MAS International and European Security 2019

The MAS responds to the changing needs of policy-practitioner participants and reflects a transforming security landscape. The overall learning goals for the MAS are to enhance participants' understanding of peace and stability in national, ‘world-regional’ and global contexts.



7 October 2019 - 29 May 2020
60 ECTS credits
580 Teaching hours






Dr. Alessia BIAVA
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Dr. Siobhan MARTIN
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Registration deadline

31 May 2019


CHF 15'000.-


  • Prepare participants for leadership roles in international security policy through knowledge, skills and networking
  • Educate and exercise the capacity for critical intelligence
  • Address the challenges created by the current evolution of security actors
  • Devise concrete policies and collaborative solutions in response to global strategic challenges


Professional who will serve in the broad area of security policy and who will interact with international agencies involved in security-related policy planning, political and military decision-making and practical implementation in a range of complex and interlinked security situations.


5 modules:

  • The Evolving Dimensions of Security Policy
  • 21st Century Security Challenges
  • A World of Regions?
  • Issues and Concepts in International Security
  • Research Paper Process


Prof. René SCHWOK, Global Studies Institute (GSI), University of Geneva and Dr. Siobhan MARTIN, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)


Dr. Alessia BIAVA, University of Geneva




The programme is accredited by the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ). As a result, the MAS degree has gained a reputation for high quality in many countries worldwide.
The Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (MAS) responds to the changing needs of policy-practitioner participants and its inception and gestation itself reflects a transforming security landscape - benefiting from the exceptional academic resources of the University of Geneva and the internationally recognised training expertise of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). It is a full time course currently run within the University of Geneva’s Global Studies Institute (GSI), reflecting its global outlook.


Provides an overview of the current international security environment and its leadership through an analysis of the different concepts (power, interests, values…) and dimensions (history, strategy, economics, law, governance…) necessary to understand the dynamics of foreign and security policy.


Focuses on the evolution of warfare, sustainable peace, emerging and re-emerging security challenges.


Allows participants to explore security challenges and actors in multiple regions including the Euro-Atlantic Area, Sub-Saharan Africa; the Middle East and North Africa; Latin America, and developments in the Asia-Pacific.


Provides a series of conceptual lectures to complement and reinforce, through a theoretical approach, the more policy-orientated approach of the first three Modules on subjects including critical theories, geo-economics, international law, political philosophy, theories of European integration, religion and international security.


Allows participants to develop their research and analytical capacity through a 10'000-12'000 word thesis. Participants attend a number of research methods seminars throughout the process to support their progress.

Pedagogical method

This intensive 8 month course engages you through academic workshops, classroom analysis, peer to peer networking, and individual skills enhancement.

Diploma awarded

Participants who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (60 ECTS credits) by the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Admission criteria

  • A university degree or equivalent
  • At least several years of professional experience, ideally in a security policy-related field
  • Proficiency in English, the working language of the course

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