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Ms Fiona Mannion

Email: masters@geog.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0575/7579

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

The Globalisation MSc is an ESRC recognised Masters programme and UK/EU students who would like to pursue a PhD after completing the MSc may apply to hold a 1+3 award.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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Globalisation MSc

This MSc offers a sophisticated perspective on the complex nature of globalisation. The thematic scope is broad-ranging, and seeks to balance a critical interrogation of conceptual debates around the nature of globalisation with an examination of the diverse geopolitical, economic, and social manifestations of the globalisation process itself.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain expertise in key theoretical debates around globalisation, and develop skills in advanced social science research methodologies. They gain experience in the design and execution of a major research project and will be prepared for careers in fields where an advanced understanding of globalisation is valuable.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Globalisation MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The programme is strongly interdisciplinary in scope, and is therefore appropriate for students from a diverse set of backgrounds. Students are offered considerable flexibility in their choice of courses and the programme seeks to accommodate individual research interests and needs.

Students join a large and vibrant graduate community drawn from all over the world. They benefit from state-of-the-art facilities including a high-performance UNIX computer network, specialised cartographic and research laboratories and the Bloomsbury Environment Isotope Facility.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (normally 60 credits), four optional modules (normally 60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Social Research Methods I
  • Issues in Globalisation
  • Approaches to Globalisation
  • PLUS EITHER: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
  • OR: Public and Private Modernities
  • OR: Thinking Space


  • Comparative Urbanism
  • Natural Hazards
  • Social Research Methods II
  • Scales of Inequality
  • Globalisation and Security
  • Consuming Modernities
  • Sustainable Consumption and Everyday Life
  • Modern Cities: Representing Modernity, 1850–1920
  • Postcolonial Theory and the Multi-cultural City
  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Issues in Global Migration
  • Asian Cities in a Globalising South
  • Creative Cities


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, presentations and practical classes. Assessment is through a range of coursework tasks and the research dissertation, which includes an oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in relevant fields, personal statements and references will all be considered alongside academic qualifications.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Applicants who require a student visa should submit their programme application before 31 July. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is appropriate for students from a diverse set of backgrounds, including students with undergraduate degrees in the social sciences - such as human geography, politics and international relations, economics, sociology, and anthropology - as well as a range of other disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Globalisation
  • why you want to study Globalisation at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Students completing the Globalisation MSc have been employed in a variety of sectors including development agencies, international business, consultancy, government, social services and academia. The programme also serves as a valuable stepping stone to PhD study in geography or related disciplines.

First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • The Local Futures Group: Analyst
  • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal: Personal Secretary
  • Swedish Trade Council, Helsinki: Associate
  • LSE: Diploma in International Relations
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers: SAP Specialist
  • CIL Management Consultancy: Business Associate
  • Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein: Graduate Trainee

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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