MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies: Structure and Courses

The 90 ECTS MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies runs across one intensive academic year and is divided into three trimesters.

For students interested in following the degree as part-time students, the course load per trimester is between 15 and 18 ECTS. Thus, the total study time for a 90 ECTS degree part-time will take 24 months.

The MA catalogue is available here.

The course descriptions and syllabi of the courses listed below are available here.

 

TRIMESTER 1: CORE FOUNDATIONS (Sept-Dec)
Students follow five compulsory courses

Core Foundations Trimester (Compulsory Courses) 30 ECTS
 • The Theory and Practice of International Relations 6 ECTS
 • Theories and Applied Issues of Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies 6 ECTS
 • The Role of International and Regional Organizations 6 ECTS
 • Research Methods 6 ECTS
 • MA Thesis and Capstone Preparatory Seminar 6 ECTS

 

TRIMESTER 2: SPECIALISATION TRACKS (Jan-May)
Students follow four compulsory courses and one elective chosen from peace studies, security studies, or strategic studies track

Compulsory Courses 24 ECTS
• Global Perspectives on the History and Ideas of Peace 6 ECTS
 • History of Global Conflicts and Global Security 6 ECTS
 • History and Theory of Strategy 6 ECTS
 • MA Thesis I 6 ECTS

 

Elective Course Modules (GPSSS) 6 ECTS
PEACE STUDIES TRACK
 • Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in Theory and Practice 6 ECTS
SECURITY STUDIES TRACK
 • Terrorism, Counterterrorism and (De-)Radicalisation 6 ECTS
STRATEGIC STUDIES TRACK
 • Geopolitics 6 ECTS

One free elective can be taken to either DEEPEN tracks. i.e., either students take the elective course within the track OR WIDEN, i.e. students take an elective from the MADAGG coursesyou can find the full list HERE.

 

TRIMESTER 3: MA THESIS, CAPSTONE AND TWO FREE ELECTIVES (May-July)

Students advance in their MA thesis, participate in a capstone project, and follow two elective courses

Thesis, Capstone and two Free Electives 30 ECTS
 • MA Thesis II 12 ECTS
 • Capstone
(Students work on a real-life problem at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance by applying their knowledge to a concrete policy problem)
6 ECTS
 • Two Free Elective (to choose one of the following options)
– Internship*
– Transatlantic Approaches to Global Peace, Security & Diplomacy
– An elective course from specialisation tracks (see Trimester 2)
12 ECTS

*Note that students taking the 120 ECTS option – see below – cannot take an internship in the third trimester as they take an extensive internship in the additional trimester

 

Additional content for the 120 ECTS track

Students have the option of following a 120 ECTS track for the MA Programme in order to widen their knowledge, deepen their practical skills with an extensive internship and take a concentration in Global Risk Analysis. Since some national career-tracks in diplomacy or government service can require a 120 ECTS MA, the programme offers the additional flexibility of enrolling for 30 additional ECTS credits with an additional trimester. This additional content consists of:

Intensive internship 9 ECTS
Course on Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and Global Governance 6 ECTS
Risk Analysis and Early Warning concentration of five weekend modules 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

The programme takes 17 months for the full-time version and 33 months for the part-time version.

All our courses are taught in English.