The Safety and Security Management Studies programme focuses on the safety and security of people, organisations and public spaces. There is a growing demand in the labour market for professionals who can formulate and implement safety and security requirements. The programme teaches students to take decisive action, develop the necessary plans and measures, and convince others of their urgency. Undergraduates work closely with fellow students on practical assignments with close support from our lecturers.
Year 1 offers wide scope for learning about the fundamental principles of the public management of safety and security and about the different roles of professionals. With courses on Public Governance, International Law, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Criminology, Civil War and Conflict Studies, Risk Management, International Peace Building, Human Rights Law and Conflict.
English language skills
Since our international Bachelor programmes are taught entirely in English, you will need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec!), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, need not take an English proficiency test. All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge ESOL (CAE/CPE) certificate to the Enrolment Centre.
All themes in the second year focus on ‘ensuring effectiveness of operations’. What values can a professional contribute to the management of safety and security? How would you go about doing this in an urban environment and the public arena? With courses on Political Science, Business Contengency, Crisis Management, Public Communication, Policy Implementation, Quality Management, Project Management, Political Science, Urban Development, Organisational Science, Risk management and Media and Safety.
Year 3 focuses on professionalism in safety and security management. It is not so much a question of what a professional can contribute to safety and security management in terms of added value, but how. Students learn from their first (international) internship. The first three modules furthermore examine the practical application of professional values and the last module entails field work on a specific project. With courses on Research Methods, Policy Communication and Organisation, Moderating Policy, Network Management and Debating.
The study programme concludes in year 4 with assignments carried out in professional practice. Students conduct an internship at an international organisation in the field of safety and security management and work on their final project.
Your specialist field – focusing on safety and security as a public issue – offers a very wide range of career options. In a world where safety is no longer the sole preserve of organisations such as the police force, the list of potential employers is extensive. There is an ever-increasing demand for professionals who are able to organise community-based safety protection.
On successful completion of the four-year programme, students can find jobs at:
International organisations in the field of urban development and the quality of urban management
International organisations in the area of conflict mediation
International police and security organisations
Local non-governmental organisations active in the area of urban safety
National public organisations operating in the field of safety, such as the police force
Government bodies at local, regional, national and multi-national level