International conflicts have changed fundamentally over the past two decades. To understand them and to manage them requires new skills, which is why we offer this new Master programme.
In the old days the understanding and management of conflicts built on a fairly clear division of labor between specialists between diplomats, soldiers, and aid experts. Conflicts could be understood according to distinct phases, moving from peace to tension over war and stabilisation to renewed peace. For each phase a particular set of specialists went to work.
Todays conflicts are multiple, complex, and volatile. They may last for more than a decade. Signs of progress are often deceptive, and outsiders involved in managing the conflict can experience war, development, and peace enforcement all in one day. It is what the military calls a three block war. To grasp it, and to help organisations prepare for it, experts must look beyond specialisations and be trained to understand and work with complex and conflict ridden environments.
This Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law will train this kind of expert. It will be experts who look to the international domain, who want to work with international issues, and who will want to help solve conflicts. The programme will provide the experts with the skills to integrate a conflicts political, juridical, and ethical dimensions in a comprehensive assessment that identifies the drivers of the conflict and what international organisations can do about them.
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 organisations that are involved in analysing, managing, and solving conflicts. It can be private or public organisations, and it can be organisations that are purely analytical or more broadly engaged in all dimensions of conflicts.
The programme is a two-year full-time study programme amounting to a total of 120 ECTS. There are 6 core courses, 3 electives, and a thesis. All courses, core courses and electives, each represent 10 ECTS. The thesis represents 30 ECTS.
Core courses are offered jointly by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law and they make up the first two semesters of the Master’s four semesters in total. The core courses of the first semester are open to students of this programme only.
All courses of the second and third semester will be oriented towards practical analytical skills, combining background knowledge of the big debates in terms of theory and world developments with the ability to bring this knowledge to bear in the assessment of specific conflicts. It will be a trademark of the programme to have students connect big ideas and concrete events.
Another trademark will be the integrated focus on politics, law, and ethics. Some courses focus mainly on one dimension, especially first semester courses, but second and third semester courses must relate their core topic (politics, law, or ethics) to the wider and combined context.
There are good opportunities for studying abroad, either in the third semester where the student can follow courses at another university of his/her choice or replace one elective course with a traineeship, or in the fourth semester where the thesis can be written abroad and under long distance supervision from the University of Southern Denmark advisor.
You will be attracted to this programme if:
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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To apply for the Master's programme 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 programme, 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:
If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.
Options for full-degree graduate students:
Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus
Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.
A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.
Options for Exchange and Guest Students:
Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals - The scholarship helps cover living expenses.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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