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International Security and Law


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University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


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Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law

International conflicts have changed fundamentally over the past two decades. To understand them and to manage them requires new skills, which is why we offer this new Master programme.

Today’s conflicts are multiple, complex, and volatile. They may last for more than a decade. Signs of progress are often deceptive, and outsiders involved in managing the conflict can experience war, development, and peace enforcement all in one day. It is what the military calls a three block war. To grasp it, and to help organisations prepare for it, experts must look beyond specialisations and be trained to understand and work with complex and conflict ridden environments.

This Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law will train this kind of expert. It will be experts who look to the international domain, who want to work with international issues, and who will want to help solve conflicts. The programme will provide the experts with the skills to integrate a conflict’s political, juridical, and ethical dimensions in a comprehensive assessment that identifies the drivers of the conflict and what international organisations can do about them.

 


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Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law:  Programme structure

The programme is a two-year full-time study programme amounting to a total of 120 ECTS. There are 7 core courses, several electives, including a summer course, and a thesis. All core courses and some electives give 10 ECTS credits each. Other electives give 5 ECTS credits. The thesis gives 30 ECTS credits.

Core courses are offered jointly by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law and they constitute the first two semesters of MOISL.

All courses of the second and third semester will provide students with practical and analytical skills, combining background knowledge of the big debates in terms of theory and world developments with the ability to apply this knowledge to the assessment of specific conflicts. It is a trademark of the programme to have students connect big ideas and concrete cases. In fact, the programme builds on interactive activities including two big simulation games.

Another trademark is the integrated focus on politics, law, and ethics. Some courses focus mainly on one dimension, especially the first semester courses, but second and third semester courses connect their core topic (politics, law, or ethics) to the wider political, legal and ethical context.

There are good opportunities for studying abroad, either in the third semester where the student can follow courses at another university of his/her choice or replace one elective course with a traineeship, or in the fourth semester where the thesis can be written abroad and under long distance supervision by one of the MOISL teachers.


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Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law: Career Opportunities

Do you want to play a role and make a difference by analyzing, managing and solving conflicts of the 21st Century?

Rooted in political science and law, the programme enables the student to work in both public and private organisations that engage in areas of conflict and which for this reason need to assess the dynamics of the conflict, need to identify possible venues of action, and which must be cognizant of repercussions in the international domain.

 

The student will in particular gain these competences:

  • Analytical skills rooted in political science and international law with a special emphasis on ethical issues;
  • The ability to develop independent and original assessments of conflicts, policy options, and international repercussions;

  • The ability to develop cross-disciplinary team work to generate broader and ongoing conflict assessments;
  • The profile that is indispensable to organisations involved in conflict assessment, management, and resolution;
  •  The skill required to occupy central and important positions in these organizations and thus to help prioritise, organise and sustain the organisation’s analytical capacity.


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Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law: Admission requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in International Security and Law, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold a Bachelor's degree within one of the following areas:

  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Social science
  • Economics
  • History (major)

 

You can also apply if you hold a relevant degree within Humanities. The guiding principle is that the bachelor degree must include subjects amounting to 45 ECTS within:

  • Law
  • Social issues
  • International relations
  • Comparative politics

 

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university, but have gained equivalent – e.g. professional – experience of relevance to the programme, you can also apply (e.g. military officers, applicants with international aid work experience or experience from the central administration or similar). Relevant professional experience entails that you:

  • have had extensive experience with international relations
  • have had extensive experience with international conflict management
  • in other ways through your professional employment have acquired knowledge and qualifications that will contribute to the progression of the Master's program.

 

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

 


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Institution

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


Location: University of Southern Denmark Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense
Dänemark
Region of Southern Denmark
T   +45 6550 1000
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Odense

Field of study

Law, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Social Sciences

Language

English

Start

fall/winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: no tuition fees

Tuition fees Non EU: 8500 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Odense

Field of study

Law, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Social Sciences

Language

English

Start

fall/winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: no tuition fees

Tuition fees Non EU: 8500 EUR / year

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