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International Security


The Master's in International Security taught at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) is an interdisciplinary programme intended to educate future professionals in the area of security within the field of peace and war studies. Its aims are to provide students with a comprehensive set of analytical skills, robust training in research methods, and a deep understanding of international conflicts in the 21st century.
This one-year-long, advanced master's degree is worth 60 credits ECTS and is taught fully in English. It is addressed to graduates in political sciences, international relations and economics. It combines theory and practice and provides students with both academic rigour and policy relevance. The programme is becoming increasingly popular given the current armed conflicts and their consequences on community policies. The overall objective is to train analysts in international security equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to study and interpret current challenges in international spheres, from both a global and a local perspective.

IBEI's teaching model is organised around lectures, seminars and small tutorials. Modules are capped and candidates are expected to actively participate in the form of presentations, group work and assignment writing. In addition, students are assigned a personal tutor and their progress is monitored throughout the academic year. IBEI also develops transferable skills that students can apply in their future international careers. The postgraduate programme includes the possibility of doing an internship or studying abroad for one semester.

IBEI's masters' degrees are officially accredited in Spain and adapted to the European Higher Education Area. The degree diplomas are issued jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the University of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University.
IBEI is an affiliate member school of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The Institute is a centre of academic excellence specialised in International Studies. It combines distinguished research with top-quality teaching and student-oriented services.

Learning objectives

  • Master and apply specific knowledge of contemporary international relations, security, and global governance from a comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Identify the main sources of bibliographic information on issues related to international studies, including specialised periodicals and primary source collections.
  • Identify the main authors, approaches and ideas in the study of international security, as well as its debates and explanatory limits.
  • Design and carry out specialised information searches on subjects related to international security, as well as to analyse results obtained following the rules of the scientific method.
  • Develop an independent reflection for decision-making aimed at solving the specific problems and challenges of international security.
  • Have a command of and apply the dynamics, processes and factors that interact in local, national and international decision-making, as well as the instruments used for its implementation.
  • Command the knowledge acquired about the actors, dynamics, processes and factors of international security in order to analyse the results of the daily practice of governments, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, companies, etc.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
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Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Law
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