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 organisation, and international law, security and strategic studies, as well as politics and economics, constitute the hardcore of the Programme’s content.
The Programme aims at providing students with 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 Programme 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 Programme 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 organisations, in NGOs, as well as in both the public and the private sector as policy and security advisors.
In order to be admitted to the Programme, 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 programme 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.
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 Programme
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
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 Organisations
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
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