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MScGlobal Governance

University of South Wales
United Kingdom, Cardiff / Pontypridd
Tuition fee £17,950 per year
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The MSc Global Governance course is designed to ensure that you develop an in-depth understanding of global governance and the increasingly intertwined nature of government, business and non-governmental organisations (NGO) activities. The course focuses on debates relating to sustainable development.

It is delivered by leading academics who are experts in their field, and boasts an international teaching team who are able to share their first hand experience of cross cultural negotiation, global partnerships and new security challenges. Students on the Global Governance course benefit from regular masterclasses and sessions from noted figures from the world of business and politics. On completion of the MSc Global Governance course, you will be well equipped for senior roles in some of the top international organisations. To keep up-to-date with the latest global governance insights, read Dr Bela Arora’s Global Starter for Ten blog.

Programme structure

The MSc Global Governance is uniquely underpinned by the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and United Nations Principles in Responsible Management Education. The University of South Wales is a signatory of both the United Nations Global Compact and the Principles in Responsible Management Education.

The MSc Global Governance will offer you an opportunity to develop your understanding of global and local approaches to global challenges including human rights, labour rights, environmental degradation and anti-corruption. These are cross sector, global challenges that face decision makers operating at the highest level, so following completion of your studies you will be well equipped for senior roles in some of the top international organisations.

In addition, students will be competitively selected to take advantage of funded and unfunded work experience placements in another EU country, through the UNA Exchange.

You will study 180 credits in total. Modules include:

International Human Rights Law
You’ll study the historical development and procedural and institutional framework of human rights protection; gaining a critical awareness of both substantive and procedural aspects.
Global Ethics in a Globalised World
Consider current controversies in global ethics from migration, climate change to terrorism and war whilst studying this module whilst applying a range of specific concepts such as ‘human rights’ and ‘global justice’ in the process.

New Security Challenges
Gain an introduction to the concepts and theories of security in international relations, examining security challenges such as cyberterrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and resource wars
Conducting Research
Get an introduction to the basics of how to conduct a small-scale research project and write a dissertation. This module will prepare you for working on your dissertation.
Modern Slavery
This module discusses features of human trafficking and modern day slavery. You will examine human trafficking and anti-slavery legislation and policy at both a global and local level.
You will also study two of the following option modules:

Planning for Disasters and Civil Contingencies
By studying this module you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to plan appropriate and effective responses to disaster risks whilst learning about the principles of risk management.
Economies, Markets and Strategic Decision Making
You will carry out an analysis on the macro environment and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made.
Global and Strategic Issues in Leadership and Management
You will undertake a negotiated small-scale enquiry into a complex issue relating to global and/or strategic issue in leadership and management.

Career opportunities

There is high demand for graduates with an in-depth understanding of the intertwined activities of states, businesses and nongovernmental organisations. Global governance has particular relevance to policy makers and following graduation, you will be well prepared to enter or progress further in careers in government, international organisations, the diplomatic service, nongovernmental organisations, policy work, and the voluntary sector.

You will be introduced to theories and concepts drawn from international relations, which will enable you to apply to the analysis of emerging global challenges. The supervised research project will also enable you to develop greater expertise in a specialist topic. The focus on applied analysis, real world case studies and exposure to internationally recognised business and policy professionals, will ensure that you gain practical skills that will allow you to make a direct positive contribution in your chosen profession.

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