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Strategic Security Management

New master's degree replacing the former program Strategic Security and Police Management


Security is one of the most important social and political concerns of recent decades. The reasons for this interest do not seem to be circumstantial. Rather, security is a structural element in our models of society, and is starting to be widely recognized as such by many social actors and in academic sectors. As a result, there is an increasing demand for professionalization and knowledge in this area, which has given rise to a need for training and research.
From an academic perspective, current training needs go beyond the areas of professional expertise and are aimed at higher levels of a clearly university profile. Training is required to complete cycles of knowledge on the strategic management of policies, organisations and resources in security fields. Based on a common core focused on leadership and strategy design, three specializations are offered: Public Security, Civil Protection and Emergencies, and Corporate Security.

Through these studies, the aim is to train professionals in the area of strategic security management, that is, people who have worked on leadership and communication skills, the ethics of responsibility, the organisation of systems and strategic planning. All of these elements mean that the qualified person is initially qualified to manage a complex organization.

Learning objectives

Basic competences

  • Capacity to demonstrate knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.
  • Capacity to apply the knowledge acquired to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of studies.
  • Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the social and ethical responsibilities that are implicit in their application.
  • Capacity to communicate knowledge and conclusions and the grounds on which these conclusions have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner
  • Capacity for ongoing self-directed and independent learning.


General competences

  • Capacity to write reports and statements on security problems.
  • Capacity to organize and plan academic activities and practical applications.
  • Ethical commitment to the management of security and emergencies.
  • Capacity to identify biases, stereotypes and gender roles in security problems, as well as gender discrimination.
  • Critical reasoning and commitment to the plurality and diversity of social realities.


Specific competences

  • Capacity to identify security threats and prepare responses in different contexts and situations.
  • Capacity to identify problems and risks that could result in the legal and social responsibility of organisations, and assess the probability and magnitude of the impact.
  • Holistic understanding of security problems: to identify dimensions for an assessment of the situation and, if necessary, the proposal of solutions.
  • Capacity to plan situations that involve the collaboration and action of various actors.
  • Capacity to describe and apply protocols to decision-making in the strategic processes of security organisations.
  • Capacity to know how to effectively communicate security-related problems and solutions.
  • Capacity to identify the right tools and strategies to promote the personal and group development of the members of an organization.
  • Capacity to relate information and knowledge to draw up security organizations' policies and plans of action.
  • Capacity to draw up and assess security and emergency plans using methodological and regulatory procedures.
  • Capacity to relate emergency situations with the consequent management to return to normality.
  • Capacity to assess problems generated by the new architecture of the internet and the limits of fundamental rights.
  • Capacity to recognize the insecurity that could be caused by the globalization of the economy and the regulatory role of government institutions.
  • Capacity to design and implement research projects and to apply scientific methodologies in the field of security.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan: 50%, Spanish: 50%
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Law
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