Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Security


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Program Description

The BSc in International Relations and Security offers students the opportunity to acquire extensive and in-depth knowledge about a wide range of issues related to the development of international affairs and its security implications. Theory and practice of international relations and diplomacy, international organization, and international law, security and strategic studies, as well as politics and economics, constitute the hardcore of the Program’s content.

The Program aims at providing students a rigorous understanding of international relations and politics, and of conflict and security issues, globally and regionally across the world. It focusses particularly on recent and contemporary processes, trends, and problems: examining efforts to respond to international and regional challenges in the spheres of policy and practice. The Program combines in-depth academic training in key concepts, theories, and case studies, alongside a structured process of engagement with contemporary debates and experience.

Graduates of the Program are expected to have a thorough understanding of international political, security and economic issues, which will enable them to pursue careers in the diplomatic corps, in international organizations, in NGOs, as well as in both the public and the private sector as policy and security advisors.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Program, candidates must possess a Secondary School Certificate with a grade no less than 14/20 or equivalent, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 26 points, or any other equivalent secondary education diploma. The general admission criteria are based on the type and quality of previous studies, the grade obtained in previous studies, and the suitability of the candidate for the program of study that has been applied for. In any case, the file of each applicant will be considered on its own merit.

Satisfactory knowledge of English is essential. The minimum language requirement is a grade C on the First Certificate in English or any other equivalent degree. In the absence of such a certificate/degree, candidates will be asked to sit English language exams in order to prove their satisfactory knowledge. After admission, candidates may be required to take additional instruction in the English language.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

The BSc in International Relations and Security teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, case-study applications, and independent research. In addition, it is designed to provide an academic experience going beyond that of the traditional classroom, in which the flow of information is primarily from the instructor to the student. The intention of the Programme is that each participant will contribute to the education of the entire class through active participation in the learning procedure. This will establish the understanding that a BSc in International Relations and Security requires a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology. 30% of the students’ final grade in each course corresponds to their performance in the midterm assessment, whereas 70% corresponds to their performance in the final exams. In order to secure a passing grade in a course, students need to secure a passing grade (i.e. 50% or higher) in both the midterm assessment and the final exams.

Advantages of the Program

  • The international prestige and recognition of Neapolis University Pafos.
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
  • International collaborations with many Universities.
  • The flexibility of distance learning.
  • The use of advanced technology and resources.
  • The dynamic choice between synchronous and asynchronous distance education.
  • The adjustment of the Programme to current academic trends and market requirements.
  • Competitive tuition fees.


For the successful completion of their studies, students need to sum up a total of 240 ECTS.

The BSc in International Relations and Security courses per semester are the following:

Year: 1 Semester: 1

  • IRS111 Introduction to International Relations
  • IRS112 Diplomatic History, 1815-1945
  • IRS113 Research Methodology in International Relations
  • NOM160 Political Science
  • NOM158 Political Economy

Year: 1 Semester: 2

  • IRS121 International Relations Theories
  • IRS122 Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches, Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • IRS123 The World since 1945
  • IRS124 Introduction to Modern Diplomacy
  • ECON205 Macroeconomics

Year: 2 Semester: 3

  • ISR131 Geopolitics and Geoeconomics in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • IRS132 Security Diplomacy
  • IRS133 International Political Economy
  • IRS134 The EU as a Global Actor
  • NOM129 Public International Law

Year: 2 Semester: 4

  • IRS141 Economic Diplomacy
  • IRS142 Strategic Studies
  • IRS143 Political Economy of National Security
  • IRS144 Terrorism, Asymmetric Threats and International Security
  • NOM380 International Economic Law

Year: 3 Semester: 5

  • IRS151 Economic Sustainability and Security
  • IRS152 Risk Analysis and Forecasting
  • IRS153 Conflict Resolution
  • IRS154 International Organizations
  • PSYC308 Political Psychology
  • IRS155 Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Year: 3 Semester: 6

  • IRS161 China as a Global Actor
  • IRS162 Energy, Security, and Foreign Policy
  • IRS163 Environmental Sustainability and Security
  • IRS164 EU Neighborhood Policy
  • IRS165 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • IRS166 Peacebuilding

Year: 4 Semester: 7

  • IRS171 Political Economy of Energy
  • IRS172 European Security and Defense
  • IRS173 Risk Management
  • IRS174 Security in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • IRS175 International Development Cooperation
  • IRS176 Practical Diplomacy
  • IRS177 Human Security

Year: 4 Semester: 8

  • IRS181 Nuclear Weapons and International Security
  • IRS182 Global Governance and Security
  • IRS183 Security in the Middle East
  • IRS184 Cyber Security
  • IRS185 Migration, International Relations, and Security
  • BUSN405 Project Management
  • IRS186 Placement
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Neapolis University in Cyprus is a young yet dynamic, fast-growing university operating since 2010 in the heart of the charming town of Pafos, on the west coast of the island of Cyprus, offering under ... Read More

Neapolis University in Cyprus is a young yet dynamic, fast-growing university operating since 2010 in the heart of the charming town of Pafos, on the west coast of the island of Cyprus, offering undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs in both Greek and English. Enrolling at Neapolis University in Cyprus enters students into a high standard, stimulating, and enjoyable environment. The biggest advantage of Neapolis is the quality and dedication of its faculty, most of whom have considerable experience teaching and doing research in European and American Universities. Based on such faculty and on an ambitious strategy, it is quickly becoming one of the best private universities in Cyprus. Read less