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

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Study the MA in Political Science Governance and Public Policy and explore some of the key political science and public policy issues of the 21st century, including:
  • 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;
  • the impact of governance arrangements on policy outcomes and the relationship between the state and citizens.

This course 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 provides a base either for those intending to take a PhD in the area, or seeking employment requiring advanced research skills in the public, private or voluntary sector.

You take five compulsory training courses and two compulsory core courses, which are: Understanding Governance and Governance and the Welfare State.

Further options include a choice of at least one course unit in public policy with further related options available from all of our other MA courses. 

Teaching and learning

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

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

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Understanding Governance: Policymaking in the 21st Century POLI70272 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Governance and the State POLI70891 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Qualitative Research Methods SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
Political Parties in Contemporary Britain POLI60122 15 Optional
Using Documents in Social Research POLI60252 5 Optional
European Capitalisms: Crises, Transformations and Contestations POLI60292 15 Optional
Tools and techniques of applied quantitative analysis POLI60341 15 Optional
Focus Groups POLI60421 5 Optional
Interviews POLI70022 5 Optional
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60202 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60891 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
Displaying 10 of 24 course units

Facilities

You will be supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas.

You will also have access to the one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk