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University of Glasgow: Global Markets, Local Creativities (Erasmus Mundus International Master)

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social & Political Sciences View department profile
Study type Taught


Global Markets, Local Creativities is an integrated, international programme comprising the history, theory, institutions and cultures of global capitalism. It provides perspectives on the globalised economy, focusing on creative and cultural economies/industries, urban ecosystems that foster entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, and business cultures.

You will graduate with a combination of degrees depending on the pathway studied.

Associate Partners, as well as private and public sector employers will provide specialist master classes and guest lectures, and make contributions to, or host, the annual summer school.

You will graduate with a combination of degrees depending on the pathway studied.

Associate Partners, as well as private and public sector employers will provide specialist master classes and guest lectures, and make contributions to, or host, the annual summer school.

  • You will be encouraged to explore a variety of perspectives on the process and experience of globalisation, and to reflect on the relationship between global and local, in particular, of cities, creative industries and local cultures of entrepreneurship that have innovated at the local level to remain globally competitive.
  • A variety of internships and industrial placements are available to enhance your learning experience.
  • You will receive a theoretical grounding in international business and the global economy, and be encouraged to think critically about the respective roles of individuals, firms, cities, regions, nations and supra-national bodies in determining and shaping the world in which we live.

This is a two-year degree taught through a mix of lectures and seminars. You will take between eight and ten core and around eight optional courses, depending on which pathway you choose. The programme also includes opportunities for internships and industrial placements.

Student Loans funding eligibility

On study tracks C, D and G it is possible to return to the UK for the 4th mobility period. This will allow students on these tracks to spend 50% of the programme in the UK which would make them eligible for Student Loans funding.

All teaching is in English; recommended additional language study is encouraged throughout the two-year programme.

Core courses

Mobility 1 - University of Glasgow (all pathways)

  • Global varieties of capitalism in historical perspective (taught by Göttingen and Kyoto)
  • The globalised economy

Mobility 2 - Universitat de Barcelona (pathways A, B, C and D)

  • Companies in emerging sectors
  • Creative cities: intervention models and entrepreneurial dynamics
  • Family business: innovation and globalisation
  • Port cities in historical perspective (taught by Rotterdam)

Mobility 2 – Uppsala Universitet (pathways E, F and G)

  • Modern Natures: conflicts and transformation
  • Sustainability of welfare policies in the modern era
  • Sustainability of financial markets in the modern era
  • Sustainability of economic thought

Mobility 3 - Erasmus University Rotterdam (pathways A and E)

  • Creative industries in the global economy (taught by Glasgow)
  • Heritage and fashion
  • Research workshops (various)
  • Rise of the global city

Mobility 3 - Georg-August Universität Göttingen (pathways B and F)

  • Global history of marketing and mass consumption
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship
  • Topics in globalisation (taught by Barcelona)

Mobility 3 - Universidad de Los Andes (pathways C and G)

  • Course A: Entrepreneurship and capitalism in Latin America
  • Course B: Sustainability issues in Latin America

Mobility 3 - Kyoto University (Pathway D)

  • Field research in Japan

Optional courses may include

University of Glasgow

  • Globalisation and labour
  • Latin American development from independence to the present
  • Technology transfer in the global economy.

University of Barcelona

  • Conflict management in negotiation
  • Global Health
  • Topics in international economics

Uppsala Universitet

  • Popular Culture as History
  • The rise and fall of the welfare state
  • Topics in international economics

Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • International relations theory
  • Research internship
  • Text and context: from source to science

Georg-August Universität Göttingen

  • International human resource management
  • Political construction of Europe
  • Sustainable development, trade and environment

Universidad de Los Andes

  • Industrial ecology
  • Social entrepreneurship in Latin America and the emerging world
  • Sustainable development

Kyoto University

  • Critical consumption studies
  • Economic development and policy in the Asia-Pacific
  • Industries and global competition

The intertwining of academic analysis and practical engagement will provide a valuable range of well-rounded skills and experiences that develop active and informed graduates capable of operating at strategic levels in NGO and third-sector agencies, local economic development organisations, policy analysis and lobbying groups and corporations, or of undertaking further study. The programme is designed for students with a diverse range of prior knowledge and interests and will develop their understanding of the process, impact and responses to globalisation.


University of Glasgow
School of Social & Political Sciences


The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences  links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.

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