How To Apply

The International Master in Global Markets and Local Creativities (GLOCAL) welcomes applications from students all over the world.

You can apply as an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship-funded student or as a self-funded student.

Scholarship Applications for 2021 entry are now closed. You can still apply as a self-funded student.

See our Step-by-step Application Guide.

Application Procedure:

GLOCAL has 7 study tracks to choose from.

  • You MUST specify your choice of study track on application.
  • If you wish to apply to more than one track, you need to make separate applications for each track.
  • Applicants must apply and submit all necessary supporting documentation online, via the University of Glasgow’s online application system. We do not accept any applications or supporting documents via email.
  • Your application for entry to GLOCAL is assessed by the University of Glasgow Admissions office. If you get an offer of entry, your application is then sent on to the GLOCAL Consortium for consideration of your scholarship application.
  • Scholarships are awarded following a rigorous selection process involving all the GLOCAL Consortium partners. Further information on how the scholarships are selected can be found on the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships page.

Click here for the Online Application System. 

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application form:

All applicants must indicate whether they are applying as a Programme or Partner country applicant, and must provide a personal statement (1200 words) stating why they wish to study GLOCAL. This should be provided in the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Application form which is embedded in the online application process.

GLOCAL  Scholarship Application Form for entry in 2021‌.

Definition of Erasmus+ Programme and Partner Countries (PDF)

Nationals of a Partner Country who have spent 12 months or more in any Programme country/countries in the last five years preceding the scholarship application deadline must apply as a Programme Country applicant.

All applications must have the following:

  • Degree certificate (and an official translation into English). NB: Students who have not yet completed their degree can also apply.  Please provide academic transcripts to date.  Offers of a place on the programme will be conditional pending receipt of the final degree result.  Applications will be considered for scholarship but any offer of a scholarship will also be conditional until the final degree result is confirmed. See ‘Note on conditional offers’ below.

  • Official academic transcript(s) (and an official translation into English), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.

  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper. These should typically be academic references but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. References should be dated within the last 12 months, written on official letter headed paper and include the referees signature or official stamp.  Unofficial references will not be accepted.  If your referee prefers their reference to remain confidential, they can email the reference to provided the email is from your referee’s professional email account and contains their full employee name and address.
    We will not accept references sent from personal email addresses or via a third party.

  • English language proficiency (if your first language is not English). NB: In cases where it is not possible to provide proof of language qualification at this stage, applications will still be accepted but any offer of a place on the programme or of a scholarship will be conditional until the test result is received.  See ‘Note on conditional offers’ below. For further information on English language proficiency requirements and exceptions, please refer to the section ‘English Language Entry Requirements’ below.

  • A scan of the photo page of your passport.

Please note, in order to be considered for a scholarship for entry in September 2021, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by 8 January 2021. If your application status is ‘holding for documents’ then you will NOT be considered for a scholarship unless you submit the required documents by 8 January 2021. The only exception to this is English language proficiency certificates, and final degree certificates and transcripts where an applicant is still currently studying.

Note: Conditional offers

If you are completing the final year of your first degree or you have yet to provide the required evidence of proficiency in English, your application for entry will be considered but you will not receive an Unconditional offer of a place on the programme until we have received your final degree and/or English language test results. In such cases you may be made a Conditional offer on finishing your degree at the required grade and/or obtaining the required English language test results.

You will not be able to enroll on the GLOCAL programme until all required documents have been received and you have accepted an Unconditional offer.  

  • UK: You should have a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

  • EU & International: You can check your country-specific GPA requirements here.

If you cannot find your country listed on our country-specific pages, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions team:

We accept applications from a variety of backgrounds within the social sciences, business majors, humanities and languages; however, a strong background in history, economics, political science, development studies, or business is preferred.
Other majors will be considered if the applicant also has courses, experience or some background in these fields.

Those applying for Pathway B: Global Markets & Development (Glasgow, Barcelona, Göttingen) or Pathway F: Global Political Economy (Glasgow, Uppsala, Göttingen) are required to have an academic background in the Social Sciences. 

For more information on background requirements for each study track, please check out Programme Overview section.

If you don’t meet the GPA requirements listed, you will not be accepted on the programme.

Please note we cannot give individual advice on whether your background is suitable. It is for you to make your case in your personal statement as to why you think you fit within GLOCAL.

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

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 6.0

Another common equivalent English language qualification:

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

  • ibTOEFL: 90 overall with a minimum of 20 for reading, 19 for listening, 19 for speaking and 23 for writing

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169

  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169

  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60 overall; no sub-test less than 59

  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII 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.

Pre-sessional courses:

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

What do I do if…

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University’s English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team:


If you’re an international applicant, you are exempt from the visa English language requirement ONLY if:

  • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UKVI; or
  • you  hold a degree from a UKVI-approved majority English-speaking country.

The deadline for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applications is Friday, 8th January 2021.

Applicants will be informed of the result of their Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application in early April 2021.

Deadlines if you are applying as a self funded student (all tracks except track D, which is now closed):

International applications (non-EU): 23 July 2021.
Home / EU applications: 27 August 2021.

If you get an offer of entry to the Programme but are unsuccessful in getting an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and you wish to self-fund your studies, a non-refundable £1000 deposit will be required to secure your place.

Classes will begin in Glasgow in September 2021.

Supporting Personal Statement: 
If you are applying to the scholarship this is part of your Scholarship Application Form. Please be as precise as you can when writing your Supporting Personal Statement. Do not repeat yourself and do not exceed the word limit (1200 words). You should make sure that you address the following issues in your personal statement:

  • You should outline your motivation for choosing the GLOCAL programme (i.e. how it complements and develops your previous studies; how it relates to your potential future career path; how it relates to your personal and academic interests).
  • Explain why you think you are a good candidate for the programme given your previous studies and how they relate to the courses offered on the programme in both years.
  • If you have significant post-graduation work experience, please explain how those activities relate to the courses offered in the programme and why you are re-entering the academic world.
  • Briefly indicate what you might see as being the topic of your Masters thesis (this can change later).
  • You should highlight your participation in conferences, internships, non-governmental organisations, summer schools, and other socially sensitive or political activity; as well as any prizes/awards received even if these activities are not specially connected to the area of Global Markets & Local Creativities.

Please note that the data you provide in your application will be shared with the GLOCAL Consortium Partners as part of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship review process. Please see our Privacy Notice for details.

Please note that personal data will be sent to the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and may be used for the purposes of evaluating the programme, efficiently managing the project, and producing statistics. Data could be made available to the EACEA, the European Commission, the European External Action Service staff, as well as to other stakeholders of the Erasmus+ programme, such as Erasmus+ National Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association.

The EACEA Privacy Statement document can be found here.