Intelligence & Security, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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  • English, Italian
The on-going technological revolution is changing radically the intelligence’s world. The incoming of cyberspace, of the high speed communication and financial flow, of the hyper connectivity, the computerization’s process and the large memory capacity changed the acquisition, the selection and the evaluation of the information. These changes renewed the analyst’s and intelligence ‘s operator figures.
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The technological revolution, the economic interdependence processes and geopolitical transformations create a framework increasingly complex and diversified risks and threats to the security and stability of the country-systems . In the new global context intelligence activities are destined to become increasingly strategically important both for governmental institutions to the corporate world. Intelligence analysts and experts are increasingly in demand by institutional bodies in charge of national security and public security, the armed forces, from companies and public and private research centers.

To deal with these new challenges, the Master's Degree in Intelligence and security involves acting as faculty professionals of excellence, from the intelligence community , academia and research , from the defense and security sector and businesses .

The educational objectives are the following:

a) provide operators with a professional upgrade to the height of technological and organizational innovation processes that characterize the sector Intelligence and Security in the contemporary world;

b) forming a new generation of young analysts and experts in line with the most advanced international standards.

Programme Structure

The program is divided as follows:

  • 360 hrs of lecture
  • 40 hrs of School Analysis
  • Meetings with main characters from the institutional world, international conference and workshops
  • Every single module’s didactics foresees in class lectures, case studies, presentations, group work’s simulations and projects.

At the end of every module is foreseen an exam to evaluate the acquired skills.

Unit 0- Basic Learning

The Unit 0 has the purpose to give an introduction to the basic concepts and to the terminology’s directory. The attendants need these two criteria in order to understand the various themes that are present in the following Units:

– Terminology’s directory and epistemological glossary

– Introduction to the intelligence’s concept

– Security and intelligence’s culture and practice

Unit 1- Critical Thinking and analysis’ methodology

The Unit 1 is designed to paint a complete picture of the intelligence and security’s world. Therefore, it analyses the different themes and the difference between them. For example, the differences between institutional and private, intelligence and counter intelligence, open sources’ analysis, misinformation and strategic deceit with reference to the new media:

– Institutional and private Intelligence and counter intelligence

– Espionage and counter intelligence

– Focus on open sources: analysis

– Investigative Journalism’s techniques

– Strategic Analysis

– Misinformation and strategic deceit

– Mass Media and influence’s process’ analysis

– Elint, SIGINT and detection satellite and airborne systems (multispectral and optical)

Unit 2- New Analysis’ Methodologies

The Unit 2 combines the modern technologies’ applications with the need of security by integrating the new analysis’ and forecast’s methodologies: neural nets, genetic algorithms, data mining, text mining, complexity theory and divergent thinking. This Unit characterizes this Master from other intelligence and security courses. Moreover, it’s recognized as an excellent program among all of the similar postgraduate Master programs.

  • Neural nets and genetic algorithms
  • Methodologies based on complexity theories and applications
  • Social Network’s Analysis
  • Data mining and text mining
  • Divergent thinking and intelligence
  • Cyber security
  • Cyber-Terrorism, cyber warfare and info-war
  • Big data and privacy


The Unit 3- has the duty to see in depth relative aspects of the security and intelligence’s world which are fundamental for the operators. This part of the Master program will focus on the following issues: Italian national interests, critical infrastructures’ security, crises management’s system management, non conventional threats (drugs, ecomafia, illegal weapon transit)

  • Italian’s national interest of the international system
  • Critical infrastructure’s security
  • Geopolitics and Geo-economics
  • Non conventional challenge of the security in contemporary world: drug, ecomafia, illegal weapon transit, prostitution exploitation, human beings’ trade
  • Non conventional Terrorism and confictuality
  • Intelligence Services within an international context
  • Transnational Criminal organization

Internships/Project work

At the end of the program, in order for the title to be released, is foreseen a presentation with discussion of a thesis that will cover all the material learned in the courses.



  • Prof. Marco Mayer


  • Amb. Achille Amerio,
  • Prof. Ing. Michele Colajanni,
  • Col. Cosimo Di Gesù,
  • Prof. Ing. Luisa Franchina,
  • Dott. Ivano Gabrielli,
  • Dott. Marco Gerometta,
  • Dott. Alfredo Mantici,
  • Prof. Marco Mayer,
  • Amb. Alessandro Merola,
  • Dott. Adriana Piancastelli,
  • Consigliere Fabio Rugge,
  • Dott. Paolo Scotto di Castelbianco,
  • Col. Paolo Sfarra,
  • Prefetto Adriano Soi,
  • Dott. Umberto Saccone,
  • Dott. Bruno Valensise.

Guest Lecturers:

  • Gen. Giovanni Maria Fungo,
  • Amm. Sergio Biraghi,
  • Ambasciatore Giampiero Massolo,
  • Gen. Carlo Magrassi.

International Guest Lecturer:

  • Prof. Stephen Marrin, Intelligence Studies James Madison University, President of the Intelligence Studies Section at the International Studies Association.

Coordinatore didattico:

  • Dott. Elisabetta Trenta

Consulente didattico:

  • Dott. Mirko Lapi (CIFIGE)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

To register you must submit the following documents:

  • Application form Application Form
  • Photocopy of identity document
  • Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • EUR 12000 EU/EEA


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