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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 European universities that form a consortium, namely, the University of Leipzig, University of Vienna, University of Wroclaw, University of Roskilde, University of Ghent, 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 Economic History (Erasmus Mundus) , based in the Department of Economic History.

Applications will be handled by the University of Leipzig.


For full programme details you can view the MSc Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus) Handbook [PDF] 

Programme Structure

Global Studies: A European Perpective 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, Ghent or Wroclaw. Students follow the MSc Global History (Erasmus Mundus) programme at the LSE, as follows:

MSc Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus)

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.

(H = Half unit)
(N/A = Not available)

Course videos can be found here.

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

Paper 2&3 Two of the following:

EH482 The Origins of the World Economy: Europe and Asia, 1000-1800
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 in Global Economic History (H) and courses to the value of one full unit from the following (if not already taken under Paper 2).

Year Two students take EH480 Research Dissertation in Global Economic 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)
EH409  Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950 (H) (n/a 20-21)
EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H) (n/a 20-21)  
EH421 Economic History of Colonialism (H)
EH423 Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H) (n/a 20-21)
EH426L Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H) (n/a 20-21)
EH426M 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 20-21)
EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H)
EH430 Monetary and Financial History
EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia 
EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H)
EH454  Human Health in History
EH457  Living Standards since the Industrial Revolution: The British Experience c. 1750-2000 (H)
EH463  The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)
EH476 The Economic History of War (n/a 20-21)
EH482 The Origins of the World Economy: Europe and Asia, 1000-1800
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 20-21)

Contact us


Professor Kent Deng (MSc Tutor) +44 (0)20 7955 6163

Ms Tracy Keefe (MSc Programmes Manager) +44 (0)20 7955 7860


Professor Kent Deng

Ms Tracy Keefe


Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science