Our courses premise on an extensive articulation of the concept of security to encompass human security, societal security, economic and financial security, environmental and climate security, resource and food security, cyber and digital security.

The course structure has been designed being aware that security in the contemporary world should be analysed through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach: that is the reason why MISS students will find courses that are characterized by an ongoing dialogue between Political Science, Law, Economics, History, Political Sociology, Political Geography, Political Philosophy. In this way, we aim to offer a conceptualization of security that overcomes the traditional strategic/military approach.

Language skills as well as soft and transversal skills enrich the course of study over the 2 years. 

Teaching takes place entirely in English.

Programme structure starting from a.y. 2024/2025

The definitive programme will be definitively approved in the forthcoming months.

First Year at School of International Studies (Trento), 66 credits total
Courses Credits (ECTS)
Security Studies: Concepts and Cases 6
English for International Studies 6
Power, Force and Violence in International Politics 6
Research Methods in Security Studies 6
International Law and Security 6
One course among
  • Development Economics Security
  • Economic Security
One course among
  • Concepts of Security: Histories and Genealogies
  • International Cooperation, Development and Security
  • History and International Relations of the Middle East
One course among
  • Security and the Environment 
  • Natural Resources and Energy Security
  • Global Food Security
Second Language 6
Elective courses 12
Second Year at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, 54 ECTS total
Courses Credits (ECTS)
Terrorism and insurgencies in peace and war 6
Two Courses among
  • European Security
  • African Security
  • Security Assistance in Fragile Contexts
One course among
  • Ethics and Security
  • The World Order Contested: Change and Critical Junctures
Elective courses 6
Internship/traineeship, thesis writing lab, Italian language course and/or other extracurricular vocational activities 6
Thesis 18
Elective courses available at UniTrento
Courses Credits (ECTS)
Global Markets and Security Issues 6
Democratising Security 6
Strategic Studies 6
Societal security and global challenges 6
Science, Technology and Global Affairs 6
Geographies of security 6
China and the World 6
Elective courses available at Sant’Anna
Courses Credits (ECTS)
Gender and security 3
Political philosophy 3
Governance of Development and Social policy 3
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9 April 2024