Be on the frontline in tackling complex 21st century safety and security challenges!

Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS)

It's hard to think of a recent news story that has not involved safety and security. Headlines talk of conflicts, crime, terrorism, and violence. Risks and threats come in all shapes: technological, political, economic, etc. Safety and security specialists are at the frontline when an organisation has to tackle such critical issues.
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About SSMS

SSMS is a unique, international programme that focuses on the safety and security of people, organisations, and public spaces. This programme teaches you how to take decisive action, and develop necessary measures when stakes are high. You will learn how to adapt, act readily and solve problems in diverse and challenging environments, thriving under pressure.

  • Bachelor's degree in applied sciences
  • full-time study programme in 4 years
  • The Hague: city of peace, justice, and security
  • 240 ECTS

Meet our Students

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Why we are unique

  • most of our graduates secure promising international careers in exciting key positions
  • vast international professional network giving you access to the public organisations and private companies
  • practice and theory help you develop a can-do attitude in numerous fields
  • hands-on projects helping real-life clients to protect their assets
  • access to high-level internships from around the world
  • expert guest speakers from the field will share their experiences with you
  • strong sense of community with a passionate culture
  • supportive international staff with extensive sets of skills, knowledge, and experience
  • social, political, and cultural diversity amongst the student body
  • high academic and professional standards, encouraging you to push your boundaries


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What The Hague University of Applied Sciences can offer you!

At THUAS, we have almost 26,000 students from more than 140 different countries. The Hague is the perfect location to become a global citizen. It is home to international organisations such as the International Criminal Court, Europol, and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
There are also many good reasons to study in the Netherlands. It offers a high standard of living at a fairly low cost. Moreover, Dutch education is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking systems in the world. It’s based on student-led learning, debate and hands-on experience. Dutch society is liberal and open-minded with a vibrant cultural scene. You’ll be part of a dynamic cosmopolitan and multi-cultural community right in the heart of Europe.


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Your career opportunities

SSMS is a career-oriented programme. As our graduate you’ll be highly employable for crucial positions in various fields, be they commercial, military or in international politics. In any case, you’ll most likely deal with valuable assets, including people’s lives. You’ll need to keep an eye on things so others don’t have to. SSMS will prepare you to identify risks so you can initiate feasible safety and security countermeasures. You could specialise in transnational conflict mediation, urban safety management, or start a career as a security consultant. An international airport will need your abilities as much as an insurance company. The opportunities are limitless.

  • Offshore Security Operations Manager
  • Physical Security Advisor
  • Crisis Communication and Issues Manager
  • Aviation Safety Manager
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Financial Intelligence Policy Advisor
  • Cyber Investigation Consultant
  • Information Security Officer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Risk Data Analyst
  • Airport Security Quality Manager

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Contact a student

Are you thinking of joining this programme, but you are having doubts? Do you need help with finding a room? Maybe you have a question about life in The Hague and Holland regarding sports, or any other hobbies you have? I am Benjamin, a first-year student at Safety and Security Management Studies, and I will do my best answering all the questions you might have.

Benjamin Eckholm student SSMS

Contact a student

My name is Emma and I am a 20-year-old Dutch student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. I am a second-year Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) student. If you have any questions regarding e.g. SSMS, housing, student life or the Netherlands, please feel free to contact me by filling in the form via the link below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Emma Jurg student SSMS

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