Postgraduate taught 

Global Economy MSc

What our students say

What our students say

Hsin-Lun Yang, Taiwan, 2015

Image of Hsin-Lun Yang speaking at conferenceI graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015. Studying the MSc Global Economy programme changed my destiny. Life in Glasgow provided me with passion and the ability to support more people around the world.

My studies allowed me to explore the history of economics, globalisation, international trades and many topics related to China. Specifically, the development progress of emerging economies, global production networks and their respective impact on economies and societies, and how a nation’s expansion policy and strategy affect regional economy development, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The programme welcomes students from many nations, which allows us to exchange views and opinions on a broad range of topics. There are many critical discussions from classes to pubs. It really inspires people to think, explain, convince and understand.

Currently, I work for Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC), a division of Institute for Information Industry. MIC is the leading and the largest research institute in ICT industry with about 200 analysts in Taipei, Taiwan. MIC play key roles in the government’s think tank and the industry/company’s consultant.

I am a member of the regional study team. Our team accumulates rich knowledge and research outcomes about the Chinese industry development. My work covers China and India macroeconomic analysis, industry policies, analysis of the political implications, and industry analysis. I am also recognised as an outstanding India industry development expert in Taiwan. My studies provide useful suggestions which are supposed to encourage economic growth and improve people’s life quality and well-being.

To conclude what I have learned and acquired during my time at the University of Glasgow, I’d like to quote the words of Adam Smith—the Father of Economics, “…by far the most useful and therefore as by far the happiest and most honourable period of my life.”

Lukas Eisserer, Austria (graduated in 2014)

Lukas Eisserer'I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014, and my Masters degree in Global Economy provided me with many possibilities going forward. My studies equipped me with solid groundwork in regards to knowledge about the history of economics, globalisation and international trade as well as more specifically, the emergence of multinational corporations, global production networks and their respective impacts on economies and societies. While the program does involve core courses, the optional ones provide enough flexibility to tailor it to one‘s fields of interest. Personally, I set a focus on doing business in the Chinese economy and pursued an optional course in Mandarin offered through the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow.

Besides being an excellent hub supporting your academic ambitions, the University offers numerous possibilities to enrich the students‘ social lives. I especially enjoyed the weekend trips offered by the International Society, giving me a chance to explore the beauty of Scotland and the friendliness of its people. Also, I took advantage of the great sports facilities available on campus, as well as the offerings and events provided by the Postgraduate Business Club which I was a member of.

After graduation I immediately found employment at a Chinese firm in Changsha, Hunan. There, I could not only put my (basic) Mandarin skills into practice, but also witnessed first hand the workings of the Chinese economy in an international context since my job role was focussed on the export business to Europe. I returned to Austria one year later and am since employed in the Austrian subsidiary of a multinational corporation, doing business on a global scale. Not only did my degree facilitate finding attractive employment internationally, but it also enriched my experiencing of two very different economies, social environments and corporate settings through the broad range of theories and learnings I acquired during my time at the University of Glasgow, in itself an experience I fondly look back on and would not want to miss.'

What is it like to be a student on the MSc Global Economy?

Jiayi Zhang and Hanzhen Zhi from China (2018-19 cohort) tell us about their experience so far.

'Global economy is a discipline that emerged from the trend of the times. Today, the world is gradually becoming an entirety. It is important to know where today’s world comes from and to know its future direction, which helps students with their future outlook and employment choices. Learning about the global economy is a very diverse and challenging experience. The curriculum covers all aspects of the global economy and provides a comprehensive and in-depth explanation of it. Before I came into contact with this discipline, I only narrowly understood the performance of the global economy such as multinational corporations and exchange rates. But learning more about the subject made me realise that the scope of globalisation is so wide. It includes the development of globalisation, its origins, and other aspects such as technology, labour, international organisations, government functions, and international relations. Therefore, since you only take three courses per semester, it is not easy to fully grasp the subejct in its entirey. This programme is not a business degree. It does not specialise in business strategy such as finance or investment. It is not an economics degree either, but it covers some economic theories without complicated calculations.

Similar to other social science and humanities degrees, each course in this programme requires a large amount of reading after class to gain an understanding of what you have learned in class. The programme also includes a variety of optional courses. One of the courses I chose, Globalisation and labour, explores the migration and survival of the global workforce. Before the class, the students will do assigned reading to understand the content to be discussed in this class, which also helps to speed up the digesting of what the teacher has said in class. There will be group discussions and teacher's explanations in class, which allows for many different viewpoints to be heard.

The University of Glasgow and the School of Social & Political Sciences also offer a wide range of opportunities for Global Economy students. We are fortunate to have a three-week exchange opportunity with Kyoto University in Japan; where we will discuss our graduation thesis with Japanese professors and look at issues related to globalisation from a non-Western perspective. In addition, scholars from all over the world often visit the University and give guest lectures. These events enable students to be exposed to the most advanced academic developments without being constrained by what they have learned in class. At the same time, the process of communicating and getting along with students from all over the world is also a very important part of learning. Overall, Global Economy is a very interesting programme and the professors are very knowledgeable. My classmates and I are very happy to have chosen it.'