"Everyone has three lives: a public life,
a private life, and a secret life."
(Gabriel García Márquez)


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.

Particular attention, furthermore, is paid to the study of languages. The Programme includes the study of the English language at an advanced level, with particular reference to the terminology and phraseology used in the investigative and judicial cooperation domains. 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: 2019-2020
Programme Length: 2 years
Access: Free
Location: Rome
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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 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.

In any case, you can ask the Presidency of the Faculty of Political Science to 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:

  • Ing. Antonino Albanese, Councillor at the San Pio V Institute;
  • Dott. Alfonso D'Alfonso, former Director of DIA;
  • Dott. Marco Ludovico, Senior Editor, "Sole 24 ore";
  • Dott. Alfredo Mantovano,magistrate, former Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of the Interior;
  • On. Marco Minniti, former Minister of Internal Affairs;
  • Dott. Mario Antonio Scino, State Advocate;
  • Dott. Adriano Soi, formerly responsible for institutional communication at the Department of Information Security of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers;
  • Gen. S. A. Leonardo Tricarico, President of the I.C.S.A. Foundation (Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis).
Preside Facoltà di Scienze Politiche
Prof. Ciro Sbailò
Dean of the Faculty of Political Science

Academic Year 2019/2020

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