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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 summer school offering dissertation training will be held annually over 10 days in July in 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 summer school featuring dissertation/project workshops and meetings with the supervisory teams will be held at the end of semester 2 in Lisbon.

In semester 3 you will have the choice of four thematic pathways along the research track in Athens, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence or Rome. Alternatively, you may follow a professional track that includes a lengthy work placement available in Madrid or Aix-en-Provence. 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 made up of members of staff from each of your chosen mobility partners. 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.

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.

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow – Overview

  • Research design
  • Politics and society in Southern Europe
  • Southern Europe in international affairs.

Year 1 – semester 2

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece and the Balkans

  • Contemporary Turkey: Domestic and foreign policy
  • International law and peaceful settlement of disputes in Southeast Europe
  • Nationalism in South Eastern Europe. 

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Spain and the Arab world

  • Elections and electoral behaviour
  • Management and public administration
  • Political Islam in the Magreb and Mashreq 
  • Processes of democratic transition in the Arab World
  • Research seminar.

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

Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa – Dissertation workshops (summer school)

Year 2 – semester 3

Research track

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Crisis and change

  • European Union enlargement to Southeast Europe
  • Greek politics: Political economy, crisis and change
  • Interconnected histories: The Balkans and the Black Sea from the 18th to the 20th century.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Nationalism

  • Public policy analysis
  • Representation and political participation
  • Seminar in comparative politics
  • Theories of nationalism.

Aix-Marseille Université – Borders

  • Borders, territory and conflict in Euro-Mediterranean space
  • Euro-Mediterranean immigration policies
  • Nationalism, religion and identity in the Balkans
  • Patrimony, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean
  • Political transitions in Southern Europe
  • Writings and representations of the Mediterranean Sea

LUISS Guido Carli Democratisation

  • Business and economics in the Mediterranean area
  • European institutions
  • European macroeconomics
  • European politics in the 20th century
  • History of South European enlargements
  • Security and migration in the Mediterranean.

Professional track

Aix-Marseille Université

  • Mediterranean economies
  • Methodologies for the professional project and the traineeship
  • Patrimony, culture and sustainable development in the Mediterranean
  • Politics, governance and institutional actors in the Euro-Mediterranean framework
  • Professional seminars
  • Project and team management.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

  • same as research track

Year 2 – semester 4

Research track

Athens/Madrid/Aix-en-Provence/Rome – Dissertation

Professional track

Aix-Marseille Université

  • Internship report
  • Methodology for the applied research project
  • Professional project.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

  • Contemporary political theory
  • Internship/Project
  • Research seminar.

*Additonal courses available in English and Spanish.

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 and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20


Home: £5,975 per annum or €6,650 per annum

International: £12,650 per annum or €14,100 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.


The University requires a deposit of £500 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

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).

More Information

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 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

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.

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 Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

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.

Scholarship applications close on Friday 8 February 2019. Thereafter programme applications will remain open for self-funded students until the deadlines below.

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2019
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 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 £500 deposit by Monday 6 May 2019 to confirm their place on the programme.

Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 8 February 2019, complete with all required documents.

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