The curriculum for the Master's Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change will be modified before the start of the Autumn Semester 2023. The application is currently closed but will be open in the second application round on March 15 to April 17, 2023. The programme will lead to a master's degree in geography. More information about the adjustments will be published as soon as possible.


How do vulnerable communities adapt to increased rainfall and tropical cyclones? How can we improve the sanitary conditions in rapidly growing slums? Our students study places and people around the world to explore the relationship between globalization, environment and social change.

The programme is hosted by the Department of Human Geography and run in cooperation with the Department of Economic History and the Department of Physical Geography.








Why choose the Master's Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change at Stockholm University?

  • High quality programme in close connection to front line research and to society.
  • Programme preparing for professional careers as well as for studies at the doctoral level.
  • Programme ranges across several fields and targets students wanting to develop an interdisciplinary perspective and the expertise to analyse global environmental and social issues.
  • Great emphasis is placed on explaining structures and driving forces behind global environmental changes.
  • Upon completing the training, students will have both deep and broad subject knowledge and will be able to draw parallels and mediate between different perspectives related to global environmental issues.
  • High ranked, healthy founded and well operated university.
  • Good campus facilities including libraries, GIS laboratories and places for team work and individual studies.
  • Campus situated in the green, safe and beautiful City of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
  • Informal atmosphere between students and faculty.


The MGLOB involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to the first cycle (bachelor), and in addition to the requirements for the first cycle the programme:

  • further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
  • develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
  • develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work.

Core courses:

In addition to the totally 90 credits of specified mandatory courses there are 15 credits of optional courses from the three participating departments and 15 credits of additional optional courses.

In the student study plan individual preferences can be met by optional courses in the three collaborating departments or other Stockholm University departments. One semester can be spent at one of our partner universities abroad.

Degree and career options

The programme leads to a Master’s degree in Economic History, Geography or International Relations.

Do you dream of working with global environmental and social issues in government agencies, organizations or international bodies? Or do you want to engage in research with the potential to change our world view?

The strength of our students is that they are able to communicate with different groups of people involved in both environmental and social issues. The programme’s global focus and international connections open up a broad labour market. Our alumni work in organizations dealing with issues related to aid, development and international affairs, in departments of state and at universities. Nearly half of our graduates are currently working outside of Sweden.

Typical jobs are investigator and project manager. Examples of other titles are chief executive officer, sustainable development consultant, ‎desk officer, foreign services officer, head of unit, key account manager, search engine marketing consultant, standards officer, sustainability specialist and water resources officer.

The degree offers an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue a Doctorate.

Application procedure

You apply at or Application deadline is in mid-January (residence outside of the EU and EEA) or mid-April (residence within the EU and EEA) with course start in the Autumn Semester (late August or early September). For details please go to application.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens are not required to pay tuition fees. The are scholarships for especially qualified students coming from countries outside of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland and scholarships targeting highly-qualified students from specific countries.


Basic facts

Programme Director Associate Professor Ilda Lindell
Name in English Master’s Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change
Name in Swedish Masterprogram i globalisering, miljö och social förändring
Abbreviation MGLOB
Programme code SGMFO
Main field of study Economic History, Geography or International Relations
Language of instruction English
Credits 120 higher education credits
Pace percentage 100%, i.e. full-time
Delivery mode On campus
Study period Two academic years
Course start Autumn Semester, starting in late August or early September
Number of students 25 (accepted yearly; approximately)
Entrance requirements Bachelor’s degree in a subject relevant to the programme. English B/English 6 (from the Swedish upper secondary education) or equivalent. See the explanation.
Selection The selection of students is done by merit rating on grades of your previous courses, grade of bachelor thesis and relevance of your bachelor degree to this programme. See application for this programme for details.
Application See application for this programme and the University course catalogue.


If you have questions or need more information on the application procedure, programme content or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact Study Counsellor Veronica Hohl.