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.
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
Meet our Students
See what our students say about their SSMS experience:
"For me, Safety and Security Management Studies came as a nice surprise. For a while, I didn't really know what career to choose. After having talked to some older SSMS students, I decided to give it a try but had not expected to like it this much: the lecturers are interesting and ready to help, and the atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly. We learn not only from lectures that give many real-life examples, but also from practical projects that give us some insight on what our future as security professionals might look like. It is a fairly tough study, but worth every moment!"
“Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) is a unique and challenging programme. I enjoy it because it teaches me how to recognise the true cause of a problem first, and then how to solve it. Safety and security are more than just theoretical concepts on paper, and this programme has shown me the importance of structure in a complicated and diverse world. As such, SSMS certainly has taught me to be forward-looking.”
“I had plenty of fun during the Intro Camp where I was privileged to meet fellow classmates, and learn about the pillars of the programme from our lecturers before the actual lectures even began. The accommodation at the camp was great as well as the BBQ food. Additionally, we were all involved in activities such as quizzes, ‘get-to-know-your-lecturers’, kayaking, visit to the Waterline Museum Fort Vechten Utrecht and so much more.”
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
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.
Want to know what it's like to manage safety for an international company?
SSMS Alumnus & Security Specialist at Amazon
SSMS Alumna & HSEQ Coordinator at Damen Shipyards Group
SSMS Alumnus & HSE manager offshore projects at Aecom
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
Contact a current student
Interested in studying Safety and Security Management Studies, but find yourself asking is this really the right course for you? Or even is this the right place for you spend the next chapter of your life in?
My name is Orla, I am Irish and Spanish and I'm currently in my first year of SSMS.
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Hello! My name is Claudia. I am 21 years old and I was born and raised in The Netherlands. I am a second year student at Safety and Security Management Studies. I really like the courses I'm having, and I think this study is very interesting. Are you interested in criminology, sociology, terrorism, crisis management, and political science? Maybe SSMS will be something for you as well. If you have any questions about the study, university, city or country, please feel free to fill in the form.