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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The MISS is offered jointly by the School of International Studies from University of Trento and the Sant’Anna 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 Sant’Anna 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 Master’s 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 Sant’Anna 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)

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

Second year- Università di Trento

The Use of Force in International Politics

International Cooperation, Development and Security

Global Migration and Security

Natural Resources and Energy Security

Global Markets and Security Issues

Human Rights and Natural Resources under International Law

Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory and Methods 

Labour Rights in the Global Economy

Minority Rights


  • Institutions and organisations engaged in security, peacekeeping, and state-building activities;
  • private organisations dealing with risk prevention and management;
  • national ministries and the diplomatic service;
  • organisations engaged in areas such as institution-building, project management, humanitarian assistance, local development and reforms, security risk prevention and management;
  • PhD programmes

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:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


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  • 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).

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    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

1) a bachelor’s or higher degree awarded:

  • before 31 July 2018 for non-EU citizens living abroad;
  • before 31 October 2018 for EU-citizens and non-EU citizens living in Italy;

2) good knowledge of the English language, at least B2 level attested as follows: English Language qualification – awarded no earlier than March 2016 – : IELTS no skill lower than 5.5, TOEFL internet-based test (or equivalent TOEFL) no skill lower than 21. 

3) basic knowledge of a second foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, German);

4) a personal background with suitable professional vocational and academic experience appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree course.

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • EU students  from 0 to 2.959 euros according to the student's  economic condition.
  • non-EU students from 0 to 4.500 euros according to the student’s performance

Living costs for Trento

  • 700 - 1000 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.

EU grants: European Community grants, not managed by the University of Trento, might provide funding for degree seekers in Italy.

The RIT project– Raise Your International Talent in Trento.


For EU students

  • Students can apply for Opera Universitaria scholarships. The possibility to obtain a scholarship and its amount  varies according to the financial situation of the student’s household.

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