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.
Required classesIntroduction to Security and Conflict Studies
Security and Defence Integration in Europe
Applying Security Concepts in International Politics
Seminar in Security Concepts
Human Security in Contemporary World
Regional Security Studies
Diploma Thesis (elaboration)
Elective classes- Group IWar Studies
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
Introduction to Strategic Studies
James Q. Whitaker Lectures
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You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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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.
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