The Master’s Degree in International Security Studies (MISS) is offered jointly by the School of International Studies (Trento) and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa).
Students spend the first year at the Sant’Anna School in Pisa, where courses focus on the main issues concerning security, including hard and soft security, technological, environmental, and human security. The second year is based at the School of International Studies in Trento, where students have a closer look at the specific security challenges modern societies are faced with, such as migration, energy issues, environmental degradation, financial flows, armed conflicts and international terrorism.
Throughout the two years, students choose among several elective subjects and take part in role-play, simulations, moot courts, and case study analysis, aimed at training participants to understand the various factors and actors having an impact on the global order, with specific reference to security issues. Teaching takes place entirely in English. Frontal lessons, language courses and tutoring activities contribute to developing advanced English language communication skills, necessary for entry into international working or research environment. Students will also acquire a working knowledge of at least one additional foreign language.
The International Security Studies program from University of Trento prepares its students for positions within the areas of security, public policy, and international relations. MISS graduates will possess the skills and qualifications necessary to:
- Hold positions of responsibility within European and international institutions and organisations engaged in security, peacekeeping, and state-building activities;
- Work in private organisations dealing with risk prevention and risk management;
- Work in national ministries and enter the diplomatic service;
- Work for governmental and non-governmental organisations engaged in areas such as institution-building, project management, humanitarian assistance, local development and reforms, security risk prevention and management;
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- Students spend the first year at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies - Pisa, where teaching is focused on the main issues concerning security, including hard and soft security, technological security, environmental security, and human security
- The second year is based at the School of International Studies in Trento, where students take a closer look at the specific security challenges modern societies face, such as migration, energy issues, environmental degradation, financial flows, armed and other violent conflicts.
- During the second year, students are strongly encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes, to prepare their dissertation and to pursue a dissertation-related internship.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- NON-EU citizens living abroad: From 18.12 until 5.03
- EU students and NON EU students living in Italy: From 5.03 until 28.06
DisciplinesInternational Relations Political Science Terrorism & Security View 34 other Masters in International Relations in Italy
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an internationally recognized institution at university level include the equivalent of at least 60 credits from at least two of the following disciplinary areas: History and Philosophy, Economics, Law, Political Science, Sociology or Foreign Languages.
- good knowledge of the English language (min. B2 level of the European Common Framework)
- basic knowledge of a second foreign language (min. A2 level), other than Italian, from among the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, German (Please note that in order to graduate MISS students must reach a B2 level for the second language. While the University can organise B2 exams for Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian, currently we do not offer courses beyond A2 in these languages)
- a personal background with suitable professional vocational and academic experience appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree course
International1000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1000 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA340 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 340 EUR per year during 24 months.
- EU: 340€ - 3.400€ (based on income/merit)
- Non-EU: 1.000€ - 4.500€ (based on merit)
Living costs for Trento
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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