MA in International Security and Development Studies

Jagiellonian University launches the first edition of MA programme of studies on international security and development. 24 students enrolled in 2018/2019 will study for free thanks to the grant of the National Center for Research and Development.


The international discussion on the most troubling global problems of the modern world, such as the war in Syria, difficult situation in Ukraine, the European migrant crisis as well as the threat of terrorist attacks, shows the huge demand for specialists and strategists in the field of security and development. It also indicates the need to raise public awareness of the correlation between aid transferred to developing countries and the sense of security among developed countries' societies.


In order to respond to these two trends, Jagiellonian University launches the first edition of MA programme of studies - International Security and Development. ISAD aims at fostering creative thinking about complex problems of global security and development, as well as to equip students with analytical tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding. It also helps gain professional skills needed for managing global security and development in an international environment.


- Our goal is to educate specialists understanding the importance of problems of the modern world and seeking solutions for them. We want to educate strategists being able to implement actions that ensure appropriate targeting of aid projects, and thus greater stability in international relations - emphasizes Marcin Grabowski, the director of ISAD studies.


The two-year Master's programme will be run by both international experts and lectures from the Jagiellonian University. Academic courses will be taught in English, and additionally, students will learn the second, chosen foreign language. There are two academic tracks (specializations): international security and crisis management as well as development and security. The programme includes professional traineeships and workshops with experts.


Twenty-four students on the top of recruitment list in the academic year 2018/2019 will receive scholarships entirely covering tuition fee cost for the whole two years programme. Additionally, fifteen foreign students will receive monthly scholarship (around 350 EUR) in order to cover living costs in Krakow.


The first ISAD class will be launched in the academic year 2018/2019, and the recruitment process is being conducted currently. Find out more about programme structure and recruitment at our website: We also encourage you to familiarize with our online prospectus.


ISAD as an innovative project was awarded the grant of the Polish National Centre for Research and Development and is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.


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