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Erasmus Mundus MA Global Studies


The European Master's Global Studies: A European Perspective aims to create synergies between the fields of studies taught at five European universities that form a consortium, namely, the University of Leipzig, University of Vienna, University of Wroclaw, University of Roskilde and LSE. Combining approaches from global history and international studies, it encompasses area studies, social sciences and other disciplines which contribute to a wide-ranging academic programme allowing different approaches to the study of globalisation processes.

Teaching and Learning

 The programme provides an integrated, comparative assessment of core issues of global development in a historical perspective. Courses consider the origin and outcomes of distinct patterns of economic growth in various time periods (from the eleventh century to the present) and parts of the world. The programme also seeks to explain how and when some economies 'diverged' from the path taken by industrialising and industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world.

Student Profile

The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in social sciences and humanities (including geography, history, literature, anthropology etc) as well as the natural sciences, who are interested in issues of globalisation. Minimum entry requirements are a BA degree (or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution), sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field, and excellent written and oral command of English. Some knowledge of German is also desirable.

Students study for two years, one year each at two of the partner institutes, and applicants wishing to study at LSE for either their first or second year will be required to take the MSc Global History, based in the Department of Economic History.

Applications will be handled by the University of Leipzig and full details can be found here:

Erasmus Mundus is a two-year programme. Students attend LSE for either their first or second year and also attend, for a year, one of the following participating institutions: Leipzig, Roskilde, Vienna, or Wroclaw. Students follow the MSc Global History programme at the LSE, as follows:

MSc Global History

Full-year programme. Students must take compulsory courses to the value of 2.5 units, and either optional courses to the value of one unit and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of 0.5 units and a full unit dissertation.

Paper 1  EH481 Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis

Paper 2&3 Two of the following:

EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
HY423 Empire, Colonialism and Globalization    

Paper 4 Year One students take EH479 Dissertation: Global History (H) and courses to the value of one full unit from the following (if not alraedy taken under Paper 2)

Year Two students take EH480 Dissertation: MSc Global History and courses to the value of 0.5 units from the following (if not already taken under paper 2):  

EH402 Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History (H) 
EH404  India and the World Economy (H)
EH408 International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H)
EH409  Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950
EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)      
EH422 Topics in Quantitative Economic History 
EH423 Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH424   The British Economy in Global Perspective, 1000-2000 (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH426 Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H)**  
EH427 Quantitative Topics in Economic History II: Time Series and Economic Dynamics (H)** 
EH428 History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia  
EH447 Great Depressions in Economic History (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH451  Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH463  The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)    
EH464 The Historical Context of Business (H) 
EH466 Labour and Work in Preindustrial Europe (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH467 Epidemics: Epidemic disease in history, 1348-2000 (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH476 The Economic History of War   
EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c1600-1860 (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH487 International Economic Institutions since World War I (H)

Notes: ** These courses cannot be combined with EH422. 

Students can also take HY449 Long-term History: The Patterns of the Past and the Shape of Things to Come, a non-assessed course taken in addition to the required four full-units as detailed above.