Study plan


The Course has annual duration and is divided into educational modules.

In addition to the frontal teaching, a seminar cycle in-depth study of specific sectoral issues.

The training course also includes a period of individualized internship/traineeshipto be held at a accredited facility, at the end of the frontal teaching. Students hold strong certified professional experience in the sector can apply for exemption from the completion of the internship. The pertinence of the professional experience certified by the candidates will be established by the Judging Commission of the Master with unquestionable judgment.



Course attendance is mandatory, with minimum limit of 70% of face-to-face lessons.


The Master in International Security Studies it will come entirely dispensed in streamingvia platform Microsoft Teams.

The distribution of the teaching materials will be carried out through the e-learning platform SharePoint.

The teaching material will be uploaded during the course, at the disposal of individual teachers.

Description TeachingsFrontal teaching hoursIndividual Study HoursCFUSSD
MODULE I - War and Peace in the 21st Century401608IUS / 13
National Security Implications for International Public Law: Evolution of the Law of the Armed Conflicts – Jus ad Bellum; State and Non-State Actors–Workshop5201IUS / 13
Humanitarian/ Human Rights Law – Jus in Bello; Jus Post Bellum? – Workshops5201IUS / 13
Case Studies: Drones; The Osama Bin-Laden Operation; Hybrid, Electronic, Cyber ​​Warfare: Contemporary Multi-Dimensional Conflict, Classic Theories of “Just War”, Irregular War - Current Approaches and Unresolved Issues - USM Workshop5201M-STO/04
Disinformation, Social Media, Interference, Identity Wars: Retreat of Democracy? - Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaties and Policies –Issues in Disarmament; The Weapons of the 21st Centuries: Space and Maritime Security – USM Workshop5201ICAR/03
UN Security Council in the 21st Century – Operations and Impact; Peacekeeping, Authorization of Use of Force and Conflict Resolution – USM Workshop5201M-STO/04
international organizations and agreements; The “International Liberal Order” and the Rule of Law - Multilateralism v. Unilateralism? – Workshops5201IUS / 13
Introduction to Geopolitics: Historical and Current Theories of Deterrence and Crisis—The “War Puzzle” Workshop5201SSP/04
Great Powers' Conflict Risks – “Strategic Competitors”/”Adversaries” Challenge in the Current Geo-political Context - Global Challenges in the Current Geo-political Context and the New Frontier of Strategic Conflict: 5G, Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ; Infrastructure and Info-Communication Technology (ICT) Development – ​​Workshop5201SPS / 04
MODULE II - Transnational Terrorism, Crime Networks and Threat Financing Flows401608
The US National Security Peculiar Legal Paradigm - History and Architecture: Counter-Terrorism in Context; Colloquium on Comparatives; Constitutional Issues - Class USM5201IUS / 21
Evolution of Anti-Terrorism Framework in the UN Resolutions – The “Definition” Conundrum – Workshop5201IUS/13 IUS/17
EU New Directive on Combating Terrorism –Tools and Challenges:Radicalization and the European Approach to Response – Workshop5201IUS/13 IUS/17
Radical Islamism – History and Development: Salafi/Wahabi “Schools” From Al Quaeda to ISIS and Connected Galaxy of Radical Groups - A New Iteration of ISIS after the “Caliphate” Demise? – Workshops5201IUS/11 SPS/04
Understanding Financing Flows Channeled to Terrorism/Illicit Activities – The International Framework of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-terrorism Financing (CTF) - USM Workshop15603ICAR/03
Transnational Terrorism and International Crime Networks: New “Impunity”; EU v. US Approaches to AML/CTF: EU Directives and Implementation; US “Material Support”, Patriot Act, Sanctions – Workshop5201IUS/13 IUS/17
MODULE III - Intelligence, Surveillance, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Connected Era – A Comparative Primer401608
Global Threats and the Intelligence Agencies – A Comparative View on the Law of the Intelligence in Selected Countries – Workshop10402IUS/17 SPS/04 IUS/21
The US Law of Intelligence; Surveillance Programs; Secret Court; Covert Operations – USM Workshop10402SPS / 02
The Surveillance Conundrum – National Security, Privacy and Civil Liberties: Which Possible Balance? - Technology, “Big Techno” - Companies, Big Data; IoT; Artificial Intelligence - USM Workshop 5201SPS / 02
Cyber-crime, CyberSecurity, CyberPreparedness, Critical Infrastructures: Public/Private/Academic Partnership - USM Workshop5201ICAR/03
Freedom of the Internet: From ICANN to Authoritarian Temptations - Toward a “Balkanization” of Cyberspace Governance? – Workshops10402IUS/13 IUS/10 IUS/20 INF/01
MODULE IV - The “Full Array” of Global Threats401608
Climate Change and Environmental Unsustainability as a Global and National Security Threat - USM Workshop1560 31ICAR/03
Cross-Border Health Crises Management and Bio-Security - USM Workshop5201ICAR/03
Financial Markets Protracted Volatility; Management of Systemic Crises and of the Pillars of the International Financial System – New Protectionist and Nationalist Threats - USM Workshop 10402ICAR/03
Mass Migration, Humanitarian Emergencies and Refugees International Status – UN and EU Approaches – Workshop10402IUS/13 IUS/14
MODULE V - Regional Context and Challenges401608
Regional and Global Alliances 1: NATO in the 21st Century and Cooperation with the EU – Workshop10402IUS/13 IUS/14 SPS/04
Regional and Global Alliances 2: The African Union in a Continent in Critical Transition - Chinese Geo-economics; South African Rot; Persistent Terrorist Threat - Seminar10402IUS/13 SPS/04
Regional and Global Alliances 3: MENA Seemingly Intractable Issues Analysis - Libyan Conundrum; Postwar/Post - Caliphate Syria and Iraq; Oil & Iran; Saudi Arabia, Proxy Wars and Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen; Role of Israel - Workshop10402SPS / 04
Far East: From “Pacific Pivot” to Strategically Critical “Theater of Operations” - South China Seas; Japan; North Korea - USM Workshop10402SPS / 02
Full face-to-face training20080040
Seminar activities753
Internship/traineeship, elaborated35014
Final test753
TOTAL HOURS 1500200130060