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Founded upon the core disciplines of law, politics, history, and economics, the International Security Studies program from University of Trento adopts a strong multidisciplinary approach coupled with a broad range of optional specialization courses. 

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Overview

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.

During the second year, students are encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes or to pursue an internship.

About MISS

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). Founded upon the core disciplines of law, politics, history, and economics, the MISS adopts a strong multidisciplinary approach coupled with a broad range of optional specialization courses. 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.

During the second year, students are encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes or to pursue an internship.

Curriculum

First year - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa)
  • The Role of Universal and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peace and Security
  • Philosophical perspectives on security
  • Introduction to security studies
  • Risk and uncertainty in economics: concepts and methods
  • Transnational governance
  • Ethics of Security or European Security: Politics and Policies
  • Statistical Reassoning
  • English from B2 to B2+

Elective courses

  • Security and Constitutions
  • Global Food Security
  • Introduction to International Criminal Law
  • Gender and Security
  • The Middle East and North Africa: transformations and challenges
  • European security governance
  • A practical Introduction to cybersecurity
  • Advocacy and peacebuilding in armed conflicts
Second year - School of International Studies (UniTrento)
  • The Use of Force in International Politics
  • Democratizing security or Global Migration and Security
  • One course from the following: Natural Resources and Energy Security, Global Markets and Security Issues, International Cooperation, Development and Security
  • Joint elective courses (shared with MEIS):, Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory and Methods, Labour Rights in the Global Economy, Minority Rights, Science, Technology and Global Affairs, People, Politics and the Planet, Minority Rights, "Minorities, Regionalism, and Borders in Europe, China and the World from the Cold War Years to the Global Era (1949-2020), The Political Geographies of the Anthropocene, History and International Relation of the Middle East

Other Compulsory activities

  • Second Language level B2 (German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, or Portuguese)
  • English Language level C1
  • ECDL - Full Standard 
  • Other activities
  • Academic writing
  • Internship related to the preparation of the thesis
  • Italian Language level A2 (compulsory for non-Italian students)
  • Final dissertation writing and defense

All courses are taught in English.

Total complete program: 120 ECTS

Career Opportunities

The Master's degree in International Security Studies 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 organizations engaged in security, peacekeeping, and state-building activities;
  • Work in private organizations dealing with risk prevention and risk management;
  • Work in national ministries and enter the diplomatic service;
  • Work for governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in areas such as institution-building, project management, humanitarian assistance, local development and reforms, security risk prevention, and management.

For those intending to continue their studies, the program provides a solid basis for admission to Ph.D. programs in International Studies and in other disciplines related to international security.

Programme Structure

Program Overview:

  • 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. 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application Period: 12/15/2021-04/03/2022: NON-EU citizens permanently living abroad05/03/2022-30/06/2022: EU students and NON EU students living in Italy

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) including at least 60 ECTS from at least two of the following discipline areas: History and Philosophy, Economics, Law, Political Science, Sociology or Foreign Languages;
  • English at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • A personal background with professional and vocational experience as well as academic qualifications appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree course;
  • Good knowledge of a second foreign language among the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, German.
  • Please check the Call for Applications for more details.
How to apply
  • Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site
  • Upload the required documents
  • Submit your online application by the deadline

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3400 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit)
  • Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation) 

Living costs for Trento

700 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships for non-EU Citizens living abroad

Top-scored candidates will be entitled to receive a UniTrento scholarship. Students that benefit from a UniTrento scholarship will also have the tuition fees waived.

Scholarships for EU Citizens and Non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy

Scholarships are based on income/merit. Information on the tuition fees and ISEE index (economic index of your family financial situation) are available on the Infostudenti UniTrento web page. Please note that if you do not want to calculate the ISEE index, you will have to pay the maximum tuition amount. Once the ISEE has been calculated, eligible students can apply for the Opera Universitaria scholarship starting from June/July.

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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