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Master's Programme in Global Studies

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability related
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

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

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.


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 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

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Requirements and Selection

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.

Selection: The selection is based on the submitted Statement of Intent. Use the assigned form available on Statement of Intent shall be uploaded on no later than February 1 (first admission round) and May 2 (second admission round).

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 170 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

e-mail: tues 14-16, thurs 10-12, phone: +46-(0)31-786 1399


School of Global Studies
Box 700
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Konstepidemins väg 2

Programme that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the programme's main focus

Programme that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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