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The award
MSc

How long you will study
4 Semester

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8000 per year

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About Human Security at Aarhus University

Human Security is a unique interdisciplinary Master's programme and the first of its kind in Europe. Over your two years of study you will learn several approaches to human security and you will achieve a deep understanding of conflicts and ecosystems all over the world. You will learn to analyse and you will learn how to intervene in settings comprising complex and interwoven social, environmental, economic, and political factors. At the same time you will develop the ability to carry out an informed and critical analytical assessment of human and environmental safety by combining scientific theories with real-life experiences.

A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO SECURITY

During recent years, the concept of "human security" has become a rallying point for understanding and working with processes of human development in unstable environments. Growing challenges posed by global environmental change threaten to trigger a rapid escalation in conflicts throughout the world. Intensified competition for scarce resources, dwindling supplies of essential commodities, and a continued increase in global population rates are just some of these challenges. While human security is about the absence of physical violence, it is also more than this: human security is about freedom from fear, which is also freedom from want, and being able to live a life with dignity.

AN INSPIRING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

The programme is the fruit of a collaboration between the School of Culture and Society and the Faculty of Science and Technology and is taught at the historic Moesgaard Campus. The programme lecturers come from a variety of departments and backgrounds including Anthropology and Bioscience, supplemented by visiting lecturers from around the globe. The programme is interdisciplinary both in academic content and in its student body: our students have come from all over the world and from very different academic backgrounds - the humanities, social science, natural science - which enriches and enlivens the learning atmosphere.

CAREERS

Graduating with a Master's in Human Security will open up job opportunities across many different sectors. Depending on your interest, you will be able to work for NGOs, international organisations, governmental agencies, private companies, or consultancies dealing with issues and topics that involve human security. The programme's monthly Human Security Profiles contain concrete career examples - see www.humansecurity.dk/profiles.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

The Department of Anthropology, in which the Human Security programme is based, is among the strongest academic environments in Europe. The department attracts guest researchers, PhD students and students from all over the world. Our teaching is deeply anchored in our research, with particular specialisations within globalisation and development, innovation and design, and medical as well as visual anthropology.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 semester
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 8000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Entry requirements

In general, admission to a Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). All applications must also fulfil the English language requirements.

Find more information about the admission requirements, application procedure and deadlines at Aarhus University.

In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the Human Security programme, which can be found on the Human Security study programme page.

What students think about Aarhus University

    Sagar from India studying Mechanical Engineering

    Testimonial from Sagar from India studying Mechanical Engineering, student at Aarhus University

    "It's very easy to work in English in Denmark. Everyone understands it and can talk in English. I also think that the culture is very interesting. Quite unique in fact. There’s a lot of focus on the potential of the individual, and there’s a lot of openness. Denmark has a very flat hierarchy, and that’s rare. I've never experienced this flat hierarchy before, so actually it was something of a culture shock. And it permeates everything – even on the programme. It's very positive, it's not like the lecturer just arrives, teaches, and goes. There’s interaction, and you’re encouraged to discuss and have an opinion. The professors are genuinely interested in hearing your own opinion about things; even the simplest questions are given respect and are discussed until every aspect is clear to us.”

    Anita from Croatia studying Civil and Architectural Engineering

    Testimonial from Anita from Croatia studying Civil and Architectural Engineering, student at Aarhus University

    "It was weird to live here at first. You had to get used to so many new things. But there were a lot of social events, especially during the first week, and everything was organised for us. I met a lot of Danish and international students, and even some from my own country. It was great, and it helped in the beginning, when you feel that you’re completely alone with so many things. I like Aarhus. It's a big city, but it’s also a small town. It’s exactly the right size, I think, to feel at home and comfortable and yet to have all the opportunities you need and want. And I really like the fact that the university is right in the middle of the city."

    Angelo from Italy studying Computer Science

    Testimonial from Angelo from Italy studying Computer Science, student at Aarhus University

    "What really makes Aarhus University unique is the study environment. The lecturers are very open to discuss their subjects during lectures, but they are also available at other times - sometimes you can discuss with them during the local Friday Bar. Most of the programmes facilitate and foster teamwork, which is so much more fun and closer to the actual working environments. Last, but not least important, you have 24/7 access to facilities, including libraries, study rooms, etc., if you want to go the extra mile."

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