Global Studies

University of Gothenburg

M.A. On Campus
24 months
8101 EUR/year
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Are you curious about globalisation and the ways that it is affecting our world? The MA Programme in Global Studies from University of Gothenburg explores globalisation from different thematic, theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.


The Global Studies programme from University of Gothenburg addresses globalisation through a broad range of topics such as ethnicity, cultural diversity, migration, world views, political economy, security, conflict and sustainable development. Disciplines and perspectives that make up the programme are: Global Development Studies, Conflict Resolution, Global Gender Studies, Human Ecology, International Relations, Regional Studies (African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern Studies), and Social Anthropology. All courses in the programme take a gender and sustainable development perspective into account​. 

The overall aim of the Master's Programme in Global Studies is to provide students with advanced knowledge within the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies. 

The programme will prepare students for both post-graduate research and professional employment within a range of international and national organisations. Skills taught will be useful in areas such as development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, cultural diversity and integration programmes, and environmental planning and analysis. Special emphasis is placed on independent work methods, critical assessment and the ability to solve problems.

The programme requires full-time studies of two academic years (120 higher education credits) and is taught in English. The first semester consists of two modules that together provide a foundation of theoretical and empirical knowledge of salient issues within Global Studies. 

The first provides an overview of theories and concepts of globalization across the social sciences and other applicable fields of knowledge. 

The second focuses on a selection of themes that spring from the first module and that are related to contemporary and historical processes of globalization. 

The second semester consists of two elective courses that provide students with in-depth knowledge on relevant themes and subfields of Global Studies. In this semester, insights from the first semester are deepened and developed through engagement with current research issues and knowledge production within the field. In the third semester a course on research design and methodology equips the students with knowledge and skills that are valuable when applying and developing their theoretical knowledge within a work environment, during the internship, or, alternatively, in relation to specific skills, during a proficiency course. 

The internship course, taking place in the second half of this semester, provides the student with the possibility to work actively with global and social issues in a global and interdisciplinary perspective within international and national organisations. In the final semester the student makes use of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the previous modules by writing a thesis in the field of Global Studies.

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

Programme Structure

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

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.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be accepted for the Master’s Programme in Global Health, students must meet the basic entrance requirements, hold a Bachelor’s degree worth 180 credits in a social sciences/health sciences/economics/arts.
  • Admissions are made every autum. First priority is given to applicants sending a personal motivation letter (200 - 250 words in English) together with correct verification of degree and English requirements. The letters will be ranked by the Institute of Medicine due to quality and content.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8101 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16203 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Full programme cost 170 000 SEK
  • Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.


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Global Studies
University of Gothenburg


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