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The MA Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development degree integrates

different disciplinary perspectives to analyse the key debates on the economic, political,
social and environmental dimensions of globalisation. Postgraduate students with an
interest in global issues will be provided with the tools to critically analyse the process of
globalisation and its impact on international development.
The process of globalisation is central to an understanding of the contemporary world. The
nature of the process and its implications for international development are hotly debated:

Is globalisation leading to increasing international inequality and poverty or does the

expansion of international trade in goods and services provide new opportunities for
developing countries?

How can we make sense of emergent trends such as fair trade, social
entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainable consumption?

What is the changing role of the state, the private sector, cities and civil society in
delivering public goods in an increasingly interconnected world?

Does globalisation call for a radical overhaul of existing international, national and
local institutions?

Why is it so difficult to solve global environmental problems such as climate


This Masters will consider not only the process of globalisation but also the countertendencies and resistance to globalisation and how these are played out in Africa, Asia and
Latin America.
The MA Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development degree is offered over one
year full-time, or two years part-time.
Course Profile
Our Masters courses require students to undertake 180 credits:

Compulsory and Optional modules (120 credits)

Examination (20 credits)

Dissertation (40 credits)

Students will receive detailed module outlines, including information about lectures and
seminars, full reading lists and assessments once they have registered at the beginning of
their course.

Professional, Employability and Practical Skills

A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during your Masters programme
for the teaching and strengthening of student skills. Sessions to support learning - in
particular essay and dissertation writing - occur throughout the year. Development practice
training is also provided. Please click to access further information about the Skills Training
and Development Practice programme.
International Development Research Groups
Research in the School of International Development addresses contemporary challenges
in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary
approaches. Please click to access further information about our International
Development Research Groups and our current research projects.
Student Testimonial
As an international businessman and former politician, I recommend this Masters as an
alternative to a top ten MBA. It provides an excellent understanding of the major changes in
world development in the post 2008 business paradigm.
Tony, MA Globalisation and International Development