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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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
- Overseas applicants: 31 July 2014
More details in Application section.
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 isdecidedly international and composed of students who embody globalisation in their experience. 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 the enhanced employability that comes from participation in a global community of future leaders assembled in one programme.
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.
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:
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.
Scholarships available for this department
For current students and junior members of staff in the Department of Geography who are pursuing research in Scandanavia. This award is based on the strength of the research proposal and how well it fits the aims of the Scholarship. The award was founded by the subscribers to the Mead Scholarship Fund to reflect their respect for the contribution made to the Department of Geography and UCL of W.R. Mead, Professor of Geography at UCL (1966-1981). Please contact the Department of Geography for application information.
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. Applicants who require a student visa should submit their programme application before 31 July 2014.
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
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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- The Local Futures Group, Analyst, 2009
- Swedish Trade Council, Helsinki, Associate, 2011
- United States International Trade Organisation, Economist, 2011
- UCL, Teaching Assistant, 2011
- Monitor Group, Consultant, 2011
MSc Globalisation provides a grounding in the ways in which our world is changing to become something different every day. Those who study 'the world as it is' will inevitably be out of date in their understanding, while our students study 'the world as it is becoming' in order to better understand trends and futures. This future-oriented outlook is attractive to employers. Further, the students who have attended this programme compose their own global network of contacts, helping one another not only to get that first job but all through their career.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Ms Fiona Mannion
T: +44 (0)20 7679 0575/7579
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"I made contacts at other universities and was encouraged to take part in conferences, receiving financial support to do so, which was great for getting general research experience and networking skills."
Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2012
"UCL provides its students with the opportunity to enrich their networks in the academic and business world. I have attended many career open day events organised either by UCL itself or by companies outside UCL."
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