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The School of International Studies is the only Graduate School of International Studies in Italy to offer advanced multidisciplinary courses for students following the completion of a three-year undergraduate degree. The School’s main objective is to plan, promote and contribute to post- graduate study amongst a range of disciplines that deal with international studies. 

The School of International Studies  offers two full-time, two-year M.A. degrees (i.e., Lauree Magistrali): the Master's Degree in European and International Studies and, together with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa), the Master's Degree in International Security Studies. Both programmes are founded upon the core disciplines of  law, politics, history, and economics, and adopt a strong multi-disciplinary approach. Teaching takes place entirely in English. 

The School also offers a Ph.D. programme in International Studies. Highly-selective and demanding, the Ph.D. programme promotes a broad and in depth knowledge of the theoretical approaches of the various disciplines underpinning International Studies with the development and acquisition of analytical skills and tools needed in empirical research. It enables Ph.D. students to achieve a standard of excellence consistent with post-graduate studies at other leading international institutions.

Master's Degrees

MEIS - European and International Studies 

The MEIS is designed to equip the student with the theoretical and practical tools needed to understand key aspects of the contemporary world and international affairs. The hallmark of the MEIS is its multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, which encourages students to venture beyond the confines of individual academic disciplines. Taught courses, language workshops and tutoring activities contribute to developing advanced English language communication skills, necessary for entry into an international work and research environment. Alongside the taught courses the School runs a rich series of guest lectures held by visiting professors of international standing and conversations with professional practitioners working in distinguished international organizations. 

MEIS students can spend a short period of study and research abroad through the many Erasmus + and extra-EU student mobility programmes, among which the Double Degree Programme with the Metropolitan University Prague. 

The MEIS prepares students for careers both in the public and the private sectors. Graduates will be qualified: to hold positions of responsibility within national and international institutions engaged in European and international affairs and private enterprises operating in international markets; to work for governmental and non-governmental organisations engaged in areas such as human rights, environmental protection, institution-building, project management; to enter the diplomatic service. Moreover, for those intending to continue their studies, the MEIS provides a solid basis for admission to PhD programmes in International Studies in disciplines relating to economics, history, law, and political and social sciences.

Former MEIS students have gone on to rewarding careers as young diplomats, policy advisors, consultants, project coordinators, researchers, and the like, or have been admitted to prestigious PhD in Europe and North America. Recent statistics show that the MEIS provides the cutting edge in terms of both employability and continued academic success, with the large majority of our graduates fully embarked on an international career just 3 years after graduation. 

MISS - International Security Studies 

The MISS is offered jointly by the School of International Studies (Trento) and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa). It adopts a strong multi-disciplinary approach coupled with a broad range of optional specialization courses. The programme allows students to acquire a deep understanding of the main challenges posed to security in our globalized society providing them with the skills required to evaluate responses from national actors and the international community. Thanks to an innovative learning approach that combines class teaching with role-play, simulations, moot courts, and case-study analysis, participants are expected to understand the various factors and actors having an impact on the global order, with specific reference to security issues.

The MISS prepares its students for positions within the areas of security, public policy, and international relations. MISS graduates will possess the skills and qualifications necessary: to hold positions of responsibility within European and international organisations engaged in security, peacekeeping, and state-building activities; to work in private organisations dealing with risk prevention and risk management; work in national ministries and enter the diplomatic service; to work for governmental and non-governmental organisations engaged in areas such as institution-building, project management, humanitarian assistance, local development and reforms, security risk prevention and management. For those intending to continue their studies, the programme provides a solid basis for admission to PhD programmes in international studies and in disciplines related to international security.

Students spend the first year at the Sant’Anna School in Pisa, where teaching is focused on the main issues concerning security, including hard and soft security, technological security, environmental security, and human security. The second year is based at the School of International Studies in Trento, where students have a closer look at the specific security challenges modern societies are faced,  such as armed and other violent conflicts, terrorism, energy issues, environmental degradation, migration and financial flows. During the second year, students are encouraged to spend a period abroad for research purposes, to prepare their dissertation, or pursue an internship. 

Doctoral Programme

International Studies 

The Ph.D. in International Studies is a highly-selective and demanding programme, which enables Ph.D. students to achieve a standard of excellence consistent with post-graduate studies at other leading international institutions. A multi-disciplinary approach is necessary to understand a rapidly changing world, where the complex economic, institutional, social and legal developments can no longer be approached from a single vantage point. The Ph.D. programme promotes a broad and in depth knowledge of the theoretical approaches of the various disciplines underpinning International Studies (economics, law, history, sociology, political science) with the development and acquisition of analytical skills and tools needed in empirical research.

The programme, entirely in English, combines both structured coursework and individual research. The courses prepare for the elaboration of a research thesis. In the first year, Ph.D. students take a range of classes which provide them with the theoretical and empirical building blocks, necessary to understand international processes and make sense of their complexity. The first semester of the second year is dedicated primarily to preparing a thesis proposal and to designing the individual research project. In the remaining three semesters Ph.D. students concentrate on their individual research and writing of the thesis, combining research periods abroad, participation in research seminars, and discussion of their advancements. Vocational Courses (hands-on exercises on policy writing), Guest Lectures and seminars, an Academic Writing course, and Career-oriented workshops with professionals complement the programme and provide further insights into  academic  issues and the current international job market. 

The Ph.D. Programme prepares students for positions of advanced researchers in University and International Research Centres, careers in organizations and institutions working at the European or International level, government or non-governmental organizations as well as private companies operating globally. Our Alumni have successfully taken positions such as Post Docs, Researchers, tenured and non-tenured lecturers, policy making officers in international organizations.