Erasmus Mundus in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development (ILGSPD)

January 21, 2022

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  • Belgium
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  • Netherlands
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  • United Kingdom
Brussels, Tartu, Lüneburg, Nijmegen, Barcelona, Glasgow


The Erasmus Mundus Master in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development (ILGSPD) offers you the unique opportunity to study across six partners over two years and gain a joint, double or a multiple Master degree, depending on the combination of three degree-awarding partners. It is recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD).




  • This programme is at the forefront of cutting-edge teaching with its multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the international law of global security, peace and development.
  • You will be offered mobility opportunities at leading European universities as part of an innovative, multidisciplinary, and integrated team-delivered programme.
  • It offers a uniquely comprehensive degree, bringing together all international legal regimes relevant to global security, peace and development, by incorporating specialisms in human rights, migration, peace and security, and sustainable development.
  • You will undertake a multifaceted programme of summer schools, guest lectures, legal clinics, work placements, interaction with practitioners, moot courts and language training.
  • This degree spearheads an innovative approach to legal education that is urgently needed for our increasingly volatile, interconnected and complex global future, and trains graduates of excellence with leadership potential in international law and global affairs.


We are an international consortium composed of nine European universities. ILGSPD further draws on the global expertise, experience and networks of 27 associate partners covering all regions of the world, who will offer guest lectures, research mentoring and work-based placements by some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners working on issues of global security, peace and development.

This innovative and multidisciplinary programme will be delivered by a consortium of nine European partner Higher Education institutions: 

University of Glasgow, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (awarding a joint degree by the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University), University of Tartu, Leuphana University of Luneburg, Radboud University, Université libre de Bruxelles.

The University of Glasgow will serve as the Coordinating Institution of the Programme.


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:

  • Radboud University has 2 study tracks: i. International and European law advanced; ii. Human rights and migration
  • University of Tartu: International law and human rights
  • Leuphana University of Luneburg: International economics, sustainability and governance
  • Université libre de Bruxelles: Peace and security, security and conflict

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.

The key objectives of the Erasmus Mundus Master in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development are:

  1. To provide you with a unique opportunity to study at an advanced level issues of global security, peace and development (GSPD) in their legal and political context;
  2. To support you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the interconnected nature of GSPD challenges and objectives;
  3. To offer an innovative, integrated and coherent curriculum across at least three mandatory mobilities;
  4. To foster multidisciplinarity in the study of the international law of GSPD;
  5. To promote employability and graduate analytical, practical and transferable skills;
  6. To offer innovative joint/integrated research training and dissertation supervision;
  7. To utilise mobility experiences to enhance intercultural awareness and language competency;
  8. To ensure access to academic and non-academic personnel.


Students who complete the Erasmus Mundus Master in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development will be awarded joint, double or multiple degrees depending on the partner institution they choose in Semester 3. 

All ILGSPD students will receive an LLM in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development from the University of Glasgow and a Master degree in International Relations of Global Security, Peace and Development from IBEI. 

Depending on their Semester 3 Study Track selection, students will additionally receive the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts in International Law and Human Rights (University of Tartu), OR
  • LLM in International and European Law (Radboud University), OR
  • Specialised Master in Public International Law (Université libre de Bruxelles), OR
  • Students who select Leuphana University of Luneburg will receive a joint LLM in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development with the University of Glasgow.

Overall, the programme is recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD).


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.

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Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in law.

We will also consider applications from other relevant subjects, such as Politics, International Relations, European Studies or War Studies, if as part of the degree, you have gained a basic understanding of the operation of law in an international context.

You are required to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to undertake the LLM, International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development. Please download the appropriate template for this under required documents.

Non-law graduates may require a minimum of credits in law depending on their Semester 3 pathway selection. Please see below. 

Entry requirements of partner universities:

In order to select Université libre de Bruxelles in semester 3, you have to:

  1. Hold an undergraduate or Master’s degree (or equivalent), representing at least 240 ECTS credits (or 4 years of studies) in law, political science, or other relevant subjects;
  2. Have passive knowledge of French (however all assessments can be undertaken in English).

In order to select Radboud University in semester 3, you have to:

  1. Have an undergraduate degree in law with 150 ECTS in legal courses.

In order to select the University of Tartu in semester 3, you have to:

  1. Have a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in law or law-related courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening: 23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 60
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in EnglishISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.


Deadline: January 21, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:


ILGSPD Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applications are now open for September 2022 entry. We welcome applications from students around the world. 

Please submit your application online to the University of Glasgow, see How to apply.  

Please note you must include a copy of your scholarship form on your programme application form.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship includes:

  • a contribution to the student participation costs (including tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the student's participation in the EMJMD study programme
  • a contribution to student travel and installation costs
  • a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships can be offered to students from any region of the world; however, no more than three with the same nationality will be awarded in the same intake under the same category. The scholarship's terms depend on the student’s nationality and residence.

Contribution to the participation costs

  • up to 4,500 € per year per scholarship holder from a Programme Country
  • up to 9,000 € per year per scholarship holder from a Partner Country
  • Any amount in excess of these maximum contributions must be covered by the participating organisations and cannot be charged to the scholarship holder.

Contribution to the travel and installation costs

  • 1,000 € per year per scholarship holder resident of a Programme Country
  • 2,000 € per year for travel costs + 1,000 € for installation costs for a scholarship holder resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4,000 km from the EMJMD coordinating HEI
  • 3,000 € per year for travel costs + 1,000 € for installation costs for a scholarship resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4.000km or more from the EMJMD coordinating HEI.

Contribution to subsistence costs

  • 1,000 € per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum).
  • Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of the EMJMD (study / research / placement / thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence
  • Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to Partner Country scholarship holders for periods exceeding 3 months spent in any Partner Country.
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