MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies


Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS) in Fall 2017.

Directed by Professor Jamie Shea, this unique one-year postgraduate Master programme is designed to provide students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies. Designed, led and taught by an international network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union, this programme offers students interested in an international career in government, international organizations, think tanks or NGOs unique theoretical foundations, practical skill-sets and high-level contacts.

With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, the US and around the globe, the programme offers students a truly global and transatlantic exchange between theory and practice. By deliberately bringing together key practitioners and scholars from the field of peace, security and strategic studies, graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract the insights, advantages and limitations of these perspectives and approaches to global peace, security and strategy. Major scholars, think tanks, founders of the discipline of peace studies and senior strategists in security studies (including NATO specialists, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium and the Egmont Institute) are brought together in the partnership circle, advisory board and faculty of this programme to allow for a critical and balanced exchange between the perspectives.

Prestigious Internships

As part of your MA programme, you will be offered to intern with one of our high-profile internship partners with tailor-made internships that involve you in the deep-end of our partners’ activities from day one. The programme has a wide range of agreements with international organizations for internships during the summer after the completion of your major course work, allowing you to focus full-time on your internship in addition to writing your thesis.


Dates for the Programme and Application  2017-2018

  • The programme begins on 21st August, 2017 and ends on 30th July, 2018.
  • Students can apply to the Master’s programme from 30th January, 2017.