BSc in International Relations & Security

Objectives of the BSc in International Relations and Security

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 BSc in International Relations and Security is offered in the Greek and English language.


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 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.


  • 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 University preserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.


The duration of the BSc in International Relations and Security is 4 years.


For the successful completion of their studies, students need to sum up in total 240 ECTS.

The BSc in International Relations and Security courses per semester are the following:

CodeCourse TitleCourse typeECTS

Year: 1 Semester: 1

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

Year: 1 Semester: 2

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

Year: 2 Semester: 3

ISR131Geopolitics and Geo-economics in the Eastern MediterraneanCompulsory6
IRS132Security DiplomacyCompulsory6
IRS133International Political EconomyCompulsory6
IRS134The EU as a Global ActorCompulsory6
NOM129Public International Law Compulsory6

Year: 2 Semester: 4

IRS141Economic DiplomacyCompulsory6
IRS142Strategic StudiesCompulsory6
IRS143Political Economy of National Security Compulsory6
IRS144Terrorism, Asymmetric Threats and International SecurityCompulsory6
NOM380International Economic LawCompulsory6

Year: 3 Semester: 5

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

Year: 3 Semester: 6

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

Year: 4 Semester: 7

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

Year: 4 Semester: 8

IRS181Nuclear Weapons and International SecurityCompulsory6
IRS182Global Governance and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS183Security in the Middle EastCompulsory6
IRS184Cyber SecurityCompulsory6
IRS185Migration, International Relations and SecurityElective6
BUSN405Project ManagementElective6

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