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Preparedness of Forces and Resources for Action in Unconventional Crises

Department of Security and Safety

Speciality: National Security Protection

Specialization: Preparedness of Forces and Resources for Action in Unconventional Crises

Awarded qualification: National Security Protection

Level of qualification: Master


Specific admission requirements: Average grade of the Bachelor's degree diploma "Good" and entrance examination and interview.


Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning :
ECTS coordinator for the major: Assist. Prof. Galina Velikova Mileva, PhD, tel: +359 52 359559, e-mail: galinaa@abv.bg
• Procedures: allocation of credits based on submitting academic transcript or diploma of prior learning; certifying knowledge and skills by sitting exams in specific for the professional area knowledge and skills by the Department of Security and Safety;
• Awarding of credits: Department of Security and Safety awards credits adequate for the curriculum of the major on the basis of the certified knowledge and skills.


Qualification requirements and regulations: In order to obtain the respective qualification, students need to have a total of 60 credits (for training in two semesters) or 90 credits (for training in three semesters) out of them 27 (respectively 57) credits from compulsory courses, 9 credits from elective courses, 3 credits from optional courses, 6 credits from pre-graduation work placement defence and 15 credits from Master’s thesis defence.


Profile of the programme: This Master's degree programme is designed to train specialists for the management of forces and resources of the state, public organizations and economic enterprises for action to protect the population, infrastructure, environment and property of individuals and legal entities in the event of danger or the occurrence of unconventional crises.


Key learning outcomes
Graduates from the Master's degree programme receive a wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to effectively counteract the adverse effects of unconventional; analysis and prognostication of the risks of developing unconventional crises; preparation and acceptance of managerial decisions to neutralize the risk factors generating unconventional crises; preparation of forces and resources of public authorities, public organizations and economic enterprises to effectively counteract the effects of unconventional crisis. They are able to exercise operational management of forces and resources in conventional crises; team work with representatives of various departments, local authorities and local government authorities, local self-governance and civil formations on the prevention and neutralization of consequences of conventional crises.Graduates of the Master's programme develop capabilities for: conceptual thinking in the management of forces and means in terms of unconventional crises; solving various analytical problems and successfully respond to new situations and nontraditional threats, strategic analysis and deliberate action in the field of security. Students gain expert competence in preparation of forces and means of action in unconventional crises, including acquired knowledge, developed skills and abilities, personal positions, attitudes and value orientations, which provide effective behavior and action.


Occupational profiles of graduates
Graduates receive the necessary qualification for a successful career in the structural units of the Fire Safety and Rescue Directorate General of the Ministry of Interior,regional and municipal administrations, as well as for expert activities in business companies, small and medium enterprises etc.


Access to further studies: Doctoral degree programmes.

ECTS Code Course Lectures and seminars Out-of-class workload Credits
1 LAW 2270 Unconventional Cataclysms of Natural and Ecological Character 30 60 3
2 LAW 2280 Theory of Catasrophes 30 60 3
3 LAW 2231 Philosophical and Gnoseological Bases of Activities in Unconventional Crises 30 60 3
4 LAW 2215 Distance Methods for Monitoring and Early Signalling for Catastrophic Events 30 60 3
5 LAW 2214 Information-and-analytical Activities in Crises of Unconventional Character 30 60 3
6 LAW 2256 Tactics of Emergency and Rescue Activities in Crises of Unconventional Character 30 60 3
7.   Elective course 1 30 60 3
8.   Elective course 2 30 60 3
9.   Elective course 3 30 60 3
10.   Optional courses 30 60 3
Total for the 1st semester 300 600 30
1 LAW 2275 Management under Conditions of Crises of Unconventional Character 30 60 3
2 LAW 2241 Preparedness and Mobilization of Forces and Resources in Crises of Unconventional Character 30 60 3
3 PSY 3025 Social Psychology 30 60 3
4   Pre-graduation work placement 0 180 6
5   Preparation and defence of a Master's thesis 0 450 15
Total for the 2nd semester 90 810 30
Total for the whole course of study: 390 1410 60
Elective courses
1 INF 2029 Alternative Information and Communication Systems 30 60 3
LAW 2265 Legal Regime of Protection of the Population and the Environment during Crises
2 ECO 2277 Organization and Management of Public Order 30 60 3
LAW 2240 Medical Support in Emergency Situations
3 LAW 2301 Personal Safety and Survival under Conditions of Crises 30 60 3
LAW 2320 Methods for Modelling and Simulation of Emergency Situations
Optional courses
1 EDU 3001 Methodology for Preparation of a Master's Thesis 30 60 3
ADM 3024 Document Study and Document Flow
Module Equivalency Courses for Bachelors in other majors
1 SEC 1053 Safety of Rescue and Urgent Emergency Reconstruction Works 45 90 4,5
2 SEC 1054 Evacuation from Buildings and Sites 60 120 6
3 SEC 1050 Emergency and Rescue Equipment 45 90 4,5
4 SEC 1046 Emergency and Reconstruction Works 45 90 4,5
5 SEC 1006 Ecological Security 45 90 4,5
6 SEC 1079 Risk Analysis  and Risk Control 60 120 6
Total for the 3rd semester 300 600 30
Total: 690 2010 90

Examination regulations, assessment and grading: The leading lecturer of each course introduces rules for admitting students to the semester exam, methodology and evaluation criteria, which are presented at the beginning of the course in front of the students. Various teaching methods are used in the process of training - lectures, seminars, practical seminars, field studies, contact hours (including online) and others. The forms and ways of evaluation are the following: course assignments, tests, case studies, field studies and others. The evaluation criteria depend on the methods and forms used in each course. The results are documented in a specific form "Journal of the lecturer" and announced orally or electronically during the current control and after the end of the semester examination.


Graduation requirements: The process of training includes pre-graduation work placement in subdivision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Probation Practice subunits of Interior (Fire Safety and Civil Protection) and similar authorities in the neighboring countries (Turkey, Greece). Master Degree in National Security Protection is acquired after Master's thesis defence. In order to be admitted to the defence students are required to have passed all semester exams and have completed the pre-graduation work placement.


Mode of study: full-time


Head of Master’s Degree Programme: Prof. Petar Hristov, PhD
reception day – Wednesday from 10.00 to 12.00
tel: +359 52 359 557
е-mail: unos@vfu.bg