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

  • Study at a centre for public policy research with an international reputation
  • Engage in unique opportunities with academics, politicians and policy makers through [email protected]
  • Develop your skills through policy placements with policy makers and organisations in and around Manchester

Course description

Study the MA Political Science Governance and Public Policy course and explore some of the key political science and public policy issues of the 21st century.

These include:

  • an 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 course units on offer, an opportunity to apply insights gleaned in a variety of contemporary settings.

The course will appeal to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global. It provides 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.

You will also benefit from a close connection to the Institute of Political and Economic Governance (IPEG). The University established the institute in 2002, and its aim is to provide a major focus for research as well as practitioner and academic exchange over governance issues.

You'll take two core course units:

  • Understanding Governance; and
  • Governance and the Welfare State.

Alongside two compulsory course units:

  • Advanced Research in Politics; and
  • Dissertation Research Design.

In addition, you will be able to choose a minimum of two course units from the pathway specific unit choices and a maximum of two units from the politics wide optional units.

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.


School of Social Sciences students are 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, The University of Manchester Library.

Career opportunities

Our recent graduates have gone into careers in academia, the civil service, journalism, the NGO sector, and wide range of related positions in both the public and private sectors among others.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a wide range of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

For more information, see careers and employability.

Visit the MA Political Science - Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Standard Route) page on the The University of Manchester website for more details!




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