About IMSISS

The International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) is a 24 month Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) developed by a consortium of four European universities – Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Dublin City University (Ireland), University of Glasgow (UK), and the OTH Regensburg (Germany).

Students on this degree programme will examine a broad range of contemporary security challenges, such as terrorism, civil war and conflict, mass migration, energy supply security, cyber security and new technologies, and transnational and serious organised crime. Students will also explore the intelligence and strategic approaches used by governmental and non-governmental actors to combat these threats.

The degree adopts a unique approach to the study of security by combining theoretical, applied and empirical knowledge and skill sets. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work alongside a range of academics and researchers from international partner universities and think tanks from around the world, as well as practitioner experts from governmental and industry security and defence sectors.


Key facts

  • Start date: September 2017
  • Duration: Two years  
  • Delivery: Small group seminars and lectures, with a variety of assessment methods including written assignments (essays, policy briefs, literature reviews), individual and group presentations and projects, dissertation and oral examination.
  • Qualification: International Master 
  • Study type: Full-time
  • Funding Available: YES - EMJMD Scholarships are available
  • Scholarship Application Dates: 1st November 2016 - 31st January 2017
  • Programme Application Dates: Additional applications will be accepted in line with standard University of Glasgow deadlines (subject to availablity). We encourage all applicants to apply early to this programme.
  • IMPORTANT: All scholarship applicants should confirm if they also wish to be considered for a self-funded place in the event that there are additional programme places left and the applicant meets the criteria to join the programme but are unsuccessful with their scholarship bid. Scholarship applications are separate from programme applications. 

Why study this programme?

International security presents complex, challenging realities for a wide range of actors from nation states and international organisations, to multi-national corporations. Globalisation and increased interdependency has radically changed the way we view security in relation to state, society, the economy and even the biosphere.

There is a demand for greater attention and coordinated responses from the international community, including not only individual nation states but also international organisations such as the EU, the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and security alliances such as NATO.  To support these organisations there is a need for knowledgeable, well informed experts with the skills to not only react to crises, but to identify and anticipate the threats and challenges that create crises. These experts can and should come from civilian (e.g. academia, governmental, non-governmental and private sectors) as well as military backgrounds.

Bridging these ‘expert’ security communities and ensuring opportunities for dedicated training and shared knowledge, experiences and best practice is the purpose of this IMSISS degree programme.

IMSISS has five key objectives which seek to ensure students:

  • attain a firm understanding of the theoretical concepts that inform contemporary security studies;
  • acquire the expertise and necessary skills to critically engage with security, intelligence and strategy in an applied manner;
  • are provided with experiential learning and employability enhancement through work-based learning opportunities with practitioner organisations;
  • have access to a range of academic and non-academic personnel from industry and business, the military, intelligence community, governmental and non-governmental organisations thus helping to understand how security experts shape security practice;
  • utilise mobility experiences to develop, appreciate the importance of, and articulate intercultural awareness as a key aspect of addressing security challenges.

 


What our students say

These students are part of the existing double degree in MSc International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies which has been running since 2015 and which will be become the new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree from September 2017.

Radu Florescu, France (2015-17)

'Eager to resume my education, the programme has given me fantastic experiences through its right balance between academically stimulating and comprehensive hands on approach to the field of strategic security studies. Even after four years of work following my undergraduate degree, I could not feel more confident in the face of my future professional career thanks to this programme.'

Sana Chaudhry, UK (2015-17)

'This excellent programme offers a breadth of security courses, ranging from Intelligence Analysis to European Security Strategies. I especially enjoyed the option to learn Arabic whilst in Glasgow. The mobility period in Germany provided an opportunity to engage with the practice of intelligence through courses such as Data Analytics. Highlights for me have been: a rewarding experience in studying at different institutions; a placement with the United Nations; attending the Berlin Security Conference; and befriending classmates from all over the world.'

Terver Orbunde, Nigeria (2015-17)

'I joined this programme with only the slightest idea of what I wanted to do after my undergraduate. One year down the line I must say, I made the right choice. There is no place I’d rather be. The programme features a rich array of dedicated and committed teachers, leaders in their various fields. If you want to study and at the same time see the world through the eyes of others, this programme is just the best for you. Who says you can’t kill two birds with 1 stone?'

Johnathon Ricker, USA (2015-17)

'The masters programme offers a truly unique and international approach to security, intelligence, and strategic studies. Studying across Europe in different cultural environments exposes you to various perspectives and approaches. The programme’s flexibility allows you to pursue your own personal focus while learning from and interacting with an array of academics and professionals. As a group of international students we are constantly learning from one another, inside and outside of the classroom. I am very happy with my decision to pursue a dual MSc and I highly recommend this programme.'