Our MSc in Globalisation provides you with the tools for engaging in meaningful dialogues with important people from around the world.
This programme is studied on campus.
Globalisation is widely regarded as one of the most important societal changes of our times, one that affects people living all around the world. Since the late 1980s, globalisation has become an important research field in the social sciences, as well as a major concern of policy-makers and citizens alike. Social scientists enter into meaningful dialogues about the benefits and drawbacks of globalisation with government officials, corporate executives, leaders from civil society and the general public.
Our Globalisation Programme should appeal to you especially if you want to deepen your understanding of the diverse types of societal changes being driven by globalisation. The MSc Globalisation programme reflects international research expertise of the Department of Sociology and the degree programme was the first of its kind in Scotland. After successfully completing the degree programme, you will understand advanced social scientific perspectives on the subject. You will also understand the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of globalisation, the relationship between local and global societal change, and gain skills that sustain lifelong learning and intellectual development. You will also learn how to undertake independent social scientific research.
Key Programme Information
At a Glance
- Learning Mode
- On Campus Learning
- Degree Qualification
- 12 months
- Study Mode
- Full Time
- Start Month
What You'll Study
- Semester 1
- Advanced Social Theory (SO5014) - 30 Credit Points
Karl Popper argued, wisely, at least this time, that ‘all languages are theory-impregnated’. In this course we learn to reflect explicitly about that which may otherwise simply remain implicit in empirical sociological examination. In this project, we are assisted by important thinkers who have developed distinctive and influential ways of considering the social. We begin with classical sociological theory (Marx, Weber, Nietzsche) before moving on to the work of more recent social thought (including, Actor Network Theory and Dorothy Smith), giving students an advanced working knowledge of the most important theoretical tools available to jobbing social scientists.
- Advanced Qualitative Methods in Social Science (SL5011) - 30 Credit Points
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods: This course introduces students to a range of methods used in qualitative sociological research (such as participant observation, qualitative interviewing, focus groups, diaries, photography and film, and archived data sources). The emphasis will be on the research process, from project design to analysis and presentation, with methodological issues raised in the context of researchable questions. Issues of reliability, representativeness and validity, and the potential for combining methods will be addressed. Students use the course work to develop their research interests and reflect on their research practices.
- Semester 2
- Dimensions of Globalization (SO5512) - 30 Credit Points
This interdisciplinary course focuses on substantive dimensions of globalization by considering recent changes occurring in the economic, political, social, and cultural realms of society. These themes are analysed by considering recent empirical studies, which seek to clarify our theoretical understanding of globalization through advanced social scientific research. The substantive themes covered include global capitalism, the global division of labour, global governance, the changing role of the nation‐state, transnational social change, and cultural homogenization and heterogenization. Interconnections between these aspects of globalization are highlighted.
One specialist option (related to dissertation topic) from the following list:
- Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World (SO5514) - 30 Credit Points
Aberdeen University has long been known for its focus on the sociology of religion and is currently the only University in Britain where one can study sociology of religion at the postgraduate level in a sociology department. This course is required for students on the MSc in Religion and Society, and essential for any other students who wish to develop a sophisticated sociological understanding of religion, including postgraduates with other primary research interests (religion having implications for many other topics), and would also benefit postgraduate students of religion coming from other disciplines.
- Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods (SO5523) - 30 Credit Points
All researchers need to understand quantitative research, not only those who carry it out themselves. Everyone comes across quantitative research in literature reviews and even in the press. In this course students will acquire an understanding of the most common quantitative methods they are likely to use or come across in published sociological research. The module will encompass different types of quantitative study and address issues such as when quantitative methods are appropriate, how quantitative questions are formulated, research design, sampling (both online and offline), scale construction, reliability and validity and ethical practices in quantitative research and design.
- The Comparative Study of European Societies (SO5515) - 30 Credit Points
The core course will look at Europe as a society as well as by comparing different nations and regions within it. It will look not just at the European Union, but also countries that are also in the broadest sense “European” stretching to the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia. It will address key contemporary issues such as citizenship and belonging, identities in a European context, work, family and the demographic challenge as well as work‐life balance.
- Post - Conflict Justice and Peacebuilding (SO5525) - 30 Credit Points
This course is divided into three sections. The first half of the course introduces students to the central mechanisms and processes by which the international community attempts to provide justice and peace in post-conflict contexts, before presenting in a series of lectures the complications and current challenges to post-conflict and justice as both an academic field and an area of practice. The course is particularly designed to inspire students to consider the complicated nature of post-conflict issues through a number of different case studies and perspectives.
- Global Conflict and Peace Processes (SO5526) - 30 Credit Points
The course familiarises the student with the field of the sociology of peace processes, which is one of the growth areas within sociology and related areas internationally. It establishes the nature of sociology’s distinctive contribution to the study of peace processes and the conceptual and empirical focus of this approach. The course places particular emphasis on three areas, religion, gender and civil society. It addresses three international peace processes in particular, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and critically assesses the contribution in each of religion, civil society and gender.
- Semester 3
- Dissertation in Globalization (SO5901) - 60 Credit Points
Students who meet the necessary requirements proceed to the dissertation. Students identify an appropriate dissertation topic in consultation with the programme co-ordinator. The dissertation is especially designed to extend an interest which students develop throughout the programme, particularly whilst undertaking the specialist and elective courses in the second semester, and to have experience in formulating, designing and conducting their own social science research investigation. The dissertation can also be library-based around conceptual and theoretical issues.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
How You'll Study
- Individual Projects
Assessment methods vary from course to course and include essays, reports, exercises and presentations. The compulsory courses are 100% continuous assessment, perhaps with the exception of the specialist option. The MSc in Globalization requires the student to pass the dissertation and the four modules. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to candidates who fail to achieve a CGC mark of D3 or above in the Dissertation (SO5901), irrespective of their performance in other courses.
Why Study Globalization?
- Our MSc in Globalisation is taught in Aberdeen, a major international hub of connected industries in the energy sector.
- You are taught by experts in understanding globalisation as a social science.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Fees and Funding
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
|Home / EU / RUK Students||£6,700|
|Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year|
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International non-EU Applicants
- In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
- For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.
Our Funding Database
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
Upon completion of the programme, students should be well positioned for a variety of jobs dealing with global processes and international affairs, or for continued studies in the social sciences at the doctoral level. Mid-career professionals, seeking to continue their career and intellectual development, will also benefit from this degree programme.
Careers could include:
- Positions in global NGOs
The globalization programme is led by Christopher Kollmeyer, a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology whose research focuses on economic and political aspects of globalization. He holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a faculty fellow in the Global and International Studies Program from 2003 to 2005.
- Programme Coordinator
- Dr Christopher Kollmeyer
Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
We are a medium-sized department, which allows us to be small enough to sustain an intimate and friendly atmosphere. The College of Arts and Social Sciences and School of Social Sciences provide several institutes which may be of interest to you: Centre for European Survey Research, New Europe Centre and Centre for Global Security and Governance.
Get in Touch
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