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Course content

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.

About this degree

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).

Core modules

  • Global Governance (30)
  • Global Ethics (15)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods B or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods B or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Optional modules

Choose one of the following 15 credit modules (the other two remain available as options):

  • Global Public Policy (15)
  • International Political Economy (15)
  • Theories of International Relations (15)

Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available on the departmental website

The following are suggestions:

  • Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
  • NGO, Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management (15)
  • Terrorism (15)
  • The European Union in the World (15)
  • The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
  • Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
  • Globalisation (15)
  • Public Ethics (15)
  • Rebellion (15)
  • The Political Economy of Development (15)
  • Governing Divided Societies (15)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)

Dissertation/report

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

Careers

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

  • Global Agenda Co-ordinator, World Energy Council
  • Senior Manager in Financial Corporate Governance, Deloitte
  • MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, University of Oxford
  • Speech Writer to the Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Office
  • Administrator, Belgian Embassy.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.


Visit the Global Governance and Ethics (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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