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 they studied.
- 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.
- Associate partners from around the world will provide specialist master classes and guest lectures, and make contributions to, or host, the annual summer school.
- A variety of internships and industrial placements are available to all students in Barcelona, Rotterdam or Göttingen to enhance their 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 2-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 internships and industrial placements. All teaching is in English; recommended additional language study will be provided 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 Cities Economies (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
- Globalised economy
- Global varieties of capitalism in historical perspective. (taught by Göttingen)
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)
- 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
- China in the international economy
- Global cities
- Globalisation and labour
- Globalisation and the nation state
- Governance and markets
- Methods of social research.
University of Barcelona
- Global Health
- Latin America
- Topics in international economics
- Topics in international politics.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
- International relations theory
- Maritime history and port cities
- Research workshops to prepare for master level thesis
- Rise and fall of the American Empire.
- 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 July 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: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
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 and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||
£5,800 per annum
|Full time fee||
£12,850 per annum
The fees listed here cover tuition only. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.
Fees are subject to change and for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
- General Council fee: £50
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
University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award
In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000more information
University International Leadership Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has 10 International Leadership Scholarships available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in September 2018. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fees discount.
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 arts and humanities (English language, literature, history, anthropology, etc.) or social science (business, management, economics, politics, economic & social history, sociology, etc.) subject.
We recommend those from an arts and humanities background should apply for pathway A, while students with a background in social sciences should apply for pathway B. If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss.
Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.
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
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide the name and contact details for one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. The reference should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
Applications for this programme and Erasmus Mundus scholarships will open Monday 2 October 2017 and close on Friday 12 January 2018. Thereafter applications will remain open for self-funded students and be considered on a rolling basis.
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 Friday 4 May 2018 to confirm their place on the programme.
Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 12 January 2018, complete with all required documents. Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.Apply now