The economic, social and political benefits of good governance are high on the agenda of many world organisations. This MSc combines normative and empirical approaches to international justice, organisations and processes, and applies them to the analysis of global political institutions and policies.
Students of this MSc will benefit from research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training of the highest quality at one of the world's best universities.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Choose one of the following 15 credit modules (the other two remain available as options):
Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available on the departmental website
The following are suggestions:
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and is taught by scholars that have institution, policy or country-specific knowledge and have carried out theoretical and empirical research in the field. Assessment is through unseen examinations, long essays and the dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Global Governance and Ethics MSc
Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in intergovernmental institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups, charities and public affairs, and for funded PhD study.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Our students receive excellent training to think critically and creatively. Through our methods training students also possess sophisticated skills in demand by employers in the public and private sector as well as the skills necessary for further academic study.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of global governance and ethics.
Weekly seminars offer students an unrivalled opportunity to meet and engage with some of the leading figures in the field.
UCL Political Science offers a broad array of global governance-related expertise and teaching able to accommodate a wide scope of student interests within a university that has in recent years put emphasis on governance issues, such as global health.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Political Science
89% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Diplomacy and Global Governance in Fall 2018.
This unique one-year Master’s programme (possibility of part-time modus of evening classes -two-year-) provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance. Both diplomacy and global governance are important institutions of the international order; but they are also the institutions undergoing permanent processes of change in the modern and at times turbulent world.
No institution has undergone greater change in both our theoretical understanding of it and the nature of its day-to-day practice in the last several decades than diplomacy. No process has become more important than our ability, or often lack of it, to engage on transnational policy making by international collective action problem solving while at the same time becoming so highly contested and politicised.
We face a permanent challenge to govern ourselves beyond the territory of the nation state, and hence face the importance of understanding the expectations and limits of global governance and diplomatic skills.
The degree is designed and taught by a network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from international organisations, and provides both theoretical foundations and practical skill-sets for students interested in international careers in diplomacy, government, international organisations, think tanks and NGOs.
With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, US and Asia, the programme can offer students a truly global exchange between theory and practice.
By deliberately bringing together key practitioners with scholars from these fields, graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract insights and advantages of the various perspectives and approaches at this turning point in the history of diplomacy and global governance.
As part of this MA programme, students will have the opportunity to partake in a tailor-made internship with one of our high-profile internship partners where they are involved in our partners’ core activities from day one onwards. The programme has a wide range of agreements with international organisations to offer internships during the summer after the completion of the major course work, allowing students to focus full-time on their internship in addition to writing their thesis.
*Dates are subject to change
*Dates are subject to change
The Double MA in Global Governance in PAIS at Warwick and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo offers you an opportunity to study in one of the UK's best politics departments in combination with Canada's leading school of international affairs.
As a hub of international excellence in teaching and research, PAIS is positioned to deliver the kind of teaching and supervision that will stretch your understanding while also supporting you along the way. Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, is a leading comprehensive university with 35,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in range of subjects. The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is an equal collaboration among the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). The unique integration of the collaborating institutions’ approaches and cultures gives BSIA an unmatched ability to promote vigorous engagement across boundaries of discipline and practice, to connect today’s experts with tomorrow’s leaders in critical debate and analysis, and to achieve—in all its work—the highest standards of excellence.
Students who participate in the double degree program get the best that both programs have to offer and receive degrees from prestigious and internationally recognized institutions. Students choose between two routes, either carrying out the first year of their studies at the University of Warwick before proceeding to Waterloo in their second year to complete their degree, or beginning with the first year at Waterloo and then completing the second year at Warwick. Students who begin in Waterloo receive credit with Warwick and complete a two-year degree program at Warwick in only one year.
For specific questions about the MAGG program, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Double MA in Global Governance allows you to start the programme either at Warwick or at Waterloo. During your year at Warwick, you can follow any of our single MA programmes, taking modules in the areas that matter to you. During your time at Waterloo, you will follow the MA in Global Governance, which also offers great flexibility in module choices. All students are required to spend the equivalent of one academic term as an intern working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, at a research institute, or for a non-governmental organization. The work-term will normally take place in the third or fourth term of the program. Students receiving the CIGI Graduate Fellowship have the option of counting their internship work at CIGI over the year (which amounts to approximately 10 hours/week over three terms) as meeting the internship requirement for the program, allowing them to finish the program in three terms rather than the typical four.
Benefits of doing a double degree:
Our MSC Policy Analysis & Global Governance course is underpinned by high-quality training in social science research methodologies and work-related learning.
It will provide you with in-depth knowledge and expertise in public policy analysis within an international and comparative context.
In an era of global governance and global crises our course will equip you with the skills necessary to investigate and evaluate the ways in which a variety of state and non-state actors come together to address global problems such as:
You will investigate 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). The programme also involves understanding the roles of international organisations and networks and how these operate in the context of multilevel governance.
Course staff enable you to build links with our existing partners through the Oxfam partnership and with wider civil society and public sector bodies.
The dissertation module also enables students to build important links with external organisations.
Modules you will study include:
The Dissertation will give you the opportunity to specialise in an area of public policy and governance that interests you, while under academic supervision.
Learn a Language (Optional)
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.
Teaching and Assessment
There are no written examinations on our course and you will develop your project management, team working, and written skills in order to be equipped for graduate-level employment.
Assessment will be a combination of:
Our course provides a rich variety of integrated learning and assessment opportunities and experiences, increasing discipline knowledge and understanding while developing key transferable skills.
Learning takes a variety of forms and includes lectures, seminars, interactive classes, presentations, and group assignments. The program is concluded with the completion of a Master thesis.
Why should you choose to study International Law and Global Governance at Tilburg University?
International Law is extending forcefully into our everyday politics, economics, and societies - having an impact on international organizations, regimes, tribunals, courts, corporations, NGOs and, even, terrorist threats. The curriculum provides expertise across the three core areas of international law: (1) International Law and International Relations; (2) Human Rights and Human Security; and (3) Global Sustainability and Environmental Law. You can tailor your specialization(s) to match your career aims.
All teachers on the program are highly qualified and enthusiastic academics with additional expertise emanating from their connections to international and European legal practice. Well-known professors from other prestigious institutes as well as practitioners, enhance learning by giving seminars on specific issues, such as US Attitudes towards International Law, the Future Protection of Indigenous Peoples, and International Law Before and After the South-African Apartheids Regime.
The Tilburg Law School is conveniently situated right between two of Europe's most important legal and political centers, making it the ideal place to study European and international law. The Hague is one of the world's largest hosts of international organizations involved in peace and justice. It is the seat of 'inter alia' the International Court of Justice, the Peace Palace Library, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, among others. Brussels is the seat of the European Commission, the EU Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament, NATO, lobby organizations, NGOs, and international law firms.
Small class sizes and interactive teaching methods ensure a high level of participation by students during the program, as well as contact between students and their professors. Group-work develops students' interpersonal skills and team-mentality - essential for any legal career. Competencies are also developed in areas such as analysis, judgment, formulating statements, and presenting professionally. Extra-curricular activities such as study-trips, moot courts, and social events & drinks, further foster the interactive climate.
The department of European and International Law is famous for its international publications, prominent international affiliations, cooperation with leading International Law Schools, and the national and international advisory positions of its core researchers. Students in the program benefit from this profile in multiple ways: latest research is continuously fed into learning, while students are confronted with topics and ideas from the forefront of legal and meta-legal research.
As a Master of Laws with a specialization in international law and global governance, you are well prepared for a career in national and/or international law firms, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, diplomacy, international courts or tribunals, multinational enterprises and consultancies, think-tanks, and in journalism.
The MSc Global Politics thus aims to provide students with knowledge of the political, economic, cultural and moral debates about how and to what extent the effects of globalisation can be governed.
It will provide the means for students to develop the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and discuss:
Students will also benefit from the wide range of academic resources within the School of Government and International Affairs, the Law School, the Department of Geography, and the School of Economics, Business and Finance, making the MSc Global Politics a truly unique interdisciplinary programme.
The programme consists of:
12,000 word research dissertation providing students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of one field of global politics
A choice of up to four modules from the list of elective modules both within the School of Government and International Affairs and within other Schools and Departments at Durham University.
At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning.
The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into four core and four optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation.
Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another.
All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to academic advisors whenever there is a need.
SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system.
The School hosts events throughout the year which all postgraduate students are invited to attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Global Politics students also typically benefit from participation in Global Policy Institute events.
Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.
Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies, UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.