Master of Science in International Relations, Strategy and Security


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Program Description

The MSc in International Relations, Strategy, and Security aims at providing students with a broad assessment of contemporary international relations, with emphasis on strategy and security issues. It combines in-depth academic training in key concepts, theories, and case studies, alongside a structured process of engagement with contemporary debates and experience. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, security, ideological, cultural, and ethical issues. Moreover, the Program provides a strong theoretical and empirical understanding of the international security environment of the post-Cold War era, including the origins of conflicts and peace, the emergence of new security threats and the many different agencies involved in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking today. Last but not least, the Program identifies the ways state and non-state actors develop strategies in the international environment as far as security issues are concerned.

Graduates of the Program are expected to have a thorough understanding of international political, security, and strategic issues, which will enable them to pursue careers in the diplomatic corps, in international organizations, in NGOs, as well as in both the public and the private sector as a senior policy and security advisors.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Program, candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Law, History, Sociology, Economics, or any other related field of Social Sciences and Humanities with grade 6.5/10 or 2:1 or equivalent. It also encourages the application of graduates of schools of the Armed Forces and the Security Forces. The general admission criteria are based on the type and quality of previous studies, the grade obtained in previous studies, and the suitability of the candidate for the Programme of study that has been applied for. In any case, the file of each applicant will be considered on its own merit.

Satisfactory knowledge of English is essential. The minimum language requirement is a B2 certificate in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale. In the absence of such a certificate/degree, candidates will be asked to sit English language exams in order to prove their satisfactory knowledge.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

The Program’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, case-study applications, and independent research. In addition, it is designed to provide an academic experience going beyond that of the traditional classroom, in which the flow of information is primarily from the instructor to the student. The intention of the Programme is that each participant will contribute to the education of the entire class through active participation in the learning procedure. This will establish the understanding that an MSc in International Relations, Strategy, and Security requires a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology. 30% of the students’ final grade in each course corresponds to their performance in the midterm assessment, whereas 70% corresponds to their performance in the final exams. In order to secure a passing grade in a course, students need to secure a passing grade (i.e. 50% or higher) in both the midterm assessment and the final exams.

Advantages of the Program

  • The international prestige and recognition of Neapolis University Pafos.
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
  • International collaborations with many Universities.
  • The flexibility of distance learning.
  • The use of advanced technology and resources.
  • The dynamic choice between synchronous and asynchronous distance education.
  • The adjustment of the Programme to current academic trends and market requirements.
  • Competitive tuition fees.

Program Structure

The duration of the Programme is 18 months.

Students have the opportunity to complete their postgraduate studies in 12 months as long as they start the conduction of their Master’s Dissertation during the first or second semester of their studies, including the summer period. In this case, the completion of the Master’s Dissertation may be prolonged during the summer period, for one or two months. In any case, the total ECTS remains 90.

For the successful completion of their studies, students need to sum up a total of 90 ECTS. In the 1st semester, students choose all four compulsory courses. In the 2nd semester, students choose all three compulsory courses and one of the three available elective courses. In order to successfully complete their studies and be awarded the MSc in International Relations, Strategy, and Security, students are also obliged to conduct a Master’s Dissertation.


The Course Structure of the MSc in International Relations, Strategy, and Security are as follows:

Semester: 1

  • IRSS611 International Security and Strategic Studies
  • IRSS612 Strategy and Decision Making
  • IRSS621 Contemporary Issues in Global Politics
  • METH600 Research Methodology

Semester: 2

  • IRSS623 International Law and Security
  • IRSS624 Homeland Security
  • IS504 Information Security
  • IRSS622 Special Topics in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Security
  • IRSS625 Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • MEP500 Foreign Policy, Security and Defense in the European Union

Semester: 3

  • IRSS610 Dissertation
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Neapolis University in Cyprus is a young yet dynamic, fast-growing university operating since 2010 in the heart of the charming town of Pafos, on the west coast of the island of Cyprus, offering under ... Read More

Neapolis University in Cyprus is a young yet dynamic, fast-growing university operating since 2010 in the heart of the charming town of Pafos, on the west coast of the island of Cyprus, offering undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs in both Greek and English. Enrolling at Neapolis University in Cyprus enters students into a high standard, stimulating, and enjoyable environment. The biggest advantage of Neapolis is the quality and dedication of its faculty, most of whom have considerable experience teaching and doing research in European and American Universities. Based on such faculty and on an ambitious strategy, it is quickly becoming one of the best private universities in Cyprus. Read less