Programme Structure - MSc in Security Risk Management – University of Copenhagen

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Programme Structure

The MSc programme in Security Risk Management is a full-time 2-year programme (120 ECTS), which is completed with a master's thesis. The programme is taught in English.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Security Studies and Strategy (7,5 ECTS)

Organisational Management and Leadership

(15 ECTS)
Political Risk Analysis (7,5 ECTS)

Knowledge Production and Evaluation (7,5 ECTS)

Elective (category I)

(7,5 ECTS)

Security Risk Management

(7,5 ECTS)

Elective (category II)

(7,5 ECTS)

 Year 2

 

 

 Semester 3  Semester 4

Transformations of the Public-Private Divide (7,5 ECTS)

OR

Intelligence (7,5 ECTS)

 Master's thesis

Elective (category III)

(7,5 ECTS)

Elective (category IV)

(7,5 ECTS)

Transformations of the Public-Private Divide (7,5 ECTS)

OR

Intelligence (7,5 ECTS)

OR

Elective (category III) (7,5 ECTS)

OR

Elective (category IV) (7,5 ECTS)

 

The first year consists of five compulsory courses and two elective courses. The programme offers courses within category one and two. The second year consists of four courses and the master's thesis. The four courses must include either Transformations of the Public-Private Divide or Intelligence or both. The rest of the courses are elctives chosen from category three and four. The four courses have to comply with the following criteria:

  • At least one course has to be either Transformations of the Public-Private Divide or Intelligence
  • At least one course has to be from the category III electives
  • At least one course has to be from the category IV electives

The MSc in Security Risk Management is an innovative combination of both research-based teaching and involvement of practitioners and real-life cases that enables graduates to operate and deal with issues of security and risk in complex and changing organisational environments. The teaching is thus comprised by a mix of classroom lectures, guest lectures by practitioners, seminars, student discussions and exercises based on real-life working situations (e.g. policy assessments, crisis communication exercises and compilations of work-life products)

Teaching staff

The teaching staff at the MSc programme in Security Risk Management comprises of a wide range of well-renowned researchers within the field of security and risk studies. Click here for more information on the teaching staff.

Master's Thesis

Thesis-writing involves students using the theories and methods of the programme to produce a major, written academic assignment that analyses an issue chosen by the student.

A compulsory part of writing the thesis is the thesis seminar, which provides students with general knowledge and guidance in the use of methodology, writing assignments, structuring both the written product and management of the workflow, as well as other relevant elements. An important element of the thesis seminar is the students’ own active participation, and they are required to both present their own work and oppose the work of others. In connection to the seminar, students will receive a one-week course in dissemination and analytical strategy.

As an integral part of thesis-writing, students are also assigned a supervisor.

A second compulsory part of the thesis is the completion of a portfolio and reflection log. The purpose of the log is for students to throughout the course of the Master’s programme reflect in writing upon their course participation and academic contributions/strengths as well as reflect upon the academic relation between subject areas and what perspectives they create for new professional development’s. As a minimum the log must include reflections on the academic relation between the subject areas covered in the programme; reflections on what perspective they create for new professional developments; and reflections on one's own academic contribution.