Advanced Courses

The GCSP offers a series of courses of longer duration that provide a more comprehensive approach to developing your knowledge, skills and networks. These courses are uniquely positioned to enhance your effectiveness and prepare you for decision-making positions in government, the private sector, international institutions, and other agencies engaged in international peace and security policymaking. Our approach to these advanced courses harnesses the latest thinking on blended learning by combining residential and digital modules to ensure that you benefit in the most effective way in your life-long learning journey with the GCSP.


International Security in the 21st Century: Building a Resilient Future 

The 37th edition of this highly competitive eight-month course in international security is designed for high-performing professionals seeking to enhance their careers and effectively respond to the world’s most pressing security challenges.

Our approach is comprehensive and multifaceted. This course will not only update your knowledge, but will build your skillset and toolset to better prepare you for dealing with our unpredictable international security environment.

During the eight-month course you will have the opportunity to learn from and network with over 120 members of the GCSP’s global expert community, including high-level practitioners from governments, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and civil society.

You can also gain a Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (MAS) degree through our concurrent programme jointly run with the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva.

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Examining Global Security Challenges Impacting Europe

For the past 25 years, the European Security Course (ESC) has been deepening security professionals’ understanding of the security policy challenges that impact Europe. This eight-week course is a unique opportunity to develop a wide-ranging understanding of European security issues in the broader international security context. It examines current trends and challenges in both hard and soft security, the European states’ and the European Union’s interests and impacts, regional security  architecture relative to Europe (EU, NATO and OSCE), as well as key state actors. It also analyses Europe’s interaction and impact on its neighbours and other regions in the world, such as the Middle East / North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas and Asia. Relevant transnational challenges are explored, including migration, climate change, terrorism and cyber security.

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Mapping and Responding to Today’s Security Environment to Shape a Better Future

The 24th edition of the New Issues in Security Course (NISC) focuses on new and re-emerging security challenges arising from a rapidly changing global environment. The course examines the evolution of security, with a special focus on human security, the interlinkages among security-related issues, and the value of adopting a more forward-looking approach to security. It also shows why it has become increasingly important to understand today’s and tomorrow’s global security landscape in order to be able to proactively respond to new challenges and opportunities and shape a better future. 

The 24th NISC will help deepen your understanding of contemporary threats to prepare and empower you to have greater strategic impact in all domains. This eight week course also offers you a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse group of participants and experts from a wide range of sectors (government, international organisations, civil society, the private sector and academia). 

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