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MSc in

International Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies


Double Degree
Programme Guide



Master of Science (MSc) International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies

Welcome 2
The Partner Universities 3
Key points of contact 4
About the University of Glasgow (Coordinating University & Double Degree Awarding
Partner) 5
About Charles University (Double Degree Awarding Partner) 6
Key Staff and Research Interests 8
Key Dates 12
Induction Week (Glasgow) 13
Communication with Students 14
Staff-Student Meeting 14

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Research and Study 14

Library Facilities 15
Language Facilities 15
Language Training 16
English for Academic Study 16
Academic Skills 16
Career Development, Employability and Further Study 17
Visas 18
Student Services 19

Programme Overview 20
Aims 20
Intended Learning Outcomes and Skills 20
Learning and Teaching Approaches 22
Programme Structure 23
Dissertation Research and Methods Training 24
Grading, Progression and Resits 25
Detailed Programme Content 25
Mobility 1 Glasgow 25
Mobility 2 Regensburg 28
Mobility 3 Prague 28
Mobility 4 various locations 34

Appendix 1: The Code of Assessment Grade Conversion Equivalent Table 35

International Security, Intelligence &
Strategic Studies (MSc)
The MSc in International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (SECINTEL) offers you the
unique opportunity to combine your postgraduate study across 3 mobility periods at 3 leading
European universities in the UK, Germany and Czech Republic and leads to the award of a
double degree.

If you are interested in the challenges faced by the states with regard to their security and place
in the international security order, this two-year English language programme is for you. The
degree programme is specifically designed to present you with the opportunity to conduct a
thorough academic analysis of some of the most salient issues in contemporary security studies.
You will develop your knowledge of the wide variety of security, intelligence and strategic
challenges impacting our rapidly changing social and political environment at national, regional
and global levels. You will have the opportunity to engage with relevant security personnel and
practitioners in addition to working with top academics.

The degree is interdisciplinary in content and structure, and is designed to ensure that students
engage with a variety of perspectives on the concepts of security, intelligence and strategy.
Students will also engage with theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to the subject.

The programme aims to develop world class researchers specialising in one or more of a range
of areas, including: strategic studies, regional security, intelligence, technology and security, and
conflict studies. Flexible language training is also available as part of the programme as an
additional study element. You will get international experience in at least three countries,
develop your skills in research and acquire a range of key employability skills through our well-
developed placements with associate partners from the business, public policy and third sector
communities. You will also participate in conferences, workshops, a summer school and other
events, making the experience a truly rewarding.

Your studies are divided into four 6-month blocks. The first 3 blocks will be at different
institutions, University of Glasgow (UK), OTH Regensburg (Germany) and Charles University
(Czech Republic). The 4th block will see you return to one of the first institutions (location of
primary supervisor) or spend time with a work-based learning partner or associate partner
university in a possible 4th location. You will undertake the bulk of your dissertation research
during this 4th block of study.

We are sure that all students on the Masters in Global Security, while finding the programme
challenging, will also finding it highly rewarding and fulfilling.

Best wishes,
Dr Eamonn Butler (University of Glasgow)
Dr Vt Stteck (Charles University Prague)
Prof. Markus Bresinsky (OTH Regensburg)

The Partner Universities
There will be three main partner universities that contribute towards this double degree

University of Glasgow (UK)

Charles University Prague (Czech Republic)
Ostbayrische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (Germany)

You will be enrolled as a student at all three partner universities for the duration of the

University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest university in the English-
speaking world. Our research-led approach is one of the reasons why a degree from the
University of Glasgow is so prized, but our students also benefit from opportunities to study
abroad, improve their employability, take part in work placements and explore a wide range of
social activities. More than 25000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, from 120
countries worldwide, study at the University each year. The University is listed the top 1% of the
worlds universities, 55th in the QS World University rankings 2014 and is rated top in the UK for
international student satisfaction. The University has a long tradition of teaching security
studies and has established programmes in International Relations, Global Security, War
Studies, International Security and Law.

Charles University Prague was founded in 1348 making it one of the oldest universities in
Europe. With more than 51000 students and ranked amongst the top 1.5% of universities in the
world, Charles University has an established pedigree for teaching dedicated security studies
programme at postgraduate level. Working in partnership with the Prague Security Studies
Institute (a leading security think-tank in Europe) Charles specialises in a range of strategic and
European/Regional and technological security matters reflecting the changing face of security in
the post-Cold War era.

OTH Regensburg is one of the largest technical universities of applied sciences in Bavaria,
Germany. It was originally founded in 1971, but its predecessor institutions can be traced back
to the beginning of the 19th century. It currently has over 10500 students undertaking a range
of practice orientated bachelors and masters degrees. OTH Regensburg has broad expertise in
applied security studies and information based intelligence matters and will provide an
embedded practical learning experience for the programme taught component.

Students who successful complete this programme of study will be awarded a double degree
consisting of:
MSc International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (from University of
MA International Security Studies (from Charles University Prague)

The University of Glasgow will be the lead institution for this programme (also known as the
Coordinating Institution).

The main departments that will provide teaching for this degree programme are as follows:

At the University of Glasgow

School of Social and Political Science (Politics/Area Studies)
School of Humanities (History/War Studies)

At Charles University, Prague
Faculty of Social Sciences (Institute of Political Studies)

At OTH Regensburg
Faculty of General Studies and Microsystems Engineering

Key points of contact

At the University of Glasgow (UoG)

Dr Eamonn Butler - SECINTEL Programme Director and Academic Co-Convenor
Dr Butler is responsible for day-to-day SECINTEL student contacts, and liaison between
the SECINTEL partner universities.
- Room 406, 9 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ.
- Email: Eamonn.Butler@glasgow.ac.uk
- Tel: 0141 330 4095
- Office Hours: Dr Butler holds a drop in office hours session on Tuesday between
9am-11am during term time. For meetings out-with this time students should
email Dr Butler to arrange an appointment.

Mrs Maggie Baister - Postgraduate Administrator and Adviser of Studies

- General Office (CEES), Room 102, 9 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ.
- Email: Maggie.Baister@glasgow.ac.uk
- Tel: 0141 330 5585

Dr Georgios Karyotis - School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) Taught Convenor
Dr Karyotis is responsible for the general welfare and progress of all postgraduate
taught students in SSPS.
- Room 1306, Adam Smith Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ.
- E-mail: Georgois.Karyotis@glasgow.ac.uk
- Tel: +44 (0) 141 330 3384

At Charles University Prague (CU)

Dr Vt Stteck SECINTEL Programme Co-Convenor
- Room: J3011, Jinonice Campus, U Krize 8, Prague 5
- Email: vit.stritecky@fsv.cuni.cz
- Tel: +420 251 080 406

At OTH Regensburg (OTH)

- Prof. Dr Markus Bresinsky - SECTINTEL Programme Co-Convenor
- Room: D205, Faculty General Studies & Microsystems Technology
- Email: markus.bresinsky@oth-regensburg.de
- Tel: +49 (0) 941 943 9818

About The University of Glasgow (Coordinating Institution & Double Degree
Awarding Partner)

School of Social and Political Science (SSPS)

With a large community of staff and students, the SSPS provides a dynamic environment for
study and research in the social sciences. By linking core disciplines the School delivers high-
quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and cutting-edge research. Our
undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and courses provide knowledge, skills and training
relevant to a broad range of careers, through in-depth study of key challenges of modern
society. The flexibility of courses and their interconnections allows for the exploration and
analysis of all aspects of economies and societies from a variety of perspectives, informed by
contemporary concerns and concepts.

The School includes over 80 academic staff and a broader community of undergraduate and
postgraduate students and researchers. There is a mix of disciplinary specialism, including
theoretical approaches, that provides an excellent environment for learning and research in
each of our subject areas, which include broad fields such as politics and sociology, and major
centres of research in economic and social history, crime, the study of central and eastern
Europe and urban research including planning and real estate. As a result the School is in a key
position to support major interdisciplinary research, and attracts a diverse range of scholars and
visitors. Our staff engage extensively with knowledge exchange to contribute to the
development of economic and social policies in conjunction with public and private sector
partners. Security based research and teaching is an important part of the schools remit and
staff contribute to a range of specialist centres and networks.

Scottish Centre for War Studies

The Scottish Centre for War Studies was established in 1995 to promote research in, and
understanding of, war in all its aspects. It is based in the University of Glasgow with links to
other universities, institutions and individuals with related research interests, including the
armed services.

Its approach to the subject is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. A wide-ranging group
of scholars contribute to the Centres seminars and conferences. The research interests of this
team stretch from medieval to modern times, covering military, political and cultural history.
The Centre thus presents a unique opportunity to study war in all its aspects, from past to
present, from causes to consequences. The Centres work gives scholars in one field the chance
to develop insights and understandings derived from scholars in another.

Global Security Network

The Global Security Roundtable (GSR) at Glasgow University was formed in 2010 to bring
together a wide range of academics with an interest in security issuesvery broadly defined. At
its first meeting it had representatives from three different colleges representing ten different
subjects including Politics, History, Economics, Business, Law, Sociology, Archaeology,
Geography, Hatii and Central & East European Studies. Since that time it has continued to add
new members in the field from across the university.

In summer 2012 the group received formal network status from the Vice Principal for Research
& Enterprise and was renamed The Glasgow Global Security Network (GGSN). The GGSN is
conceived of as a dynamic network of Glasgow University academic staff. Its primary role is to
facilitate the exchange of ideas which should lead to further cooperation in security issues. Its
role is to act as a facilitator and originator of projects, and a vehicle for publicizing or
coordinating events in the global security field.

The network is co-convened by Cian ODriscoll and Peter Jackson. For further information please
see http://www.gsn.gla.ac.uk/ or contact either Cian at Cian.ODriscoll@glasgow.ac.uk or Peter
at Peter.Jackson@glasgow.ac.uk

The College of Social Sciences

The College of Social Sciences Graduate School at the University of Glasgow also provides a
lively and supportive environment for new postgraduate students giving them opportunities to
engage with a cohort of first rate postgraduates from a wide variety of disciplines and
backgrounds. Pastoral care, student monitoring and support are also important parts of the
activities of both SSPS and the Graduate School.

About Charles University (Double Degree Awarding Partner)

Department of Security Studies

The Department of Security Studies was founded in 2015 following the redevelopment of the
Department of International Relations of the Institute of Political Studies. This process reflected
a long-term dynamic evolution of security-oriented teaching and research among the young
generation of scholars working at the University. Currently, the members of the department
cover two security masters programmes and contribute to two Bachelor, two other Masters,
and one PhD programme.

Deutsch Security Square

The Deutsch Security Square is a research centre established at the Department of Security
Studies, Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in
Prague. It has been founded with the aim to promote collective research of security in the best
tradition of the scholarship of Karl Deutsch seeking, in his words, "more knowledge for greater
competence and more compassion."

While Karl Deutsch (1912-1992) rose to academic fame as one of the titans of political science
in the United States, Charles University, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in
Central and Eastern Europe, proudly recognizes him as its alumnus. It was at the universitys
Law Faculty that Deutsch, fluent in both German and Czech, received his juris doctor degree
(1938) before fleeing the political storm that was about to befall his homeland. He would not
come back, and following a long and distinguished career, he ended his days in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. To pay tribute to Deutsch's intellectual heritage, Charles University was one of
the convenors of a Prague conference celebrating his centenary (2012); and the Centre has
recently become entrusted with the custody of his personal library, a rare collection of books
from a wide variety of fields of human interest that his family wished was moved to Prague
after his passing.

The square in the Centres name metaphorically alludes to an agora as a space where ideas can
be floated, traded and shared, and where those who enter can join in a dialogue. It also refers
to four areas of our collective research interest: conflict resolution and transformation,
strategic studies, small states security and critical security studies agenda including inquiries
into the interplay of security and technology in todays global politics.

The Centre strives for academic excellence without prejudice in terms of methodology as long
as the research is theoretically sound, innovative and thorough. The ethos of Deutschian
scholarship we seek to promote is one that rests less on methodological assumptions about
the possibility of measuring and modelling social reality; and more on the emphasis of
rigorous, transparent, collective and transdisciplinary research. The members take inspiration

from Karl Deutsch's liberal approach to security, and take seriously the challenge to the realist
paradigm by striving to zoom in and out of the leviathan of the modern state when thinking
about security, stressing the importance of both norms, ideas and discourses; and of social
practice of (in)security. The focus on the latter situates Centres inquiries at the intersection of
international relations and international political sociology that thinks beyond the state
institutions and even elites practices and knowledges. (If you wish to read more about the
currency of Deutschian scholarship and the Centres directions of following Karl Deutsch's
intellectural heritage, we invite you to read introductory essays by Richard Ned
Lebow, [http://deutschsquare.fsv.cuni.cz/DSS-32-version1-lebow_essay.pdf] , and Ondrej
Ditrych, [http://deutschsquare.fsv.cuni.cz/DSS-32-version1-ditrych_essay.pdf ])

In addition to academic endeavour traditionally conceived, the members also seek to speak to
broader audiences and to cultivate the debate on security issues and policies. This is being
done by means of regular publication of our security briefs that provide concise, theoretically
informed and practically relevant commentaries on global security issues of the day; and public
events where outcomes of our academic research are mediated to the broader interested

It is a great honour and commitment for the members to have assembled, upon the Centres
founding, an array of illustrious scholars to serve on its advisory board, which includes Richard
Ned Lebow, Andrei S. Markovits, Peter Katzenstein, Emanuel Adler, Miroslav Hroch, Friedrich
Kratochwil, Michael Zrn, and Jan Rika.

More details about the Centre can be found on its website: http://deutschsquare.fsv.cuni.cz/

Key Staff and Research Interests

Below are the details of some of a select number of staff associated with the establishment
and running of the security studies aspect of the programme. Primary teaching staff are listed
and secondary staff who are available for consultation or dissertation supervision are also

University of Glasgow: Primary Teaching Staff

Dr Katherine Allison
University Teacher in Politics
School of Social and Political Science (CEES) Katherine.allison@glagsow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Gender, business and security in post-conflict societies

Dr Luca Anceschi
Lecturer in Central Asian Studies
School of Social and Political Science (CEES) luca.anceschi@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: politics and international relations of post-Soviet Central Asia, Geopolitics of
energy and climate change, leadership change and regime change in central Asia and Middle

Dr Eamonn Butler
Lecturer in Central and East European Studies
School of Social and Political Science (CEES) eamonn.butler@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: European Union; Euro-Atlantic Integration, Security and International
Relations in Central and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on energy issues.

Dr Ammon Cheskin
Lecturer in Nationalism and Russian Politics
School of Social and Political Science (CEES) ammon.cheskin@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Russian soft power in Ukraine, Russian foreign policy, Ukrainian politics

Dr Andrew Hom
Research Associate in Global Uncertainties
School of Social and Political Science (Politics) andrew.hom@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: timing and time applied to International Relations and international politics;
practical and ethical issues of war and security, exit strategies and endings of war; disciplinary
conduct and history.

Professor Peter Jackson

Chair in Global Security (History)
School of Humanities (History) Peter.jackson@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Intelligence and Security Studies; Franco-British Defence Co-operation in the
Twentieth Century; The Rise of Modern Intelligence Organisations, 1860-1945

Dr Alex Marshall
Senior Lecturer in History and Convenor of the Scottish Centre for War Studies
School of Humanities (History) alexander.marshall@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Russian/Soviet military and political history, The Caucasus and Central Asia,
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Afghanistan, Counter-Insurgency and Revolutionary War,
Drug smuggling and Marxist political economy

Professor David Smith
Professor of Baltic Studies
School of Social and Political Science (CEES) david.smith@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Contemporary history, politics and international relations of the Baltic States

University of Glasgow: Secondary Teaching Staff possible research supervisors

Professor Robin Geiss

Professor of International Law and Security
School of Law Robin.geiss@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: piracy, cyber security

Dr Naomi Head
Lecturer in Politics
School of Social and Political Science (Politics) naomi.head@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: International Relations Theory/Critical Theory, Legitimacy and
Communicative Ethics, Humanitarian intervention and the use of force, Conflict Transformation

Professor Andrew Hoskins

Interdisciplinary Research Professor for Global Security
College of Social Sciences andrew.hoskins@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Professor Hoskins research focuses on the theoretical and empirical
investigation of todays new media ecology and the nature of/challenges for security, and
individual, social and cultural memory in this environment. He has an established record of
leading empirical research into the shifting relations between media, war and terrorism, media
and radicalisation, and media and memory.

Dr Mo Hume
Senior Lecturer in Politics
School of Social and Political Science (Politics) Mo.hume@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Gender and violence in transitional societies, Post-war conflict and violence,
Gender based violence

Dr Georgois Karyotis
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
School of Social and Political Sciences (Politics) Georgois.karyotis@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Migration, International Relations, securitisation theory

Dr Phillips OBrien
Reader in History
School of Humanities (History) phillips.obrien@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: The Rise and Fall of National Power, The impact of party politics on
American foreign policy

Dr Cian ODriscoll
Lecturer in International Politics
School of Social and Political Science (Politics) cian.odriscoll@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Interests: Ethics of War and Peace, Classical and Contemporary Just War Tradition,
English School IR Theory

Dr Ty Solomon
Lecturer in International Relations School of Social and Political Sciences
Research Interests: International Relations Theory, American Foreign Policy, Critical Security
Studies, terrorism

Dr Brandon Valeriano
Senior Lecturer in International Relations School of Social and Political Sciences
Research Interests: International Relations and Race/Ethnicity Politics. International
rivalries, classification systems of war, and the relevance of race/ethnicity to international

Charles University Prague: Primary Teaching Staff

Prof. Oldich Bure

Associate Professor of Security Studies
Research Interests: Fight against terrorism, EU counter-terrorism policies, conflict studies

Dr. Onej Ditrych

Assistant Professor of Security Studies
Research Interests: critical security studies, critical terrorism studies, EU neighbourhood

Prof. Nik Hynek

Associate Professor of Security Studies
Research Interests: Human security, critical security studies, strategic studies

Dr. Tom Karsek

Assistant Professor of Security Studies
Research Interests: Euro-Atlantic security, East Asian security, conflict studies

Dr. Tom Kuera

Assistant Professor of Security Studies
Research Interests: war studies, military sociology, civil-military relations

Dr. Vt Stteck
Assistant Professor of Security Studies
Research Interests: technology and security, defence industry, European Security

OTH Regensburg: Primary Teaching Staff

Professor Markus Bresinsky

Professor of International Politics and Social Science
Research Interests: Intelligence and analysis, international conflicts and security, interagency
collaboration and comprehensive approach.

Professor Gabriele Blod
Professor of Rethoric
Research Interests: communication, presentation, rethoric

Professor Kate Guertler

Professor of English and Intercultural Communication
Research Interests: English communication, negotiation and presentation

Professor Wilfried Dreyer

Professor of Sociology
Research Interests: intercultural competence, leadership

Ulrike de Ponte
Lecturer in Psychology and Intercultural Competence
Research Interests: Intercultural competence, social psychology of groups, empirical methods

Key Dates

Following session dates are confirmed

2015 September Monday 7 International Orientation Week at UoG
Monday 14 Start of Academic Year / induction week (YEAR 1)
21 Start of Teaching period 1 (Winter Semester)
December Friday 4 End of Teaching Period 1 (Winter Semester)
Monday 7 Start of examination/ assessment period
Friday 18 End of examination/assessment period
Monday 21 Christmas vacation begins
2016 January Friday 8 Christmas vacation ends
Monday 11 Start of Teaching Period 2 (Winter Semester)
February Friday 26 End of Teaching Period 2 (Winter Semester)

Following session dates are provisional. To be confirmed at start of academic year (September 2015)
March Monday 7 Induction and Orientation at OTH Regensburg
Monday 14 Start of Teaching (Summer Semester)
Thursday 24 Easter vacation begins
Tuesday 29 Easter vacation ends
May Monday 2 May Day
Mon-Tues 16-17 Pentecost holiday
July Thursday 14 End of Teaching (Summer Semester)
Friday 15 Start of examination period
August Friday 5 End of examination period
Monday 8 Start of Summer University
Friday 19 End of Summer University
September Wed-Fri 7-23 Start of Registration and International Orientation at CU
Monday 26 Start of YEAR 2 Teaching (Winter Semester)
Friday 16 End of Teaching (Winter Semester)
Monday 19 Start of Christmas vacation
2017 January Sunday 8 End of Christmas vacation
Mon-Fri 9-13 Pre-examination/Revision Week
Monday 16 Start of Examination period
February Sunday 17 End of Examination period
March Monday 6 Start of YEAR 2 (Summer Semester)
April Thursday 13 Easter vacation begins
Tuesday 18 Easter vacation ends
May Monday 1 May Day
Wednesday 31 Submission of Dissertation for work placement students
June Monday 5 Start of Work Placement Period*
July Friday 28 Submission of Dissertation for non-work placement
August 25 End of Work placement period & submission of report*
September Fri-Fri 10-25 State exam period for Charles University. All students
must be present for their exam.
Friday 25 Programme Complete
*Work Placements will be 4-6 weeks in length and must be carried out during July and August. Specific
dates will be arranged with the placement provider. Submission of work placement report will take place
no later than one week after the end of the work placement.

Induction Week
Registration will take place from 14th September 2015.

All students on the MSc SECINTEL should take part in the College of Social Science Introduction
to Social Science Research and Induction Programme on the morning of Monday 14th
September. You do not need to attend afternoon sessions or sessions later in the week. Please
find below your schedule.

Monday 09.00-09.45 Introduction & Prof. Anne Anderson Mathematics

14th Sept Overview Prof. Richard Berry Building Room
Dr Jo Ferrie 516 (4A)
09.45-10.35 Employability & Dr Dickon Copsey Maths 516
Student Board
10.35-10.45 E-Sharp Eliana Koristashevskaya Maths 516
10.45-11.30 Introduction to IT John Malcolm Maths 516
11.45-12.30 Introduction to Jo Ferrie Maths 516
Social Science
12.30-13.30 Buffet Lunch / Adam Smith
Reception Building 915
(901, 902, 903,
14.00-15.00 SECINTEL Dr Eamonn Butler Adam Smith
Welcome & Building Room
Induction 706
Tuesday 13.30-14.30 Tour of Campus Dr Eamonn Butler Please meet by
15th Sept the red phone
boxes in grounds
of the main
15.00-17.00 SECINTEL meet Prof. Anne Anderson Gilbert Scott
the partners and Dr Eamonn Butler Building (Main
launch event Dr Vt Stteck Building) Room
Ms Gudrun Seebauer 356.
Wednesday 09.00-17.00 Glasgow city tour Walking tour, with some Please meet by
16th and visit to Loch public transport. Please the red phone
September Lomond (by train wear sensible shoes for boxes in grounds
weather walking and be weather of the main
permitting) aware. building
19.00-22.00 Social event with Will be held in
Staff and Global Curlers Rest pub
Security students on Byres road
next to Hillhead
Subway station

Communication with Students
It is important that you keep yourself informed of what is going on in at the partner University
when you are in attendance. Seminars, social gatherings, staff-student meetings and so on are
organised on a regular basis and help to contribute to a positive, co-operative environment
and a cohesive postgraduate community. Information about such events is circulated via email,
posted on departmental websites (e.g. the School of Social and Political Sciences website
(http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/events) and on the various notice-boards located
throughout key subject/department areas. Much of this information will also be posted in the
Moodle (online learning environment) common room for the SECINTEL programme and at
the SECINTEL facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/secintl). Information on conferences,
postgraduate courses, scholarships, employment opportunities and general student notices will
also be also posted here.

Information relating to the MSc programme itself and online discussion forums for each
module or option will be available through each the universities VLE platforms. All students
must log on to Moodle or alternative VLEs (if used) where further course information and
documentation will be available.

You should also check your student e-mail regularly for information and messages from
postgraduate tutors and supervisors. A SECINTEL postgraduate moodle emailing list is used
regularly to inform postgraduate students of events, opportunities and developments within
the partner universities and across the broader academic community.

It is very important that the University has an up-to-date record of where you are living.
Please ensure that details of both permanent and term-time addresses are kept accurate and
up-to-date at all times on MyCampus and that any change of address is recorded

Staff Student Meeting

Two postgraduate representatives for students from year of the SECINTEL programme should
be elected at the start of the academic year. Students will be asked to nominate themselves
and if more than one person is nominated then an election will take place. The role of
representatives is to liaise with the Postgraduate Convener and/or Head of School and to
convey to them any concerns that students may have. They will be expected to attend a staff-
student meeting with the postgraduate convener. This meeting is normally held once a
semester. The representatives should meet with the students they represent to identify
any relevant issues ahead of the staff- student meeting. Postgraduate representatives and
individual students can of course, also represent postgraduate students' concerns to the
relevant members of staff at any other time.

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Study and Research

SECINTEL double degree students are entitled to enjoy the benefits and likewise shall be subject
to the regulations and norms which are in force at the universities at which they attend during
the programme. Each Partner Institution will offer a particular specialist study track. Fieldwork
activities for dissertation research may be undertaken at any Partner Institution, Associate
University or, subject to an appropriate written agreement being put in place, a Non-
educational, work-based learning Partner during Year 2, 4th mobility period.

All Parties within the SECINTEL Consortium are committed to hosting students for dissertation
research; allowing them access to university libraries, computing and other research facilities;
providing academic support & advice; & facilitating contact with relevant policy-makers, NGOs
& business communities. Associate University academics may also participate in monitoring and
tutoring student research projects/activities and participate in thesis examinations where
appropriate. Where appropriate students will be allocated a mentor or third dissertation
supervisor to guide their research and if applicable to participate in examining the dissertation.

Students will register at the University of Glasgow, where they will pay their Participation Costs;
then, they will be equitably distributed amongst Partner Institutions. Students will be
automatically enrolled into the partner universities. Please not that students will be registered
at the University of Glasgow and Charles University throughout the 2 year duration of the
programme. Students will be registered at OTH Regensburg for only the duration of the summer
semester (Feb-September 2016).

General Guidance on the University of Glasgows facilities and support can be found in the
University of Glasgows School of Social & Political Sciences Postgraduate Handbook 2015-
2016. Generic regulations, guidelines and forms are available on the SSPS website and
Postgraduate Common Room Moodle. You will also be supplied with the regulations, facilities
and support of the relevant mobility universities.

Library Facilities
The University of Glasgow enjoys one of the largest and best-established academic library
collections in the UK. There are many specialist collections of national and global importance.
Across all the various subject areas which contribute to the Masters in Global Security you will
find a wealth of material devoted to the study of security. The Main University Library, where
the bulk of the universitys collection is held has notable newspaper, periodical and journal
holdings. The majority of these holdings are available online for easy access.

The subject librarian in charge of advice to Social Sciences postgraduate students is Ms Kay
Munro. ext 6741, e-mail: Kay.Munro@glasgow.ac.uk.

Ms Munro will hold a specialist session for SECTINEL students on Wednesday 14th October at
2pm in the TalkLab on level 3 of the library. She will tailor the talk to your assessment and
research needs.

Charles University and OTH Regensburg have extensive library facilities and students will have
full access to these. Details of library access will be provided during individual inductions at both

Language Facilities
For those of you with a keen ear for languages the University of Glasgow has a dedicated
Language Centre on Level 1 of the Hetherington Building which houses superb language
facilities. You are entitled to join the Audio-Visual Library, which contains a wide variety of
language aids. A returnable deposit will be charged for use of library facilities. The Hetherington
Building receives daily newspapers and weekly journals from a wide variety of countries. In
addition, its satellite receivers allow access to television broadcasts from around the globe. You
are entitled to book time at one of the library's numerous television monitors, which are all
supplied with headphones.

Language Training
All students on the MSc SECINTEL programme are encouraged to include a language as part of
their studies during mobility 1. This can be continued through the programme is desired and
available. The programme has special arrangements for students to undertake 1 language
course provided by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures Modern Foreign Languages
(MFL) Unit. We recommend that students take German for mobility, but you can also choose an

Available languages at the University of Glasgow include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish,
Dutch, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,
Turkish and Urdu.

Language courses are taught in afternoons and evenings. Additional language courses may be
taken at 210 per course.

Credits can be earned for language courses, but will not count towards your final degree.

German Language for International Mobility 1 is the recommended course and is 2 contact
hours over 11 weeks: http://www.gla.ac.uk/coursecatalogue/course/?code=LANGCTR1033

Language training is also available at OTH Regensburg (German) and Charles University (Czech).
Details of available courses will be provided during their respective induction sessions.

English for Academic Study

The University of Glasgow also has a specialist English for Academic Study Unit. All SECINTEL
students whose first language is not English are entitled to attend classes and support services.
Details can be found at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/mlc/efl/

Services offered include:

- English and Study Skills (ESS) classes
- Essay Checking Service: a proof-reading service to correct common language errors; for
current students only
- Individual Sessions: for initial assessment & recommendations and to draw up a continuing
programme of study; students must be referred by a member of staff
- Studying English independently: advice including recommended books and websites

Academic Skills
The College of Social Sciences International Student Learning Officer at the University of
Glasgow offers a range of training and support sessions which are open to all students. Topics
Reading Effectively, Reading Critically
Assignment Writing: Structure and Argument
Using Sources: Critical Analysis and Academic Integrity
Referencing Workshop
More on Critical Thinking
Academic Writing Style
Using Assignment Feedback (semester 2)
Dissertation writing (Apr-May)

Contact Gayle Pringle Barnes
Tel: 01413305866
Email: Gayle.PringleBarnes@glasgow.ac.uk
Student Learning Services has a full programme of generic workshops covering a wide range
of academic skills throughout the year. The workshops are aimed at students
from specific colleges or schools with the Effective Learning Adviser (ELA) for the
college preparing and leading the sessions. Teaching is in small groups and is interactive. The
programme will be circulated and placed on the postgraduate notice-board.

Contact: Andrew Struan

Tel: 0141 330 3306
Email: andrew.struan@glasgow.ac.uk

Additional advice is available at the Writing Centre where the specialist postgraduate adviser
offer one-to-one writing support and workshops
Contact: Todd McEwen (Royal Literary Fund Writing Adviser for Postgraduate Taught students)
Tel: +44 (0) 141 330 7094
Email: sls-rlf@glasgow.ac.uk

Career Development, Employability and Further Study

Importantly, all the skills which students will acquire and develop will give them a competitive
edge when they embark on a career or further study. Independence, maturity and excellent
communication skills are just some of the skills employers are looking for. Increasingly
employers are looking for key transferable skills from university graduates. An experience of
internationally focused study brings many benefits to graduates, in terms of their added-value
through the skills obtained and the international dimension they acquire

Recent graduates from our associated security programmes have gone on to work for the
Scottish Government, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, various private security
companies, the UK and other national armed forces, various NGO groups, corporate businesses,
the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the
International Labour Organisation, UNESCO, the European Union, Oxfam, the OSCE Mission in
Kosovo, Mercycorps and Penal Reform International, and a variety of other international,
national and regional NGOs. Students have also gone on to work in various fields including
higher education and further academic research; the media; industry and finance; trade
between the UK and other countries and Local government. Other students have continued in
education and gone on to do PhDs and research fellowships. We anticipate that students on the
SECINTEL degree will continue to be equally as successful in their own career development.

The College of Social Sciences offers a range of activities and support to develop employability
skills and experience including personal and professional development planning as part of the
College Graduate Skills Programme (GSP)

The College employability officer is Dr Dickon Copsey, email: Dickon.Copsey@glasgow.ac.uk, tel

+44 (0)141 330 4570.

A specialist career workshop with staff from the career service will take place in October 2015.
Details will be posted on the programme Moodle site.

The MSc can also serve as an excellent starting point for further study and research. Students
who are interested in pursuing their studies towards a PhD for example, should in the first
instance discuss their ideas and interests with staff with related areas of research experience
(See pp. 8-9 below) and contact Dr Eamonn Butler for advice on applications and funding. If
necessary depending on your subject you may be directed to another relevant member
of staff in the College.

If you are unsure about which members of staff to contact in relation to your future research
interests, please speak to Dr Eamonn Butler in the first instance.

Information sessions on opportunities for further study within Glasgow University will be held
during the first semester.

Student Responsibilities Under Tier 4 Visas
If the University of Glasgow has issued you with a Confirmation of Studies (CAS) to obtain your
student visa for the UK, the University must comply with UKBA regulations regarding
attendance monitoring and absence reporting as well as checking that you have the necessary
documentation and permission allowing you to undertake study in the UK. You will therefore
have to register at the appointed time; provide appropriate documents, eg passport, UK
biometric ID card; ensure that you attend your course and if you cant, make sure that your
College or School know why you are not attending; apply for visa extensions in good time and
pass details of any visa extensions to the Universitys Points Based Compliance Officer in
Registry; notify changes of address to the University, UKBA and the Immigration & Nationality
Police if you have a Police Registration Certificate.

For full details of these responsibilities please refer to the important information on the Registry
and Social Sciences websites:


If you need any advice on any of these matters please contact the International Student
Advisers. See:

Studying in Germany / Czech Republic (Schengen Area)

You do not need to apply for a Schengen Student Visa until you have arrived at Glasgow and are
settled in. The important thing is that you have it in place prior to travelling to Germany. EU/EEA
students do not need visas for Germany or Czech Republic, but are required to register with the
local police/obtain residency permit. Other country citizens may also be exempt. Please see
information below for full details about your visa requirements. Full details on visa requirements
for partner universities will be provided during your induction week.

Schengen Student VISA: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/

For specific details about:
Germany: https://www.oth-regensburg.de/en/international/incoming/general-
Czech Republic see: http://fsveng.fsv.cuni.cz/FSVEN-47.html

Formal regular attendance monitoring procedures will also be in place for all students while at
the partner universities.

Student Services
A comprehensive range of centrally supported services is available to all students at all three
partner universities.

At the University of Glasgow, the Student Services Enquiry Team (SSET) located in the Fraser
Building is your starting point for information on student services. Open Monday to Friday 0930
- 1700. Please refer to the website http://www.gla.ac.uk/students/support/

At Charles University, students should refer to the Student Advisory Centre for advice and
supportive services. Details can be found at: http://tarantula.ruk.cuni.cz/UKEN2-186.html

A full list of student services available OTH Regensburg can be found at: https://www.oth-

MSc International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies
Programme Overview
This programme overview outlines your course of study but must be read in conjunction with
the University of Glasgows School of Social and Political Sciences Postgraduate Handbook

Recognising that there is a growing need for high quality graduates with knowledge of security,
this double masters degree programme brings together European and international partners
(academic and practitioner) to provide an integrated study programme that engages with
theoretical, empirical and applied understandings of three core themes - security, intelligence
and strategy. The programme acknowledges that these themes reflect a complex set of
interlocking political, economic, technological, social, and cultural challenges and involve a wide
range of state and non-state actors. By engaging with the intellectual questions, as well as the
policy and ethical dilemmas that arise when 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,
students on this programme will gain a broad understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of
international security for states, society and business enterprises operating within an
increasingly interdependent and volatile world.

The programme aims to ensure students:

attain a firm understanding of the theoretical concepts that inform contemporary security
acquire the expertise and necessary skills to critically engage with security, intelligence and
strategy in an applied manner
are provided with experiential learning and employability enhancement through work-
based learning opportunities with practitioner organisations
have access to a range of academic and non-academic personnel from industry and
business, the military, intelligence community, governmental and non-governmental
utilise mobility experiences to develop, appreciate the importance of, and articulate
intercultural awareness

Intended Learning Outcomes and Skills

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge
and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes designed to prepare them for future
academic and/or professional careers.

Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of this programme students will be able to:

describe and apply a range of theoretical approaches and debates in security,
intelligence and strategic studies in a critical manner;
recognise and critically assess a variety of traditional and non-traditional security
threats and the interconnected nature of these threats;
conceptually locate contemporary security matters within global, national and regional

critically evaluate the role played by intelligence and information in addressing security
concerns in specific domains of interest;
articulate the ethical implications of key policy approaches and strategic tactics in
dealing with security threats;

Skills and Other Attributes

Subject-specific/practical skills
The programme will provide students with number of subject-specific/practical skills, including
the ability to:
deploy a range of evidence based research techniques and methodologies appropriate
to social science and applied science approaches to security, intelligence and strategic
Employ an evidence based approach to resolving problems and completing tasks
relating to specific disciplinary approaches to security and intelligence matters;
independently produce structured policy briefs / papers;
define and develop concepts and analytical approaches for the evaluation of big data;
apply a range of key skills, including software application, for acquiring and analysis of
intelligence related data, specifically that available via open source means;
produce, present, and critically assess intelligence products with respect to clients
needs and requirements;

Intellectual skills
The programme will provide students with a number of intellectual skills, including the ability
undertake autonomous evidence based learning, including the identification and review
of literature, set and solve problems, and process research data by reading and writing
critically and analytically;
express originality and creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding;
design and undertake a significant research project using a range of materials and
relevant methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks;
demonstrate awareness of and respond to ethical consideration and concerns relevant
to undertaking research on security matters;

Transferable/key skills
The programme will provide students with a number of transferable/key skills, including the
ability to:
present materials and ideas coherently in written and verbal form, with clear use of
language, professional referencing and use of tables, diagrams and graphics where
communicate effectively with audiences at different levels (peer group, academic staff,
work flexibly and constructively in collaborative groups or independently;
give and receive constructive criticism;
use a range of information technology resources and demonstrate the ability to use and
evaluate internet sites perceptively and responsibly;
recognise and present an awareness of intercultural matters;
undertake leadership roles and work effectively within team environments

Summative assessment methods reflecting the assignments set within the core and optional
courses that underpin this programme include:
written examinations
written research projects
policy briefing papers
literature reviews
reflexive writing tasks
individual and group based oral presentations
placement project
end of programme oral examination/viva.

Formative assessment will be provided through:

peer and tutor reviewed presentations
workshop activities
observational placement report
formative written tasks.

Please see School of Social & Political Sciences Postgraduate Handbook 2015-2016 for details
of University of Glasgow grading scheme and rules regarding plagiarism, progression to
dissertation, reassessment and award of the Master Degree, appeals etc. Please note that for
the SECINTEL courses taken at partner universities are included when calculating the aggregate
mark for the taught element of the degree award. For this degree the taught element is
calculated out of 90 ECTS/180 UoG credits.

Learning and Teaching Approaches

The Learning and Teaching Approaches employed within this programme reflect a variety of
general and specific approaches stemming from the various disciplines that inform course
content and seek to support the development of active learners.

Knowledge and understanding of security issues, including theory and concepts will be
developed through the use of traditional lectures, seminars and small group tutorials. Such
direct teaching methods are, within the context of enquiry based research, supported by
detailed use of written and other audio/visual materials including monographs, textbooks,
journal articles and survey data, often directly referencing the research and published work of
lecturers and practitioners in the field. This is further supported by formative learning obtained
through assignment tasks including group and individual presentations drawing on analyses of
primary and secondary data. Where appropriate, depending on the subject matter being
covered, students may also avail of opportunities to develop subject-specific/practical skills
through undertaking activities and exercises in relevant learning environments (i.e. computer
laboratories or in work-based environments).

Intellectual and transferable skills will be developed, practised and demonstrated through the
wide variety of learning methods and practical skill tasks utilised within courses that comprise
the programme, including specific research exercises, essay/project/policy writing activities,
peer-group tasks, seminar discussion and facilitation, computer laboratory work and fieldwork

Programme Structure

Mobility 1 Mobility 2 Mobility 3 Mobility 4

Option A Option B
(Research/Placement) (Research)
University of OTH Regensburg, Charles University Flexible (Supervisor Flexible (Supervisor
Glasgow, UK Germany Prague, Czech or Associate location)
Republic Placement Partner

Sept-Feb (6 months) March-August (6 Sept-Feb (6 months) March-August (6 March-August (6

months) months) months)

Programme Programme Elements Programme Elements Programme Elements Programme Elements


Global Strategic (choose one Independent Independent

Security: Analysis & concentration Study & Work- Study Portfolio
Theories and Intelligence from A, B, C or based learning
Concepts (10 Methods D and select Portfolio

ECTS) courses to a (30 ECTS)

(5 ECTS) minimum value (30 ECTS)
of 24 ECTS or
value of 30

ECTS). Each >Research

concentration >Research Design and
has one Design and Methodology
compulsory 6 Methodology Paper (3000
ECTS Core Paper (3000 words / 20%)*
course words / 20%)*


Modern Consultation Free course >Dissertation (22000 words /

Strategic and Decision choice to (20000 words 80%)
Thought Support supplement / 70%)


the required
(5 ECTS)* (5 ECTS) concentration >Placement
Capstone Total
courses thus
Intelligence Data Analytics Project (2000 Assessment
ensuring 30
Analysis & & Tools words / 10%) word count:
ECTS credits
Policy Making (after 25000 words
(5 ECTS) are completed
(5 ECTS)* dissertation)
(max 6 ECTS)

European and Intercultural
International Awareness &
word count:
Security Security
25000 words
(5 ECTS)
(10 ECTS)
*Takes place *Takes place in
Modern Project mobility 1
in mobility 1
Language Technology &
Course Intelligence
(equivalent to (10 ECTS)


(equivalent to
5 ECTS )

(equivalent to

Total Credit 30 Total Credit 30 Total Credit 30 Total Credit 30 ECTS


Concentration A Concentration B Concentration C Concentration D
(Strategic Studies) (Regional Security) (Security & Technology) (Conflict Studies)
> Strategic Studies > Regional Security (CORE > Security & Technology > Conflict Studies (CORE 6
> War Studies > African Security > Cyber Security > Human Security (OPTIONAL
ECTS) > Grand Strategies > Space Security > Terrorism and
> Arms Control and (OPTIONAL 6 ECTS) (OPTIONAL 6 ECTS) Counterterrorism (OPTIONAL
Disarmament > Asia Security > Intelligence 6 ECTS)
(OPTIONAL 6 (OPTIONAL 6 ECTS) (OPTIONAL 6 ECTS) > Peacekeeping and
ECTS) > Middle East Security > Technology and Peacebuilding (OPTIONAL
> Economic Warfare (OPTIONAL 6 ECTS) Warfare (OPTIONAL 6 ECTS)
(OPTIONAL 6 6 ECTS) > Ethics and Violence

A number of additional electives are available. Details of these will be provided by Charles University at the start of the
academic mobility session with them.

Course credits are listed as ECTS, however on your MyCampus student record they will be listed
as SCQF credits. 10 SCQF = 5 ECTS.

Dissertation Research Methods Training

Although you do not undertake the majority of your dissertation research until the 4th mobility
period, you do start the research process in mobility 1 and will carry out a range of important
tasks in mobilities 2 and 3 as well. A series of compulsory tutorials will be provided and cover a
range of issues relating to the process of researching, including research design, writing a
proposal, methodologies, planning your research and writing a dissertation. You will be required
to submit the first part of your research/independent study portfolio before the end of mobility
1. Please see the separate independent study handbook for full details and dates. This
handbook will be provided to you during the first half of Mobility 1.

Grading, Progression and Resits
As Coordinating Institution, UoG uses a 22 point grading scale which is applied in relation to
minimums for progress, merit and resits. See Apendix 1 for details of the grading scale and
A candidate will be eligible for the UoG Award of the Programme on obtaining an average
aggregation score equivalent to UoG Grade 12 or C3 or above in the taught courses of the
Programme, with at least 75% of these credits at UoG Grade 9 or D3 or better, and all credits at
UoG Grade F or above. A UoG Grade D (or equivalent) or better in the independent study
portfolio must also be obtained.
A candidate will be permitted to progress with the independent study portfolio at the end of
Year 1 only if s/he has obtained an average aggregation score equivalent to UoG Grade 12 or C3
(or equivalent) in the preceding taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at UoG Grade 9
or D3 (or equivalent) or better and all credits at UoG Grade F (or equivalent) or above.
A candidate will be permitted reassessment in any taught course for which s/he has obtained a
UoG Grade 11 or D1 (or equivalent) or worse. A candidate will be entitled to one reassessment
only in any course. Reassessment of the dissertation/portfolio is permitted on one occasion
only, under such conditions as the Joint Board of Examiners might prescribe in each particular
case. There will be no automatic right to additional supervisory sessions. In exceptional
circumstances supervision may be offered and will be at the discretion of the CBM. All
reassessment results will be capped at UoG Grade 12 or C3.
A candidate who has achieved in the first attempt an average aggregation score of UoG Grade
15 or B3 (or equivalent) or above for the taught courses and UoG Grade 15 or B3 (or equivalent)
or above for the dissertation/portfolio will be eligible for the award with Merit.
A candidate who has achieved in the first attempt an average aggregation score of UoG Grade
18 or A5 (or equivalent) or above for the taught courses and UoG Grade 15 and A5 (or
equivalent) or above for the independent study portfolio will be eligible for the award with


Programme Content
2 years duration (4 Semesters of 6 months each): 120 ECTS (240 SCQF credits)

Mobility 1 University of Glasgow

You must take the CORE courses, a language option and complete the first piece of assessment
for your independent study portfolio.

Global Security: Theory & Concepts (10 ECTS) CORE

Dr Katherine Allison & Dr Andrew Hom
This course will provide students with an introduction to Security Studies through an
examination of key themes, concepts, theories, and issues in contemporary international
politics. It explores both the orthodox approach to international security, and the recent
turn towards a broader security agenda (heralded in academic Security Studies by the
emergence of 'critical security studies').

Modern Strategic Thought (5 ECTS) CORE
Dr Alex Marshall
This course seeks to examine the evolution of Western strategy from Napoleon to
Clausewitz and to the War on Terror. In doing so it incorporates historical case studies with
insights from political science.

Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making (5 ECTS) CORE

Prof Peter Jackson
This course explores the relationship between the production of intelligence assessments
and the policymaking process.

European and International Security Strategies (10 ECTS) CORE

Dr Eamonn Butler, Dr Luca Anceschi, Dr Ammon Cheskin and Prof David Smith
This course will enable students to critically evaluate and compare national security
strategies as a 'whole-of-government' approach to the security challenges of the 21st
century. Through in-depth country case studies students will analyse the evolution and
application of grand strategy as a means to pursue the objectives that defend and advance
national interest and security.

Language Option (equivalent to 5 ECTS)

Various tutors
Students may select a language option from a selection of modern languages. Classes are
for beginners or for those with some ability intermediate is available. Advanced language is
only available for a few language (i.e. Russian, German) and students taking this option
need to prove their level of efficiency. Beginner courses (stage 1) focus on language for daily
use: introductions, greetings, farewells, tourist situations, basic grammar, reading and
writing. Intermediate (stage 2) courses are for students who have a basic knowledge and
wish to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Courses run across the 6
months you are at the University of Glasgow.

o Stage 1: Starts 30/09/15 11.00-13.00 OR 01/10/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 30/09/15 19.30-21.30
Chinese (Mandarin)
o Stage 1: Starts 30/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 30/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 1: Starts 29/09/15 19.00-21.00
o Stage 2: Starts 01/10/15 19.00-21..00
o Stage 1: Starts 28/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 29/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 1: Starts 28/09/15 19.15-21.15 OR 01/10/15 10.00-12.00
o Stage 2: Starts 01/10/15 14.00-16.00 OR 19.15-21.15
o Advanced French is available
o Stage 1: Starts 01/10/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 28/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 1: Starts 28/09/15 19.30-21.30 OR 30/09/15 10.00-12.00 / 19.15-

o Stage 2: Starts 28/09/15 19..30-21.30
o Advanced German is available
o Stage 1: Starts 30/09/15 13.00-15.00 OR 19..30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 29/09/15 19.15-21.15 OR 30/09/15 10.00-12.00
o Advanced Italian is available
o Stage 1: Starts 28/09/15 19..30-21.30 OR 30/09/15 14.00-16.00
o Stage 2: Starts 01/10/15 19.15-21..15
o Advanced Japanese is available
o Stage 1: Starts 01/10/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 28/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 1: Starts 30/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 01/10/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 1: Starts 30/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts: 01/10/15 19.30-21.30
o Advanced Russian is available
o Stage 1: Starts 28/09/15 18.00-20.00 OR 29/09/15 10.00-12.00 OR
01/10/15 19.00-21.00
o Stage 2: Starts 29/09/115 13.00-15.00 OR 01/10/1/15 1.15-21.15
o Advanced Spanish is available
o Stage 1: Starts 01/10/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 30/19/15 19.30-21.30
o Advanced Swedish is available
o Stage 1: Starts 29/09/15 19.30-21.30
o Stage 2: Starts 30/09/15 19.30-21.30

Independent Study Portfolio (Security) (30 ECTS across duration of programme) CORE
Dr Eamonn Butler & various supervisors
This portfolio will allow students to engage with research methods training and to
undertake a period of independent study resulting in a combined portfolio that includes a
reflexive methods paper, research proposal, and dissertation.

In mobility 1 you will undertake research training and complete your reflexive methods


Independent Study and Work Placement Portfolio (Security) (30 ECTS across duration of
programme) CORE
Dr Eamonn Butler & various supervisors
This portfolio will allow students to engage with research methods training and to
undertake a period of independent study resulting in a combined portfolio that includes a
reflexive methods paper, research proposal, dissertation and placement report.

In mobility 1 you will undertake research training and complete your reflexive methods

Mobility 2 OTH Regensburg

You must take all the CORE courses. You may also participate in optional multinational exercises
and a summer school.

Strategic Analysis and Intelligence Methods (5 ECTS) CORE

Georg Fuchs, Prof. Dr. Markus Bresinsky, N.N
Students should learn and apply processes and methods of strategic intelligence and
analysis such as intel cycle, target centric approach, information preparation, critical
information requirement etc.

Consultation and Decision Support (5 ECTS) CORE

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Blod, Prof. Dr. Markus Bresinsky, and Prof. Dr. Katherine Grtler
Students should learn and apply best practices, competencies and skill to consult clients,
decision-makers, and stakeholders based on intelligence results and products

Data Analytics and Tools (5 ECTS) CORE

Georg Fuchs, Prof. Dr. Markus Bresinsky, N.N
Students should learn and apply processes and methods of data analytics and software
tools, e.g. social network analysis, data base research, modelling, big data etc.

Cultural Awareness (5 ECTS) CORE

Prof. Dr. Wilfired Dreyer, Dipl.-Psych. Ulrike dePonte
Students will explore how culture awareness supports intelligence and the development of
strategic policy. They will also engage with cultural sensitivity in the context of organisations
and government.

Security Project (8 ECTS for project and 2 ECTS for Seminar participation) CORE
Georg Fuchs, Prof. Dr. Markus Bresinsky, N.N.
Students should apply processes and methods of strategic intelligence and analysis in a
complex analysis and research

Summer School (equivalent to 5 ECTS) Optional

Multinational Exercises (equivalent to 5 ECTS) Optional

You will also continue with your independent study and will complete a literature review during
this mobility period.

Mobility 3 Charles University Prague

You must choose one of the following concentrations (collections of themed courses) and
complete the associated CORE course of the same name. You may then choose an additional set
of courses up to 30 ECTS. 24 ECTS must come from the same concentration. A full list of courses
and course aims will be provided to you during the summer of 2016 in advance of your arrival in
Prague for the start of the mobility period.


Strategic Studies (6 ECTS) CORE

Dr. Nik Hynek and Dr. Jan Ludvk
This course provides an introduction to the academic field of strategic studies. It establishes
a knowledge pool enabling an understanding of the main concepts, theories and issues
concerning the use of force for political goals. The main focus of the course is on the topics
such as coercive diplomacy, deterrence, WMD proliferation, nuclear strategy and policy,
modern interstate warfare, counterinsurgency, or strategic culture.

War Studies (6 ECTS) option

Dr Tom Kuera
The problem of war, its understanding, mitigation and eradication, was the explicit reason
behind the establishment of the International Relations as an academic discipline in 1919.
Moreover, war was always among the most important issues with which political thinkers
and philosophers were concerned. However, to define and understand war is a pressing
concern not only for curious academics but also for the political practitioners, as
demonstrates e.g. the concept of war against terrorism. The aim of this course hence is to
explore the multifaceted phenomenon of war and its significance in international as well as
domestic politics. The course will guide students through historical, philosophical and
theoretical reflections of war.

Arms Control and Disarmament (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Nik Hynek and Dr Jan Ludvk
The course is taught on two closely interconnected levels. First, students attend weekly
lectures in order to gain an understanding of main arms control-related concepts and learn
relevant empirical facts in a "traditional" way. Second, students participate in a semester-
long arms control simulation game that should provide them with an active, experiential
learning context. The students are assigned roles of particular nuclear-armed countries
whose aim is to negotiate and develop a basic framework for a multilateral nuclear arms
control treaty. Throughout the course, the students are required to complete small tasks
related to their countrys position on the respective issues. The last two sessions are
reserved for the in-class negotiation of the treaty framework.

Economic Warfare (6 ECTS) option

Dr Jan Ludvk
The course introduces the students into various aspects of strategies based on the use of
measures of which the primary effect is to weaken the economy of another state. Attention
will be paid to both actions in a peacetime and in the wartime. The students will get general
overview of the strategic logic, empirical examples, and theoretical debates about the use
of sanctions among states. Furthermore the covert aspects of economic warfare such as
intelligence operations will be discussed. The second part of the course will debate the
wartime strategies, which target the enemys economy like blockade, commerce raiding,
and strategic bombing.


Regional Security (6 ECTS) CORE

Dr. Tom Karsek
The course outlines the security situation and conflict relationships in five major world
regions: East Asia, South Asia, post-Soviet space, Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-

Saharan Africa. Individual examples of security problems, interstate and internal conflicts,
regional organizations and geopolitical issues will be analyzed against the context of
theoretical concepts to which the students have been introduced in previous courses
(balance of power, securitization, human security, interdependence etc.). The main goal of
the course is to help students understand the relations between such concepts and specific
examples of empirical practice, utilize the former for rigorous analysis of the latter and
contextualize regional problems vis-a-vis broader international and global processes.

African Security (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Kateina Werkman
This course aims to provide the participants with a detailed understanding of the issues
pertaining to security in sub-Saharan Africa. It adopts a broad view of security and includes
the analysis of threats to African state and its institutions as well as to groups and
individuals. Particular emphasis is placed on the study and follow-up seminar discussions of
selected case studies from across the continent. Students are expected to prepare
thoroughly for each seminar, understand the main texts and participate in the class
discussions. At the end of the course, students should have a clear understanding of the
diversity of issues in the security environment in Sub-Saharan Africa and be able to make an
informed analysis of selected African case studies.

Grand Strategies (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Ondej Ditrych
The course, situated at the intersection of military history and strategy, historical sociology,
political economy, and international theory, will deepen students understanding of grand
strategies, defined as the calculated relationship of means to large ends (John L. Gaddis) in
the context of providing external security of political communities and against the
background of the development of warfare and the political and social effects of
technological change. It will combine the study of both theory and strategic practice from
the classical period to the 21st century.

Asia Security (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Michal Kolma
This master course is designed to shed light on the main security issues in the region of Asia
Pacific. 20 years ago, Aaron Friedberg suspected that Europes past will be Asias future. He
argued that Asias 21st century will be prone to security disturbances with Asian countries
reverting to realist policies of national interest pursue. Has this prediction come to life? Is
Asias future doomed to conflict and crises? In order to answer so, the course will introduce
basic IR theories dealing with security. The course will then survey Asias history, and
explain the reasons and theoretical interpretations of main historical security issues in the
region aging back to the colonization. After historical survey, the course will introduce the
main actors and their security perceptions. In the last part, the course will identify main
current security threats, explain them and interpret them from various countries

Middle East Security (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Ondej Ditrych
The course will offer a comprehensive introduction into the complexity of the politics and
security in the Middle East, featuring an interplay of both state and nonstate, regional and
external actors against the background of social, economic and ideological forces that
dynamize the Middle East as a security complex featuring intricate patterns of amity and
enmity. It will provide a historical survey of the evolution of the Middle East as a region and
a states system from the colonial to the postcolonial times, and a multidimensional analysis

of current security issues from Arab-Israeli conflict to the war in Syria, Irans nuclear
programme and the rise of ISIS, together with their broader contexts (geopolitical,
sectarian, socioeconomic etc.) and effects.


Security and Technology (6 ECTS) CORE

Dr Vt Stteck, Nikola Schmidt
This course will focus on the sociology of technology related to the field of security studies.
In the first part of the course the general literature on sociology of technology will be
introduced and discussed with a particular emphasis put on the social construction of
technology. In the second part, students will get acquainted with the debates dealing with
the relation between technology and war, impact of technology on strategic thinking, as
well as will reflect the current technology-driven debates within the strategic studies.
Finally, the course will introduce the debates surrounding the impact of modern
technologies on societies (e.g. role of virtuality, risk of surveillance).

Cyber Security (6 ECTS) option

Dr Vt Stteck
This course provides students with an overall introduction to cyber security and its
consequent impacts to the international relations. The course aims to the very basic
technical basis of the cyber space, but also to a thorough analysis of the consequent
influence of the whole new cyber realm to the international security. The course will help
students understand the dynamics of the actual international regime development which is
based on a highly fluid, technical intangible, but very unpredictable new possible domain of
future warfare. Students will be able to address threats in cyber space, evaluate them on
the basis of international law, understand the dynamics of cyber warfare and other cyber
related threats and will be able to draw ideas on the future possible development. Students
will be aware about the technical conundrum of cyber security and will be able to actively
draw national policy in the cyber security and cyber defense.

Space Security (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Ondej Ditrych, Nikola Schmidt and guests from NASA and European Space Agency
This course is designed to explore the security dimensions of space from a policy, regulatory
and technical perspective, with an emphasis on the irresponsible or disruptive actions of
some space-faring nations in this domain. The course is prepared from the perspective of
strategic studies and is consistent with other courses from this security-minded vantage
point. The central objective of this course is to introduce the rapidly growing importance of
the field of space security. Among the questions raised early on will be how the security and
defense policies of leading world powers influence outer space activities. The course will
also probe why it is increasingly urgent to ensure the integrity, availability and reliability of
space assets and access to them. The dual-use nature of space technologies (i.e. both for
civilian and security/military applications), the explosion of private sector operators in
space, Western defense requirements and the counterspace measures of global bad actors
need to be better understood if civilian space activities are to prosper in the long term. It is
also to address how Western supremacy in outer space activities involving security and
defense is to be maintained (e.g. the use of satellite communications, Earth
observation/meteorology, navigation, weather forecasting, environmental and climate
change monitoring, disaster management, missile defense, early warning, space situational
awareness, etc.). Students will understand the rather complex link between civilian and
military space programs, the current international legal framework that governs space

activities as well as gain a sense of the short- and medium-term objectives of select national
space security communities in the West as well as those of Russia and China.

Intelligence (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Ondej Ditrych, Nikola Schmidt
The course in intelligence is designed to understand the whole intelligence business from
operations, analysis, policy recommendation and organizations to related questionable
issues and dilemmas.Whether we understand intelligence as information for policy maker, a
force multiplier or even a tool of reign over the innocents, is has been and will be a critical
aspect of security agenda of state and non-state actors alike. Introductory graduate-level
course aims to provide students with basic understanding of organized intelligence efforts
at all variable levels from tasking to collection, from analysis to decision making. Students
who successfully finish the course should be able to critically evaluate role of intelligence in
international relations as well as gain basic insight into current hot topics such as
outsourcing of intelligence, issue of covert action and indiscriminate mass surveillance over
the internet.

Technology and Warfare (6 ECTS) option

Dr Tomas Kuera
This course explores the multifaceted intersection of war and technological progress. These
two concepts have been interconnected throughout human history as mechanical and
scientific advances were sought to provide an advantage over the adversary. In the modern
age scientific and technological progress became probably the most important factor in
military strategy and warfare. The latter, therefore, cannot be sufficiently comprehended
without understanding the role of technology and technological progress in modern
societies. This course examines the relationship between technology and warfare from
three different perspectives: a) historical sociology, b) sociology and politics, c) ethics. The
first bloc is concerned with the phenomenon of technological progress in history of warfare.
In particular, this block shall explore the effect of historical revolutions in military affairs
(e.g. gunpowder, rails and steam, air power, and nuclear revolution) on war. The second
bloc deals with concepts and phenomena that affect the relationship between technology
and warfare nowadays. The concept of structural disarmament and asymmetric conflicts
are among the phenomena with a significant impact in international politics. The increasing
human alienation from war has a transformative effect on modern societies. In the third
bloc the role of technological and scientific progress will be examined from the perspective
of moral philosophy. The problem of abuse of technology for military purposes has
attracted attention of moral thinkers for centuries. Nowadays, the use of unmanned air
vehicles (UAVs) effectively decreases the individual responsibility for killing and, along with
cyber-warfare, transforms the norms governing the use of force in international relations.


Conflict Studies (6 ECTS) CORE

Dr Oldich Bure and Dr Tom Karsek
The course aims at introducing to the students major concepts within the field of peace and
conflict studies. It opens with a lecture on theoretical perspectives of the role of conflict in
social relations and politics. The course continues with a survey of various typologies of
(armed) conflicts. After that, the focus will shift to the topics of conflict origins and
prevention, the role of non-violence in political struggle, conflict management and
resolution, intractable conflicts, conflict transformation and post-conflict reconstruction.

Specific attention will be paid to the argument that overall trends signal falling levels of
violence over the spectrum of conflict types.

Human Security (6 ECTS) option

Dr. Nik Hynek
The course will introduce the evolution of the human security concept including its critical
reflection. Specifically, the UN politics of human security together with the cases of
Canadian and Japanese human security concepts will be examined. In the seminar part the
emphasis will be put on students ability to investigate human security agendas in the real

Terrorism and Counterterrorism (6 ECTS) option

Dr Oldich Bure
The aim of this one semester course is to familiarize students with study of terrorism as a
form of political violence and with the measures the European Union (EU), the United States
(US), the Czech Republic, and other countries and international organizations have taken to
combat terrorism after the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks on the US. After an overview
of the history and the evolving nature of the terrorist threat and possible responses to it,
the following topics will be discussed: the origins of EUs counterterrorism policy and the
key pre-9/11 developments in this area; the EUs Plan of Action that was adopted
immediately after 9/11 and has functioned as a road map for all subsequent developments
and changes of EU counterterrorism policy; the major legal measures and key institutional
innovations that have been adopted in the area of Justice and Home Affairs according to
this Plan of Action. We will then explore the US counterterrorism policy and discuss its
differences and similarities with the EU counterterrorism measures and approaches. A guest
lecturer from the Czech Ministry of Interior will take us through a similar exercise for the
Czech counterterrorism policy. In the last session, we will than look beyond Europe and the
US to explore counterterrorism policies of other major states and organizations.

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (6 ECTS) option

Dr Oldich Bure
The course covers the problematic of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, two of the hottest
topics in international politics of the post-Cold War era. Peacekeeping and peacebuilding
operations have always placed high on the UN agenda and in the last decade, they have
become the most visible of all UN activities. Similarly, regional organizations have
increasingly launched peace-cum operations as well. We will cover the following topics:
definitions, taxonomies, history, principles and legal framework of UN PKOs, principal
critiques of UN PKOs in the post-cold war era, research and analysis of the success of UN
PKOs operations in resolving contemporary conflicts, current and future trends in UN PKOs,
and non-United Nations peacekeeping operations (conducted by private military companies
and/or regional organizations).

Ethics and Violence (6 ECTS) option

Dr Tomas Kuera and Dr Tom Karsek
The ethics of violence is a subject that has experienced a revival in the last nearly four
decades. Concerning wars and armed conflicts, the ethics of war experienced a renewed
interest during the 1970s due to Michael Walzers seminal book, Just and Unjust Wars: A
Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations, and to the Vietnam War which motivated
Walzer, and others, to question if and under what conditions war and the use of lethal
violence can be morally permissible. The ethics of violence is also a subject of utmost
importance today. Statements addressing the justice of both the resort to force and
conduct in its execution are prevalent in the media and in on-going political debates. The

legitimacy of the Iraq War, the humanitarian intervention in Libya, targeted killing of Taliban
and al-Qaida leaders around the world, or e.g. the question of soldiers obligations in
peacekeeping missions became issues that divide international public opinion and put
strains on international politics. The aim of this course is not to give prefabricated answers
to such moral questions. Instead, the goal is to explore the moral arguments, assumptions
and principles that underlie the range of answers and thus make students engage critically
with these questions and arguments in relation to specific cases.

You will also continue with your independent study during this mobility period.

Mobility 4 Various locations

During this mobility period you will return to the university location of your primary supervisor.
This will be your official academic home for this period. Depending on your research topic, you
may be able to spend some time in a fourth location at one of our associate partners. Full
details of partners will be provided in the Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) handbook.

Some students will be on the work-based learning (WBL) placement track. This will include a
period of time (up to 6 weeks) working with a work-based placement partner. The partner will
have been allocated at the end of mobility period 1. You will have had the opportunity to work
with the partner by distance on your research project throughout the previous mobility periods.

All elements of the ISP for either track must be complete by the end of August 2017. Specific
dates are set out in the ISP handbook and can be found in the calendar of key dates on page 9
of this programme guide.

The ISP will include a dissertation which will be supervised by two members of staff from at
least two of the programme partners. A third mentor may be appointed if the student is on the
WBL placement track.

The Code of Assessment - Grade Conversion Equivalent table

Your course marks at the partner universities will be translated into the University of Glasgows
Code of Assessment. The table below show how these marks are equated. Please note that the
SECINTEL joint examination board will have the final say on how marks are to be interpreted.

ECTS / percentage scale UoG CU OTHR

1.0 1.0
A (top results, 97-100% exceptionally strong performance during 22 (A1) Excellent
entire semester) Excellent
1.0 1.0
A (above average A, 93-96%) Excellent 21 (A2) Excellent
1.0 1.3
A (average A, 95-96%) Excellent 20 (A3) Excellent
1.0 1.3
A (weak A, 93-94%) Excellent 19 (A4) Excellent
1.0 1.,3
A (weakest A, 91-92%) Excellent 18 (A5) Excellent
1.0 1.7
B (strong B, 86-90%) Very Good 17 (B1) Very Good
2,0 2.0
B (weak B, 81-85%) Very Good 16 (B2) Very Good
2.0 2.,3
C (strong C, 76-80%) Good 15 (B3) Very Good
2.0 2.,7
C (weak C, 71-75%) Good 14 (C1) Good
2.0 3.0
D (strong D, 66-70%) Satisfactory 13 (C2) Good
3.0 3.3
D (weak D, 61-65%) Satisfactory 12 (C3) Good
3.0 3.7
E (strong E, 57-60%) Sufficient meets minimum criteria for award 11 (D1) Satisfactory
of credits
3.0 3.7
E (average E, 54-56%) Sufficient meets minimum criteria for 10 (D2) Satisfactory
award of credits
3.0 4.0
E (weak E, 51-53%) Sufficient meets minimum criteria for award 9 (D3) Satisfactory
of credits
FX (strong FX, 47-50%) Fail some work required before credit 8 (E1) Weak
can be awarded
FX (average FX, 44-46%) Fail some work required before credit 7 (E2) Weak
can be awarded
FX (weak FX, 40-43%) Fail some work required before credit can 6 (E3) Weak
be awarded
F (strong F, 37-39%) Fail considerable work required before 5 (F1) Poor 4.0
credit can be awarded Fail Fail

F (average FX, 34-36%) Fail considerable work required before 4 (F2) Poor
credit can be awarded
F (weak FX, 30-33%) Fail considerable work required before 3 (F3) Poor
credit can be awarded
F (zero percent) 2 (G1) Very poor
F (zero percent) 1 (G2) Very poor
F (zero percent) 0 (N)

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