Erasmus Mundus Master Global Studies (EMGS)

Topic and mobility track


The Master of Arts in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” (EMGS) trains students to look at processes of globalisation in different academic ways. It combines approaches from Global History and International Studies. Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences and other disciplines contribute to a wide-ranging academic programme.
The two-year interdisciplinary program is offered by six European universities, namely: Ghent University (Belgium), Leipzig University (Germany), London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), University of Roskilde (Denmark), University of Vienna (Austria) and University of Wroclaw (Poland) and nine further partner universities: Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Dalhousie University (Canada), Fudan University (China), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Macquarie University (Australia), Otago University (New Zealand), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon).
Students have the chance to study for one year at one of the European partner institutions, and for the second year at a different European university. Additionally there is the opportunity to spend one semester at one of the further non-European partner universities.

Application requirements

The EMGS aims at excellent students with a first degree in social sciences and humanities and with an interest in issues of globalisation. The minimum application requirements are: a BA degree (to be completed by August 2019) or a recognised equivalent from an accredited institution and excellent written and oral command of English and basic knowledge of a further foreign language.

Application documents

A filled in online application form (to be found on, proof of a very good BA record in the social sciences or humanities, a statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, language certificates and one academic reference.

Please note that prospective students cannot apply for EMGS at Ghent University.
All applications (regardless of preferred study places) need to be submitted at the Leipzig University.

On the website of Leipzig you can find more information on the content and structure of the program and also information on the admission and selection criteria, the application procedure and the deadlines.

Programme at Ghent University

The course offer for the EMGS master programme at Ghent University draws upon the expertise of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, an interdisciplinary research platform that unites scholars from world history, International and EU Studies, global ethics, urban geography and world cities research, conflict and development studies, macroeconomics, sociology, human rights law and social welfare studies, around the critical study of global processes.

In keeping with the historicising and comparative approach central to EMGS, as well as the critical, postcolonial inspiration of this master programme, the course offer at Ghent University consists of the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Global History and Global Studies
  2. Global Governance and Global Justice
  3. Conflict and Development in a Globalizing world I
  4. History and Political Economy of Global Capitalism
  5. Europe as a global actor
  6. EMGS Winter and Summer School
  7. Global History: Europe and the World
  8. World Societies: Perspectives from the Global South I: Africa
  9. World Societies: Perspectives from  the Global South II: Middle East, Asia, Latin America
  10. Conflict and Development in a Globalizing World II
  11. Advanced Research Seminar in Global Studies
  12. Master Thesis

Information sessions




Coordinating institution, Leipzig University:
Ghent University:
Each year end of January/begin of February an information session is given in Ghent. Slides are available on UFORA Welcome Abroad PS.