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Human Security

Master (2 years) of Human Security, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The concept of human security was first introduced by the UN in 1994 as a way of approaching the various kinds of insecurity faced by humanity. Unlike development strategies to date, which were nation- and state-focused, this approach focused on how individuals and groups experienced insecurities in their daily lives. A new academic discipline was born.  

While many universities offer courses on human security, Aarhus University is one of the very few European universities to offer a full degree programme in this field. Instead of just focusing on one kind of security, students in this programme learn how the various securities interrelate, creating the holistic understanding necessary to solve global crises.

Human security focuses on seven pillars or types of insecurity in order to understand and work with processes of development in unstable or conflict-affected environments. The seven pillars are economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. While each course has its particular focus, a special emphasis is placed on environmental security because of the impact of large-scale environmental disasters on all other forms of security.

Career Opportunities

A significant part of the programme is a work placement or internship of at least three months, in partnership with an institution, organisation or business working with human insecurity. The work placement or internship helps students to develop their skills and find careers later on. Many graduates go on to work for development-related organisations such as the UN, or move on to research-related projects around the globe.


To find out more about admission to the MSc in Human Security please visit the programme’s website

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aarhus University

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System


Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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