Structure and Courses

To complete the MA degree in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies at Vesalius College, students are required to earn 60 ECTS. Core contents of the programme are as follows:

Semester 1: Compulsory Courses (30 Credits) + 1 Skills Training

  • The Theory and Practice of International Relations and Geopolitics – 6 ECTS
  • Theories and Applied Issues of Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies – 6 ECTS
  • The Role of International and Regional Organizations (including UN, IMF, Word Bank, NATO the EU and other regional organisations) – 6 ECTS
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis – 6 ECTS
  • Research Methods – 6 ECTS
  • Networking and Professional Skills Training Workshops – Preparation for Capstone Course in Semester 2

Semester 2: 3-4 Major Electives – Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (9 – 12 ECTS)

  • History of Global Conflicts and Global Security – 3 ECTS
  • Global and Emerging Powers – 3 ECTS
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Peace Enforcement – 3 ECTS
  • Terrorism, Counterterrorism and (De-) Radicalisation – 3 ECTS
  • Comparative Regional Security Studies – 3 ECTS
  • History and Theory of Strategy – 3 ECTS
  • Emerging Security Threats in Theory and Practice (incl. Cybersecurity, Energy Security, Environmental Security) – 3 ECTS
  • Internship – 3 ECTS

AND/OR

Semester 2:  If desired, 1 Elective from the Diplomacy and Global Governance track (3 ECTS)

  • Negotiating the Global Economy 1: Trade – 3 ECTS
  • Negotiating the Global Economy 2: International Finance – 3 ECTS
  • Transnational Network Diplomacy and Global Public Policy – 3 ECTS
  • Diplomacy, Global Development and Humanitarian Aid – 3 ECTS
  • The EU as a Global Diplomatic Actor – 3 ECTS
  • International Law for Diplomats – 3 ECTS
  • The Politics and Diplomacy of the Transatlantic Relationship – 3 ECTS
  • Negotiating the International Environment: Agents, Actors, Issues – 3 ECTS
  • Public Diplomacy and Communication (Science and Culture in the age of social media) – 3 ECTS

AND

  • MA Thesis – 12 ECTS
  • MA Capstone Practicum: Policy-Oriented Advising – 6 ECTS