Master in International Security Studies (MISS)


Program Description

Master in International Security Studies (MISS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which offers students a complex guide through security, conflict and strategic studies in the context of international relations. Moreover, dual degrees are being offered in cooperation with University of Konstanz (Germany) and newly also with University of Glasgow (United Kingdom).

Security studies already have several decades of history behind them, in the course of which their shape and area of concern have changed markedly. Throughout the Cold War, it was a field closely wedded to war studies and military science, and it concentrated on questions dealing with nuclear weapons, disarmament, and potential confrontations between the superpowers. After the end of the Cold War, security studies underwent a significant transformation, which, along with the ever-widening understanding of the notion of security, began to move beyond military questions to include themes such as the environment, human security, ethnic conflicts, and the debate about natural resources and energy. The current shape of the field is the result of this dynamic process.

MISS promotes a progressive approach to teaching which, among other things, includes reducing class sizes and an emphasis on seminars. The pedagogical instructors aim to conduct their classes through presentations, discussions or simulations incorporating students, rather than through a one-sided monologue of facts which can be acquired by other means. This logically requires thorough preparation on the part of the student outside the class through extensive reading of the course texts. The main goal of this is to streamline the teaching process through actively involving the students in class and making it possible for them to present their opinions on and understandings of the material.

In cooperation with University of Konstanz and University of Glasgow, dual degrees are also being offered. For more information about the latter programme, which combines MISS with MSc. International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, please refer here.

To complete the programme the students must collect 120 ECTS credits, defend their Master’s Thesis and pass the final state examination.

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria

In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided:

  1. Copy of a diploma to show completed Bachelor's or Master's studies, or confirmation of ongoing studies in the academic year that those studies will be completed;
  2. Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies;
  3. CV;
  4. Motivation letter.

Confirmation of studies may be substituted with a transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application.

All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English.

Conditions for admission

The admissions committee will assess applicants for a study on the basis of the documents submitted and give them a ranking from 1 -10 points. The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of higher education studies.

Information on the exercise of graduates

The graduate of the International Security Studies Programme will acquire proficiency in recent security threats and risks, a competence of analyzing and solving political and social problems connected with them, and will get trained in information processing, analyzing and conceptualizing. During the studies, the student will get acquainted with the strategic concepts and the development of strategic thought. S/he will get familiar with the historical background of recent international setting and the security dimensions of the globalized international system, particularly in the European and Transatlantic arenas. After graduation, s/he will be ready to take positions both in international institutions, administration and foreign services, NGOs, media, education, academia, or proceed with postgraduate studies.

Last updated Mar 2020

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Charles University (CU) was founded in Prague in 1348 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and belongs among the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in the world. Charles University is currently ranked among the top 2% of the world´s universities in Shanghai University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is the number one university in Eastern Europe according to the The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Read less