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Politics, Security and Crisis

Shaping security policy for present and future crisis

The master’s programme Politics, Security and Crisis provides you with tailor-made political science knowledge and insights into issues that concern security policy, crises and crisis management.

Master's degree in Political Science

The programme leads to a Master’s Degree in Political Science with focus on Crisis Management and Security. You will study international security policy issues, the transnational nature of current security challenges and crises from a societal perspective.

The programme provides a broad but also a deep understanding of how society shapes its security policy and ability to handle present and future crises.

The studies includes several scenario-based role-plays, war gaming, and also offers an internship at relevant government agencies, in the private sector or international organisations such as the UN, EU and OSSE.

"Honestly it felt a little bit too good to be true. Because I'm really interested in defence and I thought it was very special that I could study at the Defence University."


Jedidja van Keulen, one of our international students, about why she chose to study here.

Meet our students

My interest in Africa stems, on the one hand, from a wish to understand the continent’s complex and at times dark history with slavery and colonialism. This understanding is fundamental for grasping the conflict dynamics.

– Ellinore Eriksson
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I immediately appreciated the fact that you get both the civil and the military perspective during the security studies. It is two years and included an internship, and that was exactly what I was looking for.

– Annemarijn Kamp
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I'm super happy with the programme as such. The courses we have taken were very specialized. And the teachers... They are all at a very high level. I joke with my family back home in Växjö and say that all the experts you see on TV come from here.

– Gustav Christensson
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A unique academic environment

Five reasons to study here

Are you interested in defence, crisis management and security? Here you have five reasons to study a master's program with us.

How to apply and entry requirements  

Here we guide you through the application process, explain the entry requirements, admissions and other important things that you need to know when applying to our programmes and courses.

New in Sweden

For you to be ready to embark on your studies we offer some practical information about the most important fundaments for living in Sweden.

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