Master of Arts in Global Studies

The Erasmus Mundus Master Global Studies – A European Perspective is a two-year programme organised jointly by six European partners and nine world-wide partners.

This international research-based Master is combining perspectives, methods and theories developed in history, the social sciences, cultural as well as area studies and economics to investigate phenomena of global connectedness.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
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This international research-based Master is combining perspectives, methods and theories developed in history, the social sciences, cultural as well as area studies and economics to investigate phenomena of global connectedness. We do not believe that globalisation exists as an objectively given, material reality which can be measured; rather we have to understand the phenomena described as globalisation as a bundle of political, economic, social and cultural projects to manage increasing transnational and transcontinental connectedness (the so-called global condition).

Therefore, the multi-national class-room of the programme and the cross-over of contributions from various disciplines and universities dealing either with some of these projects or/and with their conflicts and resulting entanglements offer a substantial added value to the study of processes of globalisation. Each year there are almost 150 students spread over two cohorts that are enrolled in the programme. They represent citizens from 45 different nations from all world regions which results in a truly global classroom experience.

For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


The Erasmus Mundus Master in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” is a two-year master’s programme divided into four phases (two winter and two summer terms). Students study for one year at one of the European member institutions, and for the second year at another European member university. For an overview of the European member institutions, their specializations and course offer, see

The joint module structure of the EMJMD consists of the following components. In the first term, the basic understanding of global studies is presented. This consists of an “Introduction to Global History”, an interdisciplinary introduction into “Theories of Global Studies”, and a post-disciplinary module on “Methods of Global Studies”.

During the second and third term, specialized thematic modules on global phenomena based on specific case studies from different world regions are offered. Students have the option to spend the third term at one of the non-European partner universities of the EMGS Consortium. For an overview of the non-European partners, see

In the fourth, and final, term, students write their master’s thesis as well as attend thesis seminars and colloquia.

In addition, winter schools take place each year in December, some weeks after students have started the programme, and focus on introductory information and courses. The winter school familiarises students with the complementary study programme of each partner university.

This process is further strengthened during the summer schools, which take place in July of the following year. Co-taught courses focus on methodological aspects and provide important support and advice to students for drafting their master’s thesis. A further essential component to start the process of the master’s thesis is a workshop in which students present their first ideas about the topic upon which they would like to write. The summer schools finally prepare students not only for the second year in the programme but also for challenges they will face in the labour market after graduation.

Labour Market

This international research-based master programme provides excellent training for future careers both inside and outside academia, training experts who can analyse and navigate globalisation processes from multiple perspectives. Our graduates are well prepared for academic positions in the field of Global Studies and related disciplines dealing with global phenomena as well as for jobs in supranational agencies and non-governmental organisations. They are ready to work as intercultural mediators within the fields of development cooperation, economy, management, and beyond while contributing to pioneering scholarship for understanding the past, investigating the present, and debating the future of the global.

In the EMGS programme, students learn:

  • to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of processes of globalisation (global history, international studies, political economy, human geography, transregional and area studies etc.), knowledge of how concepts of globalisation worked out in the past and today in different world regions; and
  • to have insight into the production of social scientific knowledge and to relate this knowledge production to concepts of globalisation.

The EMGS programme enables its students:

  • to develop the necessary social and communicative skills to work both independently and in collaboration with others in a profoundly multidisciplinary and multicultural context;
  • to be aware of one’s rootedness in a specific discipline and academic culture and
  • to develop general and professional skills for a wide range of possible future employment via internships as well as the skills learned in class that are required for specific labour markets (such as simulations of international conferences, presentations of short memos on complex topics, explanations of the organisational consequences of specific political ideas in a multilevel governance system etc.);
  • to compare and apply socio-political concepts and configurations and to investigate their mutual interactions;
  • to apply these insights and concepts in the design and execution of an independent study or research project and to present it in a scientifically sound paper, report, or thesis.

For more information about career prospects, see the career surveys conducted by the EMGS consortium.