Master's degree course in Investigation, Crime and International Security

Class: LM-52
Academic year: 2024/2025
Duration: 2 years
Admission: Free admission upon verification of requirements
Modes: In person and online teaching
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Course Director: Ciro Sbailò
Reception hours: Tuesday, 14:00 p.m. - 16:00 p.m.

The master's degree course in Investigation, Crime and International Security (LM-52) aims to train professional figures who are widely requested by the changing needs of the international context. At the end of the course, students will be able to satisfy the emerging needs of departments, offices, commissions, programs and research institutes dealing with common security, the fight against drugs and crime within the United Nations system (Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNDCP, UNICRI, UNODC, UNHCR), within the EU offices and agencies (FRONTEX, EUROPOL, EASO, CEPOL, EMCDDA). They will be dealing with common security, the fight against terrorism, the police forces and other central State structures, companies operating or intending to operate in geographical areas characterized by strong political or social instability and NGOs involved in humanitarian emergencies in countries at risk.


Thanks to courses relating to cybersecurity, appropriate training is provided, aiming at training profiles equipped with skills in securing systems and developing plans in response to threats to devices for both the public and private sectors. Knowledge of national and EU regulations in the field of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure and information systems is part of the training.

The course will analyze and delve into the various sociological and demographic phenomena that can generate instability at a global level and the identification of the most effective forms of prevention, investigation and contrast available, including international investigative and judicial cooperation and the use of the most advanced investigation techniques.

The study plan is structured in such a way as to allow the student to build a highly personalized path based on their inclinations and professional objectives, with the opportunity to specialize in the area of cybertech.

The first year focuses on the analysis related to safety issues:

  • in an historical reinterpretation of the critical issues related to the migration context and contemporary geopolitical and identity issues;
  • in economic terms, addressing problems related to financial flows and criminal infiltration into legal economy;
  • in legal terms, with courses aimed at presenting the rules of international law and investigative and judicial cooperation, as well as the specific problems linked to the contemporary world and the political-institutional structures in unstable areas;
  • in a sociological perspective, focusing on trends that may be at the root of the phenomena in question.

During the second year, students study the most widespread and effective  tools to combat international crime phenomena, with particular reference to those made available by technological innovations, both with political, legal and economic courses, and through participation in hands-on laboratories which involve discussions with qualified operators in the sector and the simulation of scenarios and events.

Particular attention is also paid to language learning. The course includes 7 courses and a Euro-planning laboratory in English, the study of the English language at an advanced level with particular reference to the terminology and phraseology used in investigative and judicial cooperation offices, and a second foreign language to be chosen from ArabicChineseFrench, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and German for the same purposes. 

Study plan

academic year 2024/2025

This page contains information about programs for students planning to begin their academic career in the fall of 2024. The information is updated as of the date of publication, but some changes may be necessary. 


Year I


The course delves into European security policies, addressing issues such as cooperation between member states, crisis management and international dynamics, training students to understand the context of contemporary European security.


Group A: The course delves into knowledge of morphosyntactic structures of the English language, focusing on the specific contexts of social sciences. Furthermore, it expands the understanding of the sociocultural aspects of English-speaking societies.

Group B: The course aims to enhance English language skills in the geopolitical and intelligence fields with a focus on oral and written comprehension, with the aim of reading and understanding geopolitical and intelligence texts, developing writing skills in related contexts.


History of International Relations
The course provides advanced knowledge and interpretative tools to understand the impact of political, ideological, economic and cultural factors in the evolution of contemporary international politics, delving into the historical dynamics of international relations and geopolitics.

Conflict Studies
The course aims to provide students with the necessary tools to deal with historiographical texts, developing the ability to read contemporary national and international political phenomena independently and critically.


Year I
2 courses of your choice between

The course explores the meeting points between crime and immigration, offering an in-depth understanding of social dynamics through critical training and analysis of phenomena, promoting awareness and skills in addressing the challenges related to crime and immigration.


The course provides an overview of public international law, focusing on investigative and judicial cooperation, focusing on critical understanding of the international legal system, preparing students to explore investigative and judicial issues in global contexts.


The course aims to provide an understanding of the rules that regulate the management of migratory flows. The course aims to explore the condition of emigrants and foreigners' issues at EU level and in individual sovereign systems, with particular emphasis on the Italian jurisdiction. 


The course analyzes Islamic law and its historical evolution in depth, facilitating knowledge of Mediterranean geopolitical contexts, developing the ability to compare European models with Islamic countries, analyzing political and institutional dynamics in North Africa, with attention to national and European interests.


The course aims to provide advanced skills to understand, prevent and manage digital threats, addressing issues related to cybersecurity, cyber intelligence and online crime.


Year I
2 courses of your choice between

The course focuses on the importance of the Italian Civil Protection System, examining planning, procedures and coordination during disaster events and aims to provide students with an understanding of decision-making dynamics, interaction between actors, emergency management and territorial planning.


The course explores the analysis of deviant behaviors and aims to make students understand criminological theories and the application of methodologies to analyze social deviance.


The course aims to provide students with strategic management skills for Human Resources in security and cybersecurity contexts with the aim of integrating HR practices with specific needs of critical sectors and resource management in high-risk environments.


The course explores the deviant behaviors of contemporary political and religious movements, focusing on Europe and Italy, providing fundamental notions on extremist and radical phenomena, analyzing the interaction between techno-scientific development, the role of the media, and geopolitical agenda.


Year II

Fundamentals of Geopolitical Analysis
The course aims to develop analytical skills in the context of global geopolitical dynamics, focusing on theoretical foundations and providing tools for understanding international relations and contemporary geopolitical challenges.


Control of Transnational Financial Flows and Migration Smuggling
The course focuses on money laundering, financial/transnational flows control and migration smuggling. It aims to provide essential notions and analyze application aspects to orient yourself in substantive and operational law.

Cybersecurity Risk Assessment
The course aims to provide advanced skills on IT risks assessment, focusing on the development of cybersecurity risk analysis and management through the examination of key topics in the sector, training professionals capable of assessing and managing risks in cybersecurity .


Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian
The course aims to develop linguistic proficiency for everyday situations (A2+/B1-), exploring the different linguistic dimensions with a contrastive approach for in-depth understanding.

French, Portuguese, Spanish
The course aims to achieve linguistic proficiency (B2-/B2) for everyday situations and explores the dimensions of the language (phonetics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics) with a contrastive approach.

The course focuses on the development of daily use linguistic skills at a B2-/B2 level, exploring the dimensions of the language (phonetics, morphology, syntax) also with a contrastive approach for in-depth understanding.

The course aims to develop linguistic proficiency for everyday situations (B1+/B2-), exploring the different linguistic dimensions with a contrastive approach for in-depth understanding.


2 courses of your choice between

The course offers an in-depth understanding of the criminal legal system, examining fundamental rules, procedures and theories, with the aim of providing solid legal skills to address criminal matters and promote justice.


The course explores social conflicts and geopolitical tensions in the contemporary world: the aim of this is to analyze the causes and dynamics of global conflicts, providing in-depth understanding of current social and geopolitical challenges.


The course aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge about AI, with a focus on machine learning, deep learning, robotics and computer vision. 


The course analyzes the crucial phases of the birth and development of the mafia phenomenon, examining the transformations in the economic, political and social fabric of the various countries involved, with particular attention to Italy. 


The course aims at the achievement of in-depth knowledge about the topic, of its specific terminology, the main scholars and their doctrines, as well as the operational environments, including emerging ones such as outer space and internet.


The course aims to introduce fundamental knowledge and principles to enable students to understand hacking, evaluate risks and opportunities, as well as analyze and manage risk in IT systems.


The course offers an in-depth overview of communication theories and practical strategies. It aims to develop skills in content creation and management, media analysis and advanced communication skills.


Demographic Trends (In English)


ECTS of your choice

Student's free-choice courses 


Other activities

Geopolitical quadrants analysis laboratory
The laboratory explores global geopolitical quadrants through in-depth analyses, with the aim of developing skills in interpreting geopolitical dynamics, providing a global perspective and honing analytical skills to understand international relations.

Crisis communication laboratory
The laboratory aims to provide students with communication crisis management strategies, focusing on the development of practical, analytical and decision-making skills to manage emergency situations, communicating effectively with stakeholders and the media.

Europlanning laboratory (In English)
The laboratory aims to delve deeper into the planning and management of European projects, in order to acquire practical skills in the development of project proposals, budgeting and relations with European institutions.

Security management and intelligence laboratory
The laboratory aims to provide skills in security management, analyzing risks, developing strategies and acquiring intelligence capabilities, exploring the field of cybersecurity and criminology.

Metaverse and virtual reality workshop focused on international security and crime
The workshop aims to provide an introduction to the use of virtual reality technologies and the metaverse for the creation and management of social virtual spaces. The approach is pragmatic, based on sharing experience and learning in situations that systematize the process of acquiring knowledge. In particular, the lab will focus on security risks in the metaverse, including crime, disinformation, and cybersecurity in general.


Final examination


Those enrolled in the master's degree course in Investigation, crime and international security (LM-52) have the opportunity to participate free of charge during the entire study cycle in one of the following professional courses:

  • Introduction to programming with Python;
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Test 1 – Kali Linux and Hacking Tools;
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Test 2 – Python Programming for Hacking;
  • Cybersecurity Audit.

Find out more at following link.

Laboratory activities

The study plan includes laboratory and in-depth activities focused on security management, management of critical events, intelligence, finalized analysis of geopolitical quadrants and euro-planning.

Il Security management and intelligence laboratory is aimed at the acquisition of specific skills through the proactive involvement of students on the issues of security management, intelligence and management of critical events. The laboratory includes simulations of situations and events that require timely and adequate decisions to guarantee the safety of people and goods or to limit and/or limit damage resulting from terrorist attacks carried out even with non-conventional instruments.

Il Geopolitical quadrants analysis laboratory is aimed at identifying the most significant areas of geopolitical instability and analyzing quadrants characterized by comparable social, cultural, political, military and ethnic parameters. The applicable indicators will be defined for each quadrant, evaluating their trend in the recent past and in the current situation, as well as foreseeable developments in the medium term. Finally, the possible consequences of tensions within the quadrants which can also determine significant effects in Italy and in other EU countries will be the object of evaluation, including humanitarian emergencies, uncontrolled migratory flows, threats to the political, economic or industrial interests of our Village.

Il Europlanning laboratory, taught in English, is aimed at acquiring skills in the field of European planning and provides an overview of the funding opportunities offered by the EU and an introduction to the techniques of collaborative writing of project ideas in line with funding programs , as tools to support organizations in innovation and internationalization processes. The laboratory, with a practical and applicative nature, allows for an in-depth analysis of the operational and strategic processes linked to the creation of a project proposal, the identification of the most appropriate forms of access to EU funding programs for the formulation of the project idea, the analysis of the technical documentation and the definition of the budget. The methods of research and involvement of partners and stakeholders for the establishment of transnational partnerships will also be the object of analysis.

Il Crisis Communication laboratory is aimed at the acquisition of specific skills aimed at effectively managing sudden and difficult to predict critical events of various kinds, such as natural disasters and seismic, terrorist, chemical or biological pollution risks. The object of the laboratory will be the detailed analysis of similar events, as well as the prevention and contrast of such factors and their potential global implications, with a particular focus on the planning mechanisms and strategies for combating and communicating critical issues. Techniques to react promptly to the attack and to minimize both response times and the possibility of making errors will also be addressed.

There is also the possibility of participating in professional courses, useful for developing further skills in the field of programming languages ​​and cybersecurity. Those enrolled in the course have the opportunity to participate free of charge during the entire study cycle in one of the following professional courses:

  • Introduction to programming with Python;
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Test 1 – Kali Linux and Hacking Tools;
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Test 2 – Python Programming for Hacking;
  • Cybersecurity Audit.

Find out more at following link.

Study plan compilation guide

At the beginning of the academic year, the university organizes topic days dedicated to guidance on filling in study plans. During the meeting, which teachers, the Guidance Office, and Student Services participate in, several pieces of information will be provided: technical indications relating to the compilation of the plan, general information regarding the Academic offer, and guidance on obtaining credits.

Post-course and career opportunities

The course trains experts capable of joining institutions and organizations operating in the field of investigation, prevention and repression of various forms, including transnational, of crime and in the fight against ideological-religious terrorism .

Graduates will be able to take on roles related to intelligence, the strengthening of national and international security, the conception, direction and management of activities aimed at preventing and combating terrorist and criminal threats.
They will also be able to carry out activities aimed at the analysis of criminogenic phenomena and the prevention of criminal conduct for bodies and institutions of a public nature, at an international, European, national, regional and local level, as well as for private bodies, research centers and non-governmental organisations.

The course also trains experts capable of identifying EU programs and sources of funding in the security sector and encouraging the participation of companies and public bodies in European projects.

The trained professionals will also be able to evaluate the threats to the democratic order and the legal economy coming from organized crime in its changing forms, the threats implemented by terrorist organizations of a political-religious nature and the most effective forms of prevention , investigation and repression. They will also be able to compete in the various offices of civil society (associations, research institutes, media, parties, Parliament) to identify the most effective legislative and social cohesion tools to guarantee civil coexistence and the harmonious development of society.

Steering committee

  • Alessandro De Nisco, Director of the Department of International Humanities and Social Sciences UNINT
  • James Aiello, State Attorney
  • Antonino Albanese, Councilor of the San Pio V Institute
  • Adele Colombani, Business Analyst
  • Marco Minniti, President of the Med-Or Foundation, former Minister of the Interior

Study and internship experiences abroad

The course, being strongly internationally oriented, offers the possibility of staying abroad for study or internship purposes thanks to a network of over 100 international agreements stipulated with European and non-European universities. The University also has over 700 active agreements to carr out internships at public and private sector bodies in Italy and abroad.

Language certifications

During the academic year 2024/2025, the University Language Center (Centro Linguistico di Ateneo) offers newly enrolled students (enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any of the majors offered in the University's Academic offer) the possibility to obtain a language certification based on their skill level.

Every student, during their study career, will be able to take an international certification exam, without any additional costs, choosing among the certifications affiliated with the University: CAMBRIDGE, TOEFL iBT, DELE, CAPLE, TORFL, DELFDALF.

Access requirements and verification of initial and pre-course preparation

Access to the master's degree course in Investigation, Crime and International Security (LM-52) requires possession of one of the following qualifications: three-year university degree or diploma or other qualification obtained abroad, recognized as suitable according to the legislation in force, in the following degree classes pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/04: L-5; L-6; L-8; L-10; L-11; L-12; L-14; L-16; L-18; L-19; L-20; L-24; L-31; L-33; L-36; L-37; L-39; L-40; L-41; L-42; LMG/01; DS/1; L/DS. The degree classes ex DM 509/99 are equivalent to the classes ex DM 270/04 listed, pursuant to the Interministerial Decree of 9 July 2009. For graduates of other classes, access is conditional on possession of the curricular requirements defined within of the teaching regulations of the degree course.  

For the purposes of enrolment, an interview is required with a commission of course teachers in order to verify personal preparation and the adequacy of the curricular requirements.

For the academic year 2024/2025 the initial preparation test will take place online on the following dates:

  • 23 February at 16 pm
  • April 19th at 16:00 p.m.
  • July 19th at 16:00 p.m.
  • September 13th at 16:00 p.m.
  • October 10th at 16:00 p.m.


To enroll in the degree course and register for the interview it is necessary to verify that you meet the requirements using the following link


In order to support the start of studies, three pre-courses are planned:

  • pre-course of Right, particularly suitable for freshmen who have never taken exams relating to the principles of law;
  • pre-course of geopolitics;
  • pre-course of Criminal Law.

To consult the academic calendar, lesson timetables, courses and programs, tutoring and student assistance, exams and graduations, you can consult the Enrolled students section from the Info for... menu. 

As part of the activities related to quality assurance, UNINT, since 2021, is certified in accordance with UNI EN ISO 9001:2015. The first certificate was released on February 8 2021, confirmed for 2022 and 2023. On January 31 2024, the new certification of conformity with the requirements ISO 9001:2015 for "Teaching, training, research and third mission activities" was obtained for the year 2024. This certified the correct definition and execution of the processes implemented within the University.

Simultaneous enrolment in two degree programmes