How To Apply


Please note that a £1000 deposit will be required to secure a self-funded place on the programme.

If you submit an application by the end of May and you are made an offer, the deposit deadline is 30th June

​For those making an application from 1st June onwards the deposit deadline  is  7th September

The International Master in Global Markets and Local Creativities (GLOCAL) welcomes applications from students all around the world. You can apply as:

  • an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship-funded student (scholarship applications are now closed)

  • a self-funded student

Admissions and Scholarships:

Please check our Step-by-step Application Guide.

Application Procedure:

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.

Apply here via the Online Application System. 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. 

  • You can also consult the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Policy.
  • If you still have any questions regarding the online application system or admissions criteria, please get in touch with the University of Glasgow Postgraduate Admissions team at and they will be able to give you advice.


Erasmus Mundus Scholarships: Application Form

All applicants need to indicate whether they are applying as a Programme or Partner country applicant, and must provide a Personal Statement stating why they wish to study GLOCAL. You can give us this information on the Scholarship Application form which is embedded in the application process.

GLOCAL 2020 Scholarship Application Form‌

In this form you will need to specify whether you are applying as a Partner country applicant or a Programme country applicant (these depend on your nationality and residency):

Definition of Erasmus+ Programme and Partner Countries (PDF)

Please note that 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.


Scholarships are awarded following a rigorous selection process involving all the GLOCAL Consortium partners. Further information on the Scholarship Selection Process can be found on our Erasmus Mundus Scholarships page.

The following documents are required (please, upload all required documents on the UoG online application system):

  • 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.

  • A copy of the photo page of your passport

  • CV 

  • Scholarship application form (which includes a personal statement)  OR

  • Separate personal statement (for self-funding applicants only)

Please note, in order to be considered for a scholarship for entry in September 2020, you MUST have submitted ALL of the above documents by 10 January 2020. If your application status is ‘holding for documents’ then you will NOT be considered for a scholarship unless you submit the required documents by 10 January 2020. 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

An applicant who is completing the final year of his/her first degree or who has yet to provide the required evidence of proficiency in English will be considered for entry to the GLOCAL programme but will not receive an unconditional offer of a place on the programme until we have received his/her 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. This documentation must be submitted to the GLOCAL Consortium via the University of Glasgow before you can enrol on the GLOCAL programme.

Academic Requirements and Background:

  • 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:

It is essential to meet the GPA requirements above in order to be accepted on the programme.

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. If you feel unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss:

International students with academic qualifications below those required should 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

  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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; 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:

The deadline for all applications for admission to the Programme and for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship competition is Friday 10th January 2020.

Applicants will be informed of the result of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship competition by Friday 3rd April 2020.

Please note that a £1000 deposit will be required to secure a self-funded place on the programme. No deposit is required from Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders.

Classes will begin in Glasgow on 21 September 2020. There will be an Induction Week starting 14 September and you will expected to attend this, whether physically present in Glasgow or online.

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.