The Erasmus Mundus Master in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development (ILGSPD) is designed to train the next-generation of lawyers and policy-makers with the ability to navigate the political context of international law, and the comprehensive knowledge needed to engage with the issues of global security, peace and development.

The world is facing unprecedented, complex and interconnected challenges. With increasing violence due to armed conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, deepening socio-economic fragility and inequality, massive flows of refugees, climate change, and the development of new technologies like cyber technologies and Artificial Intelligence, the contemporary world order appears to be increasingly destabilized.

It is increasingly acknowledged, including by the United Nations, European Union, states and civil societies, that such challenges to global security, peace and development cannot be addressed singularly. Our Master is built on this acknowledgement: it provides an opportunity to study the interplay between law, politics, international relations, economics and sustainability across the fields of human rights, migration, economics and sustainability, and peace, security and conflict. 

Developed in response to the growing need for graduates of excellence with leadership potential in international law and global affairs, this uniquely innovative two-year master programme benefits from the expertise of nine European partner Higher Education institutions and a global network of 27 Associate Partners, including leading universities, research centres, international institutions, NGOs and law firms from around the world.

The programme is enriched with a minimum of three international mobility periods, summer schools, legal clinic and moot courts, work placement opportunities, and an array of conferences, workshops, study trips and other networking and skills development opportunities.



Our Master programme will be a springboard for you to a future career in the fields of law, policy and international relations, having been equipped with unique multidisciplinary and transferable skills, as well as professional experience through internships and work placements. This includes the traditional international legal avenues such as working in legal departments of international organisations such as the United Nations, or in foreign ministries of states, as well as careers in policy and practice both at the international and domestic level.


The programme is taught over 24 months and includes at least three mobility periods.

The degree-awarding partners are the University of Glasgow, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, the University of Tartu, Radboud University, Leuphana University of Luneburg and the Université libre de Bruxelles.

The programme is structured around mobility periods where you spend:

Semester 1: University of Glasgow
Semester 2: Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
Semester 3: Radboud University, University of Tartu, Leuphana University of Luneburg or Université libre de Bruxelles.
Semester 4: dissertation – any of the partners.

In year 1 you will spend one semester at the University of Glasgow (to study international law of global security, peace & development) and one at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (to study international relations of global security, peace and development).


Semester 3 (year 2): you will select one of the semester 3 partners, which offer thematic study track options:


Semester 4: you will write your dissertation at a partner university from where you spent semester 1, 2 or 3. Supervisor allocation will be based on staff subject background and research interests.

The pedagogical design of this programme will expose you to a broad range of teaching, learning and assessment formats including lectures, discussion-oriented seminars, work placements, project-based teamwork, law clinics, moot court exercises, e-learning, dissertation, written assignments and exams and oral presentations.


All ILGSPD students will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement offered by specialist research centres and leading international and national institutions active in the fields of international law, global security, peace and development.

There are two kinds of placement on the ILGSPD programme:

Both placements can provide you with publication records, consolidate existing knowledge and abilities, or develop new skills and networks, expanding your ability to enter your careers successfully.

The ILGSPD programme includes a unique pool of placement providers. These include the United Nations, NATO, European Parliament, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and various ministries and diplomatic missions in countries of Consortium Partners, as well as leading research centres such as the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, European Centre for Advanced Studies, and the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security.


Applications close on 25 January 2021.

You can apply as

Self-funded students participating in the ILGSPD programme may benefit from receipt of Erasmus+ grant funding, which the Consortium will apply for on the students’ behalf. This funding is dependent on availability in a given semester; however, when available it usually equates to around 300-350 euros per month for six months during mobility 2, and six months during mobility 3.

All applications for the ILGSPD programme and Erasmus Mundus scholarships must be submitted online to the University of Glasgow. We cannot accept applications any other way.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test. For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions.

Following the EU’s announcement (11/02/20 https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/about/brexit_en), having left the EU in an orderly fashion, the UK remains able to coordinate and take part in EMJMDs for the lifetime of the funding period. The ILGSPD consortium looks forward to receiving applications from students from all countries around the world, from both self-funded applicants and EMJMD scholarship applicants.

As a UK-based institution, University of Glasgow will fully participate in Erasmus+ until further notice.

We will keep all students and applicants up to date with information as it becomes available.

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

To apply, please visit https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/erasmusmundus/ilgspd/apply/.



For enquiries about the programme, application process and scholarships, please contact us at ilgspd@glasgow.ac.uk