Taught course

Global Security

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The traditional military threats which defined global security matters for the best part of the 20th century have been quickly replaced by new and re-emerging security challenges. This programme offers you the opportunity to examine many of these contemporary threats.

Why this programme

  • You will study research methods within the College of Social Sciences’ Graduate School which is one of the top research training centres in the UK and benefits from ESRC recognition for many of its courses.
  • You will combine your research methods training with a range of security focused optional courses from a broad spectrum of subject areas, including politics, sociology, Central & East European studies, war studies, computing science, geography, law, business and education.
  • The programme includes a series of master classes from high profile professionals and academics working in the field of security.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in special formative learning workshops and training days - working with government officials and policy-makers to simulate the process of responding to major international security crises.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course, as well as submit a dissertation.

Core courses

  • International security and global politics
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design
  • Thematic issues in global security.

Optional courses may include

  • British military power since 1945
  • Comparative approaches to warfare and violent conflict
  • Critical perspectives on securities and vulnerabilities
  • Development, postcolonialism and environment
  • Ethics in global politics
  • Freedom, security and justice in the European Union
  • Globalisation and European integration
  • Globalisation and the new security agenda in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Insurgency and counter-insurgency, 1800-present
  • International relations theory
  • Post-Soviet Russia: renegotiating global and local identities
  • Social change and social justice: activism, social movements and democracy
  • Society, environment and the concept of sustainable development in post Soviet Russia
  • The American way of war: from the revolution to the war on terror
  • The European Union in international politics and development
  • The global criminal economy
  • The Internet and civil society.

Career prospects

The programme provides a dedicated research training pathway if you are to looking to go onto doctoral study or to seek a career within a social research field.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

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:

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; 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; 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:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Yasmin Raven