International opportunities for students
Semester 1: September-January (University of Glasgow) 30 ECTS
  • European & International Security Strategies, 10 ECTS 
  • Intelligence Analysis & Policy Making, 10 ECTS 
  • International Security and Strategic Studies, 10 ECTS 
  • Language (optional): Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian (choose one, subject to availability)

Semester 2: January-August (University of Trento) 30 ECTS
  • History and Politics of the Middle East: Conflicts, Ideologies and Democratisation, 5 ECTS
  • Geographies of Security, 5 ECTS
  • Civil Societies and Contentious Politics, 5 ECTS
  • National Security from an International and European Law Perspective or Conflict, Human Rights and Natural Resources , 5 ECTS

Individual Options (choice of one from the following):

  • International Security and Global Challenges, 6 ECTS (or another elective course at SIS)

Other available activities

  • Statistics Laboratory, 3 ECTS 

+ one between Italian Language and  Academic and Practicioner Writing Skills, 4 ECTS

*Please note that applicants to this pathway will have to show competence in 2 languages (not including Italian) at the point of application.

Semester 3: September-February (Charles University Prague) 30ECTS

Students must choose one specialist themed concentration and complete a minimum of four courses (including the core courses).

Students may also choose a fifth course from any of the options offered to make up the required number of credits. (Additional courses may be added to concentrations. All courses are subject to availability and courses which may replicate courses completed in Year 1 may be substituted.)

Language classes are available on a non-credit basis subject to availability.

1 from the following list (6 ECTS)

  • Security and Technology 
  • Approaches to Conflict and Violence
  • Strategic Studies
  • Security in Euroatlantic Area and Global Regions

4 from the following list (24 ECTS)

  • Russian and post-Soviet Security
  • Asia Security
  • Middle East Security
  • War Studies
  • Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Economic Warfare
  • Human Security
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
  • Ethics and Violence
  • Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation
  • Territorial Violent Non-State Actors
  • Cyber Security
  • Space Security
  • Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence and Security
  • Human-Artificial Intelligence Nexus
  • Sociology of Technology
  • Technology and Warfare
  • Health and Security
  • Latin American Security
  • Migration and Security
  • Gender and Security
  • Hybrid Warfare
  • Armed Forces and Society
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • NATO and EU in Crisis Management
  • The Far-Right Today
  • Technoscientific Imaginaries & Futures


Semester 4: March-August (Independent Study Portfolio) 30 ECTS

During this flexible mobility period you will work under the supervision of your primary supervisor to follow an agreed independent study learning programme. Students are encouraged to locate themselves in the location of their primary supervisor's institution which will count as your official academic home for this period. During this period, all students have to complete their independent study portfolio which includes a dissertation. Depending on your research topic you may be able to spend some time during this mobility period in a fourth location at one of our associate partners. Some students will also have the opportunity to undertake a 6-8 week work-based placement linked to their dissertation topic. These are offered by our associate as well as external partners and are available on a competitive basis. (We do not guarantee that all students on the programme will obtain a collaborative work-placement, however, students are welcome to source their own placements to supplement the programme of study).