How to Apply

How to Apply

The International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) welcomes applications from students around the world. 

Applications to the programme and scholarship competition for the 2018-2020 cohort are NOW OPEN!

The University of Glasgow will manage applications to this programme. We ask that you apply online. The system allows you to fill out a standard application form online and submit this to Glasgow University within 42 days of starting your application. Applicants to the programme must submit all the necessary supporting documentation, including separate scholarship application form, with the online application.

You are advised to read the Guide To Applying Online (click the below tab) and the Scholarship Application Information before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the application process.

If you would like to be considered for a place on the programme as a self-funding student (subject to available spaces) you should indicate this on your application form. Please note that a £1000 deposit will be required to secure a self-funded place on the programme.

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 than online.

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.

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
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
  • A two-page personal statement highlighting:
    • How your academic career to-date makes this programme a suitable next step
    • Why you want to study this programme
    • How you think this programme will help you in your future career development

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Please note, in order to be considered for a scholarship for entry in September 2018, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by 26 January 2018. If your application status is 'holding for documents' then you will NOT be considered for a scholarship unless you submit the required documents by 26 January 2018.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, 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 is 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 through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Personal data will be sent to the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and may be used for the purposes of evaluating the programme, efficiently managing the project, and producing statistics. Data could be made available to the EACEA, the European Commission, the European External Action Service staff, as well as to other stakeholders of the Erasmus+ programme, such as Erasmus+ National Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association. 

The EACEA Privacy Statement document can be found here

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.

When searching for the programme in the online system please use the following search options:

  • Academic Careers – Postgraduate Taught
  • Admit Term – Academic year 2018/19
  • Mode of Study – Full time
  • Programme Description – Security

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. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your 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. 
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • 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: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Entry Requirements

You should have a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, such as, but not limited to politics, international relations, history, area and cultural studies, law, sociology, criminology, human geography, computing science, language sciences, global studies, psychology, media studies and journalism, modern languages or business. Other disciplines not listed here will be considered on an individual basis.  Applicants with a relevant work experience background in the fields of policing, security, intelligence and risk analysis will also be considered. You can check your country- specific requirements on our country information pages. 

If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss.

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

Academic Background:

The programme is opened to students from various backgrounds. 

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 (see below)

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 overall; 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 (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60 overall; 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:

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 Admissions Team: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


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 headed paper
  • 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

In addition to the above, the following are required by the IMSISS partners. These should also be uploaded to your online application.

Please note, in order to be considered for a scholarship, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by 26 January 2018. If your application status is 'Holding for Documents' then you will NOT be considered for a scholarship unless you submit the required documents by 26 January 2018. 

Please read the instructions on the Postgraduate Taught website and the Online Application Guide

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 IMSISS 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 the IMSISS via the University of Glasgow before you can enrol on the IMSISS programme.


Programme Application Deadlines

The main programme application deadline is the 26th January 2018 and coincides with the scholarship deadline. If there are still self-funded places available, applications may re-open in May 2018.

Classes start in September 2018 and you will be expected to attend induction sessions from the week before.


Visa Information

If you are an international student (outside the European Union/EEA) you will be required to apply for either a Tier 4 student visa or a Short-term study visa.  You will require a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the University of Glasgow in order that you can make a Tier 4 visa application. We will issue CAS to all international students who have received and accepted an unconditional offer, normally from three months prior to the start of the programme and you usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. If you want to apply for a Short-term study visa we will issue a letter of support. If you opt for a Tier 4 visa, please note that if you decide not to return to Glasgow for Mobility period 4, sponsorship of your Tier 4 visa will be withdrawn (at the point it is known that you will not return).

You can check visa processing times for your country here.

If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa then you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) before you can make a visa application.

If you intend to travel to the UK via Dublin you will not pass through any UK immigration point and will therefore not be able to obtain Leave to Enter as a Student Visitor on arrival.  Therefore, you must apply for Entry Clearance before leaving your own country even if your course is for less than 6 months.

Student Responsibilities Under Tier 4 Visas

If the University of Glasgow has issued you with a Confirmation of Studies (CAS) to obtain your student visa for the UK, the University must comply with UK Border Agency (UKBA) regulations regarding attendance monitoring and absence reporting as well as checking that you have the necessary documentation and permission allowing you to undertake study in the UK. You will therefore have to register at the appointed time; provide appropriate documents, e.g. passport, UK biometric ID card; ensure that you attend your course and if you can’t, make sure that your School knows why you are not attending; apply for visa extensions in good time and pass details of any visa extensions to the University’s Points Based Compliance Officer in Registry; notify changes of address to the University, UKBA and the Immigration & Nationality Police if you have a Police Registration Certificate. For full details of these responsibilities please refer to the important information on the Registry Tier 4 pages.

Please also see the UKCISA Protecting your Tier 4 status information. 

If you need any advice on any of these matters please check our International Student Support information or contact the International Student Support Team.

Student visas/residence permits for future mobilities

During the IMSISS programme you will be given detailed guidance and assistance in applying for your student visa/residence permit for future mobilities.

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that visas are obtained in time to start the relevant mobility period of the programme.


Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Application Deadline

26th January 2018