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M.Sc. International Security Studies – MISS

Founded upon the core disciplines of law, politics, history, and economics, the International Security Studies program from University of Trento adopts a strong multidisciplinary approach coupled with a broad range of optional specialization courses.

The Master’s Degree in International Security Studies (MISS) is offered jointly by the School of International Studies (Trento) and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa).

Students spend the first year at the Sant’Anna School in Pisa, where courses focus on the main issues concerning security, including hard and soft security, technological, environmental, and human security. The second year is based at the School of International Studies in Trento, where students have a closer look at the specific security challenges modern societies are faced with, such as migration, energy issues, environmental degradation, financial flows, armed conflicts and international terrorism.

Throughout the two years, students choose among several elective subjects and take part in role-play, simulations, moot courts, and case study analysis, aimed at training participants to understand the various factors and actors having an impact on the global order, with specific reference to security issues. Teaching takes place entirely in English. Frontal lessons, language courses and tutoring activities contribute to developing advanced English language communication skills, necessary for entry into international working or research environment. Students will also acquire a working knowledge of at least one additional foreign language.

During the second year, students are encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes or to pursue an internship.

Quick facts

Degree awarded Two-year Master’s – “Laurea Magistrale” – in International Security Studies
Workload The total workload for each student is 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Duration 2 years full-time
Intake September each year
Fees and funding
(approximate rate)
EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit);
Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation)
Location TrentoItaly

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Career opportunities

The Master’s degree in International Security Studies prepares its students for positions within the areas of security, public policy, and international relations. MISS graduates will possess the skills and qualifications necessary to:

  • Hold positions of responsibility within European and international institutions and organizations engaged in security, peacekeeping, and state-building activities;
  • Work in private organizations dealing with risk prevention and risk management;
  • Work in national ministries and enter the diplomatic service;
  • Work for governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in areas such as institution-building, project management, humanitarian assistance, local development and reforms, security risk prevention, and management.

For those intending to continue their studies, the program provides a solid basis for admission to Ph.D. programs in International Studies and in other disciplines related to international security.


Application deadlines
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  • March for NON-EU citizens permanently living abroad
  • June for EU students and NON EU students living in Italy


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) including at least 60 ECTS from at least two of the following discipline areas: History and Philosophy, Economics, Law, Political Science, Sociology or Foreign Languages;
  • English at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • A personal background with professional and vocational experience as well as academic qualifications appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree course;
  • Good knowledge of a second foreign language among the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, German.

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