Programme Overview

GLOCAL is a 2-year full-time degree with two pathways:

  • “Global History & Creative Industries” Pathway A (Glasgow, Barcelona, Rotterdam) that stresses economic orders, creative cities and industries, and the history of international relations and globalisation. Pathway A is suitable for applicants with an academic background in History, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations, as well as applicants from an Arts and Humanities academic background (English Language, Literature, Anthropology, Languages etc.)
  • “Global Markets & Development” Pathway B (Glasgow, Barcelona, Göttingen) that stresses global political economy, immigrant entrepreneurship, and global marketing and mass consumption. An academic background in History, Economics, Business/Management, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, or another Social Science is required for Pathway B.

Other majors (such as Engineering, Sciences, Architecture etc.) will also be considered for entry into the programme and for the fellowship if they have a significant academic background in the targeted fields listed above.

Candidates will apply to their preferred pathway during the application process. Pathway selection will be considered during the application process and it is expected that the applicants will progress with the selected pathway unless under exceptional circumstances.

All students will spend their first semester in Glasgow and the second semester in Barcelona, and then choose between Rotterdam (Pathway A) and Göttingen (Pathway B) in the third semester.  All teaching is in English. It is encouraged that prospective students attend additional language study throughout the programme, which has the potential to stretch over four semesters. All students will receive one language class included in their tuition fee at the University of Glasgow in the first semester.

The degree provides an academic platform for deepening your knowledge of the global economy and local competitiveness. Each semester offers different emphases that build upon one another over your two-year degree. In general, the semester in Glasgow provides an overview of the global economy and issues surrounding globalisation processes. The semester in Barcelona highlights (family) entrepreneurship and regional ecosystems. For half the cohort, the year in Rotterdam highlights international relations and creative industries especially the fashion industry. For the other half of the cohort, the year in Göttingen stresses global marketing, immigrant entrepreneurship, and economic development. Strategically choosing elective courses that advance your knowledge in particular themes will differentiate yourself.

The programme also includes credit and non-credit bearing internships, consultancies and industrial placements. These are not guaranteed depending on your language and personal competencies, but are available. Your employability in a particular field will depend upon the types of electives you select, the choice of topics for individual essays or projects that apply the theoretical insights provided by the courses, and especially the topic chosen for the Masters thesis or dissertation, which will demonstrate your expertise to future employers or positions.

The final semester will be spent researching and writing a Masters thesis/dissertation under the primary supervision of Rotterdam or Göttingen professors. All Masters dissertations will be co-supervised with other university professors from one or two of the other partner universities. Students may live in or near any one of the four partner universities depending on research interests, visa issues, and access to primary materials. This must be discussed with your primary supervisor. However, due to visa issues it is strongly recommended that you make your academic ‘home’ in Rotterdam or Göttingen for the final year.

GLOCAL: Learning Objectives for Students:

  • offering an integrated, international and coherent programme comprising the history, theory, institutions and cultures of global capitalism;
  • providing students with a series of perspectives on the globalised economy, including a focus on creative and cultural economies/industries, urban ecosystems that foster entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, and business cultures;
  • enriching historical understanding and perspectives on global economy;
  • encouraging and supporting students, through a variety of teaching and assessment methods, to develop high-level critical, analytical and practical skills, thus enhancing their employability in the global marketplace;
  • developing intercultural communication and cooperation skills within a European and global framework, thus developing heightened levels of cultural sensitivity and active global citizenship;
  • providing students with ongoing professional development and transferable skills including the opportunity to acquire additional languages and key employability skills through work placements (such as team work, communications and public speaking skills, cultural awareness and others);
  • imparting a greater awareness of the European project and EU values
  • providing students with a greater degree of initiative, confidence, and entrepreneurship.