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Master in International Security

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General objectives

This Master in International Security at PSIA focuses on gathering the tools and knowledge to best apprehend and analyse issues in the international security field in the 21st century : changes in the international environment (remodelling of geopolitical systems, new forms of crises and conflicts, controversial military interventions, transnational terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyberwarfare, etc.), conflict-ridden regions and the specific internal transformations in security and defence activities (specialisation, institutional transformation, "judicialisation", new technologies, etc.)

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Main orientations and specific features

This intensive two-year program is divided into three academic semesters and one semester dedicated to a professional internship or an exchange study program at a partner university.

Students study Master core courses each addressing the major themes of the international security field, and the social sciences such as security, strategy, defence economics, war and crises, peace, development and diplomacy.

Additionally, students must choose two concentrations from 13 thematic and 6 regional concentrations.

The program enjoys close collaboration with French defence institutions, notably the Saint-Cyr-Coetquidan military school and the École de Guerre allowing students to familiarise themselves with the existing articulations between public and private decision making in the fields of defence and security. This collaboration also allows them to acquire the theoretical and technical knowledge related to political-military relationships.

PSIA’s Pedagogical Committee approved an amended degree structure for students starting PSIA degree programs in September 2020. Further details regarding PSIA’s general program structure.

Below is the new degree structure for the Master in International Security:

Programme structure of the Master in International Security

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If you choose the Enhanced Master option in place of a second concentration, you must choose one course from each block in semesters 1 and 2, and choose one course in three out of four blocks in semester 4.

The degree structure for students in the following programs can be found at: Dual Degree program, Joint Master program and One-Year Master program.

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Section #career

Career Opportunities

The International Security program is aimed at applicants with a career plan. Previous work experience related to the field of international security is not a requirement, but it is certainly valued in the selection process. The majority of our international security graduates work in national administrations and governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations as well as in private security and risk analysis companies. The main sectors of employment include defence, intelligence, consulting, peace-keeping, conflict resolution and reconstruction.

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co-Scientific Advisors: Bruno Caïtucoli and Benoît Pelopidas

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