Global studies

You’re fascinated by today’s world challenges and contemporary issues. You want to make a difference and contribute to an inclusive and sustainable world.  You’re impatient for a challenge and want to think like a true cosmopolitan.

Global studies

Global thinking for global problems

A Global Studies degree is the interdisciplinary study of worldwide issues and trends, exploring the interconnected nature of cultures, economies, and societies on a global level. Our courses aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of complex global challenges, including international relations, global economics, cultural diversity, and environmental sustainability.

Throughout the course, you will delve into a diverse range of subjects, addressing issues such as the migrant crisis and global warming, and exploring disciplines such as political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, geography, history, environmental studies, global politics, international development, human rights, globalisation, and cross-cultural communication. We will empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse and tackle global challenges; enabling you to approach global issues from multiple perspectives.

Visit our department page to learn more about our faculty, research opportunities, and the diverse array of courses we offer that can enrich your experience at Essex.

Why study here?
  • Learn to think globally and critically about today's world issues whilst tailoring your degree to suit your unique interests or goals
  • You have the opportunity to study one or more modern languages as part of your degree
  • We're 6th in the UK for research power in politics and international studies (THE research power measure, REF2021)
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