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Master's Programme in Global Studies

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

Programme content

The programme 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 you with advanced knowledge within the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies.

The programme entails full-time studies of two academic years (120 credits) and is taught in English.

Programme syllabus

First Semester

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

GS2121 Global Studies: Theories and Perspectives, 15 creditsGS2122 Global Studies: Thematic Issues, 15 credits

Second Semester

The second semester focuses on a selection of themes that are related to contemporary and historical processes of globalisation. You choose between two of the following in-depth courses (one curse in each module):

Module 1
HE2234, Sustainable Development: Conflicts, Communication and Collaboration, 15 creditsIR2232, The Global Political Economy, 15 creditsSA2233, Migration, Power and Identity, 15 creditsSF2221, Global Security and Democracy, 15 credits

Module 2

GS2235, Global Migration and Security, 15 creditsHE2233, Adaptation to Global Environmental Change, 15 creditsIK2231, Perspectives and Theories in Conflict Resolution, 15 creditsSA2234, The Global Politics of Heritage, 15 credits

Third semester

The third semester consist of a methodology course that teach you how to independently develop a scientific research design. The methodcourse also give you knowledge and skills that are valuable during your internship (or alternatively, a proficiency course). The internship takes place in the second half of the third semester.

GS2321, Research Design and Methods, 15 credits

  • GS2422, Qualified Work Placement with Global Studies' Perspective, 15 hp
  • or a proficiency course

Fourth Semester

In the final semester you make use of the knowledge and skills acquired by writing a thesis in the field of Global Studies.

GS2534, Global Studies: Master Thesis, 30 credits

Forms of Teaching

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


The programme offers an internship 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.

After your studies

The programme will prepare you 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.

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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