The IMSISS programme is overseen by a consortium of academic and non-academic partners. Together we aim to provide students on the programme with access to knowledgeable teachers, practitioners and researchers working on many different aspects of security, intelligence and strategy.
University of Glasgow (UK)
The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. More than 25000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, from 120 countries worldwide, study at the University each year. The University is listed the top 1% of the world’s universities and is rated top in the UK for international student satisfaction. The University has a long tradition of teaching security studies with established postgraduate programmes in International Relations, Global Security, War Studies, International Law & Security, Food Security and Transnational Crime, Justice and Security. For this degree Glasgow provides the theoretical and conceptual overview of the programme. It also hosts the Glasgow Global Security Network and the Scottish Centre for War Studies.
Contact: Dr Eamonn Butler, School of Social and Political Sciences
Phone: +44 141 3304094
Dublin City University (Ireland)
Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Continuously ranked in the ‘QS Top 50 Universities under 50’ since 2012, the university has a range of established masters programmes in International Relations and International Security and Conflict Studies. It is the home to the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction and the FP7-funded VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, which focuses on Violent Online Political Extremism. For this degree DCU provides a range of advanced theoretical and introductory applied courses for the programme.
Contact: Dr James Fitzgerald, School of Law and Government
Phone: +353 (1) 700 7772
Charles University (Czech Republic)
Charles University was founded in 1348 making it one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is ranked amongst the top 1.5% of universities in the world and is rated 3rd in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia university rankings. It has an established pedigree for teaching dedicated security studies at postgraduate level. It works in partnership with the Prague Security Studies Institute and specialises in a range of strategic and European/Regional and technological security matters. For this degree the Department for Security Studies at Charles University offers the widest range of optional courses, enabling students to tailor the programme to their specific individual interests via a range of streamed pathways. The Department provides specific training in the traditional fields of conflict and strategic studies, and also specialises in the highly relevant phenomena of cyber and space security and economic warfare. On top of that the curriculum addresses the latest manifestation of the interplay between security and technology which involves the societal implications of the growing role of artificial intelligence in modern societies.
Contact: Dr Vít Střítecký, Institute of Political Science, Department of Security Studies
Phone: 251 080 406
OTH Regensburg (Germany)
OTH Regensburg runs the annual IMSISS Summer School. This takes place in August and is open to all year 1 students. OTH Regensburg is one of the largest technical universities of applied sciences in Bavaria, Germany. It was originally founded in 1971, but its predecessor institutions can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century. It currently has over 10500 students undertaking a range of ‘practice orientated bachelors and masters degrees’. OTH Regensburg has broad expertise in applied security studies and information based intelligence matters.
Contact: Dr Markus Bresinsky, Faculty General Studies & Microsystems Technology
Phone: +49 (0) 941 943 9818
International associate partner universities contribute to the IMSISS programme via master classes, workshops, summer schools and work-based placements. These include:
School of International Studies, University of Trento (Italy)
The School of International Studies (SIS) at the University of Trento was founded in 2001 and is constituted as a Centre of the University. It has a strong multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary identity which reflects the complexity of modern societies that implies that no single disciplinary approach is sufficient to understand the rapid social, political, economic and institutional changes currently occurring both in Europe and worldwide. Departments contributing to the School’s activities include law, economics and management, sociology and social research, and arts and humanities. The School currently offers a two year Master’s Degree in International Security Studies (MISS), together with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa).
Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is a center of competence for Swiss and international security policy. It offers security policy expertise in research, teaching, and consulting activities.
The CSS promotes understanding of security policy challenges as a contribution to a more peaceful world. Its work is independent, practice-relevant, and based on a sound academic footing. It combines research and policy consultancy and, as such, functions as a bridge between academia and practice. It trains highly qualified junior researchers and serves as a point of contact and information for the interested public.
Center for Intelligence Studies, Norwegian Defence Intelligence School (Oslo, Norway)
The Norwegian Defence Intelligence School (NORDIS) is an education- and research institution reporting to the National Intelligence Service of Norwary. The NORDIS Center for Intelligence Studies (NORDIS-CIS) collaborates with academic partners nationally and internationally on various academic research projects.
Institute of International Relations and Political Science, University of Vilnius (Lithuania)
The Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) at Vilnius University is one of the most prominent social sciences institutions in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region. The Institute is an academic institution specializing in social and political sciences. IIRPS holds a faculty status at Vilnius University. The Institute has been educating a new generation of intellectual elite in Lithuania for more than 25 years.
The Institute is host to a number of prominent experts on national, European and international politics who are renowned for their competent and original public commentaries, expert knowledge and professional experience. These individuals conduct both critical analysis of contemporary social science issues, political philosophy, international relations, and policy oriented research. They have contributed extensively to the analysis of Lithuania’s accession into the EU and NATO and its role in these organizations and other international structures, country’s relationships with its neighbours in the region, including Nordic-Baltic countries, Poland as well as Eastern partners.
WITS School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)
The Wits School of Governance (WSG) is a post-graduate institution that works towards transforming the public, private and non-governmental sectors through education and building an Africa for all to want to live in. The School is located in Parktown, Johannesburg, one of Africa’s biggest cities and South Africa’s economic powerhouse. The School falls under the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The School works closely with government and community-based organisations in South Africa and across the African continent addressing topics that directly affect us such as race relations, corruption, security and policy-related issues.
Tel Aviv University (Israel)
Since its foundation in 1964 the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University has set its goal to further our understanding of social forms in general and of Israeli society in particular. Located in Israel’s largest metropolitan area – its business and cultural center – the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers a diverse and vibrant research and learning environment.
Supported by 17 Research Centers and Institutions the collective work of the faculty members has addressed complex security issues linked to Israeli and Jewish identity, gender inequality, immigrant integration, economic development, Jewish-Arab relations, the impact of war and occupation, social and economic inequality between Arabs and Jews and among Jews, and small countries in a globalizing world.
Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
The Department of Security Studies and Criminology (SSC) is one of Australia’s leading academic centres of teaching and research in applied security studies and criminology. Our research and teaching focusses on finding solutions to real world security challenges, including Security and Defence Studies, Cyber Security, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and Resilience, Criminology and Policing. Teaching is delivered by both academics and practitioners, providing students with the experience and practical skill-set required to be competitive in a wide range of security-related government and private sector employment.
Center for Security & Peace Studies, Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
The Center for Security and Peace Studies (PSK) of Gadjah Mada University (UGM), emerged in the context of a changing world political configuration, especially after the “Cold War”. These new situations and challenges demand the development of new concepts and ideas about peace and security. PSKP UGM was established on October 1, 1996 to sharpen concepts and thoughts on security and peace, with the aim of expanding and deepening the public’s understanding of security and peace issues within the national and regional scope.
PSKP-UGM specializes in three areas of expertise: (a) Security; (b) Conflict resolution; (c) Peace building. Of the three areas of expertise, the center focuses on several issues areas that include Ethnic and Religious Multiculturalism; Peace and Government; Democratization and Political Parties; Military and Police Reform; Human Rights and Conflict Resolution; Crisis Management; and Industrial Conflict.
Center for International Peace and Security Studies, Department of Political Science, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
The McGill University Department of Political Science carries on a long and pioneering tradition in the study of politics in North America. Founded in 1901, the Department’s distinguished faculty is actively involved in a wide variety of ongoing research projects, and is committed to achieving a high level of academic excellence in research, graduate, and undergraduate education. It has a strong area of interest in international relations (IR) stretching back to 1952, with early research interests on regional conflict, international systems and sub-systems, foreign policy, and security. Since the 1980s, a number of pioneering works on conflict, crisis and war were produced under the International Crisis Behavior (ICB) Project which set much groundwork in this area through the assembly and analysis of a large amount of data. During the 1990s the arrival of several scholars with expertise in both security and political economy helped to enlarge the IR program. In recent years the program diversified into areas such as ethnic conflicts and constructivism. More recently the Department has played a key role in the development of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies in conjunction with the Université de Montréal.
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, University at Albany, State University of New York (Albany, USA)
The mission of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the State University of New York’s University at Albany is to make a difference by providing high quality academic programs, blending an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial spirit, fostering enthusiasm for learning and teaching, promoting operational application of knowledge, and leading cutting-edge research initiatives that bring together people, technology, and knowledge to address the challenges of the 21st century. CEHC specialises in a number of areas including informatics, cyber security and emergency preparedness.
Department of Political Science, Georgia State University (Atlanta, USA)
Staff and students at the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University examine the most pressing and enduring puzzles of politics and policy at the local, national, and global levels. With research expertise and a passion for teaching in all of the major fields of the discipline – American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory – the Department offers innovative and comprehensive degree programmes at BA, MA, and PhD level. The Department’s Comparative Politics and International Relations staff conduct research on virtually every world region. Key areas of interest include comparative democratization, comparative political behaviour, the study of civil war, post-conflict peace building and reconciliation, comparative and international political economy, international and comparative energy policy, international security, human rights, corruption and development, and NGOs in world politics.
Vietnam National University (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Vietnam National University is the first modern university established in Vietnam and one of the two national universities in the country. It supports IMSISS’s understanding of regional security in Southeast Asia.
Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent (Canterbury, England)
The Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Kent is a multi-disciplinary Faculty Research Centre of Excellence specialising in the study of political conflict, developing original theory and analysis of conflicts. It is based in the School of Politics and International Relations.