This two-year International Master leverages the complementary expertise, resources and networks of four subject areas (Economic & Social History, Business, History, Economics) within four major European universities to provide a profoundly interdisciplinary programme and international learning experience. The programme equips you with the analytical tools and critical skills necessary to make sense of the history, theory, institutions and cultures of global and local capitalism. Exploration and understanding of the intersecting complementarity of global and local is at the heart of this programme.
Why this programme
- You will graduate with a multiple degree: one from each of the three universities at which you have studied.
- Associate partners from around the world will provide specialist master classes and guest lectures, and make contributions to, or host, the annual summer school.
- You will be encouraged to explore a variety of perspectives on the process and experience of globalisation, and to reflect on the relationship between global and local, in particular, of cities, creative industries and local cultures of entrepreneurship that have innovated at the local level to remain globally competitive.
- A variety of internships and industrial placements are available to all students in Barcelona, Rotterdam and Göttingen to enhance your learning experience.
- You will receive a theoretical grounding in international business and the global economy, and be encouraged to think critically about the respective roles of individuals, firms, cities, regions, nations and supra-national bodies in determining the world in which we live.
This is a two-year degree taught through a mix of lectures and seminars. You will take between eight and ten core and around eight optional courses, depending on which pathway you choose. The programme also includes opportunities for internships and industrial placements. All teaching is in English; recommended additional language study is encouraged throughout the two-year programme.
You will spend your first year in Glasgow (semester 1) and Barcelona (semester 2). The second year (semester 1) will be spent in either Rotterdam or Göttingen, depending on which pathway you choose.
- Pathway A (Rotterdam) - Global History & Creative Industries (the history of globalisation and the role of creative industries)
- Pathway B (Göttingen) - Global Markets & Development (marketing, entrepreneurship and development)
The final semester will be spent researching and writing a dissertation
University of Glasgow
- Global varieties of capitalism in historical perspective (taught by Göttingen)
- The globalised economy.
University of Barcelona
- Companies in emerging sectors
- Creative cities: Intervention models and entrepreneurial dynamics
- Family business: Innovation and globalisation
- Port cities in historical perspective. (taught by Rotterdam)
Erasmus University Rotterdam – pathway A
- Creative industries in the global economy. (taught by Glasgow)
- International relations theory
- Mapping global order.
Göttingen University – pathway B
- Global history of marketing and mass consumption
- Immigrant entrepreneurship
- Topics in globalisation. (taught by Barcelona)
Optional courses may include
University of Glasgow
- Globalisation and labour
- Latin American development from independence to the present
- Managing creativity and innovation
- Sustainable urban futures
- Technology transfer in the global economy.
University of Barcelona
- Global Health
- Latin America
- Topics in international economics
- Topics in international politics.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Business history of fashion
- Globalisation and the making of Europe, 1850-present
- Spaces and places of fashion
- Travelling things: The making of heritage in different educational contexts.
- Development economics 1 - Macro issues
- Development economics 3 - Regional perspectives
- Globalisation and development
- International Human Resource Management
- Political construction of Europe
- Sustainable development, trade and environment
- Selected topics in Asian business and management.
A two week summer school will take place in August at the end of year 1 and will be held with a different partner each year and this will include associate partners from around the world. The topic will be decided on an annual basis and relate to trends and issues of the moment.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
The intertwining of academic analysis and practical engagement will provide a valuable range of well-rounded skills and experiences that develop active and informed graduates capable of operating at strategic levels in NGO and third-sector agencies, local economic development organisations, policy analysis and lobbying groups and corporations, or of undertaking further study. The programme is designed for students with a diverse range of prior knowledge and interests and will develop their understanding of the process, impact and responses to globalisation.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2019-20
Home and EU
- Full time fee: £6,450 per annum or €7,200 per annum
- Full time fee: £14,050 per annum or €15,650 per annum
The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fee in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.
The University requires a deposit of £1000 to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme.
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
Deposits terms & conditions
The University requires a deposit to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programmes and who require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University in order that they can apply for a student visa. This is required where the programme is competitive and the deposit is required in order to demonstrate your commitment to attend the programme should you meet all the conditions of your offer.
If you are made an offer for this programme the University will write to you and request a deposit with information on how to pay your deposit and the deadline for making the deposit payment. Please note that if you are unable to pay a deposit because you are planning to fund your studies through an official financial sponsor then you should upload a copy of your scholarship application or award letter to your application by the deadline date.
The following guidelines will apply in determining whether or not a deposit will be refunded. Where the deposit is refunded, a 10% handling fee will be deducted.
Deposits WILL be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:
- Where the University is unable to offer you a place.
- Where the applicant has personal circumstances such as illness, bereavement or other family situations that has prevented them coming to the UK. Medical or other proof may be requested.
- Applicant can prove that they have applied for a visa to attend the University of Glasgow, but the VISA has been refused. The applicant must have shown ‘real intent' to study at the University of Glasgow but has been unable to obtain their visa.
- Applicant does not meet his / her conditions of offer: this may be academic or language test requirements. Satisfactory evidence must be uploaded to the student’s online application to prove that they have not met the conditions of their offer (note that applicants who do not meet the language condition of their offer must show reasonable attempt to meet this, i.e. they must provide a language test which was taken after the date that the deposit was paid).
Deposits WILL NOT be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:
- Applicant decides to go to another institution.
- Applicant cannot be released from work to study at the University of Glasgow.
- Applicant does not send completed documentation as requested in the condition of the offer: this may be required in order to prove that the offer has not been met for academic or language test conditions - failure to respond to requests for this information will result in no refund.
- Applicant has not secured funding to attend the University of Glasgow: this may be as a result of not being successful in applications for scholarships, OR simply not having sufficient funds in bank at time of visa application. This condition will apply unless it can be proven that there are clear mitigating circumstances which have significantly changed the applicant’s position since the time of application.
- Applicant has decided to defer – in this situation the University will retain the deposit and credit it against the applicant’s account for securing their place for the following year of entry.
Refund requests must be made within 60 days of the programme start date stated on your offer letter: requests made after this date will be subject to discretion.
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
Global Markets, Local Creativities (Erasmus Mundus International Master) scholarship
Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in Global Markets, Local Creativities. The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this multiple Masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) and Georg-August Universität Göttingen (Germany).More Information
Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)
If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.
Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding
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* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmesMore Information
The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science (business, management, economics, politics, economic & social history, sociology, etc.) or arts and humanities (English language, literature, history, anthropology, etc.) subject.
Those applying for pathway B are required to have an academic background in the social sciences. If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
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How to apply
Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.
Applications for this programme and Erasmus Mundus scholarships will close on Friday 11 January 2019.
Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis. Unsuccessful scholarship applicants who are able to self-fund their study will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit by Wednesday 17 April 2019 to confirm their place on the programme.
Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 11 January 2019, complete with all required documents.Apply now
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