Taught course

Global Security

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

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.

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.

  • 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 have the opportunity to undertake a study visit to Brussels which offers the chance to experience security and political institutions like NATO and the European Commission and meet key security personnel.
  • 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

Core courses

  • International security and global politics
  • Thematic issues in global security
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social sciences statistics
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Dissertation.

Sample optional courses

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

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. See http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapplyforataughtdegree/englishlanguagerequirements/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Eamonn Butler