BSc in International Relations & Security



240 ECTS





The BSc in International Relations and Security offers students the opportunity to acquire extensive and in-depth knowledge about a wide range of issues related with the development of international affairs and its security implications. Theory and practice of international relations and diplomacy, international organization and international law, security and strategic studies, as well as politics and economics, constitute the hard core of the Program’s content. The Programme aims at providing students a rigorous understanding of international relations and politics, and of conflict and security issues, globally and regionally across the world. It focusses particularly on recent and contemporary processes, trends and problems: examining efforts to respond to international and regional challenges in the spheres of policy and practice. The Programme combines in-depth academic training in key concepts, theories and case-studies, alongside a structured process of engagement with contemporary debates and experience.

Graduates of the Programme are expected to have a thorough understanding of international political, security and economic issues, which will enable them to pursuit careers in the diplomatic corps, in international organizations, in NGOs, as well as in both the public and the private sector as policy and security advisors.


  • The international prestige and recognition of Neapolis University Pafos.
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
  • International collaborations with many Universities.
  • The flexibility of distance learning.
  • The use of advanced technology and resources.
  • The dynamic choice between synchronous and asynchronous distance education.
  • The adjustment of the Programme to current academic trends and market requirements.
  • Competitive tuition fees.


The BSc in International Relations and Security teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, case-study applications and independent research. In addition, it is designed to provide an academic experience going beyond that of the traditional classroom, in which the flow of information is primarily from the instructor to the student. The intention of the Programme is that each participant will contribute to the education of the entire class though active participation in the learning procedure. This will establish the understanding that an BSc in International Relations and Security requires a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology. 30% of the students’ final grade in each course corresponds to their performance in the midterm assessment, whereas 70% corresponds to their performance in the final exams. In order to secure a passing grade in a course, students need to secure a passing grade (i.e. 50% or higher) in both the midterm assessment and the final exams.



CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS111Introduction to International RelationsCompulsory6
IRS112Diplomatic History, 1815-1945Compulsory6
IRS113Research Methodology in International RelationsCompulsory6
NOM160Political ScienceCompulsory6
ΝΟΜ158Political EconomyCompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS121International Relations TheoriesCompulsory6
IRS122Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches, Contemporary and Emerging IssuesCompulsory6
IRS123The World since 1945Compulsory6
IRS124Introduction to Modern DiplomacyCompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
ISR131Geopolitics and Geo-economics in the Eastern MediterraneanCompulsory6
IRS132Security DiplomacyCompulsory6
IRS133International Political EconomyCompulsory6
IRS134The EU as a Global ActorCompulsory6
NOM129Public International LawCompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS141Economic DiplomacyCompulsory6
IRS142Strategic StudiesCompulsory6
IRS143Political Economy of National SecurityCompulsory6
IRS144Terrorism, Asymmetric Threats and International SecurityCompulsory6
NOM380International Economic LawCompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS151Economic Sustainability and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS152Risk Analysis and ForecastingCompulsory6
IRS153Conflict ResolutionCompulsory6
IRS154International OrganizationsCompulsory6
PSYC308Political PsychologyElective6
IRS155Foreign Policy in the 21st CenturyElective6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS161China as a Global ActorCompulsory6
IRS162Energy, Security and Foreign PolicyCompulsory6
IRS163Environmental Sustainability and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS164EU Neighborhood PolicyCompulsory6
IRS165Foreign Policy AnalysisElective6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS171Political Economy of EnergyCompulsory6
IRS172European Security and DefenseCompulsory6
IRS173Risk ManagementCompulsory6
IRS174Security in the Eastern MediterraneanCompulsory6
IRS175International Development CooperationElective6
IRS176Practical DiplomacyElective6
IRS177Human SecurityElective6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS181Nuclear Weapons and International SecurityCompulsory6
IRS182Global Governance and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS183Security in the Middle EastCompulsory6
IRS184Cyber SecurityCompulsory6
IRS185Migration, International Relations and SecurityElective6
BUSN405Project ManagementElective6
For the successful completion of their studies, students need to sum up in total 240 ECTS.


In order to be admitted to the Program, candidates must possess a Secondary School Certificate with grade no less than 14/20 or equivalent, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 26 points, or any other equivalent secondary education diploma. The general admission criteria are based on the type and quality of previous studies, the grade obtained in previous studies and the suitability of the candidate for the program of study that has been applied for. In any case, the file of each applicant will be considered on its own merit.

Satisfactory knowledge of English is essential. The minimum language requirement is a grade C on a First Certificate in English or any other equivalent degree. In the absence of such a certificate/degree, candidates will be asked to sit English language exams in order to prove their satisfactory knowledge. After admission, candidates may be required to take additional instruction in English language.


The University reserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.


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Giorgos Georgis

Professor of History

Head of the Department of History, Politics and International Studies

Coordinator of the Master in History and MA in Modern and Contemporary Greek and European History (Distance)

Giorgos Georgis is Professor at Neapolis University Pafos, Member of the Board and Director of the Postgraduate Programs in History at the same University.

Pantelis Sklias

Professor of International Political Economy

Rector of Neapolis University Pafos

Pantelis Sklias (1969) is a Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy (IPE) and since September 2018 Rector of the University.

Marios Leonida Evriviades

Professor of International Relations and Security

Deputy Head of the Department of History, Politics and International Studies

Marios L. Evriviades is Professor of International Relations and History at Neapolis University Pafos. He is also Senior Fellow and Director of Resources at ERPIC-European Rim and Investment Council, Larnaca.

Georgios Maris

Visiting Researcher in Political Economy of International Relations

Georgios Maris is Associate Professor in Political Economy of International Relations at the University of the Aegean (Department of Mediterranean Studies).

Katerina Papazacharia

Lecturer in Diplomatic History and International Relations

Katerina Papazacharia is a Doctor of Philosophy in Byzantine History. She graduated with a B.A. degree from the Department of History and Archaeology, School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Kyriakos Iakovidis

Lecturer in Modern History

Born in Limassol, 1984. BA Journalism (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh). MA in History (Royal Holloway). PHD holder (University of Cyprus). Member of the research program «Evrodaktilios», financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Cyprus).

Antonis Klapsis

Visiting Researcher in Diplomacy and International Organization

Coordinator of the MA in Modern and Contemporary Greek and European History (Distance Learning)

Antonis Klapsis is Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Organization at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese.

Dimitris Chryssochoou

Visiting Fellow in Theory and Institutions of European Integration

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou is Professor of Theory and Institutions of European Integration in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,

Mersilia Anastasiadou


Coordinator of the BSc in International Relations & Security, MSc in European Politics and Governance (conventional and distance) and MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security (Distance)

Mersilia Anastasiadou teaches International Relations at the Department of History, Politics and International Studies, Neapolis University Pafos.

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