New master programme - Security Studies


Security Studies is a study program offered at the Faculty of political science and international relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica as a part of study major International Relations, since September 2016.

The program as such aims to provide its students with a combination of theoretical approaches and concepts in security and methodological tools of social sciences with practical policy decision that are closely related with a security policy of a state as well as security environment as such. The main focus is at the understanding and explaining of the security of contemporary world, security policy of Slovak republic, Visegrad region, European Union and NATO, in particular. Specific courses offered deal with different aspects of security studies as well as strategic studies.

The aim of the program is to remain up to date, therefore it counts with a possibility of including courses that will reflect on current development in security and international relations, lectures delivered by experts on related topics but also courses on academic and think tank writing are prepared for students.

In addition, based on a lasting cooperation of the Faculty with specific ministries, and state bodies, and non-governmental institutions dealing with security of Slovak republic and security in general, such as the Ministry of Defense, National security office, Office of the president of Slovak republic, Armed forces of Slovak republic, NGO’s operating in Slovakia such as Globsec, PDCS, etc, the study program offers to its students a chance to take an internship at related institution as well as participate at lectures conducted by representatives of these institutions. In this way the program combines the theoretical knowledge provided by the Faculty and practical experiences of officials working in security field.

The graduate of the program is expected to be equipped with ability to combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills while working in national and/or international institutions dealing with security on national, regional as well as global level. The graduate is able to work independently and creatively, use the skill of teamwork acquired during the course assignments and apply the knowledge and skills offered within the program.


1st semester:

2nd semester:



Theories of International Relations

Security theories

Security policy of Slovak Republic

Theories of conflicts

Theory and practice of Geopolitics

Strategic thinking of superpowers

International Law

Postmodern theories of IR

Military Diplomacy

International organizations


Simulations of crisis situations


Political radicalism and extremis


Secret services


3rd semester

4th semester



European security

Economic security

Regional security

Societal security

Crisis management

Security environment of Visegrad region

Energy and environment security

International migration and migration policy

Security of information


External relations of the EU



  • Theories of International Relations – focus on realism and liberalism as traditional theories of IR
  • Security policy of Slovak Republic – focus on specifics of evolution of Slovak security policy, analysis of strategic documents, preparation of documents
  • Theory and practice of Geopolitics – focus on traditional and modern geopolitical concepts applied globally and regionally
  • Military Diplomacy – focus on the specific assignments of military attaches, evolution of military diplomacy
  • Security theories – focus on specific approaches that have evolved within security studies – traditional approaches to security, Copenhagen school, French school of security
  • Theories of conflicts – focus on different theories of conflicts and conflictology, roots of conflicts, conflicts solution methods
  • Strategic thinking of superpowers – focus on strategic culture and documents analysis of US, Russia and China
  • Postmodern theories of IR – focus on English school approach, Social Constructivism, current approaches to IR
  • International organizations – focus on evolution and typology of international organizations
  • Simulations of crisis situations - using the software available in crisis center at the faculty focusing on simulating different kinds of crises on national, regional and global level
  • Political radicalism and extremis – focus on roots of political radicalism and extremism in Europe historically and currently, comparison of differences
  • Secret services – focus on processes and methods used by secret service agents and its impact on security policy of a state
  • European security – focus on EU security policy, OSCE, NATO – the base of European security architecture
  • Regional security – focus on security issues of East Asia as the fastest developing region
  • Crisis management – addressing the processes of crisis management on national level, as well as regional level, analyzing of existing mechanism of crisis management in Slovakia and EU, as well as NATO
  • Energy and environment security – focus on the particularities of energy security of Europe and the world, impact on environmental stability
  • Security of information – focus on the online security, individual responsibility, cyber attacks and their origin, mechanism of defense
  • External relations of the EU – focus on the EU as an global actor, Eastern Partnership, Mediterranean Dialogue, etc.
  • Economic security – focus on the economic stability of the country in interdependent world, ability of a state to finance security sectors and face modern challenge
  • Societal security – focus on challenges stemming from the society, social and economic differences, religious particularities in modern liberal society
  • International migration and migration policy – focus on migration as a lasting phenomenon, reasons for migration, documents addressing migration on EU level
  • Security environment of Visegrad region – focus on specific strategic culture of Visegrad countries, comparison of its evolution, comparative analysis of existing documents.