Globalisation MSc

Options: PG Diploma

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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • 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.

Core Modules

  • Social Research Methods I
  • Issues in Globalisation
  • Approaches to Globalisation
  • PLUS ONE OR TWO MODULES FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
  • Public and Private Modernities
  • Thinking Space
  • Globalisation and Latin American Development
  • The Development State: Africa, Asia and Latin American Carribean since 1940's
  • Society and Market: Private Agency for Development
  • Political Economy of Development


  • Comparative Urbanism
  • Natural Hazards
  • Social Research Methods II
  • Scales of Inequality
  • Globalisation and Security
  • Consuming Modernities
  • Sustainable Consumption and Everyday Life
  • 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:


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.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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
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.

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.

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Alumni View

"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."

Emma Wiik

Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2012

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"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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