Taught course

International Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies

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

Months of entry


Course content

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.

  • 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 Ostbayrische Technische 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

  • Arms control & disarmament
  • Critical perspectives on terrorism
  • Euroatlantic community in action: NATO operations after Cold War
  • Euroatlantic community and strategic culture
  • Global terrorism
  • Issues in US National Security Policy
  • Security in Africa
  • Thinking about war
  • United Nations peacekeeping.

Concentration B - Strategic Studies

  • Arms control & disarmament
  • Conventional strategies
  • Euroatlantic community and strategic culture
  • Grand strategies
  • Issues in US National Security Policy
  • Security in Africa
  • Thinking about War
  • Unconventional strategies
  • War studies.

Concentration C - Intelligence, Technology & Security

  • Cyber security & international relations
  • Intelligence and counter intelligence
  • Security & technology
  • Space security in 21st century
  • Thinking about war.

Concentration D - Critical Security Studies

  • Applied quantitative methods for international relations and security studies
  • Crisis games
  • Critical perspectives on terrorism
  • Critical security studies
  • Human security
  • Strategic approaches to the study of international and security politics.

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.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Eamonn Butler