International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS), Europe

The International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) is a 24 month Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) awarded by a consortium of three European universities – University of Glasgow (UK); Dublin City University (Ireland); and Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic).

Students on this degree programme will examine a broad range of contemporary security challenges, such as terrorism, civil war and conflict, mass migration, energy supply security, cyber security and new technologies, and transnational and serious organised crime. Students will also explore the intelligence and strategic approaches used by governmental and non-governmental actors to combat these threats.

IMSISS Erasmus Mundus scholarships can be offered to students from any region of the world; however, no more than three with the same nationality will be awarded in the same intake under the same category. The scholarship’s terms depend on the student’s nationality and residence.

The IMSISS Erasmus Mundus scholarship includes:

  • a contribution to the student participation costs (tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory participation costs)
  • a contribution to student travel and installation costs
  • a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the study programme

If you apply for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarship, you should specify your student category (depending on your nationality and residency status during the previous 5 years):

  • Programme Country (Programme Country nationals and applicants who have lived in a Programme country for more than 12 months over the last 5 years)
  • Partner Country (all other applicants)

For full details please check the Definition of Erasmus Programme and Partner Countries document. You should also carefully read the Nationality, Residency and 12 Month Rule tab to confirm your category.

All applicants planning to apply for a scholarship must submit a Scholarship Application Form with their online programme application.

IMSISS 2019 Scholarship Form?

In the event that your scholarship application is not successful you can still be considered for a place on the programme as a self-funding student (subject to available spaces). If you would like to be considered for this please indicate this on your application form.

We encourage all applicants to submit as early as possible and no later than 25th January 2019, when applications will close.

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 academic backgrounds and we encourage those who have been in employment for some time to consider applying.

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:

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