Safety & Security Management Studies - English

It’s hard to recall a news story in the 21st century that has not involved a safety and security issue. Security specialists educated at Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) are the very ones that underscore the safety of citizens and deal with organisations’ security issues. Does that mean we are training our students to be the next James Bond? Hardly. But while the films portray the cold-blooded spy to be a lone wolf, he too has a dedicated team of security consultants, safety managers, strategic masterminds and risk analysts who, like him, are two steps ahead of an economic, geopolitical and 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

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we will 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.

Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, 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, doesn’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 the document of the Language requirements 2016 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.

Please note: if you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please allow The Hague University of Applied Sciences to check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. The Institution Code of The Hague University of Applied Sciences 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 THUAS 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 English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, 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 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+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the bachelor's degree programme in Safety and Security Management Studies, you should have a havo- or vwo-diploma with the appropriate "profiel". For some "profielen", 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 "profiel" for either havo or vwo is E&M.

What if you want to start your degree programme but you don’t have the required subjects in your havo- or vwo "profiel". In most cases, The Hague University of Applied Sciences will offer you an opportunity to eliminate this deficiency by taking a deficiency examination (Dutch).

If you received a vwo-diploma previous to 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions, you can contact the Central Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't have the diploma that qualifies your for admission and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, you can take the Admission Test 21+ (Dutch). If you pass this test, you can still begin the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.
There can be no exceptions made to the official admission requirements. The Central Student Enrolment Office is the only agency that can arrive at decisions regarding your qualification for admission as based on the official regulations. You cannot rely on any other sources of information with regard to your qualification for admission.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

7 April 2017

Open Day

An Open Day is a great way to visit our campus; get acquainted with current students, lecturers, and meet our team of study advisors. You can also attend a few presentations by SSMS lecturers who will help you into the disciplined mind-set required by the programme. Something we like to call: inquisitiveness.


Student for a day

Shadow a current SSMS student and experience what it’s like to study at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). You will join discussions with existing workgroups and attend useful introductory lectures like: Urban Studies, Political Science and Professional Abilities. These could help you decide whether you would be more interested in analysing terrorist organisations like ISIS or advising industrial giants like the Port of Rotterdam on their safety protocols.

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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