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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 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.

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 higher education credits) and is taught in English.

Programme syllabus

Career opportunities

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.


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.

Second Semester
The second semester focuses on a selection of themes that spring from the first module and that are related to contemporary and historical processes of globalisation. It 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.

Third Semester
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 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. The internship takes place in the second half of the third semester.

Fourth Semester
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.

Find out more about the programme modules here

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 our general admission pages.

Find out more about requirements and the application process here.

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