The Master's Degree in International Security Studies (MISS) is offered jointly by the School of International Studies (Trento) and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa). Founded upon the core disciplines of law, politics, history, and economics, the MISS adopts a strong multidisciplinary approach coupled with a broad range of optional specialization courses. Students spend the first year at the Sant'Anna School in Pisa, where courses focus on the main issues concerning security, including hard and soft security, technological, environmental, and human security. The second year is based at the School of International Studies in Trento, where students have a closer look at the specific security challenges modern societies are faced with, such as migration, energy issues, environmental degradation, financial flows, armed conflicts and international terrorism.
Throughout the two years, students choose among several elective subjects and take part in role-play, simulations, moot courts, and case study analysis, aimed at training participants to understand the various factors and actors having an impact on the global order, with specific reference to security issues. Teaching takes place entirely in English. Frontal lessons, language courses and tutoring activities contribute to developing advanced English language communication skills, nececessary for entry into international working or research environment. Students will also acquire a working knowledge of at least one additional foreign language.
During the second year, students are encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes or to pursue and internship.