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International Security and Law

Master (2 years) of Social Sciences in International Security and Law, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4250 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Rooted in political science and law, this programme enables the student to work in both public and private organisations that engage in areas of conflict and which for this reason need to assess the dynamics of the conflict, need to identify possible venues of action, and which must be cognizant of repercussions in the international domain.

The student will in particular gain these competences:
  • Analytical skills rooted in political science and international law with a special emphasis on ethical issues;
  • The ability to develop independent and original assessments of conflicts, policy options, and international repercussions;
  • The ability to develop cross-disciplinary team work to generate broader and ongoing conflict assessments;
  • The profile that is indispensable to organisations involved in conflict assessment, management, and resolution;
  • The skills required to occupy central and important positions in these organizations and thus to help prioritise, organise and sustain the organisation’s analytical capacity.

Career Opportunities

With this degree you will be primed for a career in organisations that are involved in analysing, managing, and solving conflicts. At private or public organisations, and organisations that are purely analytical or more broadly engaged in all dimensions of conflicts.
Possible job openings could be in:
  • Central ministerial organisations, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Development Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, as well as emergency management agencies.
  • International organisations such as the UN and its agencies, or the EU, NATO, the OSCE, or the World Bank.
  • Non-governmental organisations such as the Red Cross and the International Crisis Group.
  • Large private companies with interests in areas of conflict, typically in the domains of shipping and transportation or energy and resource extraction.
  • Or as an advisor to policy-makers and practitioners who grapple with a particular conflict or crisis area (such as Haiti, Somalia, or Afghanistan) and who need to augment standing organisational capacities on a case-by-case basis.


To be accepted for the Master programme in International Security and Law, you should have received a relevant Bachelor’s degree, or have gained other – e.g. professional – equivalent experience of relevance to the programme.
Read more about the specific requirements

In addition, documentation will be required verifying that your proficiency in English and Danish is at a specified level. See the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark.

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

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

No tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss students.
There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

SDU offers 75 scholarships yearly. The scholarship consists of two parts: full tuition fee waiver and a grant, to help cover living costs amounting to $ 950 per month before taxes. Candidates must come from a non-EU/EEA country and be eligible to pay tuition fees. The scholarship will be awarded to the best qualified of the eligible applicants. All eligible applicants who are offered a study place, will automatically be considered for the scholarship. No separate application is needed. The best-qualified candidates based on points will be awarded the scholarship.

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 

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01



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