MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security

Objectives of the MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security

The MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security aims at providing students with a broad assessment of contemporary international relations, with emphasis on strategy and security issues. It combines in-depth academic training in key concepts, theories and case-studies, alongside a structured process of engagement with contemporary debates and experience. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, security, ideological, cultural and ethical issues. Moreover, the Programme provides a strong theoretical and empirical understanding of the international security environment of the post-Cold War era, including the origins of conflicts and peace, the emergence of new security threats and the many different agencies involved in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking today. Last but not least, the Programme identifies the ways state and non-state actors develop strategies in the international environment as far as security issues are concerned.

Graduates of the Programme are expected to have a thorough understanding of international political, security, and strategic 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 senior policy and security advisors.

TEACHING LANGUAGE

The MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security is offered in the Greek and English language.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be admitted to the Programme, candidates must possess a Bachelor Degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Law, History, Sociology, Economics, or in any other related field of Social Sciences and Humanities with grade 6.5/10 or 2:1 or equivalent. It also encourages the application of graduates of schools of the Armed Forces and the Security Forces. 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 Programme 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 B2 certificate in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale. In the absence of such a certificate/degree, candidates will be asked to sit English language exams in order to prove their satisfactory knowledge.

TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS

The Programme’s 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 MSc in International Relations, Strategy 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.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PROGRAMME

  • 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.

Disclaimer

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

Duration

The duration of the Programme is 18 months.

Students have the opportunity to complete their postgraduate studies in 12 months as long as they start the conduction of their Master’s Dissertation during the first or second semester of their studies, including the summer period. In this case, the completion of the Master’s Dissertation may be prolonged during the summer period, for one or two months. In any case, the total ECTS remain 90.

Structure

For the successful completion of their studies, students need to sum up in total 90 ECTS. In the 1st semester students choose all four compulsory courses. In the 2nd semester students choose all three compulsory courses and one of the three available elective courses. In order to successfully complete their studies and be awarded the MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security, students are also obliged to conduct a Master’s Dissertation.

The Course Structure of the MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security is as follows:

CodeCourse TitleTypeECTS

Semester: 1

IRSS611International Security and Strategic StudiesCompulsory7.5
IRSS612Strategy and Decision MakingCompulsory7.5
IRSS621Contemporary Issues in Global PoliticsCompulsory7.5
METH600Research MethodologyCompulsory7.5

Semester: 2

IRSS623International Law and SecurityCompulsory7.5
IRSS624Homeland SecurityCompulsory7.5
IS504Information SecurityCompulsory7.5
IRSS622Special Topics in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East SecurityElective7.5
IRSS625Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict ReconstructionElective7.5
MEP500Foreign Policy, Security and Defense in the European UnionElective7.5

Semester: 3

IRSS610DissertationCompulsory30.0

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