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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 European universities – University of Glasgow (UK); Dublin City University (Ireland); Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and the University of Trento (Italy), working in conjunction with a wide network of associate partners, including the University of Cádiz (Spain) and OTH Regensburg (Germany).

The IMSISS consortium recognises that we are operating in an extraordinary time and that our current students and offer holders for entry in September 2020 have questions about the new academic year.

We have put together a FAQs for 2020 Academic Year in response to your main questions. 

We are working closely with our consortium universities to ensure that the programme will run albeit in line with the guidance of the European Agency overseeing Erasmus Mundus and national governments in each of the countries we operate.

We are continuing to accept and process applications to the programme. We encourage applicants with an offer to accept those as this will help us prepare more effectively for your needs over the summer, including summer preparation reading, visa support, and accommodation needs. We are hopeful that the programme will operate as normal, but we are also preparing for a flexible interactive learning approach for the coming academic year.

Year 1 IMSISS students, who start the degree at Glasgow, or Year 2 students continuing their studies with Charles University, in Autumn 2020, will be able to do so on-line through the Virtual Learning Environment and join the programme face-2-face once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, should they still be in place at that time.

We will be keeping all of our offer holders informed of updates in the coming weeks and months.

See our FAQ 2020 Academic Year 

If you have any questions please email with the subject line [COVID-19 QUERY] and we will put together a series of FAQs.

Students on this master’s degree programme will examine a broad range of contemporary security challenges, such as terrorism, civil war and conflict, mass migration, energy supply security, cybersecurity, 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 and defence sectors.

Students on IMSISS will study across Europe in at least 3 cities and universities. They have the opportunity to undertake short study visits to other universities and can apply for work-based learning placements as part of the independent study semester. 

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.

IMSISS has students from all around the world. In fact, we have had students from more than 45 different countries participating in the programme since 2017. Mehwish Rani is one of our students from the 2017-2019 cohort. Please watch the short video from her visit to London to meet Emily Winterbotham from RUSI (Royal United Services Institute).  

  To read more about our students please click HERE to visit their profile pages.

  • Start date: Teaching for 2021-2023 students begins in September 2021
  • Duration: Two years (24 months)
  • 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.
  • Qualification: International Master (IntM)
  • Study type: Full-time
  • Funding Available: YES – EMJMD Scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship Application Dates: 2021-2023 scholarship competition will open on 1st October 2020 and close on 22nd January 2021
  • Programme Application Dates: 2021-2023 programme applications will close on 23rd July (International applicants) and 27th August (UK/EU applicants).
  • IMPORTANT: All scholarship applicants should confirm if they also wish to be considered for a self-funded place in the event that there are additional programme places left and the applicant meets the criteria to join the programme but are unsuccessful with their scholarship bid. Please note that a £1000 deposit will be required to secure a self-funded place.