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

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

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in a cognate subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

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: Professor Colin Talbot


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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
    International students (per annum): £15,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850
    International students (per annum): £7,750

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.


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

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
+44(0) 161 275 1296
+44(0) 161 275 2450
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