International Security Studies (MISS), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master in International Security Studies (MISS) at Charles University teaches students about conflict, security and strategy on a global level. The Master’s programme considers complex international relations, and introduces you to topics like security and defence integration in Europe, energy and human security in the contemporary world, comparative counterterrorism and UN peacekeeping.


Master in International Security Studies (MISS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, which offers students a complex guide through security, conflict and strategic studies in the context of international relations. It is taught by members of the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The programme respects the multidisciplinary dimension of contemporary security studies but is firmly rooted in the international political aspects of the field. After initial methodological training, students will be introduced to theoretical concepts of security, conflict and strategic studies. The programme also focuses on European and transatlantic aspects of security and defence policies, regional contexts of security and conflicts, as well as specific issues of human or energy security.

Graduates of the programme are expected to start their careers in security-related posts in government offices and public administration, international organizations, NGOs and transnational corporations. Some might also like to pursue a doctorate and an academic career.

To complete the program the students must collect 120 ECTS credits, defend their Masters Thesis and pass the final state examination. Students need to take 9 required classes for a total of 70 credits (including 15 credits for the Masters Thesis), 38 credits for obligatory-elective classes , and 12 credits from Master's level classes offered outside the Institute of Political Studies (this may include optional classes of Czech as a foreign language).


MISS is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

Required classesIntroduction to Security and Conflict Studies

Security and Defence Integration in Europe
Research design
Applying Security Concepts in International Politics
Seminar in Security Concepts
Energy Security
Human Security in Contemporary World
Comparative Counterterrorism
Regional Security Studies
Diploma Thesis (elaboration)
Elective classes- Group IWar Studies
UN Peacekeeping
International Institutions Organizing Security
Elective classes- Group IICommon Security and Defence Policy: Concepts and Practice
Euroatlantic Community in Action: NATO Operations after Cold War
Elective classes- Group IIIJames Q. Whitaker Special Course
Theories of International Relations
EU Institutions and Decision-making
Security in Africa
American National Security Policy
Issues in United States National Security Policy
Justice and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies
Global Terrorism
Introduction to Strategic Studies
James Q. Whitaker Lectures

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
    Course structure:9 required classes (55 credits)
    Diploma thesis (15 credits)
    Elective classes – group I (4 credits)
    Elective classes – group II (4 credits)
    Elective classes – group III (30 credits)
    Elective classes from other institutes of the Faculty (12 credits)
    Final state examination
    Total credits: 120
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements


Bachelor degree in a related field. Evidence of English-language ability (if not a native speaker).

The early admissions deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 28th February 2017. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.

The regular deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 30th April 2017. The application fee is 530 CZK (approximately 20 EUR).

There will be no entrance examinations. Applicants' materials will be assessed by an admissions committee in March/May respectively. Successful applicants will be informed at the beginning of April/June respectively, so they can apply for their student visa.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition fees for the MISS programme are 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
    Living Costs

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