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Master's Programme in Global Studies

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A72A
Tuition
Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees


Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A72A
Tuition
Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application opens 15 March 2021

Summary

The Master’s Programme provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how globalization shape lives, environments, and possibilities for action and imagination. You will explore global issues and gain a critical understanding of the main challenges facing global society today, and contribute to finding ways forward. With a focus on current research and the possibility of practicing your skills and knowledge in an internship, you will graduate with the ability to work for a more equal, sustainable, and inclusive society.

About

We experience globalization every day by enjoying the benefits of immediate information and communication with friends and family around the world, or through international travel and education. We have access to foods and cultural products produced far from our homes as well as new and inexpensive global services taking form in the sharing economy. 

Yet globalization is more complex than easy access. Globalization has through the political and economic landscape influenced power structures which affect the way we deal with global issues. Globalization has increased the demand for worldwide cooperation to meet the challenges of climate change. Globalization has also amplified inequality in the global society as some groups become victims in the new economic regimes.

At the Master´s Programme in Global Studies we try to make sense of globalization and understand what forces that drive it - by doing so we can find ways forward and do significant work within global organizations. 

A wide interdisciplinary education

The Master’s Programme in Global Studies explores globalization from different thematic, theoretical, and disciplinary perspectives. The programme addresses globalization through a broad range of topics such as ethnicity, cultural diversity, gender, migration, conflict, political economy, security, conflict and sustainable development, with gender and environmental consideration is taken into account throughout all of the courses. The disciplines and perspectives influencing the programme are: 

  • Global Development Studies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Ecology
  • International Relations
  • Regional studies (African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern studies)
  • Social Anthropology
  • Global Health

A research-focused programme

You will develop skills for both post-graduate research and professional employment in areas such as development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, cultural diversity and integration programmes, and environmental planning and analysis. At the programme we maintain a close relationship between research and teaching. Core lectures are based on the department´s ongoing research projects as well as other current research.  If you are interested in an academic career, you can choose to do a research internship at our department, contributing to one of our research initiatives. And, if you are interested in the transport sector and how transport affects the Indian population you can apply for a research internship at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IITD) and participate in exchange studies writing your thesis in India.

Programme structure and content

Throughout the programme you will participate in group and individual assignments, presentations, and seminars. The rigorous and comprehensive coursework creates a dynamic learning environment that challenges you and gives you the opportunity to gain a strong academic skill set. 
The introductory core courses provide you with different theories and perspectives on globalization and develop deeper into current issues. Our elective courses during the second semester give you the opportunity to profile your studies – we offer courses on global issues such as sustainable development, migration, the changing political economy, and conflict resolution. The third semester starts with the methods course and the writing of your research proposal. In the following internship course, you will be able to put theory into practice by doing an internship in Sweden or internationally. You finish your studies at the programme by writing your master thesis guided by your supervisor. 

Who should apply?

Do you want to understand how global questions like equality, the environment, peace, democracy, and international relations affect people’s lives? Are you interested in activism or changing policy and find yourself taking a critical approach to what’s happening in the world?
Apply for the Master’s Programme in Global Studies if you seek a deeper understanding of the world and want to contribute to change through research, or see yourself working in an international organization, NGO, or local initiative for a more inclusive society.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 credits within the field of Global Studies. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Special instructions for application

Apply to the programme via www.universityadmissions.se. Along with your application, you need to submit your Statement of Intent. The form is found on our page for application instructions:

More information about Special instructions for application

Selection

The selection is based on your submitted Statement of Intent. 

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Global Studies.

You will be prepared for further research or professional employment within public organizations, NGOs and INGOs, or the private sector, in areas such as development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, cultural diversity and integration programmes, and environmental planning and analysis. 

Our graduates enjoy diverse employment opportunities, including the following: 

  • Research Assistant, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö
  • University Communications Officer and Coordinator: Human Rights Project, FreeZone, Lund
  • Nordic Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Nestlé Nespresso SA, Copenhagen
  • Programme Assistant, UNESCO, Bangkok
  • Project Officer, World Meteorological Organisation, Geneva

Facilities

Our lectures and seminars are held in Annedalseminariet in Linnéstaden, close to the public park Slottsskogen.

Internship

The programme offers an internship period during the third semester. An internship makes you prepared and attractive to a global labor market and lets you try out the theoretical knowledge that you have gained throughout the programme. The internship gives you new perspectives and an in-depth understanding of the concepts that have been discussed during your studies.