the enrolment phase. Admitted applicants will get a letter with a brochure containing information on the next steps in the enrolment process.
Course Syllabus (May 2021)
Study and examination regulations (May 2021; please note: only the German version is legally binding!)
General information on Application (May 2021)
General Program Regulations (May 2021)
Data privacy statement (May 2021)
Enrolment Form (April 2022)
Registration and Declaration Form (HSU/UniBw H) (May 2021)
Application form (CCOE) (May 2021)
Letzte Änderung: 2. February 2023