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History of Global Markets (M.A.)


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.

Economic and Social History
Master of Arts (MA)
Multiple Degree
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
summer and winter semester
Language of the programme:
restricted application and admission procedures

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Master degrees at our faculty


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:

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

The career opportunities for graduates of economic and social history programmes are diverse. These include subject-related jobs in publishing houses, in archives and museums of companies as well as private or public institutions. The degrees also serve as a first step towards entering the professional fields of foundation management, business journalism, university management, public relations, management consultancy or marketing.

The practical relevance of the subject is established through internships and project work, which are offered in cooperation with companies, museums, foundations and scientific research institutions and thus directly prepare students for their later professional careers.

Get to know the different professional fields of our graduates in the alumni portraits (in German).

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes


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.

Detailed information about the study programme as well as a detailed listing of the modules/courses offered can be found on the programme website of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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Application deadlines

  • April 1 to May 15 to commence studies in the winter semester (October)
  • October 1 to November 15 to commence studies in the summer semester (April)
You can start this degree programme in either the winter or summer semester.

Previous Education

  • A minimum of six semesters of study culminating in a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent course of study with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the subject of economics or a closely related subject.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 150 of the 180 ECTS credits at the time of application. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications that do not meet this requirement.

Previous Education

  • German language skills, if German is not your native language.
  • Proof of German language skills is not required for applicants whose native language is English or who have sufficient knowledge of English.



Specialization in 8 Master's programmes

After the Bachelor's degree you can deepen and expand your knowledge in eight consecutive Master's degree programmes at the faculty. The faculty offers Master's programmes in Business Administration, Economics, Business Information Systems, Business and Human Resource Education, Applied Statistics and History of Global Markets. Some Master programmes even include a double degree programme with renowned universities in Europe, South Africa and China. See in the video (in German) why it is worthwhile to study in Göttingen.

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