European Peace & Security Studies

MSc EUPThe European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) certificate programme is a 4-courses programme that provides in-depth and unique insights into the changing nature and fundamental challenges of contemporary security issues from a distinctly Brussels perspective. Due to the COVID-19 situation, this programme will be offered in an online format in 2020. 

By pooling the combined expertise and resources of 2 leading educational institutions in Brussels – the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and the Institute for European Studies (IES), we can offer students the expertise of prominent specialists in the field of civilian and military security issues, in both theory and practice.

Conflict and crisis management from a NATO, UN and EU perspective

The courses emphasizes theoretical and practical analysis of the comprehensive, civil-military nature of contemporary conflict and crisis management from a NATO, UN and EU perspective. They also examine the history, institutional procedures and policies of, and interrelations between, these three organisations, as well as their interaction with a wide range of civilian and military partners. The programme also sheds light on the complex roots and causes of contemporary conflicts in Europe’s periphery and beyond.

Hence, at the end of the semester, students will have acquired an extensive knowledge of the institutional, theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary issues and of the core actors in the field of European peace and security.

The programme is supported by an outstanding network of leading scholars (from, among others, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the London School of Economics) as well as senior practitioners from NATO, the EU and United Nations.