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Political Science - Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Research Route) MA

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Course description

The governance programme offers an opportunity to explore some of the key political science and public policy issues of the 21st century. These include examination of the nature and problems of policy making in the contemporary world; how in a globalised world public decision making can be constructed in a way that delivers legitimacy and effective capacity to act; and the impact of governance arrangements on policy outcomes and the relationship between the state and citizens. This programme unpacks core concepts to do with citizenship, participation, and the formation and implementation of public and social policies. It draws on a variety of contemporary materials and will appeal to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global. It will provide a base either for students intending to go on to undertake a PhD in the area, or seeking employment requiring advanced research skills in the public, private or voluntary sector. Students also benefit from a close connection to the Institute of Political and Economic Governance, which provides a major focus for research and practitioner and academic exchange over governance and policy issues (visit the IPEG website for more details -

You take 5 Compulsory Training Courses and 2 Compulsory Core courses (1. Understanding Governance and 2. Governance and the Welfare State)

Further options - you choose at least one module from course units in public policy with further related options available from all of our other MA programmes. 

Programme Director: Dr Maria Sobolewska

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Teaching and learning


Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

Further information can be found in the Programme Handbook .


The School of Social Sciences is now based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

Dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: