The Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences is an innovative and unique distance learning program, which equips participants with the theoretical background and practical knowledge on the interconnected dynamics in the field of nuclear security. It prepares participants to use the appropriate analytical tools to make thorough decisions in the various areas connected to nuclear security. MiNS builds upon the lessons learned from the previous pilot program "Master in Nuclear Security".The Master’s program spans over three terms, which usually takes 18 months and covers various courses, such as nuclear security management, physical protection or cyber security. Students will receive solid knowledge in nuclear security, which enables them to find synergy in thinking between security, safety and business, as well as risk management and corporate governance.After successful completion of the program, participants will receive an internationally recognized Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Nuclear Security from the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences. This degree allows participants to pursue a Ph.D. career.
The Master’s program structure and content are based on the results of the internal revision process of the IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 12 (NSS 12): “Educational Programme in Nuclear Security” and the teaching materials of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN). Therefore, it is one crucial step ahead of the current state of the art in teaching nuclear security.
The Master’s program is organized and implemented by the ISS in close cooperation with international partners. Each of them possesses excellent experience and knowledge in the nuclear security field. The partners are experts from the following institutions, which all are members of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN):
Especially the mode of study underlines the Master’s uniqueness, as students will be able to participate in the program from anywhere in the world at certified educational institutions. All the necessary learning material will be available online, and the interactive web-based teaching sessions will be led by highly experienced international experts. The distance learning courses will be provided as eLearning, academic letters or “paper-based” with interactive web-based teaching sessions. In order to gain practical experience we offer additional classroom based learning opportunities and hands-on laboratory work together with our partners. The language of instruction will be English. The full-time study duration will be 3 semesters including a Master’s thesis; half-time study with five semesters will also be possible. The tuition fees are 16,958 EUR for the whole program.
MiNS will enable participants to work at a strategic level within the field of nuclear security. Apart from Bachelor students, this applies, for instance, to international diplomatic staff, security professionals, employees of nuclear installations and industry, of research/academic institutions or of regulatory authorities, as well as nuclear security/safety officers in national authorities and federal ministries. In a nutshell, the Master’s program is a cost-effective way of educating and rewarding nuclear security managers and strategic talent in various functions. The experience, knowledge and skills gained during the program will position successful Master’s students to become innovative leaders of the future, who are one step ahead, making them invaluable assets to their organization or institution.
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Head of Nuclear Security, Atominstitut
ISS Research Fellow
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) was held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on 9-13 July 2018. Several ISS staff members attended the meeting, and Marco Macori gave a presentation titled “Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences – A Program Overview”.
Prof. Friedrich Holl, ISS co-director, will give a presentation on MiNS on Nov 15 at the 2017 IAEA International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities in Vienna (Nov 13-17). In addition, there will be a MiNS/ISS info booth for the whole week at which ISS staff members will be present.
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) was held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on 24-28 July 2017. Several ISS staff members attended the meeting, and Marco Macori and Dmytro Cherkashyn gave a presentation titled: “Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) – Program overview and introduction of a 3D model of a nuclear facility”.
On May 16, the ISS and its partner TU Wien – Atominstitut hosted a MiNS Information Day, which took place in Vienna at the Atominstitut’s premises. We provided detailed information on MiNS (educational concept, curriculum, modules/courses, etc.), as well as proposed a broad vision of nuclear security education, and offered a guided research reactor tour.
Prof. Friedrich Holl, ISS co-director, gave a presentation on MiNS during the 2016 IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna. In addition, there was a MiNS info booth for the whole week at which not only several ISS staff members, but also the president of the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences were present.
Marco Macori, ISS research fellow, participated in the EUROSAFE Forum 2016, which took place on 7-8 November 2016 in Munich/Germany. He gave a presentation titled “Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences – A program overview with a focus on curriculum and international partner framework”.
ISS staff meets with several international project contributors in London for the second project partner workshop.
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) takes place at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, on 22-26 August 2016. The network's mission is to enhance global nuclear security by developing, sharing and promoting excellence in nuclear security education. Several ISS staff members attend the meeting, and Prof. Friedrich Holl, ISS co-director, gives a presentation titled: “A Path towards a New Master’s Degree in Nuclear Security at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences”.
The Technische Universität Wien – Atominstitut becomes the first certified MiNS program partner. Moreover, Dr. Johannes H. Sterba, Head of Nuclear Security at the Atominstitut and former INSEN Co-Chair, will support MiNS as one of four program co-managers.
Prof. Friedrich Holl, ISS co-director, participates in a so-called consultancy meeting on the review of the IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 12 (NSS 12): “Educational Programme in Nuclear Security” at the IAEA. These revisions will influence the MiNS curriculum. Thus, MiNS will be crucial step ahead of the current state of the art in teaching nuclear security.
ISS staff meets with several international project contributors in Vienna at the Technische Universität Wien – Atominstitut for the first project partner workshop.
The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) concludes an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The ISS is tasked to implement a Master’s degree in nuclear security at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences..
The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) is located in Potsdam, Germany. The ISS focuses on research, international education and training concepts in the areas of nuclear security and cyber security. We believe that people make the difference as to whether or not security works. That is why we put great emphasis on training, exercises and exchange of educational experiences. As an institute of the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, we are able to offer sophisticated national and international education concepts with direct links to university programs. We can also offer on and off-site training in security and safety. Our main area of work is in the context of nuclear security – with a strong focus on cyber security. These areas are linked together by “security management”. Security management is the overall discipline which addresses many essential aspects in the fi eld of “security”. Most of our lecturers, researchers and trainers are also practitioners with hands-on experience and a broad understanding of how to implement security. The ISS is a NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2016.Find more information about our other activities here