Master International and Security Politics

Master International and Security Politics

The politics of violence and uncertainty

The master’s degree in International and Security Politics focuses on key international security issues generated by armed conflict, terrorism, climate change and transnational migration across the world. At the intersection of defense policy, economics, peacekeeping, and international relations, this training program provides a strong understanding of how public and private actors address these issues and try to solve them, as well as expertise for analyzing contemporary forms of conflicts and hostility, locally as well as globally.

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Overview

In addition to being an absolute priority for governments across the world, security has colonized our language as much as our everyday lives. Not a day goes by without politicians and media outlets mentioning yet another ‘security issue’. The master’s programme in International and Security Politics asks what this tells us about our contemporary world, and whether our world has really become more dangerous and uncertain than before.
At the intersection of international relations studies, security and defence studies, political theory, sociology and history, this programme provides a deep understanding of how security and international security transform both conceptually and practically in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It does so by analysing the role of different actors in shaping and addressing security issues which develop beyond the single framework of action of States. The programme seeks to provide students with the necessary critical skills for understanding and addressing the social-political mechanisms driving security related issues (from transnational armed conflicts and violence to environmental and IT security), and the growing uncertainty attached to them.

Career opportunities

• Public administration at national and subnational level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
• International and European organisations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
• NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups and lobbies open recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
• Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
• Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access PhD programmes in order to pursue an academic career.

Semester 1

Core courses

  • Global History
  • International Relations

Research courses

  • Introduction to Research & Epistemology
  • Political Science Research Methods


+1 optional course
+1 intensive language module
+1 career development course

Semester 2*

Core courses

  • Theories of Security & Contemporary Challenges
  • Armed Conflicts and Peacemaking

Research courses

  • Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
  • Academic Writing Workshop

+1 optional course
+1 intensive language module
+1 career development course

Semester 3

Core courses

  • Cyber Security
  • War, Terrorism and Violence

+ master’s dissertation
+1 intensive language module

Semester 4

Core courses

  • Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
  • Politics of International Law

+2 optional courses
+1 intensive language module
+1 professional internship

Optional courses

In semester 1, 2 and 4, you will be able to further tailor your degree to your interests by choosing from a broad offer of optional courses, such as:

  • Defence Policy in Practice
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • European Governance
  • Digital Democracy
  • Global Economic Governance
  • International Development
  • European History
  • Global Justice

ESPOL makes every effort to ensure that course information is accurate and up-to-date. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change
* The second semester can also be completed in one of our 140 partner universities across the world.
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