Global Studies, M.A. | University of Gothenburg | Göteborg, Sweden
24 months
8158 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Global Studies programme of the University of Gothenburg 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.



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 Global Studies programme of the University of Gothenburg 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.

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

  • 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. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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
  • Statement of Intent

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8158 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16316 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 178,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Global Studies
University of Gothenburg
Global Studies
University of Gothenburg


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!