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

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Course description

This 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. It also involves in the modules on offer an opportunity to apply insights gleaned in a variety of contemporary settings.

The programme will appeal to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global. It will provide a base for employment in a range of sectors from public service employment at the cutting edge, through corporate responsibility units in the private sector to a variety of non-profit organisations. Students will also benefit from a close connection to the Institute of Political and Economic governance (IPEG). The University established the Institute in Autumn 2002 and its aim is to provide a major focus for research as well as practitioner and academic exchange over governance issues.

You take 2 core courses in Understanding Governance and Governance and the Welfare State and two compulsory courses 1. Advanced Research in Politics and 2. Dissertation Research Design

You then choose a minimum of two courses from the Pathway Specific Module Choices and a maximum of two modules from the Politics Wide Optional Modules. 

Programme Director: Dr Maria Sobolewska

tel +44 (0)161 275 4889

email Maria.Sobolewska@manchester.ac.uk

www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/politics/

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

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 .

Facilities

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: disability@manchester.ac.uk