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.
Minors: shape your degree
During year three, you’ll get the chance to specialise as a safety and security management professional in three minors. Choosing a minor gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, deepen your skills and fulfil your ambitions. As well as taking minors in the SSMS degree programme, you can follow THUAS minors at other faculties and even other institutions.
Advanced Criminology focuses on violence, drugs and fraud. How do you reduce youth crime in an Amsterdam neighbourhood like De Bijlmer? Or make sure that innocent bystanders are not injured by mafia-like activities? In this minor, we also deal with corruption. For example, how do you trace back illegal financial transactions conducted by FIFA? You might be more interested in the new ways governments and law enforcement agencies are fighting terrorism. If so, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, might be more your thing. Do you like solving puzzles when the stakes are high? During the minor in Applied Intelligence you’ll learn basic analysis techniques, and about tools of espionage and surveillance, counterintelligence and technologies used for gathering information. You’ll discover how foreign intelligence services operate, how the military analyses aerial photographs and how intelligence-led policing is used in the battle against organised crime.
lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work
SSMS is the first full-time bachelor programme in Europe to be taught in English. The strong sense of international community in the SSMS classroom will help you understand how different nations deal with safety and security - and where there is room for change. Guest lectures are given by seasoned practitioners with many years of experience in the intelligence community, NATO militaries, or national and international security and law enforcement organisations. And yes, their names and résumés can sometimes be as secretive as the work they do. During excursions in year two and three you’ll visit military bases and explore advanced prison systems, where you’ll see how the safety and security measures you learned about in year one are applied. We’ll also teach you how to employ important professional practices, concepts and tools like the Roper methodology, the analysis of competing hypotheses (ACH), and the Gemba Walk for industrial sites.
This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).