Postgraduate taught 

South European Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master) IntM

Mediterranean landscape

Southern Europe is a region that finds itself at the cutting edge of key global challenges. South European Studies offers the stimulating experience of studying and training in three different European countries in the region and the opportunity to acquire advanced language, research and professional skills.

  • IntM: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme is unique in examining Southern Europe as a distinct region with its own identity and global role. Themes include democracy and protest, migration, social and economic change, nationalism, European integration and the new trade and security challenges that are reshaping the region.
  • Multiple mobility periods allow for a truly international learning experience. Immersion into South European society and culture, experience of diverse educational systems, and needs-based language training in all major South European languages offer in depth knowledge of the region.
  • Research and professional tracks are available for maximum choice in curriculum building. The research track leads to a dissertation while the professional track leads to a substantial work placement and a professional project. 
  • EMJMD consortium partners include University of Glasgow, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Aix-Marseille Université, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, LUISS Guido Carli Rome and Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • An innovative Winter school offering dissertation training will be held annually in the month of January at ICS, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Guest lectures and seminars are offered by scholars and policy practitioners who are leading experts in their field.

Programme structure

The programme is taught over 24 months and includes three mobility periods. In semester 1 you gain an overview of the subject in Glasgow, followed by a choice of mobility partner in semester 2 (Athens or Madrid). Here you will follow a geographical pathway that situates the region in its broader neighbourhood context. Semester 2 also includes an online research and training course. A Winter school featuring dissertation/project workshops and seminars on advanced research techniques will be held on the first week of February in Lisbon.

In semester 3 you will have the choice of four thematic pathways along the research track in Athens, Madrid, Aix-Marseille or Rome. Alternatively, you may follow a professional track that includes a lengthy work placement available in Madrid or Aix-Marseille. You will spend semester 4 with the same semester 3 mobility partner researching and writing your dissertation or professional project under the guidance of a supervisory team of South European Studies staff. If on the professional track you will also undertake a substantial work placement in semester 4. Please note semesters 3 and 4 cannot be spent with the same partner as semester 2.

The language of instruction is English except in Aix-Marseille where the language of instruction is French (If you decide to select this pathway, you would need French proficiency to minimum B2). In Madrid, some optional courses will be offered in Spanish. Students will write their dissertation or professional project in English only in Athens and Rome however, will be offered the option of writing it in French in Aix-Marseille or Spanish (in Madrid), if they so wish. Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major South European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.

Detailed Programme Content
2 years duration: 120 ECTS

Course credits are listed as ECTS, however on MyCampus student record they will be listed as SCQF credits. 10 SCQF = 5 ECTS.

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow – Overview (30 ECTS)

These courses are compulsory:

  • Politics and society in Southern Europe  (10 ECTS)
  • Research design  (10 ECTS)
  • Southern Europe in international affairs  (10 ECTS)

Year 1 – semester 2

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece and the Balkans

Semester 2 – UAM or NKUA (Geographical Pathway) (30 ECTS)

Students choose three courses from the following:

  • Contemporary Turkey: domestic and foreign policy (10 ECTS)
  • Economic transition pathways in Southeastern Europe: disruptions, challenges, prospects (10 ECTS)
  • International law and peaceful settlement of disputes in Southeast Europe (10 ECTS)
  • Security and stability in Southeastern Europe (10 ECTS)
  • Migration and asylum governance in Southeastern Europe (10 ECTS)
  • Nationalism in South Eastern Europe (10 ECTS)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Spain and the Arab world

Students choose five courses (30 ECTS) from the following with two conditions:

  1. Research Seminar is compulsory for all;
  2. A maximum of 2 courses of those marked with an asterisk(*)
  • Research Seminar (6 ECTS) - COMPULSORY
  • Contemporary Political Theory (6 ECTS)
  • Public Administration and Management (6 ECTS)
  • Public Policy Analysis (6 ECTS)
  • Elections and Electoral Behaviour (6 ECTS)
  • Quantitative techniques for research in Political Science (6 ECTS)
  • Democratization and Political Reform in Turkey and Iran* (taught in Spanish) (6 ECTS)
  • Political Islam in the Magreb and Mashreq* (taught in Spanish) (6 ECTS)
  • Democratic transition Processes in the Arab World* (taught in Spanish) (6 ECTS)

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences (delivered online by ICS)

Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa - Winter School

  • Dissertation workshops 
  • Keynote lecture
  • Seminars on practical application of selected advanced research methods and techniques

Year 2 – semester 3

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Crisis and change

Semester 3 – NKUA, AMU or LUISS (30 ECTS) UAM (24 ECTS) (Thematic Pathways)

Students choose three courses from the following:

  • Attempting transformation: European Union enlargement to Southeast Europe (10 ECTS)
  • Economic transition pathways in Southeastern Europe: disruptions, challenges and prospects (10 ECTS)
  • Greece: political economy, crisis and change (10 ECTS)
  • Interconnected histories: The Balkans and the Black Sea from the 18th to the 20th century (10 ECTS)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Nationalism

All students choose 4 of the following courses (24 ECTS):

  • European Union (6 ECTS)
  • History of Political thought (6 ECTS)
  • Methods for the study of public administration and policies (6 ECTS)
  • Representation and political participation (6 ECTS)
  • Theories of nationalism (6 ECTS)

Aix-Marseille Université – Borders

All courses are taught in French

Students will take all the following courses:

Research Track

  • Borders, territory and conflict in Euro-Mediterranean space (3 ECTS)
  • Euro-Mediterranean immigration policies (3 ECTS)
  • Nationalism, religion and identity in South Eastern Europe (3 ECTS)
  • Political transitions in Southern Europe (3 ECTS)
  • Research Methodology in the social sciences (6 ECTS)
  • Writings and representations of the Mediterranean Sea (3 ECTS)

One course to be chosen from the following in the professional pathway (3 ECTS) Core (French):

  • Heritage, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean Language, either English or French (3 ECTS) Core
  • Policies, governance and institutional actors in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean economy

Second language, to be selected from among: Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese or other available South European/regional languages (3 ECTS) Core

Professional Track

  • Heritage, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean (3 ECTS) Core
  • Language, either English or French (3 ECTS) Core
    Second language, to be selected from among: Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese (3 ECTS) Core
  • Mediterranean economies (3 ECTS) Core
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the internship (3 ECTS) Core
    This course is designed to prepare students for their internship and their professional integration, in particular by helping them to define their professional project.
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the internship (3 ECTS) Core
    This course is designed to prepare students for their internship and their professional integration, in particular by helping them to define their professional project.
  • Policies, governance and institutional actors in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean (3 ECTS) Core
  • Professional seminars (10 invited professionals) (6 ECTS) Core
    The seminars are organized by professionals specializing in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Their mission is to provide a focus on specific and technical aspects of the Euro-Mediterranean policy.
  • Project management (6 ECTS) Core
    Project management consists in acquiring the techniques and know-how implemented in the context of the calls for proposals, particularly those of the EU on the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation policy.

LUISS Guido Carli Democratisation

Students will take all the following courses:

  • Business and economics in the Mediterranean area (3 ECTS) Core
  • European macroeconomics (7 ECTS) Core
  • European politics after 1945 (7 ECTS) Core
  • History of South European enlargements (3 ECTS) Core
  • Reforming European institutions and democracy (7 ECTS) Core

Year 2 – semester 4

Aix-Marseille Université

Semester 4 – UAM (36 ECTS), NKUA, AMU, LUISS (30 ECTS) (Dissertation or Project)

Research Track

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (24 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    Students will write an original research thesis related to the contents of the MA on a subject discussed with and approved by the main research supervisor at AMU.
  • Oral defense (6 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    The students will have to make an oral presentation of their research thesis at the end of the second semester.

Professional track 

  • Internship report (3 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    The students will write a short report about the activities developed during their internship.
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the internship (3 ECTS) Core (French)
    This course is designed to prepare students for their internship and their professional integration, by helping them to define.
  • Oral defense (9 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    The students will make an oral presentation of their project at the end of the second semester.
  • Project (Assigned Tutor) (15 ECTS) Core (French or English)
    Students will write a professional thesis related to the contents of the MA on a subject discussed with and approved by the main supervisor at AMU, in general in relation with the internship of the second semester. We ask the students, in addition to the general understanding and analysis of a subject, to be able to propose concrete solutions to a defined problem or situation, to formulate proposals useful in a professional framework.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

All students take 3 core courses plus one optional course - (36 ECTS)

  • Research seminar (6 ECTS) Core
    The main aim of this course is to expose students to the process of doing research, presenting it in public and discussing it in a constructive way. The programme varies every year.

Research Track

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (18 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    Students will develop their own research related to the contents of the MA under the supervision of a tutor. In their dissertation they will reflect what they have learnt during their courses on research design, the research seminar, as well as the different approaches and literature related to the specific topic. Office hours are an important part of the supervision of this paper. Students will have to meet with their tutor during this period in order to report and receive advice on their work. Most of the time will be dedicated to reading and writing. The kind of teaching and learning applied in this course is suited to those students that aim at doing academic research.
  • Master thesis (Assigned Tutor) (6 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    Students will have to prepare and make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Professional Track

  • Internship (Assigned Tutor) (18 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    The specific activities will depend on each institution. Usually, they are specified in the bilateral agreements. They will be related to the contents of the MA and will allow an application of the contents and abilities learned during the first and second semester. The activities will be developed over the course of two months during the normal working schedule of the workers of the institution, with a limit of 40 hours per week.
  • Master thesis (Assigned Tutor) (6 ECTS) Core (English or Spanish)
    The students will have to write a report about the activities developed during their internship, related to the contents of the MA. They will have to make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Electives (choose one):

  • Contemporary Political Theory (6 ECTS)
  • Elections and Electoral Behaviour (6 ECTS)
  • Public Administration and Management (6 ECTS)
  • Public Policy Analysis (6 ECTS)
  • Quantitative techniques for research in Political Science (6 ECTS)

LUISS Guido Carli

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (30 ECTS) Core (English or Italian)
    Students will have to write a research paper related to the contents of the MA. They will have to make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

Extra courses
Should they be interested, students will have the opportunity to attend courses (taught in English or in Italian) offered by the Masters of the School of Government. These courses are not a substitute for the core courses in semester 3 and will not provide extra credits.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

  • Dissertation (Assigned Tutor) (30 ECTS) Core
    Students will have to write a research paper related to the contents of the MA. They will have to make an oral presentation of their paper in front of an Evaluation Committee.

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

Career prospects include the civil service, diplomacy, regional organisations such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Union, international organisations such as NATO and the United Nations, journalism, public opinion and market research, non-governmental organisations and charities, teaching, academic research, business, tourism and international trade.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22

IntM

UK/EU: £6833 per annum or €7637 per annum

International: £13833 per annum or €15461 per annum

The fees charged to students reflect the fee and funding regime established by the European Commission in respect of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programmes.  This means that, for this programme, fees paid by EU students are the same as those paid by UK students.

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees 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 £500 to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme.

Deposits terms & conditions

The University requires a deposit to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme and who require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University in order that they can apply for a student visa. This is required where the programme is competitive and the deposit is required in order to demonstrate your commitment to attend the programme should you meet all the conditions of your offer.

If you are made an offer for this programme the University will write to you and request a deposit with information on how to pay your deposit and the deadline for making the deposit payment. Please note that if you are unable to pay a deposit because you are planning to fund your studies through an official financial sponsor then you should upload a copy of your scholarship application or award letter to your application by the deadline date.

The following guidelines will apply in determining whether or not a deposit will be refunded. Where the deposit is refunded, a 10% handling fee will be deducted.

Deposits WILL be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:

  1. Where the University is unable to offer you a place.
  2. Where the applicant has personal circumstances such as illness, bereavement or other family situations that has prevented them coming to the UK. Medical or other proof may be requested.
  3. Applicant can prove that they have applied for a visa to attend the University of Glasgow, but the VISA has been refused. The applicant must have shown ‘real intent' to study at the University of Glasgow but has been unable to obtain their visa.
  4. Applicant does not meet his / her conditions of offer: this may be academic or language test requirements. Satisfactory evidence must be uploaded to the student’s online application to prove that they have not met the conditions of their offer (note that applicants who do not meet the language condition of their offer must show reasonable attempt to meet this, i.e. they must provide a language test which was taken after the date that the deposit was paid).

Deposits WILL NOT be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:

  1. Applicant decides to go to another institution.
  2. Applicant cannot be released from work to study at the University of Glasgow.
  3. Applicant does not send completed documentation as requested in the condition of the offer: this may be required in order to prove that the offer has not been met for academic or language test conditions - failure to respond to requests for this information will result in no refund.
  4. Applicant has not secured funding to attend the University of Glasgow: this may be as a result of not being successful in applications for scholarships, OR simply not having sufficient funds in bank at time of visa application. This condition will apply unless it can be proven that there are clear mitigating circumstances which have significantly changed the applicant’s position since the time of application.
  5. Applicant has requested a deferral – in this situation, if a deferral is granted, the University will retain the deposit and credit it against the applicant’s account for securing their place for the following year of entry. Please note that some highly competitive programmes do not allow applicants to defer. 

Refund requests must be made within 60 days of the programme start date stated on your offer letter: requests made after this date will be subject to discretion.


Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Funding opportunities

South European Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master) scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in South European Studies. The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. Other degree awarding partners include Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Aix-Marseille Université (France), National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), LUISS Guido Carli Rome (Italy).

Banco de Mexico

The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.

Colfuturo Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia

The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement

CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. 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. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.

CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)

The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

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 any subject. An interest in politics, international affairs, geography, history, classics, law, languages, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, cultural and media studies would be beneficial.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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 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.

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 using our enquiry form


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

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

Application deadlines

For self-funded students, the application deadlines are: 

  • International applications (non-EU): 10 August 2021
  • UK & EU applications: 31 August 2021

Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis.

Deposits

Applicants who are self-funding their study and applied after 1 June will be required to pay a £500 deposit by 7 September 2021 to confirm their place on the programme. 

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