Master in Mediterranean Cooperation and Security

Our new Master’s programme in Mediterranean Cooperation and Security provides a comprehensive understanding of the multi-level interdependence that will characterise the future of the macro-region. The Master also tackles key cross-cutting issues in contemporary relations between Mediterranean countries, such as the political economy, climate change, energy transition, security, migration, and culture. It offers a unique interdisciplinary education for future professionals and prepares them to a career in which they will be able to enhancing political, economic, and cultural cooperation. The Master’s programme also provides its students with  a unique set of knowledge and skills to make them capable of shaping innovative policies.

The Master’s will take place in person at the Rome campus of Luiss Guido Carli University, with a series of compulsory study visits abroad with our partner institutions, in Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Spain. The program’s builds on innovative teaching methodologies and on a combination of courses taught by leading international academics and experienced practitioners.

Duration: 12 Months
Credits: 60 ECTS
Starting date: 1 October 2024
First application deadline: 5 July 2024
Tuition fees: 16.000 € (study visits included)


This master provides a unique and intense academic structure allowing participants to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the Mediterranean region, combined with professional skills and specific regional experiences.

Courses at Luiss SoG – Italy

Semester I (October-December 2024) – Core courses

Semester II (February-July 2025) – Elective policy courses

Students will select 6 elective courses among the following:

  • Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid – Prof. Michael Koehler
  • Political Economy of the Mediterranean area – Prof. Timothy E. Kaldas
  • Governance of Migration Flows – Prof. Mehari Maru
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution – Prof. Virginie Collombier
  • Diasporas in the broader Mediterranean Prof. Francesca Corrao
  • Law, Finance and Trade in the Mediterranean – Prof. Angela Di Maria
  • Management of Natural Resources – Dr. Laury Haytayan
  • Doing green business in the Mediterranean Leon Stille

Professional Study Visits

The innovative aspect of this master’s programme is the intensive schedule of professional study visits organised with our academic partners. During these visits, participants will focus on specific topic areas and engage with local experts, entrepreneurs and policy makers.

Public Policy School (PPS) at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University – Morocco
(January 2025)

  • Regional perspectives: North Africa and the Sahel
  • Energy Transitions
  • Climate and Security
  • Professional visits (tbc)

Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government and Dubai Hub for Made in Italy-Emirates – United Arab Emirates
(February 2025)

  • Technology and Security
  • Design Policy and Strategy
  • Professional visits at Dubai Camp, Masdar Renewable City, Dubai Port, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Universidad Francisco de Vitoria – Spain
(April 2025)

  • Regional perspectives: The Northern Mediterranean
  • Professional visits at European Union Satellite Center (SETCEN) and Centro Espagnol de Seguridad y Defensa (CESEDEN)

Research Project

During the second semester, students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project under the supervision of an external partner organisation or a Luiss faculty member.  

The partner organisations will be selected from the Luiss network, both in Italy and abroad, among those that contribute to strengthening cooperation and dialogue between the North and the South of the Mediterranean, including international organisations, think tanks, NGOs or private companies. This pairing programme – which will be online and unpaid – has been designed to foster meaningful collaboration with leading organisations  operating in the Mediterranean region and to provide students with a project experience as if they were stepping into the shoes of an external consultant. The assignment will consist of a research analysis (qualitative or quantitative) and will cover a wide range of topics, focusing on economic development, climate crisis, security and risk analysis. 

The project will also be an excellent vehicle for students to develop the knowledge, materials and research skills to complete their Master’s thesis. 

Luiss reserves the right to modify the modalities and objectives of the project if the necessary conditions are not met. More details will be available by June 2024. 


A significant innovative aspect of the program is the close partnerships with leading academic and policy institutions in the broad Mediterranean region. Three professional study visits will enrich the participants with different perspectives and direct experiences on core policy issues affecting cooperation and security.

The Public Policy School (PPS) at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
📍 Rabat, Morocco

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University UM6P is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation with a focus on Africa. The Public Policy School (PPS), which will host the study visit,  is the entity that delivers executive education within the UM6P Cluster for Social Sciences, Economics and Humanities. Training programs on offer at PPS address current public policy issues in the South and methodologically combine cutting-edge academic research with experiential knowledge from public policy decision-makers.

For the delivery of its high-quality education for executives, Public Policy School calls for experts  from the broader community of professors, researchers and experts from  Faculty of Governance, Economics and Social Sciences (FGSES) together with  the Africa Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences (AIRESS), as well as fellows of the Policy Center for the New South, a think tank closely associated with the UM6P Cluster Social Sciences, Economics & Humanities.

In line with the pedagogical values in place within the larger UM6P Cluster for Social Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, the Public Policy School uses  interactive pedagogy that places the participant at the heart of the knowledge process. As is the case with FGSES, it aims to develop autonomy in learning, hindsight in reflection together with discernment in decision-making.

Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG)
📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) was launched in 2005 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Being the first research and teaching institution focused on governance and public policy in the Arab world, MBRSG wants to help future leaders meet public administration challenges across the region also through collaboration with government and private institutions, both regionally and internationally. The School organizes international and regional conferences and specialized workshops and holds forums to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge between the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Dubai Hub for Made in Italy
📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Set inside the Convention Tower in the Free Zone of the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai Hub for Made in Italy offers a bridge between Italian companies and institutions expanding in the Gulf countries and the leading local businesses and entrepreneurs. The hub is also dedicated to academic executive courses and high professional and university education with the aim to transfer the know-how useful for the development of Made in Italy in the MENA area and to train professionals capable of moving successfully on the international market.

Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
📍 Madrid, Spain

The Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) is considered one of Spain’s top universities for international relations and strategic studies. UFV prioritises the academic and professional goals of its students in all its activities. The University has two campuses in Madrid, offering over 50 degrees and double degree programs, vocational training, a postgraduate school, doctoral degrees and research centres. UFV is a member of an international network of higher education institutions spanning Europe, the United States, Mexico, and South America and has a long-standing partnership with the Luiss School of Government.



Applicants are required to have at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree. As mandated by Article 142 of Testo Unico 1592/33 and Luiss Academic Regulations, students cannot be enrolled simultaneously in other undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. programs and  Specialisation Schools at Luiss Guido Carli or any other university.

The selection of applicants will be conducted based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit: the quality and coherence of the university career as shown by the academic documents, the CV and the reference letter.
  • Demonstrable orientation towards international careers in the public and private sectors.
  • Motivation:  convincing reasons why and how the program is to foster personal and professional aspirations.

Requested documents (to be uploaded on the online form): 

  • Academic and professional CV
  • Motivation letter
  • University degree(s) transcripts
  • One reference letter
  • Copy of a valid passport

Online Form

If you experience problems with your application, please get in touch with and send your application material directly via e-mail.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees amount to € 16.000, to be paid in three instalments:

  • € 5.500 at registration.
  • € 5.500 by 15 September 2024.
  • € 5.000 by 15 January 2025.

Students can avail of a 10% Early Bird discount by applying before 31/05/2024.

Tuition fees include travel and accommodation costs for the professional study visits in Spain, Morocco and UAE (at the exclusion of personal expenses).

Admitted students can withdraw from the Master only before the official start of the academic program set by the Faculty Chairs of the Master. Decision to withdraw from the program must be communicated by Luiss School of Government so that the place can be offered to a candidate in the “reserve” list.

Withdrawals need to be communicated by written notice to the Administrative Office of Luiss School of Government. Any request for withdrawal after the start date of the academic programme does not exempt the student from paying the full tuition fee.


With the support of Med-Or Foundation, Luiss School of Government is able to offer 10 scholarships:

6 Full Tuition Fee Waivers for citizens of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Details and application

4 Full Tuition Fee Waivers + monthly contribution to expenses (EUR 500) for citizens of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Lebanese Republic.

Details and application

In both categories, only 2 scholarships are available per country.

Please note that the scholarship’s application is separate from the Master’s programme one. Admission to the Master’s programme does not guarantee the award of the scholarship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The master is coordinated by a Management Committee led by Maria Elena Cavallaro, Associate Professor of History of International Relations, and made of:

  • Virginie CollombierScientific Director of the Mediterranean Platform and Professor of Practice, Luiss School of Government.
  • Francesca CorraoFull Professor of Arabic Culture and Language.
  • Luigi Narbone, Director of the Mediterranean Platform and Professor of Practice, Luiss School of Government.


Should you require additional information about this Programme or the  Scholarships feel free to contact the Luiss School of Government at