Master in Law and Security

New responses to new threats


The Master’s Degree in Law & Security (MLS) aims to provide in-depth knowledge of issues related to Security in many of its different domains: political, geostrategic, military, police, economic, legal, environmental, health, technological, among others; domains which are more than ever interconnected. It embodies an interdisciplinary approach due to the need to confront contemporary and emerging (in)security matters, increasingly demanding transnational, regional, and even global responses.

The focus of this Master’s Degree lies in the growing threats in the area of ​​global and regional security, as well as those of states and citizens – with the unprecedented growth of novel terrorist threats, new forms of organised crime, and ever more violent holistic conflicts, among many other issues of concern. This gives rise to a series of challenges to traditional forms of action by public authorities and civil societies.

Today, surely more than ever, security is inextricably linked to democracy, citizenship, globalisation and development, and has to deal with both old and novel threats given their potential fast recasting the world over. This naturally calls for new academic awareness, which is what our MLS aims to provide and to help develop by bringing such awareness to the fore.

This master’s is taught in english.


Armando Marques Guedes

Felipe Pathé Duarte

Scientific Commission

President: Armando Marques Guedes | Board Members: Felipe Pathé Duarte (taught component) | Laura Iñigo Alvarez (taught component)


The general objective is to provide specialised training in matters of Law and of Security, from a multidisciplinary, integrated perspective. There are also specific objectives:

  • To understand, from a geostrategic perspective, the challenges that the new international configuration brings to the individual and collective security of states – namely by analysing the design of a regional, international and a legal order designed to face the new challenges to security arising from organised crime, particularly with regard to the use of force;
  • To promote in-depth discussions about security as a fundamental right and as a limit to other fundamental rights in the light of  national Constitutions and of other normative orders in the international order within which we live, and given a changing international system under ever-increasing stresses – consistently with a focus on the rule of law;
  • To systematically examine the internal legal order and the institutional responses, among others,  regarding the domains of national, regional, and international security, and the roles filled by the branches of the increasingly complex, varied, and interconnected Armed Forces, the changing roles of extant police forces, and the various intelligence services;
  • To understand the role of research and crime in contemporary socio-political and socio-economic domains, as well as in environmental dynamics, which includes a careful assessment of the importance of other communal and more inclusive security systems, such as civil protection, and cybersecurity or private security, in  developing a sense of security.

Target Applicant

The Master’s Degree in Law & Security is for all graduates who want to deepen their knowledge in these two ever broader and more sensitive areas, stressing that security presents itself as an interdisciplinary domain that touches and challenges the boundaries of multiple research fields.

The Master’s may be undertaken by students as a full or part-time endeavour.


This course is taught after working hours*.

*Some Optional Curricular Units may have schedules that do not match the timetable of the course.


Study Cycle

DegreeA3ES DecisionNumber of YearsPublication of the A3ES DecisionDGES Registration NumberPublication in Diário da República
Law and SecurityMasteraccredited6


Documents relating to the accreditation process

R/A-Ef 3197/2011

Tuition Fees, Emoluments/Charges and Taxes


Tuition fees are subject to approval of the General Council of NOVA University, Lisbon

  • Application fee: 51,00€
  • Annual fee for the taught component: 3900,00 €
  • Fee for the research component: 1000.00 €
  • Non-curricular phase: one more semester: 500,00€
  • Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year): 35,00€
  • Institution insurance (each year): 3,00€
  • Registration Certificate: 6,00 €
  • Improvement grade exam: 15,00 €/enrolement
  • Conclusion Certificate: 50,00€

The publication of the national table of fees and charges of academic acts and services of public university education and polytechnic higher education is still awaited, and consequently charges may change at any time.

Consult the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. The payment in instalments is allowed for the students’ mere convenience.

In the case of withdrawal from the course, the amounts already paid are not refundable. The remaining tuition fee payments due for the academic year to which the application relates must also be paid.

Only in situations where the applicant does not complete the degree which he/she is applying with (in these cases, the applicant must submit a declaration from the institution of higher education by September), the amounts paid for the tuition fee will be reimbursed (application fee, school insurance and administrative costs are not reimbursed).

The application fee is to be paid by ATM or Paypal. The reference will be given online upon submission of the application form.

Merit Awards

  • Candidates whose final average admission to a 2nd study cycle at NOVA School of Law, according to evaluation and selection criteria by the appropriate jury, is equal to or higher than 17 (on a scale of 0/20) and who enrol and attend the same course, benefit from an award in cash corresponding to 50% of the tuition fee they have to pay for the taught component of the Master’s degree.

  • Candidates whose final average admission to a 2nd study cycle at NOVA School of Law, according to evaluation and selection criteria by the appropriate jury, is equal to or higher than 16 (on a scale of 0/20) and who enrol and attend the same course, benefit from an award in cash corresponding to 30% of the tuition fee they have to pay, corresponding to the taught component of the Master’s degree.

  • In the non-curricular phase, three prizes for academic merit are awarded (by master’s degree or area of specialization, in the case of the Master’s Degree in Law). These awards assume the completion of the taught component in the regular time.
      • The best student of the Taught Component of each study cycle or specialization area of a study cycle who continues and attends the non-curricular phase is awarded a prize in money corresponding to 100% of the tuition fee he or she has to pay for the non-curricular phase of the Master’s degree.
      • The second-best student of the taught component of each study cycle or specialization area of a study cycle who continues and attends the non-curricular phase, is awarded a cash prize corresponding to 60% of the tuition fee he or she will pay, corresponding to the non-curricular phase of the Master’s degree.
      • The third-best student of the taught component of each study cycle or specialization area of a study cycle who continues and attends the non-curricular phase, is awarded a prize in money corresponding to 40% of the tuition fee he or she will pay, corresponding to the non-curricular phase of the Master’s degree.

Alumni Discount

  • Students or ex-students (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at NOVA School of Law benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee, in addition to the financial discount.

Financial Discount

  • Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment, upon registration/enrolment,  receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid.

Current Protocol Discounts

Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

  • Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union;
  • Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.

* Discounts are applied to the annual tuition fee, during the regular time of the course.

* Discounts are applied on the final payment of the tuition fee.

National and International Students

Annual fee for the curricular phase: 3,900.00 €

InstalmentsAmount €Payment deadline payment600,00 €From 6 to 12 April 2021
2.nd payment366,67€From 1 to 10 May 2021
3.rd payment366,67€From 1 to 10 June 2021 payment366,67€From 1 to 10 July 2021 payment366,67€From 1 to 10 November 2021 payment 366,67€From 1 to 10 January 2022 payment366,67€From 1 to 10 February 2022 payment366,67€From 1 to 10 March 2022 payment366,67€From 1 to 10 April 2022 payment366,64€From 1 to 10 May 2022

Tuition fees are annual and are due in full upon enrolment in the course.

Students may also choose to pay the annual tuition fee in 4 installments, in which case they should select this option during registration.

Annual fee for the non-curricular phase: 1,000.00 €                            

InstalmentsAmount €Payment deadline payment250.00€From 1 to 10 September 2021
2.nd payment250.00€From 1 to 10 October 2021
3.rd payment250.00€From 1 to 10 November 2021 payment250.00€From 1 to 10 January 2022

Value of additional non-curricular semester: 500,00€

Request for extension of the deadline for submission of the dissertation, internship report or project work by 6 months.

InstalmentAmount €Payment deadline
One-Time Payment500,00€Before the delivery of the dissertation, internship report or project work.

Payments must be made by ATM or Paypal using the references available in the Restricted Area. Failure to make tuition fees payment within the indicated periods may incur an increased charge in the amount to be paid or the suspension of registration and enrolment, as well as the annulment of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.


The Master in Law and Security, in a multidisciplinary approach, provides a high-quality study of the problems of threats to the rule of law and current security dilemmas. The degree in Master in Law and Security prepared me to respond to the challenges and constant change of this complex society in which we live.
Maria João Carapêto
PhD Student and Researcher, NOVA School of Law
It was by chance and with deep regard that led me to participate in the Master’s in Law and Security. I had the pleasure of completing the first cycle of the post-graduate course, and later, of concluding the first cycle of this Master’s in Law and Security (MLS). As an engineer by training, and working in the cybersecurity area, the MLS has offered me new perspectives on issues that demand a multidisciplinary approach. It has also provided me with new personal and professional opportunities. With its eclectic and prestigious Faculty members, and very practical and up-to-date views on different topics and the attendant issues they raise, I personally came to see the MLS as a privileged space for interdisciplinary dialogue, as well as for the training of professionals in areas that go far beyond Security and Defense. Given all of the above, I can only recommend this MLS.
Lino Santos
Head at National Cybersecurity Centre (CNCS), PhD Student NOVA School of Law

Curricular Plan

1st year – Taught Component

The taught component corresponds to 60 ECTS and consists of 12 mandatory courses.

1st SemesterECTS
European Security Law5
Security, State and Constitution5
International Security Law5
Civil Protection, Safety and Community Security5
Research Methodology5
2nd SemesterECTS
Security and Globalization5
Research and Crime5
Intelligence and Strategic Analysis5
National Defense and Military Law5
Internal Security, Cooperation and Police Law5
Privacy and Security5

2nd year – Research

1st Semester / 2nd SemesterECTS
Dissertation, internship at national or international institution or project work.60



Length 4 Semesters

120 ECTS

Taught in English

Applications from students who prove they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree(licenciatura) by September will be accepted.

1st Phase of Applications:

  • Submission of applications: From 1 to 28 February 2022
  • Announcement of placements: 9 March 2022
  • Complaint about placements: From 9 to 16 March 2022
  • Enrolment: From 16 to 22 March 2022


Holders of a bachelor’s degree (licenciatura) or legal equivalent.

Selection Criteria

  • Final grade of the degree which the applicant is applying with. Preference is given to degrees in the scientific areas of Law, Security and National Defence and others;
  • After applying the previous criterion, in the event of a tie, candidates will be interviewed by a three-member jury, appointed by the Scientific Board.

Submission of Applications (Online):

  • Completion of the application form (online);
  • Payment of the application fee using the ATM or Paypal reference provided (51.00€);
  • Online submission of the following documents: motivation letter, curriculum vitae (European model), copy of the course(s) certificate(s); copy of the tax number identification card; copy of the Identification Card;
  • Applicants conditioned upon the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree must submit an interim academic transcript showing the subjects already completed and their final grades discriminated and a declaration under oath stating the course, school, expected average and the the conclusion date. In addition, a statement from the institution of higher education where they are attending the degree should be submitted, proving their academic situation;
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications must send an academic transcript showing the coefficient of performance or a statement with the final average of the degree. Applicants are conditioned to the respective formal recognition or equivalence of the foreign qualification by a competent Portuguese authority, under the regime of the Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of August 16 (certificate or proof of submission of the request to be presented until September).
  • Applicants who do not report the final grade average, expected or completed will be graded with a minimum score of 10 on the 0-20 scale.
  • During the application, candidates must submit a request for accreditation of academic qualifications and professional experience obtained before entering the study cycle. For this purpose, the applicant must complete the appropriate form and attach all relevant documentation. When the request for accreditation occurs at the time of the application, the accreditation is not a sufficient condition to be accepted into the study cycle and only can be granted after the admission into the study cycle, in the same study cycle only.
  • All documents must be presented in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, and endorsed by the competent authority of the State where the document originates.

Applications omitting the documents requested or where the application fee has not been paid will be rejected. 

Applications available through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.



Readmission is the act by which a student, after interruption of studies in an institution/course of higher education, enrols in the same institution and enrols in the same course or in a course which has replaced it.

SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2022


Students who can apply for readmission to any cycle of studies:

  • Must have already been enrolled and enrolled at the NOVA School of Law, in the same course or in a course in which they are already registered, without having completed it
  • Must not have been enrolled in that course in the previous academic year to the one in which they intend to be readmitted to
  • Those students whose registration has lapsed due to the requirements in force may apply for readmission once two school semesters have elapsed since the date of the regulations

The Faculty reserves the right to refuse readmission to applications from students whose curricular record indicates serious difficulties in adapting to the study plan in force and to the type of teaching provided at the NOVA School of Law. Requests from students who are in debt to the Faculty for tuition fees or any other amounts will be rejected, subject to the provisions of Law Nº. 75/2019, of September 2.

Deadlines for submission of applications: –
2nd semester 2021/2022

Submission of the application

From 14 to 23 January 2022

Announcement of placements

28 January 2022

Complaint about placements

28 January to 04 February 2022


07 to 11 February 2022

Instructions for submitting the application (online):

The application is submitted online through the website of NOVA School of Law by filling in a form and uploading the necessary documents, namely:

  • Online submission of a simple photocopy of the citizen card or passport (international applicants)
  • Payment of the application fee through the Multibanco/PayPal references that will appear during the application process 70.00€ (non-refundable)

The student must print proof of the online application, essential for any subsequent steps.

Fees and emoluments:



Administrative cost per enrolment/registration (annual)


School insurance


Registration certificate


Note: to these amounts must be added the annual fees applicable to the study cycle relevant to the academic year 2021/22 (see the relevant notice).

Tuition fees are fixed annually by the General Council of the NOVA University Lisbon.

The reading of this information does not exempt consultation of the relevant legislation and regulations, the public notice of fees, and the table of fees in force of the respective school year.

Applications that are not accompanied by all the documents or whose fee has not been paid will automatically be rejected.

Regulations Applicable: Decree-Law Nº. 36/2014, of March 10th, altered by Decree-Law Nº. 62/2018, of August 6th, and Regulation Nº. 436/2020, of April 28th, of the NOVA School of Law.

Applications through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.