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MSc in “Geopolitics and Competition on the International Level”

EPLO Rifaat as-Said Chair

Affiliated with the European Law & Governance School


Title: MSc in “Geopolitics and Competition on the International Level: Power and Law in the West and Islam”.

Course type: Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc).

Taught elements: 90 credits ECTS.

Director of studies: Prof. Ioannis Mazis. He is currently Professor of Economic Geography and Geopolitics, School of Economics and Political Science, University of Athens & Chair of the Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies.

Course information: The MSc in “Geopolitics and Competition on the International Level: Power and Law in the West and Islam” is a one year taught postgraduate program, run by the European Public Law Organization.

Highlights: The course provides detailed study of international security topics ranging from; particular geographical regions to vital contemporary issues such as asymmetric threads, power relations & conflicts. It offers a unique and current insight at the key geopolitical issues impacting and shaping developments and shifts of power worldwide. It prepares students for a wide range of professional careers including government, NGOs, IOs and regional organizations, such as the EU. Furthermore, it seeks to train researchers, diplomats, members of the armed forces, security officers and SME executives, to soberly analyze and evaluate international developments, further targeting the rational solution of the resulting international and/or regional crisis, based on the use of systemic geopolitical analysis. The program will enable students to understand better considerations of international security, peace and stability and also, to acquire the ability to analyze the risks and opportunities with regard to: energy reserves, conflicts, geostrategic competition and global power shift.

Teaching format: The program consists of twelve taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice. All modules are compulsory. Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and assignments. Every MSc student is assigned a dissertation supervisor-who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Modules: The modules in this program have varying methods of delivery and assessment. It is offered in the evenings, three times per week. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue. Courses are led by key theorists and practitioners in their fields. The faculty of the program is comprised of scholars and practitioners with international experience.  Each course has its own unique design, led by a professor responsible for teaching core lectures, and enhanced by visiting professors and specialists in their fields.

List of courses:

First semester

Geopolitics I: epistemology and methodology of systemic geopolitical analysis

Geostrategic analysis of armaments and modern weapon technologies

Theory and introduction to the cartographic visualization of the sites of instability and threats

Structure and legal base of Jihad in Islamic law

International diplomacy and strategy

Use of quantitative methods in decision-makingissues


Second semester

Geopolitics II: case studies

Special issues of maritime law and maritime migratory flows

Comparative Law of the West and Islam

Historical Analysis of conflicts in the Middle East

Energy geopolitics

Space geopolitics-satellite systems


Academic Requirements: 4-year undergraduate degree 6.5 or higher

Language requirements:

English language skills in accordance with the following:

  • TOEFL Internet based, credits 80 and above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, grade C and above
  • IELTS, target band 6.5 and above
  • Other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks

French language skills in accordance with the following:

  • French Certification: DELF, B1 level
  • Other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks

Application: Students should complete the online application form in Greek or English, sign, scan and send through email, along with the supporting documents, in the following address: info@eplo.int. The admission process will be concluded with an interview. Overall, the application should include:

  • Letter of intent indicating your knowledge of the program and how it will benefit you
  • One or two original signed academic references (scanned)
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • English language requirements certificate (scanned)
  • Completed online application form in Greek or English
  • Recent photograph (scanned)
  • Scholarship statement (if applicable)

Deadline: 12th of November 2018

Application fee: 30€ (non-refundable)

Bank Transfers to:

European Public Law Organization


IBAN: BE42 3631 5730 6354  

Swift code: BBRUBEBB

Tuition & Aid: Tuition for both EU and International students is 4200€. In addition to tuition fees, please notice that there are other direct and indirect costssuch as books, supplies, accommodation and living expenses, which should be taken into consideration by students when applying.

Partial Scholarships: Available for a select number of students and take into consideration merit and need. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, the appropriate box should be selected on the application form and a 400-word document with a personal statement to be submitted, outlining the ways in which you satisfy the criteria set here above.