Security ranks high on both the societal as well as political agenda. The threat of terrorism, transnational organised crime, civil war, urban riots or natural disasters is making headlines almost every day and is a guarantee for political turmoil. Although from a factual perspective the risk of high-end security incidents is in most Western countries low, the risk perception is far more higher. When it comes to security and crisis, risk perception seems to be as important as actual risk assessments.
During the one year multi-disciplinary master programme students will become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)security and crises. By analysing security discourses, security actors, security practices and security outcomes students will become acquainted with the ‘wicked problem’ of security and crises topics in a complex and globalising world.
As security is no longer a public good solely provided by state actors or public actors but the combined outcome of public actors, private security actors, civil society and citizens as well, the master programme will focus on the multiplicity of actors engaged in defining and practising security.
Further, as a result of the globalised and interwoven world of today in which incidents, images and messages travel within seconds from one part of the world to another part of the world, students will study current security and crisis challenges from a ‘glocal’ perspective: both global and local levels and especially the nexus of those levels.
The Master of Science programme in Crisis and Security Management is an academic programme that emphasises the ability to understand and analytically apply multidisciplinary insights from Security Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Law, International Relations and other disciplines to challenges of crisis and security management.
The programme aims to educate students to become academically trained, reflective security and crisis professionals in a broad sense. It aims to teach students to develop a critical attitude, adopt a perspective of scholarly independence and a high level of self-directed and autonomous learning and functioning.
The programme strives to convey both general knowledge of the core themes and approaches in crisis and security management and specialised knowledge on the governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism, the governance of crisis, cybersecurity governance, and intelligence and national security. Furthermore, the programme emphasises the ability to reflect on the ethical and normative dimensions of crisis and security management and their consequences for the behaviour of government officials, agencies, actors in civil society and private sector.
The graduate is thus capable of recognising and analysing a broad range of complex and wicked problems in the domain of crisis and security management, both at the local, the national and the international level. The graduate is able to undertake independent research at graduate level, applying a broad range of theoretical and analytical approaches relevant to crisis and security management.
Students from cohorts before September 2020
Students from cohorts before September 2020 who still need to pass courses, have to contact the study advisors. Together with the student, the study advisors will draft a tailor-made plan enabling the student to graduate by participating in substitute courses.
Following the restructuring of the masters’s curriculum that will apply from the academic year 2021-2022 the specialization course 'Crisis Preparedness' will be offered under the new name 'Risk, Vulnerability and Crisis Preparedness'. Students started in February 2021 - or earlier - therefore have to follow the course 'Risk, Vulnerability and Crisis Preparedness'. Partial grades from the subsituted course cannot be used in the replacing course.
From Digital Crime to Digital Justice
Following the restructuring of the masters’s curriculum that will apply from the academic year 2021-2022 the specialization course ‘From Digital Justice to Digital Crime’ will be offered under the new name ‘Digital Crime’. Students started in February 2021 - or earlier – who still need to pass the course, therefore have to follow the course ‘Digital Crime’. Partial grades from the subsituted course cannot be used in the replacing course.
Academic Excellence Programme
Students who have a strong wish to further develop their research skills - for instance, because they aspire an academic career or another research-led career - have the opportunity to join an Academic Excellence Programme.
This 15-ECTS trajectory is not part of the formal CSM-programme and cannot be used to obtain ECTS in order to graduate. The grade obtained will not be part of the diploma of CSM, however, it will be shown as extra-curricular achievement on the CSM diploma supplement.
As this is an extra-curricular trajectory, students have to fulfil certain conditions in order to enrol in the Academic Excellence Programme. Information on these conditions, the procedures and all other information related to the Academic Excellence Programme will be published in the Brightspace course ‘Master General Announcements MSc Crisis and Security Management’.