Master of Arts (MA) in History of Global Markets

Multiple degree awards: three degree diplomas/parchments – one from each Consortium partner

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.

General information

  • The master’s programme 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).
  • Detailed information on the application requirements can be found here:

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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". This deadline also applies to international applicants who are also required to complete the online application form.

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 Goettingen 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:

Module overview for students of the programme GLOCAL (download pdf)
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. Modules totaling 120 credits should be successfully completed in accordance with the following provisions:

1. Compulsory part of the programme in the history of global markets (30 credits)
2. Convergence area (18 C)
3. Optional required area history of global markets (12 C)
4. Profile area (30 credits)
5. Master's thesis (30 credits)

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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In order to apply the acquired knowledge in practice, to gain first work experience or to get to know possible relevant professional fields - the Faculty of Business and Economics welcomes students to gain practical experience during their studies. Therefore, you have the possibility to have a voluntary internship in the elective area of your studies credited under certain conditions. You can find detailed information here.
Job portal of the University of Göttingen with external job offers: Stellenwerk Göttingen (in German)

The professional opportunities for our graduates are diverse. These include subject-related activities in publishing houses, archives and museums of companies as well as private or public institutions. Furthermore, it is possible to enter the professional fields of foundation management, business journalism, university management, public relations, management consultancy or marketing.

In addition to the subject-specific qualification, the degree programme imparts important general competences such as:

  • Ability to work rationally and in an organised manner
  • Acquisition of written and oral communication skills
  • Use of problem-solving skills and subject- and practice-relevant learning techniques

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 a later professional career.