International Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies MSc

This double masters degree brings together European and international partners to provide an integrated study programme engaging with theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to security, intelligence and strategy. Studying across Europe you will be able to participate in an optional work-based placement with a practitioner organisation.

Key facts

Why Glasgow
Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this masters degree. The other main partners are Charles University Prague (Czech Republic) and Obertechnische Hochschule Regensburg (Germany).

Specialist master classes and webinars (online seminars) will be provided by practitioners and visiting academics from four associate partner universities

The programme will address a wide range of challenging intellectual questions, as well as the policy and ethical dilemmas that arise when state and non-state actors seek to resolve threats ranging from traditional interstate conflict to diverse contemporary issues such as terrorism, organised crime, and insecurity and vulnerability associated with technological and cyberspace advancements.

You will also experience of the methods and products (linked to intelligence gathering and analysis, diplomacy and strategic communications) used by states, as well as the international political and economic/business communities to advance their security.

Programme structure
The programme is structured around mobility periods where you study at each of the three partner universities for 6 months. During the first two semesters you will undertake a series of core courses reflecting the main themes of the programme and research methods training.

In year 2 you will choose a specialist concentration containing a range of optional courses. Also included is a 4th flexible mobility period, during which independent study (dissertation) and an optional work-based learning placement with a relevant non-academic practitioner partner is undertaken.

The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

Year 1

University of Glasgow

  • Global Security: Theories & concepts
  • Modern strategic thought
  • Intelligence analysis & policy making
  • European and international security & defence strategies

OTH Regensburg

  • Analysis & intelligence methods
  • Presentation & communication products
  • Analysis & the security of Big Data
  • Intercultural awareness & security
  • Project (Technology & intelligence)

Year 2

Charles University Prague

You must choose a specialist concentration from A, B or C, and a number of course options to value of minimum 20 ECTS with additional maximum 10 ECTS coming from the other concentrations (including D). Some courses are common across concentrations. Total value of selected courses should be 30 ECTS.

Concentration A – International Security
Concentration B – Strategic Studies
Concentration C – Intelligence, Technology & Security
Concentration D – Critical Security Studies

A range of formative and extra-curricular features are embedded within this programme. These include

  • Language learning opportunities (e.g. German, Czech, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic),
  • Study Tour opportunities (e.g. Brussels/Paris/London, Washington) to visit key institutions and organisations working in the security sector such as NATO, European External Action Service.
  • Policy development exercises, situational workshops and crisis management training events
  • A project based Summer School
  • Opportunities to attend security focused conferences
  • Membership of the University of Glasgow’s Global Security Network.
The Partners
The double masters degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow, which provides the theoretical and conceptual overview of the programme, and Charles University Prague, which offers the widest range of optional courses, enabling students to tailor the programme to their specific individual interests. The third partner, a leading technology university (Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg) brings the technical knowhow and practical experience of intelligence analysis to the programme.

Four international associate partner universities also contribute to the programme, including: University of Vilnius, (Lithuania), WITS School of Governance, Johannesburg (South Africa), University of Sydney (Australia) and Gadjah Mada University,Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

Fees and funding
MSc (2-year degree)
Home and EU
Full time fee £4,533 per annum
Full time fee £9,667 per annum

Funding opportunities

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Career prospects
Graduates from this programme are prepared to pursue careers in security-related posts in government offices and public administration, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, transnational business corporations and private security and risk analysis companies. Some might also like to pursue a doctorate and an academic career.
How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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