Master's Programme in Global Markets, Local Creativities

120 credits

Programme syllabus, SGL2M

Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 18 February 2021
Registration number
SAMFK 2021/13 Doss: 3.2.1
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Social Sciences
Responsible department
Department of Economic History

Entry requirements

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

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at


Upon completing the programme the student will be able to address advanced work assignments in private business, in organisations and in public authorities. A solid theoretical and academic in-depth education will foster a capacity for analytical thinking, preparing for phd studies. The programme specialisation in global markets will offer a sound foundation for an international career. The interdisciplinary profile will give an overview and ability to understand the relation between globalisation and local context. 

The ability to independently identify, formulate, and solve problems is a central theme of the programme. The student's ability to exercise independent and critical judgement established at earlier levels will also be further developed.

Learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed the programme will be able to: 

  • demonstrate knowledge of global capitalism and its theories, institutions and culture, 
  • account for different perspectives on the globalised economy, 
  • account for the connection between the global economy and local contexts, historically as well as in present time, 
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge,
  • analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, 
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge, 
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, 
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity, 
  • identify and contextualise processes of change on various social levels, 
  • carry out his/her own project work based on solid social scientific analysis, 
  • independently and critically integrate and analyse knowledge in the area of social science, 
  • identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Layout of the programme

The programme is taught over two years totaling 120 credits. 

The programme is an international collaboration with six other universities: University of Glasgow, University of Barcelona; Erasmus University Rotterdam; Georg-August University Göttingen; University of the Andes and Kyoto University. The curriculum for the Master programme is based on a common programme structure:

Semester one through three comprises two compulsory courses and two optional courses recommended by the department.

All students will spend their first semester at the University of Glasgow, then the second semester at either the University of Barcelona or the University of Uppsala. For the third semester the students can choose between the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Georg-August University Göttingen, the University of the Andes or Kyoto University. During the fourth and final semester students will write their master's thesis with primary supervision from either the Erasmus University Rotterdam or the Georg-August University Göttingen. All universities will participate as either secondary or third supervisor.

Uppsala University is one of the options for the second semester. The semester consists of four courses comprising 7.5 credits each, two courses are compulsory and two are recommended but optional. It is possible to apply for other courses at advanced level instead of the two recommended.


Instruction consists mainly of seminars and lectures. Written and oral treatments of articles and literature where students present their own assignments are a central part of instruction. Mandatory elements are included in most courses. The language of instruction is English.


The programme leads to a two-year Master's degree (Degree of Master in Social Science, 120 credits) in Economic History comprising 120 credits, with at least 90 credits at advanced level and 60 credits in the major field, including an independent degree project (Master's thesis) comprising at least 30 credits.