Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check this section for quick answers to frequently asked questions. This list was last updated on 2nd December 2016. 

What is Erasmus +?

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The Erasmus + programme builds on achievements of more than 25 years of European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth, covering both an intra-European as well as an international cooperation dimension. The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support Programme countries' efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s talent and social assets in a lifelong learning perspective, linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields. The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperation and mobility with Partner Countries, notably in the fields of higher education and youth.


Can you give me an overview of the IMSISS programme?

This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies offers you the unique opportunity to combine your postgraduate study across 3 mobility periods at 3 leading European universities in the UK, Ireland and Czech Republic and leads to the award of a joint degree. If you are interested in the challenges faced by the states with regard to their security and place in the international security order, this two-year English language programme is for you. The degree programme is specifically designed to present you with the opportunity to conduct a thorough academic analysis of some of the most salient issues in contemporary security studies. You will develop your knowledge of the wide variety of security, intelligence and strategic challenges impacting our rapidly changing social and political environment at national, regional and global levels. You will have the opportunity to engage with relevant security personnel and practitioners in addition to working with top academics. The degree is interdisciplinary in content and structure, and is designed to ensure that students engage with a variety of perspectives on the concepts of security, intelligence and strategy. Students will also engage with theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to the subject. The programme aims to develop world class researchers specialising in one or more of a range of areas, including: strategic studies, regional security, intelligence, technology and security, and conflict studies. Flexible language training is also available as part of the programme as an additional study element. You will get international experience in at least three countries, develop your skills in research and acquire a range of key employability skills through our well-developed placements with associate partners from the business, public policy and third sector communities. You will also participate in conferences, workshops, a summer school and other events, making the experience a truly rewarding. Your studies are divided into four blocks each worth 30 ECTS. The first 3 blocks will be at different institutions, University of Glasgow (UK), Dublin City University (Ireland) and Charles University (Czech Republic). The 4th block (also 30 ECTS) will see you return to one of the first institutions (location of primary supervisor) or spend time with a work-based learning partner or associate partner university in a possible 4th location. You will undertake the bulk of your dissertation research during this 4th block of study. 


What are ECTS?

ECTS are academic credits. They relate to the European Credit Transfer System and enables institutions to recognise the credit value of each other’s courses. 10 ECTS is equivalent to approximately 200 hours of study.


What is a joint degree and what is an international master?

A joint degree is a single degree provided by multiple institutions.  Students who complete the degree will be provided a single diploma which is jointly awarded by all three primary teaching institutions to this programme. It is called an International Master and this distinguishes it from an MSc, MA or MRes which tend to be degrees provided by a single institution.


What are the entry requirements?

Please note that this is a very popular programme and unless you have a minimum 2:1 (UK degree) or national equivalent undergraduate honours degree it is unlikely you will be made an offer. If you are very close to the equivalent grade but do not quite make it we can look at your grades and if you have some relevant work experience that can help, but we cannot guarantee entry until an assessment has been made. You must apply to the programme for an assessment to be made.


Do you have examples of equivalent national degrees (for 2017 entry)?

You can check your country-specific requirements on our country information pages. You need to look for the postgraduate taught entry requirement.

  • Austria: Austrian Diplomstudium/Magister or Bachelor Degree with a score of 2 (Gut) or better
  • Czech Republic: Czech with a minimum grade of 1.5 or B (Velmi Dobre)
  • France: French Licence or Bachelors Degree with a grade of 12/20 or better
  • Germany: German Magister Artium or Bachelor Degree, with a Gut (2.5 or above)
  • Italy: Italian Laurea with 104-106 out of 110 overall, with 28/30 for core courses
  • Netherlands: Dutch Doctoraal/Bachelor Degree with a grade of 7.0 (Ruim Voldoende) or better
  • Poland: Polish Licencjat/Inzynier or Bachelors with a grade of 4 (Dobry) or better
  • Spain: Spanish Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto or Bachelors Degree with a grade of 7.0/10 or Notable (Very Good)
  • Sweden: Swedish Kandidatexamen or Bachelors Degree with Väl godkänd (VG) – Pass with Distinction
  • Canada: Final GPA of 3.0 or 80% or B+ or 6.5 out of 9, or better
  • Brazil: a Bacharel / Licenciado / Professional title with a score of Bom (7.0-8.9) overall
  • USA: Bachelor Degree with a minimum GPA 3.0
  • Australia: a 2:1 Bachelor Degree with Honours
  • New Zealand: a Bachelor Degree with Honours at a Grade B+ (2:1)
  • Nigeria: a Bachelor Degree with Honours with a 2:1/60-69%/GPA of 3.0 from Public Universities and GPA of 3.5 from Private Universities
  • Kenya: a Bachelor Degree with Honours with a 2:1/B/60-69%
  • South Africa: Bachelor Degree with Honours with a 2:1/70-74%
  • China: Please see our website for a list of all accepted institutions and required scores
  • Indonesia: Sarjana I (S1) or Diploma IV (D4) from an A accredited institution with a GPA of 3 for A accredited programmes or GPA of 3.5 for B Accredited programme or a GPA of 3.5 from a B accredited institution with an A accredited programme
  • India: Bachelor Degree from Indian central, state or leading deemed and private universities. Ordinarily applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative 1st division or better across all years of their studies and all applications are considered on a case by case basis.
  • Pakistan: a Bachelor Degree with Honours with Division 1/60% overall average or an overall GPA of 3 (must be a 4 year degree) 

Is my first degree acceptable for entry to the programme?

Cognate degrees acceptable for this programme include: political science, international relations, history, area studies (i.e. American studies / Russian Studies / Asian Studies / African Studies / European Studies / Latin American Studies etc.), Law, Sociology, Human Geography, Computing Science, language/linguistic sciences, business degrees with emphasis on risk assessment. Please note that applicants with modern languages degrees are also encouraged to apply. Most other degrees are not acceptable for this programme. 


Can I be exempt from providing evidence of my English language proficiency?

This programme is taught completely in English language. You must show evidence of your proficiency in English if you are not from a majority English speaking country. Also please note that under UKVI (UK Visa and Immigration) regulations, all international students (non-EU) who are not from a majority English speaking country or have obtained a degree from a university in a majority English speaking country, are required to take an English Language proficiency test to a required level. There are no exceptions. You are not able to gain entry to the UK and obtain a student visa without having the test certificate. Information on the different types of proficiency test which we can accept and the required scores can be found on our website


I am not able to provide my English Language test result by the application deadline. Can I still apply?

An applicant who is unable to provide proof of English Language qualification can apply and will be considered for entry to the IMSISS programme.   In such cases you may be made a conditional offer pending receipt of the language test result at the required grade.  This documentation must be submitted to the IMSISS Consortium via the University of Glasgow online application before a final unconditional offer can be made.  Similarly, applicants may be offered an IMSISS scholarship upon condition that they obtain the outstanding entry requirements.  Documentation must be provided as soon as possible and no later than the given deadline in July of the year of entry. 


Are there still places left?

Yes: All applications that are made before the 31st January 2017 will be evaluated and ranked at the same time. The top candidates (subject to scholarship requirements) will be offered places and additional places will be offered to self-funding students. We anticipate that numbers will be capped, so we encourage you to apply early. We do not guarantee all applicants a place on the programme and only the top ranked students will be guaranteed a place. A reserve list will also be produced. 


How many places are available on the programme?

The number of places varies from year to year and will depend on the number of available scholarships in any given year. We are unable to give a precise number to on the available places. 


How can I apply?

The Consortium will only accept online applications for the IMSISS programme. You apply online and can upload documentary evidence to support your application. Please visit the Applying for the Programme tab on our website for details of the process and the additional documentary evidence that you need to support your online application.  Please note that the University of Glasgow manages the application process on behalf of the IMSISS consortium.


What is the application procedure and selection process timetable?

Applicants must apply online and submit upload the necessary supporting documentation alongside the online application by the 31st January 2017 if you wish to be included in the scholarship competition.  Details of the application procedure and selection timetable can be found here


I am still a student and do not yet have a final degree certificate. Can I still apply?

An applicant who is completing the final year of his/her first degree can apply and will be considered for entry to the IMSISS programme but will not receive an unconditional offer of a place on the programme until we have received his/her final degree result. In such cases you may be made a conditional pending completion of your degree at the required grade.  This documentation must be submitted to the IMSISS Consortium via the University of Glasgow online application before a final unconditional offer can be made.  Similarly, applicants completing the final year of their first degree may be offered an IMSISS scholarship upon condition that they obtain the outstanding entry requirements.  Documentation must be provided as soon as possible and no later than the given deadline in July of the year of entry.


Can you give me information about providing references for the application?

Do I need to send you my original references?

No, clear scanned copies of your references on headed paper are acceptable and you can upload these yourself when you are making your application online or you can upload them through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application. If your referees prefer to send references directly to us then they can do so by email (see 'Can my referees email their reference?' below). If your referees would prefer to post references then this is also possible (though email is preferred) and you should ask them to post the reference letters, on headed paper, to the address below. Your referees should state your name, your Student ID and the course you are applying for on the reference letter.

Postal Address:

PGT Admissions, Recruitment and International Office

71 Southpark Avenue

University of Glasgow

Glasgow

G12 8QQ

Can you contact my referees yourself to ask for references?

No, that is not possible. It is your responsibility to request the references in the first instance and make sure they understand what we require from them. We will occasionally contact your referees to obtain further information on your performance.

Can my referees email their references?

Yes, your referees can email a scanned copy of their letter to us, provided it is on headed paper. We will also accept a reference by email provided the email is from your referee's professional email account and contains their full employee name and address. They should send it to the pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk.

Remember

Your references should be on official headed paper of either your undergraduate university or business of employer if you are providing a work reference. These should also be signed by the referee. You can then upload these to your online application through Applicant Self-Service (click on the ‘Upload Documents’ link at the bottom left-hand side of the screen, see http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/applicantselfservice/ for more information). 

Your references should include details of your academic/working performance. There is a referee report form which can give your referee a guide as to what to include in their reference. This report form is not required and is not sufficient as the reference alone, it must accompany a full written reference if used.


What do I do if I receive an offer?

You will receive an email from the Admissions Office at the University of Glasgow. Please retain this email communication as no hard copy offer letter will be sent. This message will contain your Student ID and Application Number. You must accept or decline the offer using Admissions Self-Service by clicking the link provided in the email message and logging into your application account. Please follow the instructions provided in the email.

If your offer is conditional you will be able to access your conditions and submit any required documents using Admissions Self-Service.

Please upload the required documentary evidence to your online application. Once we have confirmed your documentary evidence as meeting the conditions we will issue you with an unconditional offer. Please note that uploaded academic documents should be scanned copies of the original document and should normally be in colour.


Are there any scholarships or funding available for this programme?

YES. There are scholarships available for this programme. Please visit our website for full details. Other scholarships are also available and you should check our website for details and application deadlines.


Do I have to apply separately for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship competition?

YES. If you want to apply for a scholarship you need to complete a separate scholarship form and submit this with your programme application. Forms are available to download from our website.


When will I find out the results of the scholarship competition?

All eligible applicants (those who submitted their application by the scholarship deadline) are considered for scholarship.  

The Consortium will submit final nominations to the EACEA by 15th April 2017. We hope to let applicants know the result as soon as possible after this date. Formal notification will follow in mid-May when the Agency has approved the final list of awards. 


What happens once I have accepted my offer of a place on the IMSISS programme?

After you have accepted an unconditional offer, you will be eligible to enrol. Details regarding your access to enrolment will be available starting in early August. You will receive another email to tell you how to register online using the University's MyCampus website. That email will provide you with your personal login details and the website URL. Please ensure that your email address is kept up to date as all correspondence is sent via email.

If you are an international student you will receive a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) which is required for visa application purposes. A CAS is only issued once you have accepted an unconditional offer and you have uploaded a copy of the passport you are going to travel with. If you hold more than one offer, please think carefully before you accept your offer as CAS cannot be changed easily. Rules about how your personal information is recorded on CAS are very strict so please inform us quickly if any of your details have changed. Let us know if you have changed your name, your passport or if you notice any errors in the correspondence issued to you. Your personal and course details must match your documents exactly.

You can also apply for University accommodation. For further information, go to the Accommodation Services website.

You will also receive information regarding the teaching programme closer to the start of the session.


Can I apply for a second Erasmus Mundus scholarship if I already have had one?

No, individuals who have already benefited from an EMJMD scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another EMJMD.


Is there a maximum number of Erasmus Mundus Masters Programmes for which I can apply?

The maximum number of Masters programmes (sometimes referred to as courses) for which students can apply is three. This is meant to encourage students to focus their choice. To this purpose students are required to specify in their application whether they have applied to other courses. The Commission will verify if students have been selected on more than one course and notify the relevant Consortia of such cases.


Do I need health insurance?

The Consortium will pay the health insurance costs for all scholarship students. Self-funding students should arrange their own health insurance. Insurers such as Marsh or IPS-Lippman are recommended to obtain the minimum health and accident insurance coverage.

Additionally, IMSISS students will be covered by the University of Glasgow’s insurance scheme which will be valid in other partner countries for the duration of the 2-year programme. This gives emergency medical cover only but covers postgraduate students, accompanying spouses/partners and children for a maximum period of 12 months on any one trip. There is no excess. The insurance coverage is very comprehensive: death or severe permanent disablement (£150,000); medical & emergency repatriation expenses (unlimited coverage); personal belongings (£10,000); personal liability: limit of indemnity – any one event (£5 million); emergency replacement of passport, visa, travel documents etc (£1,500) etc.

IMSISS students are advised to obtain the European Health Insurance Card prior to arrival in Glasgow for the start of the programme. Both EU and non-EU students are entitled to apply for this. 

Non-EU students will have to supply a copy of their original visa showing that they are entitled to be in the UK for the period in question and in this way will have full EU medical care cover. EU national students can apply through their own EHIC equivalent so they are entitled to health care in the UK.  Again overseas nationals who might be studying at the partner universities can apply through the partner country which their visa is for. Basically students will be entitled to medical treatment that becomes necessary, at reduced cost or sometimes free, when temporarily visiting a European Union country. Only treatment provided under the state scheme is covered.


When is the start of the programme?

The Orientation Week for the IMSISS programme starts in Glasgow and is normally held in the first week in September.


What are the mobility options for students starting in September 2017?

From September 2017, the programme will run as follows: 4 months in Glasgow (UK), 8 months in Dublin (Ireland) with option to attend a summer school in Germany and 6 months in Prague (Czech Republic). All students will return to the institution of their primary supervisor for the final 6-month period, subject to participation in the Work-Based Placement Scheme and independent study fieldwork. 


What are the tuition fees?

Specific information on the programme fees can be found on our website


What is the cost of living for this programme?

Please note that the overall cost of living for this programme varies for each stage of the programme. You can find information about cost of living in each city below:

  • Glasgow
  • Dublin
  • Prague: For more information about housing, please refer to “Studying in Prague - Housing and Catering”. Charles University has a number of student cafeterias and restaurants at different University locations. Student prices are guaranteed with a Charles University ISIC card (approx. Kč 35/meal). The exact cost of your stay in Prague is largely up to you. The cost of living in the Czech Republic is on average comparable to that of other Central and East European countries. A single student is advised to have available approximately Kč 8.500 (around 330 euro) per month to cover food, basic transport and accommodation. 

What accommodation is available?

Students will need to identify their own accomodation while partiicpating in this programme. We will seek to support students with as much information as possible and have ensured that students have access to accommodation while in Glasgow and Prague, but you need to identify your own accommodation for Dublin. We provide some support to you for that. Accommodation and living costs are separate from the tuition fee.

Glasgow

We anticipate that most students will stay in student halls while at Glasgow University, but you are free to identify your own private or shared accomodation. Since students will not be in Glasgow for a full academic year (September-December), a shorter stay was negotiatied for IMSISS students with an external accommodation provider (Unite) for their Tramworks student residence.

The Unite Tramworks Residence offers en- suite rooms for £135 per week. You can find further information about the property at: http://www.unite-students.com/glasgow/tramworks

Dublin

All students will need to identify private accommodation / shared apartments while in Dublin. We will provide further information shortly.

Prague

We anticipate that most students will opt for a city shared apartment (private) while in Prague, although university accommodation (mostly shared rooms/dorms) is available if students prefer.

We will provide additional information on accommodation as it becomes available to us. 


Is there a copy of the programme guidebook?

As the programme has not officially launched we do not have a copy of the programme guide to share with you at this stage. A copy will be sent to all student registered to the programme in the Summer of 2017 prior to arriving in Glasgow.


What career options do I have with this programme?

Please note that this programme will only officially start in 2017. However, we have been running a similar double degree upon which IMSISS has been built since 2015. We do not yet have a graduated cohort. In terms of careers we expect graduates to follow a similar path / success as our graduates from our respective 1-year MSc Global Security (Glasgow), MA International Security and Conflict Studies (DCU) and MA in International Security Studies (Charles) programmes. Graduates tend to move into national/international government/civil service, NGOs, private security sector, media, armed forces, business related activities (i.e. risk analysis) or remain in education and do a PhD. 


Is there a Facebook site for the programme?

Yes – we have a dedicated Facebook page. We encourage you to like the page so you are kept up to date with new information. You can also use this to contact students on the existing double degree programme. 


How international is the student intake?

This is a particularly international programme with students coming from Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, North America, South America and Australiasia. You can be assured that your studies will be among a truly international student group. 


What final degree will I get?

Students who successful complete this programme of study will be awarded an International Master Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (from University of Glasgow, Dublin City University and Charles University) 


Can you tell me about the partner universities?

There are three main partner universities that contribute towards this double degree programme. You will be enrolled as a student at all three partner universities for the duration of the programme.  Other universities contribute to the programme in an associate context. Full details of each institution are available on our website.


Can I study a language?

Yes, as part of this degree you will be able to study a language. We offer a wide range of languages in your first semester, however, we recommend, Chinese, Russian, or Arabic. European languages, including French, German, Czech, Spanish, etc are also available. 


Can I do a work-based placement or undertake dissertation fieldwork?

Students on this programme will have the opportunity to apply for a work-based placement as part of their dissertation course. Not all students are guaranteed access to this work-based placement element and it is based on a 2 stage competitive application process: Stage 1: including a CV, cover letter and Stage 2: interview.

Students who do not undertake a work-based placement will return to the host university of their primary dissertation supervisor in either Glasgow, Dublin or Prague for the duration of the final mobility period, and undertake a traditional dissertation. Students can undertake fieldwork as part of their dissertation studies. All fieldwork has to be agreed with your supervisor and any associate/hosting partner. Please note that work-based placements are not paid. Students also need to cover any associated travel/living expenses during their time on placement. We advise that scholarship holders use their travel and subsistence grant to cover these expenses. 


Who can I do a work-based placement with?

A number of placements have been offered to students on the MSc International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (the pre-2017 version of IMSISS). 

Work-based placement partners for 2015-2017 included the United Nations (New York), VoXPOL Centre for Online Political Extremism and Violence (Dublin), and the Hungarian Institute for Foreign Affairs (Budapest).

Partners offering placements for 2016-2018 students include: Aegis: Security and Defence (London), Antall Jozsef Foundation (Budapest), Council for European Studies (New York OR Barcelona), Eastern European Studies Centre (Vilnius), International Centre for Defence and Security (Estonia), Institute for International Relations and political Science (Vilnius), Institute for Strategic Dialogue (London), United Nations (New York), Prague Security Studies Institute (Prague), Hungarian Institute for Foreign Affairs (Budapest).

Students can also identify their own placement partners but they need to introduce them to the programme director and Work-related opportunities officer no later than mid-November. 

We anticipate that we will have a similar list of placement partners for the 2017-2019 intake of students and hope to add new partners.