How to apply


The International Master in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMCEERES) programme welcomes applications from students around the world. You can apply as a self-funded student or you can apply for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Please note the deadline for scholarship applications is 28 January 2022.

Applicants must apply online and submit the necessary supporting documentation with the online application. 

Please read the infromation below and the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Information very carefully before starting your application.


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Guide to Applying Online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?
Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?
No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test certificate.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?
As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper. Academic references are preferred.  References should be dated within the last 12 months.
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English). Please see below for accepted English-language proficiency tests.
  • CV
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • Scholarship Application Form

Please note, in order to be considered for a scholarship for entry in September 2022, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by 22 January 2022, the exception being the English language certificate, this can be uploaded after the outcome of the schoalrship competition and will not impact your eligibility for consideration for a schoalrship. 

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?
Yes, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?
You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There are two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to  If your referees are submitting via email then you should include a document in the reference section stating the name and email address of your referee. We will then cross reference this with the emailed references and upload the reference to your application.

Can I email my supporting documents?
No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

You are also reminded to ensure the following:

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address/Email. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this email address including the offer letter(s). If your email address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application. See above for details on selecting the course.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application, or instances where referees are submitting the reference to then you must include a document with the referee name and email address with your application so that this can be cross referenced. All references must be received by the 28 January 2022 for a scholarship application to be valid. 


Entry Requirements

You should have a 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject. Applicants from other subject backgrounds will be considered.
You can check your country-specific requirements on our country information pages.

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
  • 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 EnglishISEII 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.

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 University of Glasgow - Study - Enquire


Required Documents

The following documents are required:

  • Degree Certificate (and an official translation)
    NB: Students who have not yet completed their degree can also apply.  Please provide academic transcripts to date.  Offers of a place on the programme will be conditional pending receipt of the final degree result.  Applications will be considered for scholarship but any offer of a scholarship will also be conditional until the final degree result is confirmed. See ‘Note on conditional offers’ below.
  • Official academic transcript(s), translated in to English (official translation) and showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Two supporting reference letters on official headed paper. These should typically be academic references but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead.  References should be dated within the last 12 months, written on official letter headed paper and include the referees signature or official stamp.  Unofficial references will not be accepted.  If your referee prefers their reference to remain confidential, they can email the reference to  provided the email is from your referee’s professional email account and contains their full employee name and address.  We will not accept references sent from personal email addresses or via a third-party.
  • English Language Proficiency (if your first language is not English)
    NB.  In cases where it is not possible to provide proof of language qualification at this stage, applications will still be accepted but any offer of a place on the programme or of a scholarship will be conditional until the test result is received & verified by Admissions.  See ‘Note on conditional offers’ below.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • CV – we highly recommend that you use the Europass CV format
  • Scholarship application form

Please note, in order to be considered for a scholarship, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by 28 January 2022. If your application status is ‘Holding for Documents’ then you will NOT be considered for a scholarship unless you submit the required documents by 28 January 2022. The only exception to this is English language proficiency certificates, and final degree certificates and transcripts where an applicant is still currently studying.

Note: Conditional offers
An applicant who is completing the final year of his/her first degree or who has yet to provide the required evidence of proficiency in English will be considered for entry to the CEERES programme but will not receive an unconditional offer of a place on the programme until we have received his/her final degree and/or English language test results. In such cases you may be made a conditional offer on finishing your degree at the required grade and/or obtaining the required English language test results. This documentation must be submitted to CEERES via the University of Glasgow before you can enrol on the CEERES programme.

Programme and Application Deadlines


The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship deadline for applicants joining the programme in September 2022 is Friday 28 January 2022.

We will accept applications from students who are able to self-fund until 1st May 2022.