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MSc Globalisation
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MSc Globalisation

The MSc Globalisation will not be open to applicants for 2015/16 entry.


The MSc Globalisation embeds a core emphasis on theories and debates of globalisation within a wide array of optional modules that speak to a range of globalisation’s different manifestations. Students will receive a solid grounding in the spatialities of globalisation, which provide a way in to specific concerns in fields such as political economy, geopolitics, and international development. An MSc Globalisation student at UCL will not only be exposed to theoretical debates, but will engage in practical research that advances our understandings of the subject and offers value to future employers and other stakeholders.

The MSc is strongly interdisciplinary in scope, and thus is appropriate for students from a diverse set of backgrounds. This would include 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. By offering students considerable flexibility in their choice of modules and, especially, in the framing and design of their dissertation projects, the course seeks to accommodate individual research interests and needs.


For 2013/14, students will take the following three core courses:


Module code

Module title

UCL Credit value


Social Research Methods (Term One)

15 credits


Issues in Globalisation (Term Two)

15 credits


Approaches to Globalisation (Term One)

15 credits

Students must take one or two modules from the following list, one of which must be a Geography module (beginning GEOG):


Module code

Module title

UCL Credit value

GEOGG004 Thinking Space
15 credits


Public and Private Modernities

15 credits


Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration

15 credits

AMERG008 Globalisation and Latin American Development 15 credits
BENVGDA5 The Developmental State: Africa, Asia and Latin American Caribbean since 1940s 15 credits
BENVGDA6 Society and Market: Private Agency for Development 15 credits
BENVGDA7 Political Economy of Development 15 credits

In the second term students chose three or four modules from the following options:


Module code

Module title

UCL Credit value


Sustainable Consumption and Everyday Life

15 credits


Natural Hazards

15 credits


Consuming Modernities

15 credits


Postcolonial Theory and the Multicultural City

15 credits


Modern Cities: Representing Modernity 1850-1920

15 credits

GEOGG040B Social Research Methods (Term Two) 15 credits


Politics of Climate Change

15 credits


Comparative Urbanism

15 credits


Globalisation and Security

15 credits


Scales of Inequality

15 credits


Issues in Global Migration

15 credits


Creative Cities

15 credits


Asian Cities in a Globalising South

15 credits

Please note this list is provisional and may be subject to change.

All students will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) on a wide range of topics related to globalisation.


MSc Globalisation is theory-led but practically minded, grounding students in the literature but giving them the opportunity to impact the world through application of knowledge to global problems and through the conduct of cutting-edge research with the aid of an experienced supervisor.

Recent dissertation topics include:

  • “The impact of globalisation on the regional planning system in Japan”
  • “A study of NGOs’ means of creating spaces of inclusion for asylum seekers in the UK”
  • “Managing Globalisation: Developmentalism and Biopolitics in the Malaysian HIV/AIDS Epidemic”
  • “The Nature of Anonymity: Cooperative Online Multiplayer Games as a Social Space”

Tim Hortons (Canadian Coffee Chain) Abu Dhabi.jpgStudent Experiences:

"The MSc in Globalisation provided me with an in-depth grounding in a range of contemporary academic approaches to this notoriously diverse topic. Together with my dissertation research, this gave me both confidence and expertise to go on to start a PhD in political geography."
Sam Halvorsen, graduated 2011

"The MSc in Globalisation introduced me to a broad range of theoretical perspectives from across a range of disciplines which gave me a good grounding to pursue further study."
Amil Mohanan, graduated 2010

“My main reason for choosing this course was the broad range of interesting topics deepening and widening my undergraduate experience and providing me with a strong theoretical and empirical basis necessary to succeed on the job market”
Andrew Whatton, Derivative Trader @ Dresdner Kleinwort, graduated 2006


Fees and applications

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For information on UCL scholarships, please visit:  UCL Scholarships

MSc in Globalisation is an ESRC recognised Masters programme and  UK/EU students who would like to pursue a PhD after completing the MSc may apply for a 1+3 award. http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/admissions-and-teaching/postgraduates/phd-research/phd-applications-and-funding/

Overseas Funding

In the first instance, you should contact your own Ministry of Education or Education Department, who will have details of most schemes and who will also be able to advise you of your own government’s conditions for studying abroad. You should also contact the nearest British Council office in your own country, who should have details of scholarship schemes and who will also be able to give you information and advice on educational programmes and living in the UK.

Scholarships provided by UCL

All scholarships are competitive and depend upon academic merit.

Full information on a variety of sources of funding for graduate study can be obtained via the UCL Scholarships homepage.

Further information

MSc Globalisation students have gone on, in recent years, to a wide array of employers. There is a great variety of possibilities, dependent largely on the interests of the student involved. For example, our graduates have gone on to work in the fields of finance and commerce at locations such as the National Audit Office, financial companies such as Saunderson House and Samsung Securities, and for shipping companies such as the Noble Group. Our students have also ventured into globally minded ventures such as Zynga (the online gaming company), the Ministry of Sound (music production company) and Stott and May (corporate headhunters). Our students’ research skills are in high demand with think tanks such as the Green Alliance and marketing research companies such as Millward Brown.  Of course they have also been accepted to the Civil Service Fast Stream and to study for a PhD at universities such as UCL.

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MSc Globalisation Handbook
A short brochure can be downloaded here. A more detailed course handbook can be downloaded here.