CEDS offers a specialised programme on defence and national security issues. The current troubled and unstable international context has put back into the centre of states’ concerns the security issues that the end of the Cold War had almost made them forget. We have lived through 20 years of declining military budgets, particularly in Europe. This trend has been reversed in recent years and the major states are rearming in order to respond to terrorist threats, cyber issues and the security of their supplies. New players such as China and certain Gulf and Asian countries are now spending tens of billions of euros on equipment and training.  Major areas of permanent tension, particularly in the Middle East, are forcing Western countries to maintain highly operational intervention and intelligence capabilities.

The CEDS programme deals with all these issues in their most modern aspects. Our school is also a major player in the training of foreign military officers within the framework of continuing education. Every year, we participate in the “Coalition” exercise organised at the War College, which brings together several hundred participants from several countries.


The CEDS Master cycle is composed of a joint programme for CEDS auditors and a speciality programme.

The common programme is composed of 2 specialised seminars:

SEMINAR 1: International Organizations, Multilateral Diplomacy and Conflict Management

  • Dynamics of the United Nations system
  • Military, economic and cultural organizations
  • Regional organizations
  • International organizations and their involvement in conflicts
  • Multilateral diplomatic negotiation.


SEMINAR 2: Methodology and Introduction to Research

  • Initiation to scientific research in the social sciences and international relations and in the study of crises and conflicts
  • The essentials of research and information exploitation
  • The method of writing the research paper.
  • Lectures in strategic studies and Defense policy 

Two electives (strategic schools, cyber security, defense policy, strategic studies).

  • Strategic studies Seminar  

• Study of the impact of the issues raised by new strategic doctrines

• On the defense policy decision-making process

• On new forms of armed conflict

• On the challenges posed by the security of natural resources (energy, water, etc.).

  • Planning

      • First Semester
        • Master’s degree: September 15
        • Master class on 5, 6 and 7 October
        • Exams : December
      • Second Semester 
        • E-learning courses
        • Memoir: September, 2022
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Programme under the direction of Jean-Marc Journot (Major General Air (2S))

After joining the Air School of Salon de Provence in 1973, General Journot was licensed as a transport pilot officer and commanded a squadron in the mid-1980s. After graduating from Sciences-Po Paris (1990), he served with the Prime Minister (SGDN) and within the Armed Forces Staff (EMA), before being posted as Air Attaché in Rome from 1996 to 1999.  After having commanded the Cité de l’Air (staff base) in Paris, then served as Chief Military Advisor at the OSCE in Vienna, he ended his career in 2008 as Director of the Joint Defence College, recently renamed “Ecole de guerre”.

Certification of HEIP programs. HEIP issues certifications and recognition of diplomas. Our status under the 1875 law on higher education allows us to award diplomas in the same way as public universities : students who have completed a HEIP Bachelor’s degree can, for example, then enroll in other prestigious public institutions such as an IEP, the Sorbonne(…) in France or for a Master’s degree at a university abroad. This status also allows us to attract renowned professors who teach in other prestigious institutions, or diplomats, generals, lawyers, magistrates. All our diplomas awarded at the end or our higher education programs (M2) are certified by the State (recognition of level I, and European level 7).


9 500 € / year