Faculty of Economic Sciences

‘Master of Arts’ (M.A.) in History of Global Markets


Corporations - Globalization - Mass Consumption: How did modern economies and consumer societies emerge? Such questions are investigated at the Institute for Economic and Social History. This interdisciplinary programme, with a historical core, uses a wide variety of explanatory approaches from economics, history and the social sciences.

General information

  • The master’s programme in history of global markets is accredited by ZEvA Hannover (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency).
  • Language: German or English (proficiency in both English and German is recommended)
  • The standard period of study for this programme is four semesters.
  • Enrolment is possible every semester (both summer and winter).


Application deadline

  • The application period to begin studying in the winter semester is from April 1 to May 15 of the same calendar year
  • The application period to begin studies in the summer semester is from October 1 to November 15 of the previous calendar year


You may submit your application for the master's programme even if you have not completed your current programme of study, but have acquired at least 150 credit points in a related bachelor's programme. The online application form and detailed information on the application and admission procedure can be found under "Application and admission" (see right-hand column). This deadline also applies to international applicants who are also required to complete the online application form.


Programme objective

Economic and social history studies the impact of past economic and social developments on our present and thereby offers fresh perspectives on current issues. The aim of the master’s programme is to equip students with a deep understanding of economic and social history and to provide students with academic and professional skills in this field. The degree programme seeks to teach a combination of historical and economic, theoretical and methodological skills and to enable students to carry out interdisciplinary work independently. At Göttingen University, we especially emphasize three thematic areas in teaching and research: business history, consumer history, and the history of globalization. All three areas underscore the interdisciplinary and international orientation of the programme.


Programme structure

The master’s programme in history of global markets is divided into a course phase (1st-3rd semesters) and a master’s thesis phase in the 4th semester. Students are expected to complete 120 credits from the following:

  • 1. Compulsory area in economic and social history (intensive modules I and II; project module) (30 C)
  • 2. Convergence area (18 C)
  • 3. Elective area in economic and social history ("History of Global Markets") (12 C)
  • 4. Profile area (30 C)
  • 5. Master’s thesis (30 C)


The below graphic provides a schematic overview of the structure of the master’s programme in economic and social history as well as a suggestion on when to take each course:

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Career perspectives

Graduates of the master’s programme in history of global markets will be prepared to enter a career in numerous fields. These include subject-related work in publishing houses, archives and museums of companies as well as other private or public organizations. Graduates will be prepared to work in demanding positions in the areas of foundation management, business journalism or management of institutions of higher education, public relations, business consulting and marketing.