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Security studies already have several decades of history behind them, in the course of which their shape and area of concern have changed markedly. Throughout the Cold War, it was a field closely wedded to war studies and military science, and it concentrated on questions dealing with nuclear weapons, disarmament, and potential confrontations between the superpowers. After the end of the Cold War, security studies underwent a significant transformation, which, along with the ever-widening understanding of the notions of security, began to move beyond military questions to include themes such as the environment, human security, ethnic conflicts, and the debate about natural resources and energy. The current shape of the field is the result of this dynamic process.


Master in International Security Studies (MISS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which offers students a complex guide through security, conflict and strategic studies in the context of international relations. It is taught by members of the Institute of Political Studies (IPS). Moreover, dual degrees are being offered in cooperation with University of Konstanz (Germany) and newly also with University of Glasgow (United Kingdom).


The programme reflects the multidisciplinary dimension of contemporary security studies but is firmly rooted in the international political aspects of the field. In the programme's core module, students will be acquainted with traditional and critical concepts of security, theories of international relations and standard quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They will then take five thematic core courses in strategic studies, regional security studies, security and technology, European and transatlantic security and conflict studies. From each thematic pool, they will also be able to take additional elective courses to deepen their knowledge and skills in chosen areas of interest.


MISS graduates will have learned to analyse security problems in their specificity and complexity on the basis of general concepts of security studies, conflict studies, strategic studies and international relations. They will be able to place them in the proper political, social and historical context; to judge their relevance; to identify key actors and evaluate their motivations; and to propose practically oriented solutions to these problems. They will be able to apply their knowledge on specific regionally- or functionally-defined cases with the emphasis on European and Euroatlantic contexts. They will therefore have undergone the necessary training for employment in the public sector, private sector and in the academia.


Programme Duration: 2 years


Language of Instruction: English


Director of Studies: doc. PhDr. Běla Plechanovová, CSc.


Programme Coordinator: PhDr. Vít Střítecký, M.Phil., Ph.D.


Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz


For more information please see the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences or website of Department of Security Studies.






International Security Studies



Security studies already have several decades of history behind them, in the course of which their shape and area of concern have changed markedly. Throughout the Cold War, it was a field closely wedded to war studies and military science, and it concentrated on questions dealing with nuclear weapons, disarmament, and potential confrontations between the superpowers. After the end of the Cold War, security studies underwent a significant transformation, which, along with the ever-widening understanding of the notions of security, began to move beyond military questions to include themes such as the environment, human security, ethnic conflicts, and the debate about natural resources and energy. The current shape of the field is the result of this dynamic process.


Master in International Security Studies (MISS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which offers students a complex guide through security, conflict and strategic studies in the context of international relations. It is taught by members of the Institute of Political Studies (IPS). Moreover, dual degrees are being offered in cooperation with University of Konstanz (Germany) and newly also with University of Glasgow (United Kingdom).


The programme reflects the multidisciplinary dimension of contemporary security studies but is firmly rooted in the international political aspects of the field. In the programme's core module, students will be acquainted with traditional and critical concepts of security, theories of international relations and standard quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They will then take five thematic core courses in strategic studies, regional security studies, security and technology, European and transatlantic security and conflict studies. From each thematic pool, they will also be able to take additional elective courses to deepen their knowledge and skills in chosen areas of interest.


MISS graduates will have learned to analyse security problems in their specificity and complexity on the basis of general concepts of security studies, conflict studies, strategic studies and international relations. They will be able to place them in the proper political, social and historical context; to judge their relevance; to identify key actors and evaluate their motivations; and to propose practically oriented solutions to these problems. They will be able to apply their knowledge on specific regionally- or functionally-defined cases with the emphasis on European and Euroatlantic contexts. They will therefore have undergone the necessary training for employment in the public sector, private sector and in the academia.


Programme Duration: 2 years


Language of Instruction: English


Director of Studies: doc. PhDr. Běla Plechanovová, CSc.


Programme Coordinator: PhDr. Vít Střítecký, M.Phil., Ph.D.


Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz


For more information please see the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences or website of Department of Security Studies.