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Security, Intelligence & 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.

  • IntM: 24 months full-time

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 fourth 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, Russian, German, French OR Spanish.

Dublin City University (January - May)

You will take one core and two optional courses.

  • Intelligence & security analysis: theory & practice (core)
  • Conflict, security and peacebuilding
  • Criminology       
  • Environmental change and world politics
  • European and international human rights law
  • India: The Politics of an emerging power
  • International security: Critical approaches
  • Political terrorism
  • Politics and development in Africa
  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Politics of the United Nations
  • Russia and the former Soviet space.

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
  • Insurgency and counterinsurgency
  • War studies.

Concentration B - Regional Security

  • Regional security (core)
  • African security
  • Asian security
  • Grand strategies
  • Middle East security
  • Russian and Post-Soviet 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
  • Radicalisation and de-radicalisation
  • 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: Student contract.

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. 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20

IntM

Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £7,000 per annum or €7,800 per annum

International

  • Full-time fee: £14,050 per annum or €15,650 per annum

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fee in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.

Deposits

The University requires a deposit of £1000 to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme.

For applicants starting in 2018 please refer to the 2018-19 fees table.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master) scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies. 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). 

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Alumni Discount

The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

More Information

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

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in 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 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.

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

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:

How to apply

Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.

Applications for this programme and Erasmus Mundus scholarships will close on Friday 25 January 2019.

Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis. Unsuccessful scholarship applicants who are able to self-fund their study will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit by Wednesday 17 April 2019 to confirm their place on the programme.

Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 25 January 2019, complete with all required documents.

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