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, International Studies, Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences to many other disciplines contribute to a wide-ranging academic programme.
The two-year interdisciplinary programme is offered by five European universities; Leipzig University (Germany) - the coordinating university, Ghent University (Belgium), 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 on their first 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

All questions regarding the application need to be addressed to: (Leipzig University). You cannot apply via UGent directly.

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 Bachelor degree (to be completed by August) 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, proof of a very good BA record in the social sciences or humanities, a statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, English test results, High school diploma and University diplomas, Official transcripts, Proof of nationality, 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 Leipzig University.

Programme at Ghent University

The course offer for the EMGS master programme at Ghent University (2024-25) 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:

First year:

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

Second year:

7. Global History: Europe and the World

8. World Societies: regions in Global Studies I

9. World Societies: regions in Global Studies II

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.