About GLOCAL

“Global Markets, Local Creativities” (GLOCAL) is an International Masters degree taught over 2 years by a consortium of 7 world class and internationally renowned universities.

This two-year International Master leverages the complementary and interdisciplinary expertise, resources and networks of seven leading universities (The Consortium) in seven innovative cities:

  • Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
  • Göttingen (Germany)
  • Uppsala (Sweden)
  • Bogotá (Colombia)
  • Kyoto (Japan)

The programme aims to examine how local places (clusters, cities and regions) and local actors (entrepreneurs, firms and policymakers) generate local competitiveness under global market conditions. This programme highlights the importance of historical and social context in which economic development, public policy and business strategies take place. This two-year academic programme equips you with the critical skills to make sense of the intersecting complementarity of the global and local, but also provides opportunities for practical experience with companies and public policy organisations.

Depending on which pathway you choose, you will take between eight and ten core and around eight optional courses delivered as a mix of lectures and seminars, and you will study at 3 of the GLOCAL partner universities. The programme also includes opportunities for internships and industrial placements.

The degree is ideal for highly talented students seeking a career in urban or public policy organisations, multinational corporations, international consultancies, cultural and creative industries, or other non-profit organisations.  Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives on the process and experience of globalisation from a place-based perspective, in particular of cities, creative industries, development and local cultures of entrepreneurship.

The GLOCAL programme is dedicated to equality in all its activities. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and seek to create a learning environment that is free from discrimination and unfair treatment.  We fully engage with and subscribe to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion principles and policies of the University of Glasgow, which can be found here.

Applicants may apply for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship which covers tuition fees, travel and living costs throughout the 2 years of study, or may apply as a self-funded student.

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Start date: September 2022
Duration: Two years
Qualification: International Master / Master of Arts / Master of Social Science / Postgraduate Certificate depending on pathway chosen
Credit allocation: 120 ECTS
Degree award: Joint/Multiple degree awards depending on pathway chosen
Study type: Full-time
Funding available: YES – EMJMD Scholarships are available
Scholarship application deadline: 7th January 2022
Self-funded application deadline (International/ non-EU students): 25th July 2022 (for Track D – 7th January 2022)
Self-funded application deadline (Home/ EU students): 31st August 2022 (for Track D – 7th January 2022)
Alternative Funding Opportunities: See Other Funding Opportunities page

  • Theoretical Grounding in International Business and Global Economy: Students will receive a robust theoretical grounding in international business and the global economy from a historical perspective, but will be encouraged to think about global trends from a “local” perspective by thinking about how individuals, firms, cities, regions, and nations remain creative, innovative and competitive in a sustainable way. The programme approaches local competitiveness from an evolutionary development perspective that takes into consideration both the perspective of business and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Range of Educational Backgrounds are Accepted: The degree is ideal for students with social science, humanities, business management, arts and liberal arts backgrounds as it stresses a qualitative-historical, holistic analysis of globalisation and localisation processes at the intersection of history, economics, business and cultural studies. The degree stresses the deep importance of time and context for understanding policy or strategy outcomes.
  • Internships and Practical Experience: A variety of internships and consultancy projects from industry, government, and non-profit placements are available to students in many of the partner universities to enhance their learning experience.
  • International Experience and Language Skills Development: Students will have the opportunity to study at a minimum of three of the seven partner universities so as to deepen their cultural intelligence and language skills. Language training in a third language over the four semesters is encouraged.
  • Specialist Master Classes from Associate Partners: Associate Partners from around the world will provide specialist master classes or guest lectures, and make contributions to, or host, the annual summer school that will rotate among our affiliated universities.

GLOCAL Learning Objectives for students:

  • offers an integrated, international and coherent programme comprising the history, theory, institutions and cultures of global capitalism;
  • provides 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;
  • enriches historical understanding and perspectives on global economy;
  • encourages 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;
  • develops intercultural communication and cooperation skills within a European and global framework, thus developing heightened levels of cultural sensitivity and active global citizenship;
  • provides 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);
  • imparts a greater awareness of the European project and EU values;
  • provides students with a greater degree of initiative, confidence, and entrepreneurship.