Safety & Security Management Studies - English - Full-time

It’s hard to recall a news story recently that has not involved a safety and security issue. Security specialists from SSMS are the ones who are responsible for the safety of citizens and deal with organisations’ security issues. This doesn’t mean we’re training our students to be the next James Bond. In reality, 007 would have had a dedicated team of security consultants, safety managers, strategic masterminds and risk analysts who, like him, would be two steps ahead of an economic, geopolitical or public crisis.


Richard Owusu

On creating safety

Georgi Parapanov

On the vibe

In the security world, a problem is dependent on how you look at it.

Richard Owusu

On looking at the world differently

Drag sideways


To enrol for the Safety and Security Management Studies programme you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of a Dutch HAVO and a good command of English.

Admission requirements

You have a non-Dutch diploma

To enrol for the SSMS programme you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of a Dutch HAVO and a good command of English. Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate. To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.

This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelors candidates who are educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec only when the education language is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, don’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge (CAE or CPE)  certificate to the Enrolment Centre. The TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS certificate must not be older than two years at the start of the study year.

See our Language requirements for more information.

Please note: The Hague University of Applied Sciences does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.
If you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please let THUAS check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. Our Institution Code is 7042.

If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above, you might still qualify for exemption, if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have an European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Please contact the Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an the Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a bachelor's, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.

If you don't meet the minimum entrance requirements and you’re 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you the opportunity to still be admitted to this bachelors programme.
FInd out more information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the SSMS bachelor's degree programme, you should have a HAVO or VWO diploma with the appropriate profile. For some profiles certain subjects are required. You could also qualify for admission with a MBO (level 4) diploma.


  • N&T Economics
  • N&G Economics
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Economics


  • N&T Economics
  • N&G Economics
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Economics


  • Level 4, middle management or specialised secondary education programme


The most suitable profile for HAVO or VWO is E&M.

What if you want to start your degree programme but don’t have the required subjects in your HAVO or VWO profile? In most cases, THUAS offer you an opportunity to take a deficiency examination (Dutch).

If you received a VWO diploma before 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions, you can contact the Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't meet the minimum entrance requirements, and you are 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you the opportunity to still be admitted to this bachelor programme. Click here for more information on the Admission Test 21+.
There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

4 November 2017

Open Day

An open day is a great way to see our campus and meet current students, lecturers and our team of study advisors. You can also attend a few presentations by SSMS lecturers who will help you into the inquisitive mind-set required by our programme.

30 November 2017

Trial Study Day

Join an SSMS class and meet our current students and lecturers. This is also your chance to experience how SSMS prepares you and your fellow students to become society’s next public safety watchdogs. Get a sneak preview of courses like Security Risk Management, Criminology and International Relations and Geopolitics as well as projects sessions in which students apply theories and concepts while working with real-life external partners.

Need help making a decision

We would like to help you make the right decision

It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various study’s offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 
Contact our Study & Career Centre Contact us by phone (+31) (0)70 445 8595 or by email

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