Entry Requirements

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

The GLOCAL programme is dedicated to equality in all its activities. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and seek to create a learning environment that is free from discrimination and unfair treatment. We fully engage with and subscribe to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion principles and policies of the University of Glasgow, which can be found here.

Academic Entry Requirements

  • 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: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

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

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 with routes into other University of Glasgow PGT programmes. Please note that there is no route into the GLOCAL programme directly from GIC.

Academic Background Requirements

You can only apply for ONE study track.

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.

Academic Background requirements depend on which study track you choose to apply for.

Study tracks A, C, D, E and G are suitable for applicants with an academic background in History, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations, as well as applicants from an Arts and Humanities academic background (English Language, Literature, Anthropology, Languages, etc.).

Applicants who have previously studied Economics or Business/Management are also welcome to apply to these study tracks, so long as they can evidence some wider interest.

Study tracks B and F are suitable for applicants with an academic background in History, Economics, Business/Management, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, or another Social Science.

Those applying for Pathway B and F are required to have an academic background in Social Sciences.

Those applying to study tracks D, E, F and G are subject to additional screening by Kyoto University or Uppsala University Admissions departments.

Other majors (such as Engineering, Sciences, Architecture etc.) will also be considered for entry into the programme and for the scholarship if they have a significant academic background in the targeted fields listed above.

Additional study track guidance can be found in Acceptable Academic Backgrounds document.

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.

English Language Entry 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 6.0

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 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:


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.

Below is the list of countries deemed majority English-speaking by UKVI:

Antigua and Barbuda Australia The Bahamas
Barbados Belize Canada*
Dominica Grenada Guyana
Ireland Jamaica Malta
New Zealand St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago USA

*Canada is only considered to be majority English-speaking for Canadian nationals. If you are not Canadian, and you hold a degree from Canada, you will not be able to use it as evidence of your English language ability.

For further information, please refer to the UKVI website.

What to do if:

your 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.

your language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk