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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

Course content

Underpinned by high-quality training in social science research methodologies and work-related learning, this new programme provides you with in-depth knowledge and expertise in public policy analysis within an international and comparative context.

About the programme

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. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area of public policy and governance that interests you, under academic supervision.

The programme would be of equal interest and relevance to students coming though undergraduate social science programmes and to executive students seeking to undertake careers in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation.

Your learning

Indicative module options include:
• The Politics of Public Policy
• The Politics and Management of Risk and Crises
• Comparative Governance and Public Administration
• Comparative Global Social Policy
• Policy and Practice
• Power, Politics and Civil Society
• Theories of State and Civil Society
• Research Methods
• Social Science Research Methods
• MSc Dissertation

Students who successfully complete three core modules (60 credits), and who elect not to proceed, are eligible to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate. Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, are eligible to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma.

Our Careers Adviser says

Upon graduating you will have developed a wide range of skills that include project management, evaluation, research methods and policy analysis. These skills will be of major advantage to students seeking to take up employment in government, state agencies, and civil society organisations (including, but not limited to, non-governmental organisations), or you may opt to follow a research pathway and consider PhD research.

Note: This programme is subject to validation

Research excellence

Research carried out by our staff underpins all of our teaching activity, which means you’ll directly benefit from our extensive expertise in a variety of fascinating, relevant areas. Our research outputs span academic publications and a range of contributions to official reports. Our research work is coordinated through a set of interdisciplinary research groups in Applied Psychology, Civil Society and Governance, Health Behaviours and Policy, and Social Work.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in pursuing postgraduate studies linked to any aspect of our research work. In addition, we offer a range of research-based modules and short courses for continuing professional development. Our portfolio of research-led taught postgraduate programmes is now expanding across the full range of subject areas.

Visit the Policy Analysis and Global Governance (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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