Nuclear Security

Welcome to International Master's Programme in Nuclear Security


The new admissions cycle Requirements for Entry in the  2020/2021 academic year - 

Deadline for Application 21 st of February, 2020


Our new requirements for Application in the  2020/2021 academic year are now ready. For more details, please click  HERE 



Brief overview of the programme

The International Mastenuclear-security_f0e36_course.jpgr`s Degree Programme in Nuclear Security started at the beginning of January 2016 with the active support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and the Bulgarian government.

The objective of the Programme is to prepare highly qualified managerial staff for the nuclear security sector. Two groups of 20 students from ten countries (Bulgaria, Nigeria, Zambia, Lebanon, Jordan, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Sudan, Mauritania, Uganda) have succesfully graduated the first and second cycle of the Programme. Part of the students are also scholarship students of IAEA. Currently we have the third and fourth group of international students and we are preparing for the fifth admission cycle.

The Master's Programme is the one of the positive results of implementing the Practical Arrangements between the UNWE and IAEA signed by the Rector, Prof. D.Sc.(Econ.) Statty Stattev and the IAEA Director General, Mr. Yukiya Amano during his visit to Sofia in June 2014. 

The Programme is supported by IAEA, International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN), a member of which our university became in 2014, the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The teaching consortium consists of representatives of more than 10 Bulgarian and foreign universities, research institutes, governmental institutions and nuclear facilities.



Are youIAEA Building looking for a programme that opens doors for you everywhere from the busy administrative districts of Vienna to high-security locations in France, the UK, Russia and more?

The University Department "National and Regional Security" offers such a Master's topical programme - "Defence and Security Economics" with a specialization in  “Nuclear Security”. 

The programme's duration is 3 semesters for students who have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent. The programme is structured according to the state's requirements for the Master's degree and those of the International Atomic Energy Agency,  Nuclear Security Series No. 12.

nuclear-security_ae91d_50dcb_MAAE4.jpgnuclear-security_ae91d_9cd53_MAAE7.jpgThe Master's programme is a result of an agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia, Bulgaria.  The IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has signed Practical Arrangements in education and research in the field of nuclear security with UNWE, one of the leading Bulgarian universities. The signing took place during an official visit to Bulgaria from 30 June to 1 July 2014.

The aim of the Master's programme "Defence and Security Economics” with a specialization in  “Nuclear Security” is to prepare highly qualified middle management personnel for the nuclear industry.

The Master's Programme has been developed and supported by the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) and several Bulgarian and international institutions, including the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia University, King’s College, London, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Introduction to Nuclear Security;

International and National Legal Framework Regulating Nuclear Security;

Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Applications;

Threat Assessment;

Physical Protection Technologies, Systems and Equipment;

Security of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material in Transport;

IT/Cyber Security and Computer security for a nuclear world;

Nuclear Security at Major Public Events and others.

Full list of disciplines - HERE

The lecturers are highly experienced experts from Bulgaria and international organisations and universities.
Duration of the Programme - 1,5 years ( three semesters). The Academic Year starts in October or February.

Language: English

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