You could earn a degree either by studying independent courses or as a programme student in Master’s program in Global Political Economy, or programs in collaboration with other institutions , "Globalization, Environment and Social Change", "Master's program in Demography" and "Master's program in Historical Studies".

Our master’s courses combines international relations and economic history, with global political economy in focus. The courses provide an opportunity to study today's pressing issues in a longer time perspective, highlighting economic, historical and power relations globally, nationally, regionally and locally. This could be applied to the effects of globalization on low-wage countries, business conditions in and globalized world, organization of welfare state, migration, global division of work by gender, class and ethnicity, or issues according to natural resources and environment.

Why do some economies grow faster while others stagnate? What causes financial crises? How are states, regions, organizations and different groups of individuals affected by political and economic relations in a globalized world? What challenges and opportunities emerge in international collaborations? When does the pursuit of economic well-being or environmental changes trigger social conflicts? These are some of the questions addressed in our courses at advanced level.

You could earn a degree in either Economic History or International Relations as a programme student or by studying independent courses.


Master’s Degree in Global Political Economy - Requirements

The programme leads to a Master of Science degree (filosofie mastersexamen) in International Relations with a specialization in Global Political Economy, or in Economic History with a specialization in Global Political Economy, depending on the topic for the master essay.
The education offered at the advanced level consists of a number of optional master’s courses of 7,5 or 15 higher education credits (HECs), from which the student may choose freely.
Students shall have fulfilled the requirements for a BA or corresponding degree, with 90 HECs in Economic History, International Relations or other related disciplines, such as History, Human Geography, Economics, Social Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science, comprising an essay or independent work of at least 15 HECs; alternatively, students will have been admitted to the Master program in “Globalization, Environment and Social Change”. 
The sole language of tuition is English. The language requirement is English B or equivalent (for more information


Due to the number of applicants and the evaluation process, late applications are not accepted to the Global Political Economy program.

  • Application deadline for international students is on the 15th of January. 
  • Application dates for Swedish and EU students are 16 March-15 April. 


Maximum points 300. The selection of students is based on the following:

  • Overall grade average - 0-100 points
  • Quality of thesis (minimum 15 ECTS) - 0-100 points based on quality and relevance
  • Motivation letter - 0-100 points (the motivation letter should include information on your main field of studies, the topic for your BA essay, and why you are interested in our master’s program)

Please submit your thesis with your application to Antagning/University Admissions.
A thesis is defined as a 20-25 paged scientific paper which has the following components:

  • A research question
  • A theory section
  • A clearly specified method
  • Empirical/data section
  • Analysis

Please download and complete the following documents and submit with your completed application:

Make sure to submit all relevant documents at the time of your application! Failure to submit all the above documents will mean your application will not be processed.


Master’s degrees

To obtain a Master’s Degree (two years), the student needs to complete 120 HECs of course work - compulsory courses include:
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy (15 cred)
  • Philosophy of Social Science (7,5 cred)*
  • Qualitative methods course (7,5 cred)*
  • Quantitative methods course (7,5 cred)*
  • Independent reading course (7,5 cred)
  • Master Dissertation (30 cred)
*= or equivalent (all compulsory credits on the program’s methods track will have to be approved). 
Additionally, the student will have to complete 45 HECs in optional modules, or in the internship, or in modules in other departments where possible.