12 months
20400 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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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. The Global Security programme of the University of Glasgow offers you the opportunity to examine conventional and unconventional security threats in the contemporary environment.


Why this programme

  • The Global Security programme of the University of Glasgow will develop your knowledge of the major security challenges impacting our rapidly changing socio-political environment at a global, national, and local level. These range from terrorism, insurgency, cyber and hybrid warfare to disease, migration, and climate change.
  • You will have the possibility to combine a broad spectrum of subject areas into your degree, including politics, history, sociology, Central & East European studies, war studies, computing science, geography, law, business, and education.
  • You will address the complexity of contemporary security threats by acquiring the theoretical knowledge and policy tools required for expert analysis and result-oriented action.
  • You will benefit from extra-curricular activities such as master classes delivered by established academics and high-profile professionals, and career-focused workshops.

Career prospects

By the end of the programme, you will have acquired the necessary skills for successful careers with governmental and non-governmental organisations, businesses and international/transnational agencies. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, the Indonesian Government, Japan’s Parliament (National Diet), the Netherlands military, the United Nations, the UK Ministry of Defence, US-based research agencies, and UK-based private security and risk analysis companies. Others have decided to pursue a PhD in security studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International security and strategic studies
  • Research design
  • Qualitative methods
  • IR - Strategy - Applied
  • Comparative approaches to warfare and violent conflict

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject
  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK Part-time fee: £1,056 per 20 credits

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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