Globalization and Cities MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£7,750
International fees:
£17,100
Location:
Loughborough
Study area:
Geography

Achievements

95%

of research classed as 'internationally recognised'

REF 2014

13th

for Geography and Environmental Studies

Guardian University Guide 2017

Connected

to the highly acclaimed Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network

Overview

Our Globalization and Cities MSc explores the intersections of globalization and urbanization by examining the changing nature and roles of cities within wider processes of global transformation relating to the global economy, global culture and media, and international politics.

Our Globalization and Cities MSc critically evaluates theories, processes and outcomes of globalization and globalized urbanization, drawing on the strength of Loughborough University’s research specialisms, notably its founding role in the establishment of the highly acclaimed Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network.

At Loughborough University we are recognised as world leaders for research in this field, with this ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary master’s programme combining the expertise of geographers, social and political scientists, and business analysts to provide students with a unique opportunity to examine globalized urbanization.

The Globalization and Cities MSc explores the intersections of globalization and urbanization by examining the changing nature and roles of cities within wider processes of global transformation relating to the global economy, global culture and media, and international politics. This holistic approach to understanding globalization and cities gives the programme its unique appeal.

It is relevant for a wide variety of careers within public, private or third-sector companies, ranging from national and international businesses to city governments, urban consultancies and thinktanks and non-governmental organizations. The Globalization and Cities MSc is also designed for those of you who wish to progress to a research degree in this field.

On this programme you will gain:

  • An understanding of processes of contemporary globalization as manifest in geographies of globalized urbanization
  • A thorough understanding of the relationship between globalization, urbanization, and issues relating to the global economy, global culture and media, and international politics
  • A detailed appreciation of globalized urbanization and its impacts at local, regional, national and global scales
  • An awareness of the way forms of governance shape the political economy
  • Experience of research techniques and methods used to undertake original research in this field
  • An ideal multi-disciplinary grounding to inform business and policy practice and to pursue doctoral research in the social sciences

What makes this programme different?

  • Ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary
  • Explore the intersection of globalization and urbanization
  • A holistic approach

Who should study this programme?

Globalization and Cities MSc has been designed for recent graduates as well as business people, government and voluntary sector employees, planners, teachers and local community representatives who are interested in extending their knowledge and skills in this field.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in geography or other social sciences/ humanities discipline. Applicants with appropriate professional expertise will also be considered.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

Our Globalization and Cities MSc aims to prepare you for employment in diverse professional environments through cultivating initiative, decision-making and independent learning.

Modules

Globalization and Cities MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Cities in Globalization (30 credits)

This module critically examines theories, processes and outcomes of globalized urbanization, grounded in research conducted in cities in the Global North and South.

Globalization: Key Debates and Issues (30 credits)

This module introduces students to debates surrounding the concept of globalization and shows how this concept has been invoked in a variety of geographical scholarship on the nature of space, place and territory.

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services (15 credits)

This module assesses the role that outsourcing and offshoring play in shaping business and IT strategy in a global context.

Doing Global Research (30 credits)

This module equips students with the appropriate intellectual and practical research skills to successfully undertake an independent and original piece of research.

Dissertation (60 credits)

In this module, students will produce an original piece of research, using appropriate theoretical material, research methodologies and skills in data collection, analysis, interpretation and writing-up.

Optional modules

Global Communications (15 credits)

This module introduces different theoretical perspectives underpinning the study of the media in the international environment.

International Politics: Issues and Policies (15 credits)

This module provides students with knowledge of a range of issues drawn from contemporary international politics.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work including a dissertation of up to 50 pages on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

We are committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully into your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our Globalization and Cities MSc is relevant for a wide variety of careers within public, private or third-sector companies, ranging from national and international businesses to city governments, urban consultancies and think-tanks and non-governmental organizations. The programme is also designed for students wishing to progress to a research degree in this field.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should have developed your:

  • communication skills: writing, dissemination and media skills
  • oral presentation skills for seminars, workshops and conferences
  • research management and time management skills

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£7,750
International:
£17,100

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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