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


Program Description

The International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) is a 24 month Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) developed by a consortium of four European universities – University of Glasgow (UK, leader), Dublin City University (Ireland, degree awarding partner), Charles University (degree awarding partner) and OTH Regensburg (Germany). It is a unique interdisciplinary programme offering students a cutting edge training in several relevant security areas. On the part of the Charles University, the programme is administered by the Department of Security Studies of the Institute of Political Studies at our Faculty.

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.

The degree adopts a unique approach to the study of security by combining theoretical, applied and empirical knowledge and skill sets. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work alongside a range of academics and researchers from international partner universities and think tanks from around the world, as well as practitioner experts from governmental and industry security defence sectors.

Why Study IMSISS

International security presents complex, challenging realities for a wide range of actors from nation-states and international organisations, to multi-national corporations. Globalisation and increased interdependency have radically changed the way we understand security in relation to the state, society, the economy and even the biosphere.

There is a growing demand for greater attention and coordinated responses from the international community, including not only individual countries but also international organisations such as the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and security alliances such as NATO. To support these organisations there is a need for knowledgeable, well-informed experts with the skills to not only react to crises but to identify and anticipate the threats and challenges that create crises. These experts can and should come from civilian (e.g. academia, governmental, non-governmental and private sectors) as well as military backgrounds.

Bridging these ‘expert’ security communities and ensuring opportunities for dedicated training and shared knowledge, experiences and best practice is the purpose of this IMSISS degree programme.

Teaching and Assessment Delivery

The programme uses small group seminars, tutorials and lectures, with a variety of assessment methods including written assignments (essays, policy briefs, literature reviews), individual and group presentations and projects, dissertation and oral examination.

Work Placements, Internships & Traineeships

Collaborative Work Placement Scheme

All IMSISS students have the opportunity to apply for a work-placement via the programme’s Collaborative Work Placement Scheme. The scheme provides 20-25 six-week work placements linked to a student’s independent study. Students apply on a competitive basis and if successful are matched with a placement partner. We do not guarantee that all applicants will be successfully placed and students are welcome to identify their own placement or internship opportunities.

In recent years, students on our Collaborative Work Placement Scheme have partnered with a wide range of organisations across Europe and globally.

Other Placement, Internship & Traineeship Opportunities

Masters students recognise the importance of making connections outside the classroom. Work Placements, Internships and Traineeships provide students with the opportunity to expand their skills, network with professionals and make an impact in their field.

The University of Glasgow Careers Service hosts an internship hub which provides a list of UK-based opportunities.

Consortium partners actively seek internships for our students. Any opportunities which become available are passed on to students and will be notified to IMSISS students via the programme Moodle site.


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

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means.

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. Please check your country-specific requirements.

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:

  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
  • BALEAP guide to accredited courses

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 into English (official translation) and showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper. These should typically be academic references but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead.
  • 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
  • CV – we highly recommend that you use the Europass CV format
  • Scholarship application form (which includes a personal statement) OR
  • Separate personal statement (for self-funding applicants only)

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.

Tuition Fee

Tuition Fees are set annually in Euro (€) and are maintained for each student cohort.

Fees are converted to £GBP using the Erasmus Mundus approved currency converter on 1st September.

Scholarship students will receive a fee waiver to cover the difference between the Erasmus scholarship contribution to participation costs and the actual tuition fees.

The participation costs for both non-European and European scholarship students cover all tuition fees and health insurance; they do not include accommodation as well as other living expenses and travel.

Please note that a £1000 deposit will be required to secure a self-funded place on the programme. This will not be required for applicants successful in receiving an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

EU/UK full-time students €7,800 per annum / £7,000 per annum
International full-time students €15,650 per annum / £14,050 per annum
Last updated Jul 2020

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