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Political Science - Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Research Route) MA - 2014 entry | The University of Manchester
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Political Science - Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Research Route) MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 Months. [Full-Time] 24 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a Social Science subject for MA entry.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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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 - http://www.ipeg.org.uk/)

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

tel +44 (0)161 275 4889

email  Maria.Sobolewska@manchester.ac.uk

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

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

To be announced.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
Telephone
0161 275 1296
Facsimile
0161 275 2450
Email
Website
www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/disciplines/politics/postgraduate/

Academic department overview

See: School Disciplines

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

2:1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a Social Science subject for MA entry.

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the start date of the course.  CAS statements will be issued from June-September 2014.

For example;

Test taken on or after 15 September 2012 - CAS issued June 2014 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 15 September 2012 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  Please email us for advice.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply online

Advice to applicants

Points Based System (PBS)  International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK, please click here for up-to-date information on the PBS.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

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 - http://www.ipeg.org.uk/)

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

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