Presentation
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.

 

Goals
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.

 

Timetable
This course is taught after working hours.

 

CERTIFICATION

Study Cycle

Degree A3ES Decision Number of Years Publication of the A3ES Decision DGES Registration Number Publication in Diário da República
Law and Security Master accredited 6 21-11-2014

Documents relating to the accreditation process

R/A-Ef 3197/2011

Curricular Plan

Mandatory OB
Optional OP

1º ano - Parte letiva

1º semestre ECTS
Segurança Comunitária e Protecção Civil 5
Segurança, Estado e Constituição 5
Segurança Interna e Direito Policial 5
Direito Europeu da Segurança 5
Metodologia da Investigação Científica 5
Direito Internacional da Segurança 5
O
B
2º semestre ECTS
Cibersegurança 5
Defesa Nacional e Direito Militar 5
Investigação Criminal 5
Segurança Privada 5
Produção de Informações 5
Segurança e Globalização 5
O
B

2º ano - Parte não letiva

ECTS
Tese, estágio em instituição nacional ou internacional ou trabalho de projeto 60
O
B

Coordinators

Armando Marques Guedes
Full Professor and CEDIS Director
Armando Marques Guedes
Felipe Pathé Duarte
Assistant Researcher
Felipe Pathé Duarte

FEES*

– Application fee ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 51.00€

– Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year) ……………………………………. 35.00€

– School insurance (each year) …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3.00€

– Annual fee of the curricular phase ………………………………………………………………………………… 3,900.00€
(annual amount paid in 8 instalments (1 x 800.00€ + 6 x 442.86€ +1 x 442.84€)

– Non-curricular phase (dissertation), one year ……………………………………………………………. 1,000.00€

 

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

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

 

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

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.

 

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

– Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 17 points  ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.
– Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 16 points  ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.
– Three merit scholarships will be granted in the non-curricular semester (in either the master’s or specialization area): one corresponding to the total of the tuition fee, which will be awarded to the best grade in the curricular phase, and the other two merit scholarships will be granted to the second and third best classifications, which will receive a reduction of 50% of the tuition fee. To assess the best classifications in the curricular phase, only the classifications obtained in the NOVA School of Law will be taken into account. This scholarship assumes the conclusion of the curricular phase is within the stipulated time limit.

 

ALUMNI DISCOUNT:
Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, 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 (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid;
– Students who choose to pay tuition fees in two annual payments receive a 2.5% 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.

 

* Discount on the annual fee is only provided if the degree is completed within the stipulated time limit.

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

 

TUITION FEES, EMOLUMENTS/CHARGES AND TAXES
National and International Students

 

Annual fee for the curricular phase: 3,900.00 €

Instalments

Amount €

Payment deadline

1.st payment

800.00€

Upon registration/enrolment

2.nd payment

442.86€

From 1 to 10 September 2020

3.rd payment

442.86€

From 1 to 10 October 2020

4.th payment

442.86€

From 1 to 10 January 2021

5.th payment

442.86€

From 1 to 10 February 2021

6.th payment

442.86€

From 1 to 10 March 2021

7.th payment

442.86€

From 1 to 10 April 2021

8.th payment

442.84€

From 1 to 10 May 2021

 

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

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

Instalments

Amount €

Payment deadline

1.st payment

250.00€

Upon registration/enrolment

2.nd payment

250.00€

From 1 to 10 January 2021

3.rd payment

250.00€

From 1 to 10 March 2021

4.th payment

250.00€

From 1 to 10 May 2021

 

Students who have already been admitted onto the Master’s Degree continue to pay the amounts announced at the time of their application. If the students do not conclude the course in due time, the amounts published in this current notice will be applied.

 

If the student does not deliver the dissertation within the time limit, they can register for another year paying the corresponding amount of 500.00€.

 

Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

The charges presented in the table below are currently applicable. 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 may change at any time.

Designation

Amount €

Payment Deadline

Administrative costs per enrolment/registration 

35.00€

Upon registration/enrolment

School Insurance

3.00€

Upon registration/enrolment

Registration Certificate

6.00€

At time of the request

Conclusion Certificate

50.00€

At time of the request

Improvement grade exam

15.00€

At time of the request

 

Payments must be made by ATM or Paypal using the references available at Netpa (student area). Failure to pay tuition fees 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 nullity of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.

Testimonials

Maria João Carapêto

Maria João Carapêto

PhD Student and Researcher, NOVA School of Law

“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.”

Lino Santos

Lino Santos

Head at National Cybersecurity Centre (CNCS), PhD Student 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.