Master Programme "Global Studies – A European Perspective" (Germany, UK, Austria, Poland)

Country: Austria; Germany; Poland; United Kingdom;

Deadline: 01.01.2013


Following in 2005 a call for application by the European Commission the Consortium of the Joint Master’s course in "Global Studies – A European perspective" got into existence and in 2010 funding was approved for another 5 years.

The founding members of the European Master in Global Studies (EMGS) Consortium comprised besides the University of Leipzig three leading European universities, namely the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland).

In 2007 the EMGS-Consortium established partnerships with four well-known non-European Universities that are the Dalhousie University (Canada), the Macquarie University (Australia), the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) which allows to offer to European students to study for one term at one of them.

In 2010 the Consortium was extended to the Roskilde University (Denmark), the Fudan University (China) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) covering an even broader geographical area and academic scope. 

Students choosing the programme study at two different European universities, at each for one year. After having successful completed the programme they are able to analyze processes of globalization in various academic ways and are thus well-prepared for both, academic positions dealing with global phenomena and jobs in cross- as well as supranational agencies, non-governmental organizations, as they are ready to work as intercultural mediators or in the field of development cooperation, economy and management.

The EMGS-consortium helds a winter school and a summer school every year, which consists of workshops and lectures offered by the teaching staff of all involved universities. During these events student groups from the different places get together to get to know their comrades and to experience the transnationality of their study programm.

A further annual highlight in the EMGS-Consortium schedule is the Graduation Ceremony that is organized every November celebrating the successful completion of the Master degree and handing out the graduation certificate.

Thanks to the Erasmus Mundus programme the EMGS-Consortium is in the favorite position to offer for part of its student’s full-time grants. 

In 2008 the programme has been awarded the quality label “TOP 10 International Master’s degree courses” produced in Germany by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for its innovative concept, high-quality teaching, high degree of internationalization, comprehensive quality assurance mechanisms, excellent support service as well as convincing alumni results.

The continuous quality of the programme is assured through a constant evaluation process by its students, and alumni, the teaching and administrative personnel as well as by external review.



This Master’s Course is part of the EU programme for academic exchange ERASMUS MUNDUS.

It is co-ordinated by the University of Leipzig.


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