GLOBAL AND AREA STUDIES

Introduction

The Master's degree programme in Global and Area Studies is designed for students with a language-based Bachelor's degree in Brazilian Studies, India and South Asia Studies, Japan Studies, China Studies or Russian and Balkan Studies.

The purpose of the programme is to develop your area and language competences, as well as equipping you to use them in a cross-regional and global context.

Prepare yourself for a world of increasing global interactions

Within a disciplinary framework covering politics and society, history, media and culture, you will work alongside students from a variety of languagebased Bachelor’s programmes. Together you will learn to understand, analyse and communicate issues of global importance within and across areas. By exchanging your area-specific analysis of common topics with other students, you will together create cross-regional perspectives on the most pressing global issues.

Career

You will learn project management skills and work on cases taken from the business community, international organisations, NGOs, and government agencies. All in all this programme will prepare you to utilise your area expertise in a world of increasing global interaction and growing transregional exchange.

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor’s degree programmes qualify the student for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Global Area Studies: 

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Brazilian studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in South Asia Studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Eastern European Studies, Aarhus University (now a Bachelor’s degree in Russian and Balkan Studies)
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies (Japan Studies), University of Copenhagen
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies (China Studies), University of Copenhagen
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Modern India and South Asia studies, University of Copenhagen
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • a Bachelor’s degree in East and Southeastern European Studies (Balkan Studies), University of Copenhagen
  • a Bachelor’s degree in East and Southeastern European Studies (Russian), University of Copenhagen

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

Right of admission

Students of the following Bachelor’s degree programme at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in Global Area Studies on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor’s degree programme to the Master’s degree programme: 

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Brazilian studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in South Asia Studies, Aarhus University
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Eastern European Studies, Aarhus University (now a Bachelor’s degree in Russian and Balkan Studies)

This legal entitlement only exists if applications are received on time by Aarhus University.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Global Area Studies only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. 

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Global Area Studies requires Danish at upper-secondary school ‘A’ level or equivalent and English at ‘B’ level.

Programme structure

Overview of the MA Programme Global and Area Studies:

 

1. sem. 
Regions in Global History 
(10 ECTS)

Political Institutions in Comparative Perspective 
(10 ECTS) 
Applied Qualitative Research Method 
(10 (ECTS)
 2. sem.  
Project Management 
(10 ECTS)

Intercultural Analysis (10 ECTS) Regional Perspectives on Global Issues (10 ECTS)
 3. sem.
Profile semester (Work placement or Profile Course)
(20 ECTS)

Thesis preparation
(10 ECTS)

International Electives

 4. sem.
Thesis (30 ECTS)

 

Overview of the MA Programme Global and Area Studies:

Track B (only for students with a Bachelor’s degree in China Studies)

 


1. sem. 

Supplementary subject (30 ECTS)

 2. sem.  
Theory and practice of linguistic
training Chinese (15 ECTS)

Supplementary subject (15 ECTS)
 3. sem.
International elective subject at Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai (ECNU)

 4. sem.
Thesis (30 ECTS)

 

 

Tracks and profiles

Tracks

Global Area Studies is divided into two lines. The general track is intended for students with a Bachelor’s degree in China Studies, Japan Studies, Russian and Balkan Studies, Brazilian Studies or India and South Asia Studies. Track B is only for students from China Studies with a supplementary subject within the range of upper secondary school subjects.

Profiles

On the third semester of the Master’s degree programme, you choose one of three profiles:

  • Profile courses 
    Profile courses are interdisciplinary courses with a strong professional orientation for third semester students on all humanities Master’s degree programmes. Read more about profile courses
  • Study abroad
    General line:
    On the Global Area Studies degree programme, you have the opportunity of spending the third semester abroad. Here you can explore and use your area studies expertise in connection with your language of specialisation by participating in an exchange programme at an international university. Aarhus University has exchange and partnership agreements with many universities around the world, and help is always available if you want to study abroad. On the Arts study portal, you will find all the information you need about studying abroad, so visit the site for inspiration and head OFF!
    Track B (only for students with a Bachelor’s degree in China Studies):
    In the third semester, you must choose international elective subjects at the Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai (ECNU). This means that you must spend a semester in China, where you will strengthen your linguistic and intercultural skills.
  • Internship/work placement
    Doing an internship (work placement) will give you a practical perspective on your theoretical knowledge as well as helping you build a network and gain valuable job experience. As part of preparing for the internship, you are responsible for contacting the company/organisation/institution you would like to work with. Concurrently with your internship, you attend classes and/or supervisory sessions, and at the end of the internship, you are required to submit a report. For further information about the requirements, see the academic regulations. Internships are advertised in, for example, the Aarhus University job bank.

Student life

You will study with other students who have taken their Bachelor’s degree in Brazilian studies, India and South Asia studies, Japan studies, China studies or Eastern European studies. Your teachers are all researchers at the Department of Global Studies, which means you will be exposed to various types of teachers and disciplinary approaches. The teaching is in English and is interdisciplinary in its approach. Students participate in most courses together, but you will also have a chance to study your own area in depth and develop your language proficiency in small groups based on your specific area from your Bachelor’s degree programme.     

Social life

On the Master’s degree programme in Global Area Studies, you will spend most of your time in the Nobel Park together with all the language programmes and other fields of study, such as philosophy and theology. You will quickly get to know both the teaching staff and the students from the other fields of study and year groups. Furthermore, you will be part of a lively study environment with ample opportunity to participate in both academic and social activities alongside your studies. On the Department of Global Studies site, you can keep an eye on academic events and the latest research in the area. You also have the opportunity to participate in various clubs and associations.

Clubs and associations
As a student at Global Area Studies, you can join the degree programme council for Russian and Balkan Studies or the Asian degree programme committee. You can also take a break from studying at the Global Area Studies’ joint Friday bar.

  • Degree programme council for Russian and Balkan Studies: If you are interested in having an influence on your study environment, you can join the degree programme council. The degree programme council represents the interests of students on the Russian and Balkan Studies programme at Aarhus University and thereby serves as a link between the university, the academic environment and the students. In addition, the degree programme council organises a wide range of academic and social events every semester in the form of, for example, lectures, excursions, movie nights, podcasts and trips to Eastern Europe. 
  • Asian degree programme committee: China Studies, Japan Studies and South Asia Studies share the same degree programme committee. The committee is the students’ voice in relation to university affairs, and you can influence your study environment by participating in it.
  • Globarl: Once a month, Globarl organises a theme bar, where you can have a cold beer or water and hang out with your fellow students. In addition, the association organises an annual Christmas party.

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Career

Job profile

As a graduate from Global and Area Studies, you will be able to combine global perspectives with an area expertise and strong language competences. You will learn to make your knowledge operational, equipping you to work as an intermediary for companies and organisations operating in your region of expertise.

With the skills learned during the programme, you will be able to translate between various cultures and facilitate transactions between people and institutions from various regions.

Competences

The Master's degree will give you the following competences:

  • Organise, manage and evaluate projects that are complex and unpredictable requiring innovative approaches in order to find solutions.
  • Assess, analyse, contextualise and compare information about specific regions in their global context.
  • Collaborate productively and responsibly in interdisciplinary, international and intercultural. environments based on strong intercultural competences.
  • Communicate and present information successfully in various formats and genres in the language of your specialisation.
  • Independently take responsibility for your own professional development and specialisation.

Career guidance

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.