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Course content

The global economy is a complex and challenging place. This programme, taught by internationally acknowledged experts in their fields, unravels many of the complexities and explores the challenges. It is ideal for those who do not have a degree or background in economics or business but wish to explore the field.

Why this programme

  • You will gain a broad understanding of current economic and business policy issues in the context of a rapidly changing and dynamic global environment.
  • You will gain a secure and critical grasp of the extent, causes and implications of a more fully integrated world economy, which equips you to play key leadership roles in corporate, non-governmental organisations or policy-driven environments.
  • You will benefit from the extensive use of a range of social science approaches, techniques and vocabulary: including those derived from economics, management, law and political science; but no prior specialist training or expertise is required.
  • You will be taught by a unique grouping of highly talented academics whose interests span the disciplines of business, economics, politics, social science and social policy, but whose core mission is to provide real-world as well as historical context to help develop understanding of current issues and problems.

Programme structure

You will take three core and three optional courses and submit a dissertation. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project and team work. You will also benefit from our programme of guest seminars.

Core courses

  • Business in the global economy
  • Research design
  • The globalised economy.

Optional courses may include 

  • Globalisation of banking and financial institutions
  • Globalisation and labour
  • Technology transfer in a globalised world
  • International economic relations since 1945
  • The EU in international politics and development.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in global economics, foreign trade, international NGOs and policy environments.


Visit the Global Economy - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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