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

Applications for entry to the IMSISS programme in September 2024 open on Sunday 1st October.

The application deadlines are as follows:

International/EU applications: 26th July 2024

Home (UK) applications: 16th August 2024

APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2024

Applicants will be recruited to the IMSISS programme generally and asked to indicate their Study Track preference in their application form, which is linked below. The University of Glasgow Admissions team will assess applications for the programme generally, using the base entry requirements for Study Track A (Dublin) and make offers. Applicants should note that Study Track preference is not guaranteed, and those who wish to be considered for Study Track B (Trento) must provide proof of meeting the additional language requirements outlined on the entry requirements section.

Applicants should indicate their pathway preference on the application form by clicking below.

To confirm, this form should be completed by all applicants to the IMSISS programme.

Please complete this form and upload as a PDF document to your International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) application (standard University of Glasgow Application for Graduate Studies) under the “Scholarship Form” document section, along with all other supporting documentation. Note that this is not a scholarship application, and the deadline for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for 2023 entry has now passed. To confirm, there are no Erasmus Mundus scholarships available for the 2024-2026 cohort.  Due to technical reasons however, it has not been possible to change the name of this field in the application portal.

Application FormClick Here To Apply Through The University's Application Portal

Applicants applying to the programme will be given a 28-day rolling deposit deadline from the date of their offer. The process of confirming applicants’ Study Tracks will be repeated at set points throughout the recruitment cycle.

The University of Glasgow will manage applications to this programme. We ask that you apply online and ensure that all documents are uploaded and submitted by the application deadline. Applicants to the programme must submit all the necessary supporting documentation with the online application.

You are advised to read the information below and the Application Information before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the application process. Answers to additional FAQs asked by applicants in recent years can be found HERE and you are encouraged to consult these.

Please note that a £1000 deposit will be required to secure a place on the programme.

Also, the University of Trento offers to IMSISS Track B students of the cohort 2024-2026 free and guaranteed accommodation in university residence in Trento during the second mobility and an Erasmus+ Study mobility grant (KA131 Individual Support) as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of their stay at Charles University during the third mobility. For more information, please contact imsiss.sis@unitn.it

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree? Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means. Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session? No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test certificate. What documents do I need to provide in my application? As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper*
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English). Please see below for accepted English-language proficiency tests.
  • Evidence of knowledge of a second language at Level B2 (not being English or Italian) (Required for Trento Pathway B only)
  • CV
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • Personal statement

*References must be:

  • Dated, within 24 months from the date of submission of the application
  • On institutional headed paper or with an official stamp. If neither are available a reference can be submitted directly to erasmusreferences@glasgow.ac.uk from the referee’s institutional email address. References will not be accepted from a personal email address.
  • Signed, with an electronic or wet-ink signature. A typed name is not sufficient
  • At least one of the two references should be an academic reference. One may be a professional reference where it is not possible to obtain two academic references.

Please note, in order to be considered for entry in September 2024, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by the submission deadline of 23 August 2024. If your application status is ‘holding for documents’ then you will NOT be considered for entry unless you submit the required documents by the set deadline.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online? Yes, please upload the supporting documents with your application. Can I email my supporting documents? No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents. Further Information Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught program.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page. When searching for the programme in the online system please use the following search options:

  • Academic Careers – Postgraduate Taught
  • Admit Term – Academic year 2024/25
  • Mode of Study – Full time
  • Programme Description – Security

You are also reminded to ensure the following:

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application. See above for details on selecting the course.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution(s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application, or instances where referees are submitting reference to erasmusreferences@glasgow.ac.uk then you must include a document with the referee name and email address with your application so that this can be cross referenced.

You should have a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, such as social sciences, philosophy, geography, literature, language sciences, law, economics and management, political science, international relations, development, cooperation, peace studies, sociology, history. Other disciplines not listed here will be considered on an individual basis. 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:  You can find out more info on English language requirements here

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. See ‘Note on conditional offers’ below.
  • Official academic transcript(s), translated in to English (official translation) and showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Two supporting reference letters. References must be:
    • Dated, within 24 months from the date of submission of the application 
    • On institutional headed paper or with an official stamp. If neither are available a reference can be submitted directly to erasmusreferences@glasgow.ac.uk from the referee’s institutional email address. References will not be accepted from a personal email address. 
    • Signed, with an electronic or wet-ink signature. A typed name is not sufficient 
    • At least one of the two references should be an academic reference. One may be a professional reference where it is not possible to obtain two academic references. 
  • 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
  • The Application form, which includes a personal statement.

Applicants who want to be considered for Pathway B (University of Trento) must also submit the following:

  • Evidence of knowledge of a second language at Level B2 (not being English or Italian)

Please note, in order to be considered for the programme, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by the submission deadline TBC. The only exception to this is English language proficiency certificates, and final degree certificates and transcripts where an applicant is still currently studying. 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.

The deadline for applications to the programme is 26th July 2024 for International and EU applicants, and 16th August 2024 for UK applicants.

Applicants will have to pay a deposit to secure their place, the deadline for which will be detailed in their offer letter.

Classes for the 2024-2026 cohort of students start in September 2024 and you will be expected to attend induction sessions from the week before.

Supporting Personal Statement:

Please be as precise as you can when writing your Supporting Personal Statement. Do not repeat yourself and do not exceed the word limit (600 words). You should make sure that you address the following issues in your personal statement:

  • You should outline your motivation for choosing the IMSISS programme (i.e. how it complements and develops your previous studies; how it relates to your career path; how it relates to your personal and academic interests).
  • Explain why you think you are a good candidate for the programme given your previous studies and the courses offered on the programme in both years. Briefly indicate what you see as being the topic of your year 2 dissertation (this can change later).
  • You should highlight your participation in conferences, internships, non-governmental organisations, summer schools, and other socially sensitive or political activity; as well as any prizes/awards received even if these activities are not specially connected to the area of Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies.

Please note that the data you provide in your application will be shared with the IMSISS Consortium Partners as part of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship review process. Please see our Privacy Notice for details.

Personal data may be sent to the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and may be used for the purposes of evaluating the programme, efficiently managing the project, and producing statistics. Data could be made available to the EACEA, the European Commission, the European External Action Service staff, as well as to other stakeholders of the Erasmus+ programme, such as Erasmus+ National Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association.

The EACEA Privacy Statement document can be found here.