Structure and Courses

The 90 ECTS MA in GPSSS runs across one intensive academic year (or two years, for part-time students) and is divided into three trimesters. Students can also choose an extended 120 ECTS credits option, consisting of additional electives or a Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (GRACM) concentration – both worth an additional 30 ECTS. The extended version (See below) requires 16 months full-time and 32 months part-time.
For students choosing the full-time 90 ECTS version, the modular structure is as follows:

Trimester 1 (September-December) – Core Foundations Trimester

Compulsory Courses (33 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
  • Foreign Policy Analysis – 6 ECTS
  • Research Methods – 6 ECTS
  • Networking and Professional Skills Training Workshops – Preparation for Capstone Course in Semester 2

Trimester 2 (January-May) – Electives

At least 3 Major Electives – Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (18 ECTS) and max 2 from MADAGG (12); Maximum 4 MA GPSS electives and 1 at least from MADAGG

Elective Course Modules (GPSSS), 18-24 ECTS

  • History of Global Conflicts and Global Security – 6 ECTS
  • Global Perspectives on the History and Ideas of Peace – 6 ECTS
  • History and Theory of Strategy – 6 ECTS
  • Global Governance and Emerging Powers – 6 ECTS
  • Geopolitics – 6 ECTS
  • Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in Theory and Practice – 6 ECTS
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Peace Enforcement – 6 ECTS
  • Terrorism, Counterterrorism and (De-)Radicalisation – 6 ECTS
  • Emerging Security Threats in Theory and Practice (incl. Cybersecurity, Energy Security, Environmental Security) – 6 ECTS
  • The Global Arms Trade – 6 ECTS
  • The Nexus between Science, Technology and Global Peace & Security – 6 ECTS

1-2 Electives from the Diplomacy and Global Governance Track (6-12 ECTS)
Elective Course Module (MADAGG)

  • Negotiating the Global Economy 1: Trade – 6 ECTS
  • Transnational Network Diplomacy and Global Public Policy – 6 ECTS
  • The Design, Successes and Failures of Global Public Policy – 6 ECTS
  • Diplomacy, Global Development and Humanitarian Aid – 6 ECTS
  • Social (In)-equality and Global Justice – 6 ECTS
  • Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy – 6 ECTS
  • The EU as a Global Diplomatic Actor – 6 ECTS
  • International Law for Diplomats – 6 ECTS
  • Transatlantic Approaches to Global Peace, Security & Diplomacy (in cooperation with Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Programme) – 6 ECTS
  • Diplomacy and the Challenge of Climate Change: Agents, Actors and Diplomatic Break-throughs – 6 ECTS
  • Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication in the era of social media – 6 ECTS

Please note: Certain electives can also be taken in intensive 10 day format during trimester 3.

Trimester 3 (May – August) – 10 intensive weeks

Internship, Research Methods II, MA Thesis and Capstone-Practicum

Brussels Graduate Internship (6/12 ECTS extended summer version) to be chosen instead of a 5th Elective Course; Extended Internship Option only available for 120 ECTS students

  • Brussels Graduate Internship (regular or extended version) – 6/12 ECTS

AND Final Research and Policy Modules (Semester 2 and Summer Semester) (27 ECTS)

  • Research Methods Seminar II (incl. MA Thesis Seminar) – 3 ECTS
  • MA Thesis – 18 ECTS
  • MA Capstone Practicum: Policy-Oriented Advising (regular or extended) – 6/12 ECTS

* Please note: The (extended) internship option and preparatory work for the Thesis and  Capstone run across Trimesters 2 and 3

In order to graduate in the 90 ECTS track, students need to pass all courses of the Core Foundations Trimester (33 ECTS), pass all courses in the Electives track (between 18 and 30 ECTS in GPSSS, depending on number of electives chosen in GPSSS track; and maximum 2 electives from MADAGG), have successfully passed the Capstone, the research seminar and defended successfully the MA Thesis (27 ECTS).

Overall, students need to have a grade point average of ‘C’ or above to graduate.

 

MA GPSSS – 120 ECTS Track

16 months full-time / 32 Months part-time

Students wishing to follow the 120 ECTS track need to take a further 30 ECTS worth of credits (including the possibility of extended internships and extended capstone) of electives. Students can also opt to take the Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (GRACM) concentration. This concentration consists of 10 weekend modules (each worth 3 ECTS) from September – June. Courses include:

Part I: Risk Analysis and Early Warning  (15 ECTS)

Module 1: Understanding Risks, Grasping Uncertainty – 3 ECTS
Module 2: Analysing Risks, Preparing for Uncertainty – 3 ECTS
Module 3: Open Source Intelligence: Tools and Techniques – 3 ECTS
Module 4: A New Information Environment: Media, Conflict and Crisis Communication – 3 ECTS
Module 5: Global Crisis Monitoring, Conflict Analysis & Early Warning – 3 ECTS

PART II: Crisis Management and Crisis Response- 15 ECTS

Module 6: Understanding the Crisis Cycle and Complex Crises – 3 ECTS
Module 7: Understanding the Main Actors in Crisis Response – 3 ECTS
Module 8: Political, Humanitarian and Military Approaches:  Towards a Comprehensive Approach – 3 ECTS
Module 9: Preparing for the Field: Facing Reality on the Ground – 3 ECTS
Module 10: Core Debates, Lessons Learned, Best Practices and Future Challenges – 3 ECTS