Speciality: National Security Protection
Specialization: Customs Intelligence and Investigation
Awarded qualification: National Security Protection
Level of qualification: Master
Length of programme: For graduates from Bachelor's degree programme 'National Security Protection' the duration of study is 2 semesters.
For graduates from Bachelor's degree programme 'Counteraction to Crime and Public Order Protection' or Master's degree programme 'Law', the duration of study is 3 semesters.
For graduates from Bachelor's degree programme with other higher education, the duration of study is 4 semesters.
Number of credits: 60/90/120
Field(s) of study (ISCED-F): National Security
Specific admission requirements: Average grade of the diploma of higher education - above 4.00. Entrance interview
Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning:
• Procedures: recognition of credits based on presentation of an academic transcript or a diploma from prior learning; certification of knowledge and skills by passing examinations in specific for the professional area knowledge and skills by the Department of Security and Safety;
• Allocation of credits: the Department of Security and Safety awards relevant to the study programme of the major credits on the basis of certification of knowledge and skills.
Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation equirements*: In order to be awarded the qualification, students need 60 credits (duration of study - 2 semesters), 90 credits (duration of study - 3 semesters) or 120 credits (duration of study - 4 semesters)
Profile of the programme: The Master's degree programme is designed to train Master's degree graduates in detection and investigation of customs violations and crimes. The goal is the preparation of highly qualified personnel who will be able to prepare and organize the use of risk profiles in the detection of customs violations and crimes.
Programme learning outcomes: Based on detailed knowledge of criminal law, criminal process, forensic science and criminology, and taking into account the peculiarities of the technology of customs control,students should develop abilities to work with the bodies of the Ministry of Interior and the judicial system for the prevention, detection and investigation of customs violations and crimes.
Programme structure diagram with credits*:
|No||ECTS Code||Course Title||Lectures and seminars||Out-of-class workload||Number of сredits|
|1||MAN 3052||Foreign Trade Deals||30||60||3|
|2||TRA 3008||International Freight Forwarding||30||60||3|
|3||SEC 3011||Technology of the Customs and Currency Control||30||60||3|
|4||INF 3044||Information Systems and Technology||15||30||1,5|
|5||LAN 3024||Criminology and Criminal Law Analysis of Customs Crimes||30||60||3|
|6||LAW 3024||Passport-and-visa Law and Control||30||60||3|
|7||SEC 3012||Operational Search Activities||30||60||3|
|8||SEC 3014||Investigation of Smuggling and Currency Crimes||30||60||3|
|9||LAW 3025||Legal Expertise||15||30||1,5|
|10||QMS 3007||Customs Statistics||30||60||3|
|11||Elective courses 1||30||60||3|
|Total for the 1st semester||300||600||30|
|1||SEC 3013||Customs and Financial Intelligence||30||60||3|
|2||ECO 3022||Knowledge of Stock and Inventory and Customs Tariffing||30||60||3|
|3||MAN 3053||Trade Representation before Customs Authorities||30||60||3|
|4||Optional courses 1||30||60||3|
|5||Elective courses 2||30||60||3|
|Total for the 2nd semester||150||300||15|
|Master's thesis defence||300||15|
|Total for the whole course of study:||450||1200||60|
|1||SEC 3015||Customs Policy of the EU||30||60||3|
|PHI 3005||Professional Ethics|
|2||SEC 1004||State Border Control||30||60||3|
|FIN 3016||Customs and Currency Regime of the RB and the EU|
|1||SEC 1074||Methodology of Scientific Research||30||60||3|
|SEC 1077||Theoretical and Legal Fundamentals of National Security|
|Module Equivalency Courses for Bachelors in other majors|
|1||LAW 1041||Criminal Law||90||180||9|
|2||LAW 1044||Criminal Procedural Law||60||120||6|
|3||LAW 1020||Forensic Science||45||90||4.5|
|4||LAW 1058||Law of the European Union||45||90||4.5|
|5||SEC 1071||Counteraction to terrorism||30||60||3|
|6||PSY 2003||Legal Psychology||30||60||3|
|SEC 1059||History of Special Services|
|Total for the 1st semester||300||600||30|
|1||SEC 1078||Theory of Intelligence and Counterintelligence||60||120||6|
|2||SEC 3150||Competitive Intelligence||60||120||6|
|3||SEC 1086||Management of Special Services||60||120||6|
|4||SEC 1063||Fundamentals of Information-and-analytical Activities||45||90||4.5|
|5||SEC 1079||Risk Analysis and Control||45||90||4.5|
|SEC 1011||International and National Security|
|6||SEC 1067||EU policy on Security and Internal Affairs||30||60||3|
|ADM 3024||Document Study and Document Circulation|
|Total for the 2nd semester||300||600||30|
* In Varna Free University, a credit equals 30 lessons, of which 10 contact hours (lectures and seminars) and 20 hours independent work.
Note: Elective and optional courses are to be choosen one of each pair
Mode of study: full-time
Examination regulations and grading scale: The head lecturer of each course introduces rules for admission to the semester examination, methodology and assessment criteria presented to students at the beginning of the training course. A variety of teaching methods are used - lectures, field studies, contact hours /incl. on-line/, etc. The forms and methods of assessment are: assignments tasks, course assignments and projects, tests, case studies, etc. The assessment criteria depend on the methods and forms used in each course. The results are documented in a specific form 'Journal of the Lecturer' and are announced orally or electronically during the continuous assessmentl and after the end of the semester examination.
Graduation requirements: During the course of study, one-week compulsory internship with students is conducted at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior. The Master's Degree in 'National Security Protection' is acquired after a Master's thesis defence. The requirement for admission to the defence is students to have taken all semester examinations and to have completed a pre-graduation internship.
Professional development of graduates: Graduates from the Master's degree programme acquire the necessary qualification for successful career development in structural units of the Customs Agency, shipping companies, as well as for expert work in private structures, small and medium enterprise,s and others.
Access to further studies: Doctoral degree programmes
Head of the Master's degree programme:
Assoc. Prof. Valentin Todorov, PhD;
visiting days – Tuesday and Thursday from 14.00 to 16.00 h,
tel. +359 52 359 563,
ECTS – coordinator of the Department:
Assoc. Prof. Galina Mileva, PhD