Master’s Thesis

The Master’s Thesis: One's Contribution to Globalization Research

 The master’s thesis is prepared and written during the second half of the second year of study. It is the most important paper students write during the master’s programme. It should be a substantial contribution to the current discussion of globalization.

Topics and Deadlines for Submission

The regulations for the master’s thesis vary slightly between the member universities due to national legislation and local rules. Please contact the local coordinators for specific regulations.

In general, the master’s thesis will be written in English, but another agreement between the supervisor and the student is possible.

During the summer school, students propose a potential topic for their master’s thesis, which will then be discussed with faculty members and students from the second year university. The final decision about the topic and the supervision constellation is made by the local examination board and follows, in most of the cases, the initiative of the students. Students have to submit an exposé to the local coordinator. The exposé must include a description of the state of the art, an attempt to position the topic within the field of global studies, a description of the material to be used, and a timetable and bibliography.

The deadline for submitting the master’s thesis is 31 July of the last year of the master’s programme. Students are supposed to submit bounded hard copies and an electronic copy of their thesis.

Supervision and Referee Process

During the summer school, each student is asked to present a potential topic of their master’s thesis. This suggestion is discussed in working groups together with a lecturer of the second-year university. A suggestion for a supervisor is made by the lecturer. The supervisor provides support and guidance to students. As a general rule, students are supervised by one supervisor from the second-year university. However, additional advice from lecturers at other universities of the EMGS Consortium is welcome and can be arranged on an individual basis. The supervisor is also the first reviewer and grades the thesis. A second reviewer is assigned by the respective department.

Find below a small selection of previous themes where the authors were able to argue convincingly that their thesis fits a specific global studies agenda:

“The Mediterranean – Aegean migration crisis: emergence of a new type of aid volunteer.”
“The Emergence and Transformation of the Palestine Question under British eyes: People, Paradigms and Policymaking (1917-1939)”
“Exploring sustainable urban knowledge production and circulation across the C40 city network: A case study of data-driven climate initiatives in Copenhagen.”
“The Emergence of Colonial Nairobi, 1898-1939. Urban planning, housing, segregation and imperial connections.”
“Displaying the Global Arctic: frontier-making in the visual narratives of the Yamal LNG project”

“’Frack the Future’? The role of actors and institution in drawing future maps of global energy”
“Truly Global Brands: How the global is constructed in global brands rankings”
“Anti-Muslim racism in the name of gender equality: The media discourse on the sexualized assaults on New Year´s Eve 2016 in Cologne”
“The Politics of Memory and Truth Commissions. A Comparative Study of Transitional Justice Approaches to Historical Memory”

“Intellectual Property Rights and Economic Development – the Case of the Rare Earth Industry in China”
“Tariffs, Treaties, Trade: Integrating Tsarist Russian and Qajar Persian Markets under the Nineteenth Century Global Condition”
“Sovereignty, Empire and Foreign Investment. The Political Economy of the Franco-Ethiopian Railway, 1893 – 1917”
“The colonial origins of urban African poverty – urban planning and infrastructure development in western Africa”

“The Radical Right and the European Parliament as Portal of Globalization”
“Urban Agriculture – Growing Roots in our Communities, A Comparative Study of Berlin, Baltimore and Athens and How Urban Agriculture Influences Community Building”
“Can Neoliberalism Explain the Recent Populist Surge? An Inquiry into Populist Reason in the US and UK”
“Lightning in the Hand or Thunder in the Mouth: Australian and Canadian Approaches to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

“Search and Rescue on the Mediterranean Sea. An Analysis of Key Actors’ Discourse”
“The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution: The case of South Africa and the fall of Apartheid”
“Linking Social Movements and the Sustainable Development Goals – A Case Study on Access to Water in Mumbai.”
“The Philippines and the Mindanao conflict. An Ethnographic study on a Conflict lnduced lnternal Diaspora from Mindanao in Metro Manila”

“Communicating Global Social Justice lssues with Documentary Storytelling”
“Securitizing globalization in response to the legitimacy crisis of the global governance”
“The Prospects and Dangers of Artificial Intelligence on International Security: The Case of a Sino-American Arms Race”
“The Deconstruction of the normative Power EU by Public Discourse. A post-structuralist Analysis of a postcolonial modern European Union facing an identity crisis unmasked by the refugee influx.”

Best Master's Thesis

Every year, a “Best Master’s Thesis” is awarded. Click here for the awardees of previous years.