General information

Academic year: 2023/2024

Level: Master

Type: Official Master's Degree

ECTS Credits: 60

Programme orientation Research

Length of programme (full time): 1 YEAR

Mode of delivery: Online

Level of qualification: Máster (MECES level 3 - EQF level 7)

Model of study: Full-time (42-60 ECTS per school year)

Work-based learning (Practicum): Yes

Language(s) of instruction Spanish

More info: programme website

Programme coordinator


Main focus

; The graduate will be able to: – Identify theories, paradigms, strategic thinking and thinkers, concepts and principles of Security Studies. – Apply and describe theoretical models of strategic thinking throughout history to interpret global security – Identify the object, method and approaches of Security Studies. – Identify the objectives of a research project, propose hypotheses and evaluate methods and techniques for the analysis of Security Studies. – Manage documentary sources, sources in think tanks, statistics in the field of security studies and databases and indicators related to armed conflicts. – Recognise, formulate and debate the concepts and dimensions of security. – Compare and evaluate the main contemporary and emerging threats, as well as the actors and institutions involved in security and defence policies. – Recognise the key aspects, concepts and theories for the analysis of armed conflicts. – Identify and analyse armed conflicts by carrying out a comparative study. – Identify and evaluate instruments for the prevention and resolution of conflicts. – Evaluate the role of the armed forces in the context of national and international military operations. – Identify the key aspects, theories, concepts and methodology for understanding the strategic framework of conflicts. – Identify and compare case studies and regional areas of the main conflicts and zones of tension at a global level. – Design and carry out scientific research, applying the research methods studied in such a way as to demonstrate the knowledge acquired on Strategic Thinking and Global Security.


Students that have completed the second cycle have the following competencies: – Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding that is founded upon a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context. – Can apply their acquired knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study. – Have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, but that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments. – Can communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously. – Have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.

Programme qualification

Name of title awarded in original language

Máster Universitario en Pensamiento Estratégico y Seguridad Global

Qualification requirements

60 minimum credits

Programme courses

Course NameYearPeriod
Armed Conflicts and their International Dimension 1st Year 1st Semester
Cognition and Communication 1st Year 2nd Semester
Crisis Management 1st Year 1st Semester
Cyberspace 1st Year 2nd Semester
Global Security 1st Year 1st Semester
Master's Dissertation 1st Year 2nd Semester
Mutation of Conflicts: Hybrid Warfare and Grey Zones 1st Year 2nd Semester
Regulatory Framework for the Use of Force 1st Year 2nd Semester
Research Methodology in Social Sciences 1st Year 1st Semester
Strategic Framework of Conflicts 1st Year 1st Semester
Strategic Thinking 1st Year 1st Semester


Specialisation name

– No Specialisation

Admission information

Access to Master’s Degree programmes is granted to holders of:
A.1. A Spanish official university degree.
A.2. A degree issued by a Higher Education institution from another European Higher Education Area Member State which allows access to Master Degree’s programmes in that State.
A.3. A degree from a non-EHEA education system, upon verification by the Spanish University that the aforementioned degree accredits an equivalent education level to that of a Spanish university degree and allows access to postgraduate programmes in the issuing country.
A.4. A Spanish Bachelor in Advanced Artistic Education.
A.5. Official Spanish university degrees of Diplomado, Arquitecto Técnico, Ingeniero Técnico, Licenciado, Arquitecto, Ingeniero, Graduado or Máster Universitario.

Specific admission requirements

Students with a mother tongue other than Spanish will be required to have a Spanish C1 level or higher, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

General regulations

Grading scale
In the Spanish university system, modules/courses are graded on a scale of 0 to 10 points with the following qualitative equivalence:
0-4,9: «suspenso»; 5-6,9: «aprobado»; 7-8,9: «notable»; 9-10: «sobresaliente». A special mention, «Matrícula de Honor» may be granted to up to 5% of the students in a group provided they have got a «sobresaliente». To pass a module/course is necessary to get at least 5 points.
In cases of recognition of ECTS, professional experience, cultural or sports activities, or student representation no grading will be recorded but, where appropriate, the word «Apto».


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