Erasmus Mundus Master in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” (EMGS)

February 15, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom
Ghent, Leipzig, London, Roskilde, Vienna, Wroclaw


The Erasmus Mundus Master in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” (EMGS), an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is offered by an international consortium of six high-profile European participating universities, together with partner universities all over the world. This international research-based master’s degree combines perspectives, methods, and theories developed in the fields of history, cultural and area studies, social sciences, and economics to investigate phenomena of global connectedness.


EMGS provides excellent training for future careers both inside and outside academia, training experts who are able to analyse and navigate processes of globalization in multiple perspectives. Our graduates are well prepared for academic positions in the field of global studies and related disciplines dealing with global phenomena as well as for jobs in supranational agencies and non-governmental organizations. They are ready to work as intercultural mediators and in the fields of development cooperation, economy, management, and beyond while contributing to pioneering scholarship for understanding the past, investigating the present, and debating the future of the global.Since its establishment in 2005, the EMGS Consortium – at the time including the founding members: Leipzig University, the University of Vienna, and the University of Wrocław as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science – has received funding from the European Commission through the Erasmus Mundus programme, which includes attractive scholarships for non-European as well as European students. Additionally, the participating universities have continued to offer substantial fee waivers to excellent candidates. Roskilde University and Ghent University joined the EMGS Consortium in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Partnerships with well-known non-European universities – Dalhousie University(Canada), Macquarie University (Australia), the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Fudan University (China), and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) – provide our students with exceptional opportunities to spend one term at these places of excellence in research and teaching to study transregional connectedness and global concerns. In 2012, the EMGS programme launched, together with Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) a bilateral master’s programme with a specific emphasis on peace and security in Africa within the global studies perspective (see for further information also the IPSS website of the programme), and since 2018, the universities of Otago (New Zealand) and of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) have established strong partnerships with the EMGS Consortium.

The two-year programme combines innovation, interdisciplinarity, and academic excellence with transnational and transregional academic mobility. Students take courses at two European participating universities, for one academic year each, and may choose to spend the third term at a non-European partner university instead of the European destination.


During the first year, each student will study at one of the European participating universities, and during the second year, at a different European participating university:

  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Leipzig University (Germany)
  • London School of Economics (United Kingdom)
  • Roskilde University (Denmark)
  • University of Vienna (Austria)
  • University of Wrocław (Poland)

Applicants can indicate a preference for the study places in the online registration. However, the EMGS Consortium makes the final decision on the mobility track with respect to the preference, qualifications, and specialization of the applicant. A further criterion for deciding an applicant’s mobility track is the joint policy within the EMGS Consortium regarding the student body balance between the European participating universities. Once students have enrolled in the programme, their mobility track becomes part of the study agreement and can only be changed from both sides in the case that substantial changes are necessary due to extraordinary circumstances.

Additionally, students have the possibility to apply for an exchange term at one of the non-European partner universities. This term abroad will replace one term at a European participating university. Please be aware that students studying at the London School of Economics during their second year only have a limited possibility to study at a non-European partner university due to the organization of studies and examinations. Applying for a term at a non-European partner university is only possible after students have enrolled in the EMGS programme. A call for applications will be sent to all eligible candidates in December each year.


A Master of Arts in Global Studies

Graduates of the Erasmus Mundus Master in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” receive a Master of Arts in Global Studies: Either as a double degree (in case the mobility track includes Ghent and/or Roskilde and/or the London School of Economics) or as a joint degree (for all other mobility tracks).

All graduates receive a Joint Transcript of Records and a Joint Diploma Supplement, in accordance with the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES). These documents are prepared and issued by Leipzig University as the coordinating university. The Joint Transcript of Records contains information on all courses studied at all partner universities and records the grades and credits obtained. Credits from study mobility tracks at the non-European partner universities are fully integrated.
The Joint Diploma Supplement contains information on the holder of the degree, the length and level of the degree, the placement within the national qualifications framework, the access requirements, the study programme and obtained results, the student’s learning outcomes, the description of the grading system, as well as additional information on mobility tracks and other matters. Furthermore, it contains descriptions of the national higher education systems of the partner universities, which are provided by the national higher education agencies. These documents describe the joint character of the study programme and the degree as well as the affiliation to the Erasmus Mundus programme.


The Erasmus Mundus Master in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” is a two-year programme divided into four phases (two winter terms, two summer terms). The programme has a modular structure according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The curriculum comprises modules amounting to 120 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to a study workload of 900 hours per term (or 1,800 hours per year). For more information about ECTS, see:


Grades for the individual modules are given according to the national higher education grading systems at the respective partner university. The EMGS Consortium (including all non-European partner universities) has agreed upon a common grade conversion table to guarantee a fair and common recognition of grades and credits. The overall grade for the master’s programme is calculated by the programme coordinator (Leipzig) in collaboration with the study coordinators at the European partner universities. The overall grade corresponds to the German grading system and represents the arithmetic mean of the grades of the module examinations and the master’s thesis weighted by credit points. Studies undertaken at the EMGS Consortium universities as well as the conversion of the respective grades are carried out within the integrated study programme according to the principle of equivalence and the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and the Joint Degree Agreement (JDA) of the EMGS Consortium. Grade scales and detailed descriptions of the national grading systems are explained in the Joint Diploma Supplement.


For the academic year 2022-2023, the information regarding the application process and the deadline for the programme, as well as the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, will be announced in November 2021. In order to meet the deadline, BOTH the paper and online applications must be received by the EMGS Consortium coordinator in Leipzig.

The application process is a two-step procedure:

Step 1

Filling out the online registration form 

Step 2

mail the listed documents to the EMGS Consortium headquarters in Leipzig.

Natalia Breininger
Erasmus Mundus European Master in Global Studies
Global and European Studies Institute
Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1
04105 Leipzig

Only applicants who have filled out the online registration form and whose documents are received before the given deadlines will be eligible for admission to the programme as well as the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

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Admission Criteria

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A three-year bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution in the humanities or social sciences, with a minimum of 15% global studies–relevant courses
  • Excellent English skills: Proficiency in English needs to be proven with an official English certificate as listed below under “Application Documents”. Native English speakers must provide proof of knowledge of a language other than English at the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Knowledge of another foreign language at the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (to be proven by a high school certificate and/or an internationally recognized test, score certificates, or equivalent proof of participation in language courses)
  • The recognition of the respective documents and degrees is based on the requirements set by the German Central Office for Foreign Education. In some countries, another year of study in a master’s programme might be necessary in order to be eligible for admission. See also the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen.

Selection Criteria

The decision on admission is made by the EMGS Study Purposes and Selection Committee and are based on the following criteria:

  • 50%: Academic excellence and quality/recognition of home institution that has awarded the first degree
  • 15%: Motivation and academic potential
  • 20%: Compatibility of previous degree(s) with the EMGS programme
  • 15%: Work experience/professional qualifications


Students from all over the world holding a first degree are eligible for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.


Deadline: February 15, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Under the Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, the European Union Commission offers scholarships to selected, highly qualified applicants for the EMGS programme. These scholarships cover all tuition fees and include a single travel allowance between €1,000 and €3,000 (depending on the country of origin) as well as a living allowance of €1,000 per month and basic medical coverage.

For the incoming cohorts of 2020, 2021, and 2022, a total of 11 scholarships will be provided to nationals from Erasmus partner countries and 4 scholarships for nationals from Erasmus programme countries. 

Additionally, up to 8 scholarships for applicants from the following regions will also be provided:

  • African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
  • European Neighbourhood Policy ENI South (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria* (currently suspended), Tunesia
  • Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Vietnam)
  • Central Asia
  • Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela) 
  • Western Balkans
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