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History of Global Markets (MA)

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. While economics and markets are central, however, this is not a programme for students wanting to focus on business or entrepreneurship in a practical perspective.

Subject: Economic and Social History
Degree: Master of Arts (MA), Option for Multiple Degree
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Enrolment: summer and winter semester
Admission: limited admission (applications to the faculty)
Admission Deadline: April 1st to May 15th (for the winter semester); October 1st to November 15th (for the summer semester)
Application: application and admission procedures
Documents: required application documents
More information about the programme (website of the Institute for Economic and Social History)

The Master's degree programme History of Global Markets is devoted to exploring questions of globally integrated markets from a historical perspective. Capital, labour, knowledge: factors of production are increasingly allocated competitively and across national borders. Firms and consumers find themselves interlinked through a growing network of global markets. Where did these developments originate, and how can they be understood? This degree programme imparts the analytical skills of economic and social history, and combines them with building a profile either in economics, business studies, or the social sciences and history. Our focus is on the global economy, business history, and the history of consumption.

The master has a European multiple degree option called "Global Markets, Local Creativities" (GLOCAL). Students can choose this option and gain multiple degree diplomas/parchments - one from each Consortium partner - or study the master's degree programme History of Global Markets completely in Göttingen and complete it with a Master of Arts degree.

GLOCAL is a two-year Master's programme that leverages the complementary expertise, resources and networks of Economic and Social History, Business, History and Economics to provide a profoundly interdisciplinary programme and international learning experience. The following universities are involved in the programme: Glasgow (UK), Barcelona (Spain), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Uppsala (Sweden), Bogotá (Colombia) und Kyoto (Japan). For further information please see:

The objective of the master's degree programme is the systematic, in-depth study of the subject of economic and social history. The curriculum consists of a "convergence area" (18 credits), a "compulsory area" of economic and social history (30 credits), an "elective area history of global markets" (12 credits) and, finally, a "profile area" (30 credits). In addition, students have to write a master's thesis within a period of 20 weeks. The written master's thesis (30 credits) is prepared by participating in a project seminar (6 credits, part of the compulsory area).

In the convergence area, the students´ different backgrounds and qualifications will be taken into account: graduates of bachelor programmes in history will attend basic courses economics, while graduates with bachelor degrees in economics will attend courses with a historical emphasis.

Specialisation takes place within the "profile area" by developing theoretical and methodological profiles in conjunction with other disciplines that are closely related to economic and social history. Students with an "Economy & Institutions" profile will focus on (macro) economics modules. Students with a "Business & Management" profile will concentrate on business management modules and students with the "Society & Culture" profile will place their focus on historical and sociological modules. Students in the "Globalization" profile, finally, will work closely with area specialists for economic development in Asia and other regions outside Europe.

Proficiency in German or English is required. A good knowledge of both English and German is recommended.

A Master's degree in economics and social history (History of Global Markets) offers numerous career opportunities for graduates. These include, for example, subject-related activities in the (historical) communications of corporate entities and banks, in business journalism, in (historical) marketing and public relations, in economic research institutes and consulting firms, in museums and exhibitions, and in archiving (especially economic and corporate archiving). Get to know the different professional fields of our graduates in the alumni portraits, e.g. especially the portrait of Alexander Ziehe, who studied economic and social history at our Faculty (see category "Economics"/ in German).