It’s hard to recall a news story in the 21st century that has not involved a safety and security issue. Security specialists educated at Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) are the very ones that underscore the safety of citizens and deal with organisations’ security issues. Does that mean we are training our students to be the next James Bond? Hardly. But while the films portray the cold-blooded spy to be a lone wolf, he too has a dedicated team of security consultants, safety managers, strategic masterminds and risk analysts who, like him, are two steps ahead of an economic, geopolitical and public crisis.
Overall, the SSMS programme covers three pillars: Public Safety, International Security and Industrial Safety. Furthermore, in year two and three you will also be introduced to other, more contemporary forms of security that affect our society, such as cyber-terrorism and emerging forms of transnational crime. SSMS’ has a specialised theoretical framework, mixed with a variety of hands-on group projects and guest lectures given by knowledgeable experts from our extensive network. All this will help you connect the dots of seemingly unrelated issues and to recognise patterns in society and organisations that no one else can. This is exactly why organisations such as the NATO, Tesla Motors, Eurocontrol, the OPCW, Friesland Campina and intelligence agencies from around the world, depend on the expert knowledge our graduates can offer in the fourth year. And why their employability in safety and security management is so high.