European Master of Arts in Global Studies

Dear (prospective) EMGS student,

The European Master Global Studies (EMGS) is a two-year international, and interdisciplinary programme organised jointly by 6 European partners, the University of Leipzig (coordinating university, Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Vienna (Austria), the University of Wroclaw (Poland). In addition there are 9 worldwide partners: the University of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), Dalhousie University (Canada), the Macquarie University (Australia), the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Fudan University (China), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon).

Ghent University is one of the leading higher education and research institutions in the Low Countries, providing high-quality academic teaching, excellent infrastructure and a wide scope of student facilities.

Embedded in the beautiful, historical city of Ghent, you will be able to enjoy numerous social and cultural activities in the lively and creative atmosphere that is so typical of our city. Just a train ride (50 km) away from Brussels, Ghent has been called “Europe’s best kept secret” and was listed in the top 10 of worldwide must-see destinations by Lonely Planet in 2011.

Ghent University is a Dutch-speaking university but English is widely spoken by both staff and students, and the course offer for EMGS will be taught entirely in English. Moreover, in the city, like in Brussels and the Flemish region of Belgium in general, you will be able to get by easily in English.

The course offer for the EMGS master programme draws upon the expertise of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, an interdisciplinary research platform that unites scholars from world history, International and EU Studies, global ethics, urban geography and world cities research, conflict and development studies, macroeconomics, sociology, human rights law and social welfare studies, around the critical study of global processes.

In keeping with the historicising and comparative approach central to EMGS, as well as the critical, postcolonial inspiration of this master programme, the course offer at Ghent University consists of the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Global History and Global Studies
  2. Global Governance and Global Justice
  3. Conflict and Development in a Globalizing world I
  4. History and Political Economy of Global Capitalism
  5. Europe as a global actor
  6. EMGS Winter and Summer School
  7. Global History: Europe and the World
  8. World Societies: Regions in Global Studies I
  9. World Societies: Regions in Global Studies II
  10. Conflict and Development in a Globalizing World II
  11. Advanced Research Seminar in Global Studies
  12. Master Thesis

For the detailed programme, the catalogue of modules and all necessary information on EMGS and Ghent University, see the EMGS website.

Please note that you cannot apply for the EMGS program at Ghent University. You need to apply at Leipzig University.

The Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, which is also the seat of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, co-ordinates the EMGS programme at Ghent University, together with the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy. If you are accepted in the EMGS program, and you will be studying at Ghent University, your key contacts will be Julie Carlier, the co-ordinator of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, Marissa Van Laecke, the administrative co-co-ordinator for EMGS, and the International Relations Office of the Faculty Political and Social Sciences, which welcomes and assists all international students. Contact: emgs(at)ugent.be.

You will find practical and administrative information to prepare for your stay in Ghent in the Welcome Guide for International Students and on the University’s webpage for degree students.