In an era of global governance and global crises the programme equips students investigate and evaluate the ways in which a variety of state and non-state actors come together to address global problems (such as climate change, human rights issues, health inequalities, terrorism and migration).  Equally, the programme is concerned with the analysis of the development and impact of complex public policies. The programme is ideal for those seeking to undertake careers in in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation. The programme is also of key relevance for ‘executive students’ who are currently working in policy roles and who seek to undertake study at postgraduate level as part of their professional development. Key features of the programme:

  • Focus on understanding the roles of international organisations and policy networks and how these operate in the context of multilevel governance
  • Opportunity to develop expertise in the area of public policy, public administration, and governance that interests you
  • Emphasis on evaluating the development and impact of public policy
  • Employability and career-relevant content through innovative learning and assessment


The programme is international in its focus and is both research-led and inter-disciplinary but with a key focus on public policy, public administration and governance. The programme equips students for employment in a number of sectors in the public and private sectors including social research roles, advocacy,  programme management, policy analysis, and evaluation (to name a few). Students may also seek to undertake doctoral studies after completing the Masters programme.

The academics who teach on the programme draw on their research networks for the benefit of the student experience through a combination of field trips to external organisations and the use of guest speakers from external bodies. The programme team support students to develop their own networks and to explore the potential for placement activities and the co-production of Masters projects with external organisations – including international partners (where appropriate).

The programme meets the needs of students interested in gaining post-graduate qualifications in public policy who already possess a relevant undergraduate degree and who are therefore capable of studying at a higher academic level and pursuing careers in areas relevant to the social sciences. The programme gives students a personalised learning experience and reflects the needs of students - ranging from full and part time students seeking a qualification suitable to access employment, to those already pursuing such careers who seek to gain further personal development, and for those wishing to pursue academic or research-orientated careers.

The programme is flexible allowing for part-time and full-time study, while also blending on campus, and on-line delivery techniques. On-campus teaching is grouped around one day per week (where possible) to ensure that students have time to undertake research and knowledge exchange activities throughout a typical week.

Moreover, a range of transferable skills are enhanced and these include the ability to:

  • Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources.
  • Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems.
  • Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement.
  • Reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback.
  • Manage their own learning self-critically.
  • Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study which requires critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process.
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing.
  • Use communication and information technology, including audio-visual

technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information.

  • Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time

management, progressing through the degree programme to become an independent learner.

  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals through, for example,

group work, group projects, group presentations.

Student learning journey

Mode of study: Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (2 years)

Other potential exit awards: PgCert (60 credits); Pg Dip (120 credits)

The typical full-time student journey through the MSc in Policy Analysis and Global Governance:


Trimester 1               Trimester 2             Trimester 3
Theories of State and Civil Society or Social Research Today

(20 credits)

Contemporary Social Issues or Power, Politics and Civil Society

(20 credits)

Research Methods

(20 credits - core)

Global Crisis Management or Civil Society and Peacebuilding

(20 credits)


(60 credits – core for full MSc)

Comparative Governance and Public Administration

(20 credits  - core)

Policy Analysis & Practice

(20 credits – core)