MA Global Studies: A European Perspective

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Economic History
  • Application code Apply through University of Leipzig
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Contact Leipzig
  • Overseas full-time: Contact Leipzig
  • Location: Ghent, Houghton Street, London, Leipzig, Roskilde, Vienna, Wroclaw

This is an interdisciplinary, research-based programme offered by a consortium of six European universities: University of Leipzig, University of Ghent, University of Vienna, University of Wroclaw, University of Roskilde and LSE.

This is a wide-ranging academic programme which combines global economic history, international studies, area studies, and social science approaches to the study of globalisation processes. You will spend one of the two years of the programme at one of the partner institutes.  Students attending LSE follow the MSc Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus).

Courses consider the origin and outcomes of distinct patterns of economic growth in various times and parts of the world. The programme also seeks to explain the rise in international economic inequality since the nineteenth century, why the economic growth impulse in modern times was strong in some world regions and weaker in others, and why large parts of the world are still trapped in poverty, stagnation and instability.

Teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 2020 
Information on how LSE will deliver teaching and learning in Michaelmas term can be found here.

Programme details

Key facts

MA Global Studies: A European Perspective
Start date 28 September 2020 if you choose to spend your first year at LSE
Application deadline TBC
Duration 24 months full-time only
Availability UK/EU: contact Leipzig
Overseas: contact Leipzig
Tuition fee UK/EU: TBC (2020 at LSE)
Overseas: TBC (2020 at LSE)
UK/EU: £15,216 (2021 at LSE) - provisional
Overseas: £23,520 (2021 at LSE) - provisional
Other fees apply for the time at the partner institution
Financial support Graduate support scheme (deadline 27 April 2020)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science or humanities, plus basic knowledge of German
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Research (see 'assessing your application')
Location  LSE, Houghton Street, London for one year, and one of: Leipzig (Germany), Roskilde (Denmark), Vienna (Austria), Wroclaw (Poland), Ghent (Belgium) for the other year

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for MA Global Studies: A European Perspective 

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in social science or humanities. Excellent written and oral command of English and at least basic German knowledge.

Competition for places on the programme is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

You will need to apply through the University of Leipzig.

Details on how to apply

Admission decisions are made by the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Selection Committee upon the following criteria:

- study results (academic excellence) and quality/recognition of home institution having awarded the first degree
- motivation and academic potential
- match of previous degree(s) with the content of the Global Studies programme
- work experience/professional qualifications.

When to apply

The application deadline is May 2020. If you are applying to spend your first year at LSE, in order to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity for the year you spend at LSE, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.

Programme structure and courses

You will study for two years, one year each at two of the partner institutes, and you will choose whether to spend your first or your second year at LSE.


During your time at LSE you will take compulsory courses to the value of two and a half units, and either optional courses to the value of one unit and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of a half unit and a full unit dissertation.

(* denotes a half unit)

If attending LSE in Year 1 (2020/21):

Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis*
Introduces central themes and analytical tools in global history, focussing on the history of material progress and stasis, and considering the comparisons and connections between the histories of different regions of the world.

Two from:
The Origins of World Economy Europe and Asia, 1000-1800
Surveys long-term processes of growth and development in pre-modern Europe and the wider world.
The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
Aims to provide an overview of the development and integration of the world economy since the First Industrial Revolution.
Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation
Explores the history and historiography of empires since the fifteenth century, and their legacy for our world today.

Dissertation in Global History*
An independent research project of 6,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of economic history options


If attending LSE in Year 2 (2021/22)

Historical analysis of economic change*

Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History

Empire Colonialism and Globalisation


Pre-Modern Paths of Growth: Europe and the Wider World, 11th to 19th Centuries OR

The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries OR

Alternative approved 1 unit course

Long Essay in Global Economic History 
One half-unit from a range of economic history options

Partner university

For information on courses taken at your chosen partner institution, please see the University of Leipzig’s website.

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

At LSE you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.


All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.



Global Studies provides essential training for those who wish to develop professional research expertise in global history. Graduates of the programme have gone on to study for a PhD, into jobs in international economic agencies and development, and into journalism, economic consultancy and management and administration in the public and private sectors.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2020/21 for MA Global Studies: A European Perspective

UK/EU students: TBC 
Overseas students: TBC 
UK/EU students: £15,216 (2021 at LSE) - provisional
Overseas students: £23,520 (2021 at LSE) - provisional

Other fees apply for the time spent at the partner institution.

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

We will publish further information about the fee status for continuing students, particularly those from the EU, as soon as information is available from the UK government.

Fee reductions and rewards

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.  As this is a double degree, this applies only to the year spent at LSE. 

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £13 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

The year of this programme spent at LSE, is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. 

Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 27 April 2020.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans 

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