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About the course

The International Conflict and Security MA at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) is structured to introduce you to the key concepts and theories necessary to understand the features of contemporary international conflict and security issues.

At the same time, it gives the opportunity, through practical and case study-driven modules, to learn about conflict prevention and early warning, as well as the appropriate ways of managing conflicts peacefully through negotiation and mediation.

The programme also provides you with training specific to working in the field of conflict analysis, such as preparing reports on specific conflicts or security issues, drafting recommendations for policymakers, or mediating between conflicting parties. The programme is constantly updated

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Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website

Course Content

Where is University of Kent, Brussels


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Student Profile(s)

Daniel Trup

2002.jpg Daniel was awarded an LLM in International Law with International Relations with Distinction and is now working with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) investigating human rights violations committed whilst Kosovo was under UN administration. Before that he worked in the Special Prosecutors Office at EULEX; the EU Rule of Law Mission.

“Almost certainly. My main focus of my studies was in International Law. As a consequence this assisted me greatly in obtaining my first position as legal officer in the War Crimes unit of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My knowledge gained in the International Criminal Law course enabled me to understand the legal context by which I investigated war crimes, interviewed witnesses and then finally drafted the indictment.”

“My second role as Legal Expert in the Special Prosecutors Office of Kosovo dealt with Organized and Financial Crime was also assisted by my studies at BSIS. This time because I was able to demonstrate a wider knowledge of International Law within the context of the fight against organised crime.”

“There are a number of reasons why such a school offers an excellent place to develop a sound academic knowledge which can be later used in gaining excellent professional experience:
1.The teaching staff were great. They were excellent lecturers and advisors and certainly provided me with knowledge that guided me in my future employment;
2.The resources available both at the school and in the nearby university proved excellent tools for my studies and my skills in academic research were significantly enhanced by the opportunity it afforded me.
3.The school, being in Brussels, allowed me to interact with many international and regional organizations. Having an understanding of how they worked and in many instances didn't work proved to be immensely rewarding to my career development.”

“Employers often look for candidates that can demonstrate excellent academic credentials together with experience of working in a particular field. No more so than in international employment. Studying in Brussels allows for the chance to obtain work experience in a chosen field and combine this with studying. BSIS provides this opportunity. Not in that it will give you employment just that its excellent academic work and its links to International Organizations through its guest speaker program allows for these connections to be made and opportunities to be forged.”

Kendell Tylee

What attracted you to BSIS?

Following my undergraduate studies, I was interested in pursuing a Master’s qualification, which is highly sought after by employers, particularly if you wish to develop a career in the international relations field. Having previously lived and worked in Brussels, I knew I liked the city and it would offer me good social and professional networking opportunities. BSIS is a good-sized school with a great reputation. Studying here will also enable me to complete my Master’s degree in one year compared with two or three years in the US, reducing my costs considerably.

What have you particularly enjoyed?

I enjoy the diversity of the student body and the fact that the academic staff are invested in and committed to the students. They take pride in their own work in that they not only have a passion for teaching but also for pursuing their research and professional interests in their specilist fields – there’s a great balance!

I also like being pushed to think critically and to have the opportunity to look at issues from different perspectives, which will prove beneficial as I continue in my career.

What advice would you offer to potential students of BSIS?

Regardless of your age, background or work commitments, studying at BSIS is an achievable goal. Consider all the fields of study offered here. You can take different classes and then narrow your area of interest once you are here – whatever you learn will apply to whichever field of international studies you wish to pursue.

Stephan Nielsen

The philosophy at BSIS is that the School is among the best in the world; and a School is always only ever as good as its students.

These high expectations are supported by academic staff that is always engaging, dynamic, and interesting, and who push students to achieve their maximum potential; yet this is within a friendly atmosphere of trust, support, and encouragement.

Stephan Nielsen, United Kingdom,
MA in International Relations,


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