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Master's Degree in Investigation, Crime and International Security

The Master's Degree programme allows students to analyse and focus on the sociological and demographic phenomena that may result in global instabilities as well as on the most efficient forms of prevention, investigation and repression, such as cooperation between police forces and judicial authorities at an international level and the use of the most advanced techniques of investigation. Graduates of the Master's Degree in Investigation, Crime and International Security will be able to satisfy the emerging demands of:

  • the United Nations' Departments, Offices, Commissions, Programmes and Research Institutes dealing with public security and fighting against drug trafficking and criminal activity (e.g. Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNDCP, UNICRI, UNODC, UNHCR);
  • the European Union's Offices and Agencies (FRONTEX, EUROPOL, EASO, CEPOL, EMCDDA) dealing with public security and fighting against terrorism;
  • police forces and other components of the State;
  • companies working or willing to work in socially or politically unstable areas;
  • NGOs responding to humanitarian emergencies in countries at risk.

Graduates will also be prepared to evaluate the threats to the democratic order and to the legal economy arising from organised crime and from politically or religiously motivated terrorist organisations. The first year focuses on the analysis of security-related problems, in particular:

  • issues related to migrations and to contemporary geopolitics and identity, from a historical point of view;
  • issues related to financial flows and to the corruption of the legal economy, from an economic point of view;
  • rules of international law and of investigative and judicial cooperation as well as issues pertinent from a legal point of view to the contemporary world and to the political and institutional settings existing in unstable areas;
  • trends that may cause one or more of the above-mentioned problems, from a sociological viewpoint.

The second year allows students to explore the most common and efficient means of fighting international crime, with particular reference to those developed by innovative technologies. The Programme includes courses related to politology, law and economics as well as labs providing students with the chance to engage with highly qualified professionals and to simulate events and scenarios.

Furthermore, particular attention is paid to the study of languages. The Programme includes the study of English at an advanced level, with particular reference to the terminology and phraseology used in the investigative and judicial cooperation domains. Moreover, 5 courses and the EU Project Management Lab are available in English. A second foreign language is also studied, to be chosen from the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The Programme also enables students to attend events involving the participation of highly qualified professionals in the relevant sectors.

Fast fact
Academic Year: 2021-2022
Programme Length: 2 years
Access: Free
Location: Rome

The study plan includes labs focused on security management, critical event management, intelligence and analysis of geopolitical areas, and EU project management.

The Security Management and Intelligence Lab enables students to acquire specific skills thanks to their proactive involvement in dealing with topics such as security management, intelligence, and critical event management. The Lab includes the simulation of situations and events requiring a quick and efficient response in order to ensure the security of people and assets and minimise the losses resulting from terrorist attacks (including those carried out with unconventional tools).

The Analysis of Geopolitical Areas Lab enables students to identify the most significant politically unstable areas and to analyse different areas using comparable social, cultural, political, military and ethnic parameters. For each area students will use relevant indicators and analyse their trends in both the recent past and today. They will also attempt to predict their evolution in the medium term. The Lab programme also includes the analysis of the consequences possibly arising from tensions in one area that may have a negative effect on Italy and other EU members. Such effects include: humanitarian emergencies, uncontrolled migration flows, and threats to Italian political, economic or industrial interests.

The EU Project Management Lab is fully taught in English and enables students to acquire the fundamental rules of EU project management as well as the technical tools offered by the European Union. The Lab allows students to explore access to EU funds by learning how to formulate project ideas, how to identify the budget, how to prepare a draft of the project, and how to search for international partners in order to participate in calls proposed by the EU.

The Crisis Communication Lab enables students to acquire specific skills aimed at effectively managing sudden critical events of various kinds, such as natural disasters and seismic, terrorist, chemical or biological pollution risks. The Lab focuses on the prevention and contrast of these factors and their potential global implication, with a particular attention paid to the strategies for contrasting and communicating critical issues. Techniques to promptly react to the attack and to minimize both response times and the possibility of making mistakes are addressed.

The Master's Degree in Investigation, Crime and International Security allows students to join institutions and organisations operating in the field of the investigation, prevention and repression of crime, also at a transnational level, as well as in the field of the repression of ideologically or religiously motivated terrorism. Graduates will be able to join public authorities and institutions operating at an international, European, national, regional and local level, as well as private companies, research centres, and NGOs. They will be able to cover functions linked to:

  • strengthening national and international security;
  • designing and managing activities aiming at preventing and fighting organised crime and ideologically or religiously motivated terrorism;
  • designing and managing activities aiming at analysing criminal phenomena and preventing criminal behaviours;
  • participating in EU projects.

The normal requirement for admission to the master’s degree in Investigation, Crime and International Security (LM-52) is one of the following qualifications: a bachelor’s degree, or any international certificate or diploma which provides access to university programmes in accordance with the regulations of the country in question in the following degree courses:

All students enrolling in this degree programme must meet the following requirements: ex D.M. 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. All students with a bachelor's degree in a subject not previously mentioned must meet the entry requirements defined in the course guidance.

All students with a bachelor's degree in a subject not previously mentioned must meet the following requirements:

  • at least 8 ECTS in the SSD L-LIN / 12 or linguistic certification attesting the knowledge of the English language equal or superior to B1;
  • A total of 30 ECTS obtained in at least three of the following fields with a minimum threshold of 6 ECTS for each of the fields involved:
    1. sociology (SPS / 07 General sociology; SPS / 08 Sociology of cultural and communicative processes; SPS / 09 Sociology of economic and labour processes; SPS / 10 Sociology of the environment and the territory; SPS / 11 Sociology of political phenomena ; SPS / 12 Sociology of law, deviance and social change);
    2. historical-political field (SPS / 02 History of political doctrines; SPS / 03 History of political institutions; SPS / 04 Political science; SPS / 06 History of international relations; M-STO / 02 Modern history; M-STO / 03 Eastern European History; M-STO / 04 Contemporary History);
    3. law (IUS / 01 Private law; IUS / 09 Institutions of public law; IUS / 10 Administrative law; IUS / 13 International law; IUS / 14 European Union law; IUS / 21 Comparative public law);
    4. economics (SECS-P / 01 Political economy; SECS-P / 02 Economic policy; SECS-P / 06 Applied economics; SECS-P0 / 7 Business economics; SECS-P / 08 Business management).

In any case, you can ask the Presidency of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociopsychological Dynamicsto verify that you meet all the entry requirements by sending an email, including as an attachment, a copy of your Bachelor's degree and all the exams you have passed, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Steering Committee has the role of steering all the degree-programme activities towards relations with local territory, institutions, mass media, the world of work, production systems and civil society, pursuant to article 11 of the Ministerial Decree No. 270 of 22 October 2004 and to MIUR Circular No. 416 of 01/12/2005. External members (approved by the Council of Faculty on 8 Mrach 2022, minutes no. 172):

  • Giacomo Aiello, Advocate of the Sate;
  • Antonino Albanese, Councillor at the San Pio V Institute;
  • Lucio Caracciolo, Director of LIMES;
  • Adele Colombani, Business Analyst;
  • Marco Minniti, President of Med-Or Foundation, former Minister of Internal Affairs.
Preside Facoltà di Scienze Politiche
Prof. Ciro Sbailò
Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociopsychological Dynamics
"Bisogna che tu tutto apprenda:
e il solido cuore della Verità ben rotonda e le opinioni dei mortali, nelle quali non c'è una vera certezza."
(La Dea a Parmenide)

Academic Year 2021/2022

Diasporas, Migrations and Identities in the Contemporary World 8
Geopolitics of the Contemporary Balkans and the Eurasia Region 8
Theory of Conflicts 8
Crime and Immigration 8
International Law and Investigative and Judicial Cooperation 8
Legal Systems and Management of Migration Flows 8
Political and Institutional Organisation of the Islamic World (in English) 8
Emergency Management 8
Politically and Religiously Motivated Deviant Movements and Behaviours (in English) 8
Social Conflicts and International Relations 8
Theory of Deviance and Criminogenesis 8
English Language (Advanced Course) 8
Best Practices in Fighting Against Crime 8
Comparative Analysis of the Policies to Fight Organised Crime and Terrorism (in English) 8
Control of Transnational Financial Flows and Migration Smuggling 8
Second Language (to be chosen from the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) 8
Criminal Law 8
Demographic Trends (in English) 8
Geo-economy 8
History of the Mafia 8
Investigation and Cyber Security (in English) 8
Strategic Studies 8
Courses or Labs from any discipline may be chosen 8
1 Internship or 1 Lab to be chosen from the following:
· Analysis of Geopolitical Areas Lab
· Crisis Communication Lab
· EU Project Management Lab (in English)
· Security Management and Intelligence Lab
Dissertation 12

The academic and teaching staff of the Faculty consists of high-profile academics, high-qualified experts with experience in fields such as sociology, psychology, social inclusion, political science, communication and social media, as well as in prevention, investigation and fight against crime activities; but also of magistrates, members of governmental organisations against Jihadist radicalisation and extremism, well-known criminologists, senior members of armed forces and Intelligence analysts and operators with relevant experience in activities aimed at defending the State security and economy.

For the entire list of the academic and teaching staff clic here.

The new MyUNINT platform is available for students to consult the Course documents, the complete list of courses and programs, the academic calendar, and the exams and graduation sessions.

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