Official Master's Degree in International Security


The master's degree 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 forms part of the Campus of International Excellence of the Pompeu Fabra University and is associate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). IBEI is a centre of academic excellence specialised in the field of international studies. It combines outstanding research with high quality teaching and student-oriented services.

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Registration open until 1 July 2019

Contact: / Phone: +34 93 542 3021/3004


Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
Coordinator university:Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)
Other participating universities:University of Barcelona (UB)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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