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University of Glasgow: Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master)

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social & Political Sciences View department profile
Web glasgow.ac.uk/socialpolitical
Study type Taught

Summary

This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master 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. You will study across Europe and can consider undertaking a work-based learning placement with a practitioner organisation on a competitive basis.

  • The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this joint masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include Charles University Prague (Czech Republic), Dublin City University (Ireland) and University of Trento (Italy).
  • Specialist master classes and webinars (online seminars) will be provided by practitioners and visiting academics.
  • 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 gain 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.

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the three programme universities for 1 academic semester each. During year 1 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 fourth flexible mobility period, during which independent study (dissertation) and a possible optional work-based learning placement with a relevant non-academic practitioner partner are 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 (September - December)

  • European and international security strategies
  • International security and strategic studies
  • Intelligence analysis & policy making
  • Language option: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, French OR Spanish.

If students are able to demonstrate that they have completed a similar module in International Relations or Security Studies at A grade, they may be exempt from the International Security & Strategic Studies course and may instead choose one module from a defined list of alternatives.

Dublin City University (January - May) – Intelligence, peace-building & terrorism pathway

You will take one core and two optional courses.

  • Conflict, security and peace-building
  • Contemporary issues in security
  • Intelligence and security analysis: theory and practice (core)
  • International security: critical approaches
  • Gender and security
  • Political terrorism
  • A number of other options are available

University of Trento (January – May) – Causes of conflicts pathway

  • Conflict, human rights and natural resources
  • Civil societies and contentious politics
  • Geographies of security
  • History and politics of the Middle East: conflicts, ideologies and democratisation
  • Italian language or academic and practitioner writing skills for those already proficient in Italian
  • One optional course from a choice of seven

Various locations (June - August; optional)

  • Research period to work on dissertation and engage with placement partner
  • Summer School from a choice of four provided by partners and associate partners of the programme

Year 2

Charles University Prague (September - February)

You must choose one specialist themed concentration and complete a minimum of four courses (including the core). You may choose a fifth course from any of the options offered to make up the required number of credits. (Additional courses may be added to concentrations and all courses are subject to availability)

Concentration A - Strategic Studies

  • Strategic studies (core)
  • Arms control & disarmament
  • Economic Warfare
  • Insurgency and counterinsurgency
  • War studies.

Concentration B - Regional Security

  • Regional security (core)
  • African security
  • Asian security
  • Grand strategies
  • Middle East security
  • Russian and Post-Soviet security.

Concentration C - Security & Technology

  • Security and technology (core)
  • Cyber security
  • Intelligence
  • Space security
  • Technology and warfare.

Concentration D - Conflict Studies

  • Conflict studies (core)
  • Ethics and violence
  • Human security
  • Peacekeeping and peacebuilding
  • Radicalisation and de-radicalisation
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism.

Independent study portfolio (March - August)

During this flexible mobility period you will return to the university location of your primary supervisor. This will be your official academic home for this period. During this period all students have to complete their independent study portfolio which includes a dissertation. Depending on your research topic you may be able to spend some time during this mobility period in a fourth location at one of our associate partners. Some students will also have the opportunity to undertake a 6-8 week work-based placement linked to their dissertation topic. These are offered by our associate non-academic partners and are available on a competitive basis.

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
  • Specialist guest lectures and seminars
  • Membership of the University of Glasgow's Global Security Network and the opportunity to work closely with staff from Charles University’s Deutsch Security Square.

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.

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