Postgraduate taught 

Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master) IntM

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This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree brings together European and international partners to provide an integrated study programme engaging with theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to security, intelligence and strategy. You will study across Europe and can consider undertaking a work-based learning placement with a practitioner organisation on a competitive basis.

Key information

Why this programme

  • The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this joint masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include Charles University Prague (Czech Republic) and Dublin City University (Ireland).
  • Specialist master classes and webinars (online seminars) will be provided by practitioners and visiting academics.
  • The programme will address a wide range of challenging intellectual questions, as well as the policy and ethical dilemmas that arise when state and non-state actors seek to resolve threats ranging from traditional interstate conflict to diverse contemporary issues such as terrorism, organised crime, and insecurity and vulnerability associated with technological and cyberspace advancements.
  • You will also gain experience of the methods and products (linked to intelligence gathering and analysis, diplomacy and strategic communications) used by states, as well as the international political and economic/business communities to advance their security.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the three programme universities for 1 academic semester each. During year 1 you will undertake a series of core courses reflecting the main themes of the programme and research methods training.

In year 2 you will choose a specialist concentration containing a range of optional courses. Also included is a 4th flexible mobility period, during which independent study (dissertation) and a possible optional work-based learning placement with a relevant non-academic practitioner partner are undertaken.

The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

Year 1

University of Glasgow (September - December)

  • European and international security strategies
  • International security & strategic thought
  • Intelligence analysis & policy making
  • Language option: Arabic, Chinese, Russia, German, French OR Spanish.

Dublin City University (January - May)

  • International security
  • Intelligence & security analysis: theory & practice
  • Political terrorism OR Peace-keeping & peace-making interventions.

Various locations (June - August; optional)

  • Research period to work on dissertation and engage with placement partner
  • Summer School (provided by OTH Regensburg), includes training on situational awareness, presentation and communication, analytics and intercultural awareness

Year 2 

Charles University Prague (September - February)

You must choose one specialist themed concentration and complete a minimum of four courses (including the core). You may choice a fifth course from any of the options offered to make up the required number of credits. (Additional courses may be added to concentrations and all courses are subject to availability)

Concentration A - Strategic Studies

  • Strategic studies (core)
  • Arms control & disarmament
  • Economic Warfare
  • War studies.

Concentration B - Regional Security

  • Regional security (core)
  • African security
  • Asian security
  • Grand strategies
  • Middle East security.

Concentration C - Security & Technology

  • Security and technology (core)
  • Cyber security
  • Intelligence
  • Space security
  • Technology and warfare.

Concentration D - Conflict Studies

  • Conflict studies (core)
  • Ethics and violence
  • Human security
  • Peacekeeping and peacebuilding
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism.

Independent study portfolio (March - August)

During this flexible mobility period you will return to the university location of your primary supervisor. This will be your official academic home for this period. During this period all students have to complete their independent study portfolio which includes a dissertation. Depending on your research topic you may be able to spend some time during this mobility period in a fourth location at one of our associate partners. Some students will also have the opportunity to undertake a 6-8 week work-based placement linked to their dissertation topic. These are offered by our associate non-academic partners and are available on a competitive basis.

A range of formative and extra-curricular features are embedded within this programme. These include

  • Language learning opportunities (e.g. German, Czech, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic),
  • Study Tour opportunities (e.g. Brussels/Paris/London, Washington) to visit key institutions and organisations working in the security sector such as NATO, European External Action Service.
  • Policy development exercises, situational workshops and crisis management training events
  • A project based Summer School
  • Opportunities to attend security focused conferences 
  • Specialist guest lectures and seminars
  • Membership of the University of Glasgow's Global Security Network and the opportunity to work closely with staff from Charles University’s Deutsch Security Square. 

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme are prepared to pursue careers in security-related posts in government offices and public administration, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, transnational business corporations and private security and risk analysis companies. Some might also like to pursue a doctorate and an academic career. 

Entry requirements

You should have a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent (e.g. 3.0 GPA) in politics, international relations, history, area studies, law, sociology, human geography, computing science, language sciences, modern languages or business with emphasis on risk assessment. 

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18

IntM

Home and EU
Full time fee €6,750 per annum
International
Full time fee €15,000 per annum

 

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Funding opportunities

University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award

In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000

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University International Leadership Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has  20  International Leadership Scholarships available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in September 2017. The scholarships is awarded as a tuition fees discount of £10,000.

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Applications for this programme and Erasmus Mundus scholarships are currently closed and may re-open in March 2017. Applications for Erasmus Mundus scholarships have closed for the September 2017 intake. Please check the programme page and Consortium website for further information and updates.

 This programme was formerly known as International Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies [MSc].