Analyzing recent developments in strategic policies, whether they provide an adequate and appropriate response to the challenges faced by our societies.

This course focuses on debating major questions such as the balance of power, crisis management, and controlling defense spending in an international context undergoing significant transformations. There is particular emphasis on the impact of the digital revolution and questions of cyber-security

The M2 Strategic Studies, Security and Defense Policies, produces the future deciders and leaders for the key defense and security issues; from the essential core historical knowledge, to analysis of the “new strategic order both in a national and international framework. In addition to studying the traditional aspects (Land, Sea, Air, Space), the curriculum includes the wide-ranging issue of digital space.

Cyber-security lectures take place in partnership with ECE Paris (École Centrale d’Électronique), INSEEC U’s Electronic Engineering School.

This program is part of HEIP’s master’s cycle. It can be done as a dual diploma with the London Metropolitan University.



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Program under the direction of Jean-Marc Journot (Major General of the French Air Force (2S))

After enrolling at the “École de l’air” [French Air Force Academy ] in Salon de Provence in 1973, Major General Journot became a licensed transport pilot officer and commanded a squadron in the mid-1980s. Graduating from Sciences-Po Paris (1990), he worked on the Prime Minister’s staff – National Security Authority (SGDN) and in the Military Joint Staff (EMA) before being posted to Rome as a defense Attaché from 1996 to 1999. After commanding the “Cité de l’air” (Air Force General Staff base) in Paris and serving as Head of Military Advisors at OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) in Vienna, he finished his career in 2008 as Director of the “Collège Interarmées de defense” recently renamed “Ecole de guerre” (Military School of War).



  • Negotiation and crisis management
  • Strategy: theory and practice
  • Protection of human societies
  • Security and international organizations
  • Democracies and the use of force.
  • Information systems and cybersecurity
  • Conflictual situations: historical and current
  • Comparison of defense policies
  • Industrial and technological basis of defense and military spending
  • English


  • 6-month internshipOR
  • Academic semester abroad to obtain the dual diploma HEIP / LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY.

Quelques exemples de métiers auxquels nous préparons

  • Operation Security Manager in a specialized company;
  • Analyst-advisor to Cyber-Security service providers in industrial and business sectors;
  • Project manager in International Organizations;
  • Business Intelligence Analyst in companies;
  • Communications Officer in crisis management;
  • Consultant to companies in the Defense industry.

Dual Diploma HEIP / London Metropolitan University

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Just like France, the United Kingdom benefits from strong diplomatic and academic traditions in the field of international relations. For students wishing to specialize in one of these fields, HEIP and the London Metropolitan University offer a one-year course enabling students to master both French and British approaches. This joint education is all the richer in view of the current context, where European relations are being redefined, and, more generally, there is a shift in the overall balances on the international stage.

The two-semester lecture program includes one semester in Paris and one in London and a master’s thesis written under the supervision of a London Metropolitan University professor.

Students graduate with a Master of Arts in International Relations from London Metropolitan University (British diploma) and the HEIP diploma.