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Master's Programme in Global Studies

Are you curious about globalization and the ways that it is affecting our world? The Master's Programme in Global Studies (120 credits) explores globalization from different thematic, theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Using an inter- and multidisciplinary approach, it gives you a thorough and nuanced understanding of how globalization shapes our lives, environments and possibilities for action and imagination.

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 that 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 new economic regimes.

In the Master’s Programme in Global Studies, we try to make sense of globalization and understand the forces that drive it—by doing so, we can contribute to a differentiated view of globalization 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, migration, conflict, political economy, security, conflict, and sustainable development, with gender and environmental consideration 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 School of Global Studies 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 India Institute of Technology in Delhi (IITD) and participate in exchange studies while writing your thesis in India.

For further information on programme content and structure, please see the program syllabus:

Programme Syllabus

Forms of Teaching

Your studies include lectures, group teaching, seminars and excursions. You also get the opportunity to do an internship during your studies.


The programme offers an internship (15 credits) period during the third semester. An internship makes you prepared and attractive to a global labor market and let 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.

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.

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
  • UniversityCommunications 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

Information about application and tuition fees

International students from a non-EU/EAA country who don't hold a Swedish residence permit need to pay tuition fees to study in Sweden. Exchange students and EU/EEA citizens are exempt from tuition fees. Find out more about this on the University of Gothenburg admission pages.

How to apply

Click here to get information about the requirements and applications process.



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