With the advancement of communication technology and growing political awareness of globalisation, the impact of transnationality on our social, cultural and economic lives has increased dramatically. This MA is a cross-disciplinary programme taught by specialists from different UCL faculties.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £10,140 (FT) £5,120 (PT)
- £21,160 (FT) £10,740 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
This MA focuses on the transnational movement of people, ideas and goods on a global scale, and the impact of such connections on our social, political and cultural worlds. Approaching transnationality as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, students will be taught by specialists in human rights, international relations, economics, health and migration.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of the core module (30 credits), compulsory modern language modules (up to 30 credits), optional modules (up to 45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
- Approaches to Transnational Studies: core readings, social theory and case studies
- Modern Language Module: from Beginner's to Advanced Level
Students select up to three optional modules from a list that may include:
- Cultural Exchange: Methods and Approaches
- Consumerism and Globalisation
- International and EU Refugee Law
- Economics of Transition
- Population and Development
- Migration and Transformation
- Comparable Peace Processes
- Security, Identity, Polarity
- Anthropology of Art and Design
- Practical Documentary Filmmaking
- Nations and States in Transnational Perspective
- Globalisation in the 20th Century
- People and Populations: an Interdisciplinary Perspective
- History and Theory of European Integration
- Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the 21st Century
This list is indicative only; not all modules are taught every year.
All students undertake an independent research project written up as a dissertation up to 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and discussion seminars. Assessment is through unseen examinations, oral presentations, written coursework and the research dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £7,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- Deadline: 28 July 2018
- £2,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme will equip students for further academic study of transnational developments. It will also position students at an advantage for careers with international organisations, the development sector and NGOs.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Account Executive, Ogilvy & Mather
- Freelance Copywriter, Freelance Copywriter
- Researcher, ReSeT
- Community Development Intern, Westway Trust
- Consumer Services and QA Manager, LeapFrog Toys
The programme is strongly focused on career opportunities for students, particularly within NGOs, the charity sector, international organisations and development. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This cross-disciplinary programme is hosted by UCL's Centre for Transnational History, one of the UK's leading hubs for transnational research. The degree draws on research and teaching expertise from across UCL, offering optional modules that are taught by social scientists, historians and geographers, together with specialists in languages and area studies, law, politics and international health.
UCL is situated in the heart of London, one of the world's leading centres of cultural exchange, and home to numerous international organisations and NGOs. Within walking distance of institutions such as the British Library and the School of Advanced Study, UCL offers excellent conditions for transnational research.
Student / staff numbers
› 54 staff
including 6 postdocs
› 95 taught students
› 70 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: History
82% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at students with an academic background in the humanities, social and political sciences, law or global health, as well as professionals working in the transnational sector (NGOs, international organisations, development).
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Transnational Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Transnational Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic 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.