Master's Programme in Global Markets, Local Creativities

Academic year 2021/2022

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  • 120 credits
  • Autumn 2021, Glasgow, Uppsala, Rotterdam, Göttingen, Bogotá, 100%, Campus
  • Programme syllabus

The concept of globalisation is central to an understanding of economic and social change in the 21st century. The Master's programme in Global Markets, Local Creativities - GLOCAL - offers an integrated analysis of the history, institutions and cultures of the globalised economy. This is a transdisciplinary joint programme with seven partner universities. One semester of the programme is hosted in Uppsala.

Why this programme?

The Master's programme GLOCAL is an Erasmus Mundus joint Master's Degree Programme.

It combines knowledge concerning the development of the global economy with it concerning the national, regional and local contexts. It is important to learn about both the institutional differences and the complementarities as well as gain a global perspective. This is a solid basis for working globally. You will also study entrepreneurship, regional and global markets, welfare states, and national and local cultures.

There are seven study tracks in the programme that you need to choose already in your application. Three of them involve studies at Uppsala University in the second semester. The three tracks are:

  • Study track E: Institutional Change and Creative Industries. You will study your first semester in Glasgow, second semester in Uppsala, third and fourth semester in Rotterdam;
  • Study track F: Global Political Economy. You will study your first semester in Glasgow, second semester in Uppsala, third and fourth semester in Göttingen;
  • Study track G: Sustainability: Institutions and Management. You will study your first semester in Glasgow, second semester in Uppsala, third semester in Bogotá, last semester in Glasgow.
Courses at Uppsala University will have a focus on sustainability. Read more about the study tracks.

The programme also prepares you for PhD studies at the partner universities or elsewhere in the world.


The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Economic History as the main field of study.


Depending on the study track you choose in your application, you will study with at least three of the partner universities. There are three study tracks involve studies at Uppsala University in the second semester of the programme. The second semester is a spring semester from the middle of January 2022 to June 2022.

We offer four courses, of which two are compulsory and two are elective courses:

  • Sustainability of Welfare Policies in the Modern Era, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
  • Sustainability of Financial Markets in the Modern Era, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
  • Modern Natures: Conflicts and Transformation, 7.5 credits, (elective)
  • Sustainability of Economic Thought, 7.5 credits (elective)
As an alternative to the elective courses, other courses on advanced level in social science or arts will be offered.

Read more about the courses provided at Uppsala University.

Learning experience

The teaching methods vary between the different partner universities. The teaching method at Uppsala is seminar-based. On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.

As an internationally mobile student, you will have the best opportunity to develop your intercultural awareness. During the studies in different countries, you will be able to compare and develop systems, good practices and cross-cultural fluency. A multicultural and multi-layered learning environment creates a unique learning experiendce compared with the "standard" educational experience.

The positive implications of the programme are many and multifarious. One example is the fact that each of the partner universities offers a language training so that you will get to learn and practice at least one of the languages: Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, German or Japanese. The mobility periods are critical to the learning outcomes as they provide students with exposure to cutting edge teaching, research and practice across Europe and the globe.

The programme is taught entirely in English at all the partner universities.


Career Support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Learn more about UU Careers.


Check the application procedure and apply for the programme on the website of GLOCAL.

Master's Programme in Global Markets, Local Creativities

120 credits

Autumn 2021, 100%, Campus

Location: Glasgow, Uppsala, Rotterdam, Göttingen, Bogotá

Application deadline: 8 January 2021


Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits within the social sciences or history or social anthropology.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: See the GLOCAL website for information about the selection procedure.

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?

GLOCAL Consortium - official international website
GLOCAL Experience Student Website - blogg where GLOCAL students share their expereinces from the programme


Ylva Hasselberg

+46 18 471 5755

Department of Economic History

Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

018-471 1222