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With the advancement of communication technology and growing political awareness of globalisation, the impact of transnationality on our social, cultural and economic lives has increased dramatically. This MA is a cross-disciplinary programme taught by specialists from different UCL faculties.

About this degree

This MA focuses on the transnational movement of people, ideas and goods on a global scale, and the impact of such connections on our social, political and cultural worlds. Approaching transnationality as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, students will be taught by specialists in human rights, international relations, economics, health and migration.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of the core module (30 credits), compulsory modern language modules (up to 30 credits), optional modules (up to 45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Approaches to Transnational Studies: core readings, social theory and case studies
  • Modern Language Module: from Beginner's to Advanced Level

Optional modules

Students select up to three optional modules from a list that may include:

  • Cultural Exchange: Methods and Approaches
  • Consumerism and Globalisation
  • International and EU Refugee Law
  • Economics of Transition
  • Population and Development
  • Migration and Transformation
  • Comparable Peace Processes
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • Anthropology of Art and Design
  • Practical Documentary Filmmaking
  • Nations and States in Transnational Perspective
  • Globalisation in the 20th Century
  • People and Populations: an Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • History and Theory of European Integration
  • Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the 21st Century

This list is indicative only; not all modules are taught every year.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project written up as a dissertation up to 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and discussion seminars. Assessment is through unseen examinations, oral presentations, written coursework and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Transnational Studies MA

Careers

The programme will equip students for further academic study of transnational developments. It will also position students at an advantage for careers with international organisations, the development sector and NGOs. 

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Account Executive, Ogilvy & Mather
  • Freelance Copywriter, Freelance Copywriter
  • Researcher, ReSeT
  • Community Development Intern, Westway Trust
  • Consumer Services and QA Manager, LeapFrog Toys

Employability

The programme is strongly focused on career opportunities for students, particularly within NGOs, the charity sector, international organisations and development. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This cross-disciplinary programme is hosted by UCL's Centre for Transnational History, one of the UK's leading hubs for transnational research. The degree draws on research and teaching expertise from across UCL, offering optional modules that are taught by social scientists, historians and geographers, together with specialists in languages and area studies, law, politics and international health.

UCL is situated in the heart of London, one of the world's leading centres of cultural exchange, and home to numerous international organisations and NGOs. Within walking distance of institutions such as the British Library and the School of Advanced Study, UCL offers excellent conditions for transnational research.


Visit the Transnational Studies (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!

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