Safety & Security Management Studies - English - Full-time

Public safety, international security and industrial safety are the three pillars of SSMS. In years two and three, you’ll get an insight into contemporary security threats, such as hybrid warfare and transnational crime. Hands-on group projects and expert guest lectures will give you the experience you need for niche careers that most people have not even heard about. Get ready to challenge yourself and push the boundaries.

Structure of Safety & Security Management Studies - English - Full-time

 

Lectures

17

hours per week

Self-study

36

hours per week

Study Credits

60

per year

Year 1

The first year is the foundation (propaedeutic) year.

To be an SSMS professional, you’ll first have to attain a basic understanding of safety and security. This is why year one prepares you with introductory courses like International Law, Criminology, Psychology, Economics, Policy Making, Business Administration and management courses. Before you even think about advising commercial companies and governmental institutions on their safety and security policies, you’ll have to understand their organisational structures and cultures.
We work in dynamic groups to tackle SSMS topics from a practical perspective. Safety and security management is all about anticipating and identifying risk, which can only be done if you do the groundwork. For example, after studying the basics of criminology, psychology and security management, we hone your professional skills in the ‘Getting the problem right’ project.  These introductory practical elements will get you investigating safety and security management issues before moving on to resolve bigger issues in the second and third years.

Timetable

Module 1
Intro in safety and security
Public governance
Introduction to Law
Research methods
English language
Professional abilities
Study skills
Module 2
Political science
Sociology
Policy making
Research methods
English language
Professional abilities
Study skills
Module 3
Security risk management
Criminology
Psychology
Project 3: Getting the Problem Right
Research methods
English language
Module 4
Business administration
Quality management
Economics
Project 4: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Research methods
English language
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Year 2

Delve deeper

Year two is all about building on year one’s foundations, learning how to handle pressure and take on new challenges. You’ll be introduced to Industrial Safety, an important springboard for your future career. This could be as straightforward as evaluating new safety and security protocols at a car manufacturer, or as complex as designing crisis scenarios at Schiphol Airport. In the second half of year two, you’ll learn how international institutions and nation states tackle everyday safety and security issues. You’ll take part in group exercises assessing risks and threats for major international events. International safety and security management is as much about politics as it is about intelligence and you’ll need the self-discipline and determination to read between the lines.

Timetable

Module 5
Society today
Culture and diversity
Interactive policy
Project 5: Professional abilities 5
Research methods 5
Module 6
Safety risk management
Safety theories
Safety practice
Project 6
Module 7
Crisis and disaster management
Crisis communication
Civil war and conflict studies
Project 7: Professional abilities 7
Research methods 7
Module 8
International relations and geopolitics
National security systems
Managing international conflict
Project 8: Professional abilities 8
Research methods 8
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Year 3

Year three is all about the ‘how’ of SSMS. You’ll discover the professional skills needed for safety and security management. For example, modules in year three cover the practicalities of change management, media and communications and cyber security. You can take minors such as ‘Applied Intelligence’ , ‘Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism’ and ‘Advanced Criminology’. You’ll take on a more advisory role, consulting with companies on their current safety and security issues.
Last year, for example, the Organisation for the Prohibitions of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited us and asked students to analyse emerging industries and detect potential risks. We’ve also welcomed European directors from multinationals like Siemens and Tesla, who came to share their current concerns and glean our students’ knowledge and creativity.

Timetable

Module 9
Applied Intelligence
Module 10
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
Advanced Criminology
Module 11
Change management
Media and communication
Network management
Research practice
Project 11
Module 12
Rethinking safety and security
Cyber security
Research design
Research project
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Year 4

Internship and graduation

The first three inspiring years at SSMS culminate with a hands-on international internship in year four, which will ultimately define your career. You’ll have access to a professional network of around 40 internationally focused organisations, including the NATO Joint Force Command Naples, NLD Land Warfare Centre, the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (international security), the Dutch Explosive Ordnance Disposal Command, and the Financial Intelligence Unit (public safety) and KIWA, Tesla, Siemens, and Petrogas (industrial safety). You can also tap into The Hague’s rich resources. We’re right in the thick of the International City of Peace and Justice - the political and cultural heart of the Netherlands. Our city is home to the Peace Palace, International Court of Justice, Binnenhof (parliament), 115 embassies, multinationals like Shell, Siemens and ING and many international NGOs.

On the SSMS programme, we make every effort to ensure that this internship will be a springboard to your future career. You could start off at the NATO School in Oberammergau, designing professional military training programmes. Or go to the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Vattenfall, Eurocontrol (the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation), or Amazon. You can employ these new hands-on skills in your thesis exploring a specific safety and security issue at a host company. These organisations will give you the responsibility to solve problems and develop new innovative ideas during your internship.

Timetable

Module 13
Thesis study group 1
Internship
Research proposal
Module 14
Internship (continuation)
Research proposal (completion)
Module 15
Internship (completion)
Thesis study group 2
Thesis
Module 16
Thesis (completion)
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Your lecturers

Dr. Bas van Gool

s.m.vangool@hhs.nl
070 4457029

Rick Arons

f.k.arons@hhs.nl
070 445 8495

Frits van Balveren

f.c.h.vanbalveren@hhs.nl
070 445 8081

Leonie Duijnisveld

l.m.duijnisveld@hhs.nl
070 445 8491

Ben Leung

m.c.leung@hhs.nl
070 445 7018

Dr. Klaas Voss

k.voss@hhs.nl
070 445 2454

Hana Oberpfalzerova

h.oberpfalzerova@hhs.nl
070 445 7140

Charlotte Irwin

c.l.c.irwin@hhs.nl
070 445 4848

Dr. Menandro Abanes

m.s.abanes@hhs.nl
070 445 7961

Antonio Frank

a.frank@hhs.nl
070 445 7447

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Minors

Shape your degree

During year three, you’ll get the chance to specialise as a safety and security management professional in three minors. Choosing a minor gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, deepen your skills and fulfil your ambitions. As well as taking minors in the SSMS degree programme, you can follow THUAS minors at other faculties and even other institutions.

Advanced Criminology focuses on violence, drugs and fraud. How do you reduce youth crime in an Amsterdam neighbourhood like De Bijlmer? Or make sure that innocent bystanders are not injured by mafia-like activities? In this minor, we also deal with corruption. For example, how do you trace back illegal financial transactions conducted by FIFA? You might be more interested in the new ways governments and law enforcement agencies are fighting terrorism. If so, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, might be more your thing. Do you like solving puzzles when the stakes are high? During the minor in Applied Intelligence you’ll learn basic analysis techniques, and about tools of espionage and surveillance, counterintelligence and technologies used for gathering information. You’ll discover how foreign intelligence services operate, how the military analyses aerial photographs and how intelligence-led policing is used in the battle against organised crime.

Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

SSMS is the first full-time bachelor programme in Europe to be taught in English. The strong sense of international community in the SSMS classroom will help you understand how different nations deal with safety and security - and where there is room for change. Guest lectures are given by seasoned practitioners with many years of experience in the intelligence community, NATO militaries, or national and international security and law enforcement organisations. And yes, their names and résumés can sometimes be as secretive as the work they do. During excursions in year two and three you’ll visit military bases and explore advanced prison systems, where you’ll see how the safety and security measures you learned about in year one are applied. We’ll also teach you how to employ important professional practices, concepts and tools like the Roper methodology, the analysis of competing hypotheses (ACH), and the Gemba Walk for industrial sites.

Contact the study

If you have any further questions about open days and studying SSMS, please email our study advisor Mr Rick Arons F.K.Arons@hhs.nl.
If you have any questions about admission requirements and enrolment, please don't hesitate to contact the Enrolment Centre.

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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

We assume your time in SSMS will run smoothly. But we do offer personal assistance if you are experiencing any study problems. Our staff can help you keep track of your study progress and further guide your career development. If required, our lecturers can help improve your time management skills, reading and writing skills, or find the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions. We also provide sessions especially on study skills to help you tackle the academic workload. Lecturers will also support you if you have any personal problems that can adversely affect your schoolwork.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

If you haven’t acquired the basics needed to continue the degree programme of your choice, you will have a hard time completing it successfully. To make sure that you have these basics, you will have to meet an academic progress standard during your first year as a student (the foundation year). If you have earned at least 50 of the 60 credits (or, if relevant, have satisfied a qualitative requirement), the Examination Board will give you a positive binding study advice to continue your degree programme. In most cases, if you earn fewer than 50 credits, you will receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA) and you will have to leave the degree programme.

But the Examination Board will always consider personal circumstances. These could include illness or participating in elite sports: personal conditions that might have kept you from meeting the required academic standard. In such cases, the Examination Board can postpone giving its study advice. This means that you can continue your degree programme for the time being and that your study advice will be issued later, possibly with additional conditions imposed.
It is important, however, that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal conditions that might apply to you.

In conclusion: every student is responsible for his or her own academic progress. For this reason, make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well. Read all the rules and requirements for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.

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