Master in International and Security Politics


Programme Description

The politics of violence and uncertainty

In addition to being an absolute priority for governments across the world, security has colonized our language as much as our everyday lives. Not a day goes by without politicians and media outlets mentioning yet another ‘security issue’. The master’s program in International and Security Politics asks what this tells us about our contemporary world and whether our world has really become more dangerous and uncertain than before.

At the intersection of international relations studies, security and defence studies, political theory, sociology and history, this program provides a deep understanding of how security and international security transform both conceptually and practically in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It does so by analyzing the role of different actors in shaping and addressing security issues that develop beyond the single framework of action of States. The program also seeks to provide students with the necessary skills and conceptual tools for analyzing critically and addressing the social-political mechanisms driving security-related issues (from transnational armed conflicts and violence to environmental and IT security), and the growing uncertainty attached to them.

This program in International and Security Politics will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose security problems and design appropriate security policy solutions, and to occupy key professional positions in national administrations as well as international and non-governmental organizations. Students will not only benefit from the academic environment of the School, but also from the practical knowledge of security practitioners and experts within various seminars such as a joint seminar with the French Army Command (based in Lille) and the research seminars co-organized with the Collaborative Observatory on Terrorism, Antiterrorism, and Violence (OCTAV).


Core courses

  • Global History
  • International Relations
  • Theories of Security & Contemporary Challenges
  • Armed Conflicts and Peacemaking
  • Violence, War and Terrorism
  • Public Policy & Cybersecurity
  • Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
  • Politics of International Law

Research courses

  • Introduction to Research & Epistemology
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
  • Academic Writing Workshop

Optional courses

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Comparative Politics
  • Global Economic Governance
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • International Development
  • Global Food Politics
  • Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • European History
  • European Governance
  • Global Justice

+ intensive language modules

+ career development workshops

+ master’s dissertation

Career Opportunities

  • Public administration at the national and sub-national level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
  • International and European organizations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
  • NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups and lobbies open recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
  • Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
  • Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access Ph.D. programs in order to pursue an academic career.

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political ... Read More

Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary education oriented towards political careers and Europe. As the successor to the School of Social and Political Sciences created within the Catholic University of Lille in 1894, ESPOL emphasizes on human values and on ethics of responsibilities - indispensable qualities for making one’s way in today’s world. Read Less