Master in International Security Studies - MISS, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2959 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The MISSis offered jointly by theSchool of International Studies fromUniversity of Trento and theSantAnna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa). The programme allows students to acquire a deep understanding of the main challenges posed to security in our globalized society providing them with the skills required to evaluate responses from national actors and the international community.


The MISS is offered jointly by the School of International Studies from University of Trento and the SantAnna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa). It adopts a strong multi-disciplinary approach coupled with a broad range of optional specialization courses. The programme allows students to acquire a deep understanding of the main challenges posed to security in our globalized society providing them with the skills required to evaluate responses from national actors and the international community. Thanks to an innovative learning approach that combines class teaching with role-play, simulations, moot courts, and case-study analysis, participants are expected to understand the various factors and actors having an impact on the global order, with specific reference to security issues.

Security studies have long been important to analyse the challenges of international relations. From traditional ideas of security such as war, global conflicts and national security to non-traditional concerns such as energy crisis, migration and climate change, security studies represent a solid framework for the analysis of multi-level challenges to our global society. The Masters Degree in International Security Studies (MISS) provides the students with both theoretical and practical approaches to understand the dynamics of contemporary security, and to evaluate responses from national actors and the international community.

Students spend the first year at the SantAnna School in Pisa, where teaching is focused on the main issues concerning security, including hard and soft security, technological security, environmental security, and human security. The second year is based at the School of International Studies in Trento, where students have a closer look at the specific security challenges modern societies are faced, such as armed and other violent conflicts, terrorism, energy issues, environmental degradation, migration and financial flows. . During the second year, students are encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes, to prepare their dissertation, or pursue an internship.

Programme Structure

First year - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa)

Compulsory courses

  • The Role of Universal and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peace and Security
  • Genealogies and Aporias of Security
  • Armed Conflicts and International Law
  • Security Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Issue Areas
  • Probability, Certainty and Security in Economics: Concepts and Methods
  • Transnational Global Governance
  • Ethics of Security
  • Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  • English from B2 to B2plus
  • Security and Costitutions. Addressing Security from a Constitutional Law Perspective
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The MISS prepares its students for positions within the areas of security, public policy, and international relations. MISS graduates will possess the skills and qualifications necessary to:

  • Hold positions of responsibility within European and international institutions and organisations engaged in security, peacekeeping, and state-building activities

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • For non-EU January/February each year
    • For EU/EEA June/July each year
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

    ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is an important element of the Bologna process, meant to encourage international mobility among students and to enhance the acknowledgement of their academic achievements.

    1 ECTS credit point is the equivalent of 25 hours work-load.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the selection process must complete the online application form according to the following deadlines: between mid-December and mid-March for non-EU citizens living abroad and between May and mid-July for Italian and EU-citizens or those treated as such. On completing the evaluation process, the admissions committee will place the candidates found suitable on two separate lists in order of classification for admission onto the Masters course (one list for non-EU citizens resident abroad and one for Italian and EU citizens and those treated as such).

  • IELTS no skill lower than 5.5, TOEFL internet-based test no skill lower than 21.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2959 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2959 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
For non-EU students the fee amount ranges from 0 to 4.500 euros according to the students performance. For top scored admitted candidates fees are waived.

Living costs for Trento

700 - 1,000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


For non-EU students

Particularly deserving students can be awarded for the first year one of UniTrento scholarships of 5.200 euros according to their admission score.

Fees are waived as long as you benefit from UniTrento scholarship.

Every September the credits you have gained until 10th August are checked so that your scholarship can be confirmed and extended to the following year.

Should you not be able to get the needed credits within the deadlines (in May or 10th August at the latest), you will be asked to give back the part of scholarship already received and you will have to pay the fees according to your bracket correspondent to the number of credits earned and to your study course.

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