For students starting in 2019, both Danish and English language proficiency is required. Proficiency in a Nordic language (Norwegian, Icelandic, Swedish, or Finnish) will also satisfy the Danish requirement.
International conflicts and security issues have changed fundamentally over the past decades. Understanding them and managing them requires new skills. We offer this Master’s program, taught by international researchers who have trained and worked at the best universities in Europe, to develop these skills in our graduates.
Contemporary conflicts and security issues are multiple, complex, and volatile. They may last for decades. Signs of progress are often deceptive, and outsiders involved in managing the conflict can experience war, development, and peace enforcement all in one day. To understand these conflicts and other contemporary security issues, and to help organizations prepare for them, we need experts who are interdisciplinary and trained to understand the complexities of these environments.
This Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law will train you to be this kind of expert. Grounded in the world-class research done by the Center for War Studies, the program will provide you with the skills to integrate a conflict’s political, juridical, and ethical dimensions in a comprehensive assessment that identifies the drivers of conflict and security issues, and what public and private organizations can do about them.
“NATO and its many partners have direct experience with a multitude of modern conflicts, and I observe a clear and growing demand for experts who are trained to assess complex security environments and help solve conflicts. I, therefore, welcome this new master program and the effort to educate the kind of multidisciplinary and engaged experts that we need. I wish this program the success that it deserves.” Jamie Shea NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, Former Director of Policy Planning, NATO.
The program is a two-year, 120 ECTS full-time study program. There are 7 core courses, several electives, and a thesis.
Core courses run in the first two semesters and are offered jointly by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law.
Courses in the first semester introduce students to the key concepts of the program. Courses of the second and third semester provide students with practical and analytical skills, using the theoretical knowledge gained in the introductory courses to assess specific conflicts and world developments more broadly.
Overall, this program has two trademarks. The first trademark is bringing together big ideas with concrete cases. In addition to classroom work on case studies, we offer two simulation games every year, one mandatory and one elective, to put the knowledge you gained in class to the test.
The second trademark is the integrated focus on politics, law, and ethics. While different courses balance the three areas differently, core topics in mandatory courses are always examined from these three perspectives: connecting them to their wider political, legal, and ethical context.
Finally, there are good opportunities for going abroad, either in the third semester where the student can partake in Erasmus exchanges or replace elective courses with a traineeship or in the fourth semester where the thesis can be written abroad and under long-distance supervision by one of the MOISL teachers.
Rooted in political science and law, the Master’s in International Security and Law program enables graduates to work in both public and private organizations that engage in areas of conflict and security. It will provide graduates will an ability to assess the dynamics of conflict and security issues, identify possible venues of action, and be cognizant of repercussions both domestically and internationally.
In particular, the graduate will gain these competencies:
Analytical skills rooted in political science and international law with a special emphasis on ethical issues.
The ability to develop independent and original assessments of issues of conflict and security and provide policy options for public and private actors.
The ability to work in a cross-disciplinary team to generate broader and ongoing assessments and recommendations.
A profile attractive to organizations involved in conflict and security assessment, management, and resolution.
The skills to occupy central and important positions in these organizations and thus to help prioritize, organize, and sustain the organization’s analytical capacity.
Do you want to play a role and make a difference by analyzing, managing, and solving conflicts of the 21st Century?
With a Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law you will be primed for a career in organizations that are involved in analyzing, managing, and solving conflicts. It can be private or public organizations, and it can be organizations that are purely analytical or more broadly engaged in all dimensions of conflicts.
Graduates in the Masters of International Security and Law have found jobs in a wide variety of sectors, such as:
Government: Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Defense, Ministries of Finance, Missions to the United Nations, Embassies, Armed Forces, Maritime Authorities, Local Government, Police
International Organizations: NATO, NATO Defense College, UN Migration Agency, Frontex, European Parliament, European Asylum Support Office, European Union Agencies
NGOs: NGO Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Mercy Corps, European Chamber, Danish Refugee Council, Danish Church Aid, ActionAid Denmark, Transparency International, Plan International, Cooperazione Internazionale
Private Companies: Investment/Insurance/Banking, Business Consulting, Legal Consulting, Brand Management, Filmmaking, Entrepreneurship
Higher Education: Ph.D. student, Assistant Professor, Researcher, University Lecturer
To apply for the Master's program in International Security and Law, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold a Bachelor's degree within one of the following areas:
You can also apply if you hold a relevant degree within Humanities. The guiding principle is that the bachelor degree must include subjects amounting to 45 ECTS within:
If you do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university, but have gained equivalent – e.g. professional – experience of relevance to the program, you can also apply (e.g. military officers, applicants with international aid work experience or experience from the central administration or similar). Relevant professional experience entails that you:
have had extensive experience with international relations.
have had extensive experience with international conflict management.
in other ways through your professional employment have acquired knowledge and qualifications that will contribute to the progression of the Master's program.
The program requires proficiency in English as well as Danish.
If you apply on grounds of a Danish Bachelor's program instructed in Danish, there is no need for further documentation of your proficiency in Danish.
If your Bachelor's degree isn't from Denmark, you must submit proof of your proficiency in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, or Icelandic. This applies to Danish citizens as well.
All applicants are required to prove their proficiency in English.
There is a limited number of study places in the program.
If there are more qualified applicants than study places, applicants are selected based on the grade point average of the qualifying degree. If the degree is not completed at the time of application, the grade point average is calculated based on the courses passed at the time of application.