Program Structure

Program Structure

The MISS is a 12‐month program that consists of a common study period of four modules,  a three-module study concentration and the master thesis, and is designed as a taught residence program. For those professionals that are not able to take a sabbatical, the MISS is also offered on a part-time basis, where single modules can be completed individually over a period of two years.

The Common Curriculum

The program’s common curriculum aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge of contemporary security studies from both theoretical and policy perspectives. It starts with an introductory module “Theories and Methods”, in which students learn to understand the structures and processes behind international security policy and to explore the key theories of International Relations and Security. A particular focus of this module is also consolidating the methods (analysis, writing, presenting) required for the program.

With this framework, students go on to join 95 international students in the Marshall Center's Flagship Course, the "Program on Applied Security Studies" (PASS), a rigorous, intellectually stimulating 10-week course for civilian government officials, members of security and military services, and government academics. It’s core activities include plenary lectures and small seminar discussion groups, led by Marshall Centerresident faculty and guest speakers from around the world. Each carefully crafted seminar brings together participants from a wide variety of countries and professional backgrounds. Plenary and seminar sessions are complemented by expert panels, role-playing exercises, and field studies.

In the following module "Transnational and International Conflict” students delve deeper into security and especially conflict studies and learn to understand and analyze historical and current international conflicts by extending their methodological understanding of sociological, political and historical approaches.

The Study Concentration

At the conclusion of their common curriculum, students choose their Study Concentration, which consists of one of five Marshall Center resident programs and two university modules. The offered resident programs are:

Each student hereafter attends the module "International Humanitarian Law", which provides students with a thorough understanding of international law. Students will learn to deal with aspects of jus ad bellum as well as jus in bello and assess the relation between international law and politics.

Depending on the Marshall Center resident program chosen for the study concentration, students then attend either the module “Transnational Governance”  or the module “Security and Development” (PTSS, SRS), which focus on dealing with transnational threats and challenges and the nexus of security and development and particularly development in post-conflict settings respectively.

The Master Thesis

The program concludes with a 15,000 word Master Thesis, which can be written under supervision of either UniBwM or Marshall Center professors. In a Master Thesis workshop, students present and discuss their preliminary findings midway into their thesis work.


Program Structure