Master in International Security Studies (MISS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree program, 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 the 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 by 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 the University of Konstanz and University of Glasgow, dual degrees are also being offered. For more information about the latter program, which combines MISS with MSc. International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, please refer here.
To complete the program the students must collect 120 ECTS credits, defend their Master’s Thesis and pass the final state examination.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided:
- 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;
- Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies;
- 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.
The admissions committee will assess applicants for the 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.
Conditions for admission
Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate. Admission to Post-Bachelor studies (Master's program) is likewise conditioned by completed education in any type of study program.
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The graduate of the Bezpečnostní studia – International Security Studies program will have learned to analyze security problems in their specificity and complexity on the basis of general concepts of security studies, conflict studies, strategic studies, and international relations. He or She will be able to place them in the proper political, social and historical context; to judge their relevance; to identify key actors and evaluate their motivations, and to propose practically oriented solutions to these problems. He or She will be able to apply their knowledge to specific regionally- or functionally-defined cases with an emphasis on European and Euroatlantic contexts. The graduate will, therefore, have undergone the necessary training for employment in the public sector, private sector and in the academia.
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