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MAGovernance and Public Policy

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The shift from government to governance has wide-reaching implications. It changes our understanding of the role of politicians and the capacity of state. It alters public expectations and the balance between rights and responsibilities.

With this course you’ll explore the tensions between domestic and international pressures in making policy.

As the process if increasingly influenced by globalisation and other international developments, you’ll analyse the practical and complex challenges faced by policy makers.

We offer extensive training in research methods. For your dissertation, you’ll research and develop a hypothesis of your own. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Programme structure

Core modules

Comparative Governance and Public Policy
Dissertation in Governance and Public Policy

Plus one of the following modules:
Global Governance
The Politics of International Law
The Governance and Politics of the European Union
Global Politics of the Environment and Climate Change
Research Methods in Politics
Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research

Optional modules

Choose two from a range including:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (except the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA you must earn a total of 180 credits. All core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States