International Security Management (M.A.)

The Master International Security Management is a consecutive  degree programme in English. The degree programme qualifies graduates to assume management roles in commercial and state security organizations, as well as to shoulder demanding security tasks in nationally and internationally-active companies and state agencies, NGOs and aid organizations.

Why to study International Security Management at HWR Berlin

  1. A well-grounded professional degree
    The International Security Management Master's degree programme gives its students a well-grounded understanding of a wide range of security issues, enabling them to recognize and evaluate risks and take a professional approach to dealing with dangerous situations.
  2. An international perspective
    Security managers are not restricted to the confines of national borders. Companies in the security sector often operate internationally or collaborate with international partners. The International Security Management Master’s degree provides an international perspective on a range of security issues.
  3. Close links between theory and practice
    The International Security Management Master's degree programme taught at the HWR Berlin provides its students with a seamless combination of theory and practice. The degree structure integrates a compulsory internship.
  4. A global classroom
    The degree programme is taught in multi-cultural groups by a range of leading national and international experts drawn from the private and public security sectors.
  5. English as the language of instruction
    The consecutive full-time degree course International Security Management is taught in English.


The M.A. International Security Management aims to prepare students for careers in international security management by developing a critical interdisciplinary understanding and practically oriented skills relevant for an evolving and fast-paced industry

The curriculum is interdisciplinary and internationally-oriented. ISM provides expertise in security-related disciplines drawn from the Legal Sciences, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology as well as Information Technology or Economics. It combines aspects of Security Studies with practical applications such as Risk, Crisis and Catastrophe Management; the Protection of Critical Infrastructures; and Quality Assurance in the Security sector, all taught in the context of a focus on professionalism, Human Rights and Accountability. The programme is underpinned and supported by leading research and practical knowledge.

Studying ISM allows you to gain new perspectives on security. Security is approached in an encompassing interdisciplinary way, not only considering the last drop in the ocean leading to crime, but as well the root causes and attempts to confront them.

L. A. from Germany, student

In addition to the multinational composition of the students, who have different experiences and perspectives on the subject of security, the diversity of the teaching staff was decisive for me in choosing the ISM programme.

C.S. from Berlin, year 2018, student

»Terrorist Governors and Transnational Civil Wars: The New Normal?« – New actors are contesting the basic norms of statehood, borders, and non-intervention at the local, state, regional, and global levels. But is Europe prepared?

Teaching expertise

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Lampe

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Lampe has been a professor of criminology at BSEL since 2018. He was previously a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His research focuses on empirical manifestations of transnational and organized crime, the dynamics of illegal markets, the prevention of crime, and international law enforcement cooperation.

Dr. David Rubens

DSyRM, CSyP, FSyI, CEO of Deltar Training Solutions and Director of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management. Dr. Rubens is a leading authority on the strategic management of complex organisations operating in complex environments, and particularly in terms of preparing for and responding to crisis events. He currently runs certificated training programmes for strategic risk and crisis managers around the world, delivering training in fifteen countries in SE Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe since January 2017.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Esposito, LL.M. (Adelaide)

After practising law as a public prosecutor for many years Dr Antonio Esposito became an academic. His fields of expertise are Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law. Before he was appointed as a Professor at the BSEL in 2019 he was engaged at the Police Academy of Lower Saxony (Hannover). From 2013 to 2016 he was employed with the Gernan Federal Ministry of Justice as as legal expert on criminal investigation. He taught International Cirminal Law in Kiev, Sarajevo and Istanbul.

Karsten Schulz, Dipl.-Komm.wirt, B.A., M.A., MBA

Karsten Schulz has been lecturer in the fields of business administration, management and marketing at BSEL since 2005. He is involved in the conception of several innovative study courses and the formation of cooperation schemes and networks with international universities.

The ISM offers a unique blend of perspectives. Dealing with today‘s security challenges require a wide variety of applied skills and critical insights. Practioners have to work across borders, cultures, organizations and disciplines.

Mr. Raphael Bossong, lecturer