Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policies

Septembre 2023
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What is an MSc Strategic Studies, Security and Defense Policy?

This program trains future executives in the major issues of defense and security, from the foundation of essential historical knowledge to the analysis of the “new strategic order”, in both a national and international context. To the study of the traditional dimensions (Land, Sea, Air, Space), we add the very encompassing study of digital space. This course focuses on major issues such as power relations, crisis management, and the control of defense investments in a changing international context. Particular attention is paid to the effects of “digital transformation” and cybersecurity.

The second year of the MSc program allows students to specialize in a particular field of activity. An internship can be completed for this program.

The program of the MSc Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policy

Second year

The courses are given in French.

Thematic weeks :

  • From victory to peace and from peace to war
  • International Relations and Power
  • Information and cyber
  • New areas of conflict
  • Public safety and liberties
  • New strategic practices
  • The intelligence
  • Technology for power
  • Simulation and crisis management

Main courses:

  • Defense and cybersecurity policies
  • Defense strategy and external operations
  • E-learning cybersecurity
  • Foreign policies and comparative diplomacy
  • Intergovernmental and transnational actors
  • Area analysis
  • Negotiation techniques
  • International treaties and conventions
  • European cooperation policies
  • Sources and analysis of risks and conflicts
  • Humanitarian law
  • Migration and human rights
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Crisis prevention and management

The course of the MSc Strategic Studies, Security & Defence Policy

The year consists of:

  • lectures
  • TD (Tutored Work) courses in small groups
  • group work
  • e-learning
  • seminars
  • face-to-face courses

Throughout the year, students are evaluated through continuous assessment. At the end of each semester, mid-term exams, case studies or oral exams are the methods used to evaluate the students.

Each fundamental course (lectures) is associated with tutorials in small groups and specialized conferences.

Each semester, in addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, in French and English, students are accompanied in :

  • Their preparation for the professional world and the search for an internship (between 4 and 6 months)
  • In the realization of individual or collective projects
  • In the organization of a series of conferences around public figures.

The prerequisites of the MSc Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policy

Applications for the first year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+4 (240 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree in humanities, law, social sciences, politics or economics. A particular interest in defense policies and security will be required in the entrance exam.

Access requirements for the MSc Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policy

To enter the MSc 2, students must put together an application and take an oral exam. All the details are explained in the MSc Admission page.

If a new student: the candidate obtains the results of the competition 4 weeks after presenting his/her file to a jury

If you are a former HEIP student: the re-enrollment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022.

Tuition fees for the MSc Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policy for the academic year 2022-2023

By YearSchool Fees
Year 270 € of file fees
8 900 € with a reservation deposit of 1 100 €.
92 € CVEC tax to be paid before the start of the school year following registration

Practical information about the MSc Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policy

Success rate

For the MSc, the rate of integration into employment is within 6 months after graduation, i.e. 83% (year 2020).


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.


Classes are held at :

Campus Paris Cœur Défense 2

82 Esplanade du Général de Gaulle

92934 Paris La Défense


The HEIP admission process is accessible to people with physical disabilities since the competition is 100% online.

For people with invisible or mental disabilities, the admission teams may adapt the tests.

All HEIP campuses (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and London) are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Referent for disability in Paris and Bordeaux:

Farida Cherkaoui

Referent for disability Lyon :

Karolina Paume

Updated 12 March 2024