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University of Greenwich, Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government

We have 4 University of Greenwich, Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government

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The role of public policy is crucial in determining national welfare. Read more
The role of public policy is crucial in determining national welfare. Shifts in international relations, the global financial crisis, increasing expectations from citizens, changing domestic socio-economic context, and ideological imperatives are all affecting how policy is formulated and delivered in advanced economies.

At the same time, developing and rapidly growing economies are under increasing public pressure to ensure that economic growth leads to social opportunities and improved access to education, health and other public services.

This programme will develop critical perspectives on policy making and practice in different political and institutional contexts, focusing on both advanced and developing nations. The programme will emphasise the theories of policy analysis and will introduce students to policy making processes of negotiations and bargaining; struggles between nationality and politics; and the tensions between different policy approaches. Policy action and implementation involves a formal, sequential process of delivery. The programme will establish the principles of policy action and highlight the relationship between policy and practice. This approach enables students to develop skills that allow them to relate theory to practice in a way that provides more informed solutions to problems and opportunities in their workplace.

The aims of the programme are:

To provide students with an opportunity to gain systematic and in-depth knowledge in policy studies, to become aware of and understand current practices and to have knowledge of current scholarship
To inform students of the current issues and debates in policy studies and raise their critical awareness of the developments in the discipline
To advance students knowledge of synergies and complex relationships between politics and the policy agenda, between changing social, economic and political contexts and between policy formulation and practice
To provide students with the opportunity to explore complex policy issues systematically and creatively so that they can make informed judgements at their workplace.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used, including coursework, class presentations and a dissertation.

Career options

The career paths open to graduates of this programme include working in the public sector (local and national government), international and European institutions, and national and international Non-Government Organisations. It will also be valuable for those already employed in these sectors who wish to enhance their progression opportunities.

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International maritime policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defence; maritime labour; and oceanic law, policy and management. Read more
International maritime policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defence; maritime labour; and oceanic law, policy and management.

International and interdisciplinary in approach, the programme is of interest to maritime professionals in both sea- and shore-based sectors seeking to develop an in-depth understanding of current issues and future developments, public policy professionals seeking to develop maritime expertise, and graduates in maritime studies and public policy areas seeking further specialisation and postgraduate qualifications.

The programme combines lectures, tutorials, group and individual projects, and seminars, and provides opportunities to learn from the experience of those directly involved with international maritime policy.

Maritime at Greenwich keeps in close touch with developments in the maritime sector through its Advisory Committee, representing a range of specialist professional interests. Certain courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Other links include those to the museum sector, in particular the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the Maritime London Promotion Group, the Greenwich Forum, Sea Vision UK and the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group.

The aims of the programme are:

- To establish knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical issues affecting private and public maritime policy

- To enable an appreciation of comparative approaches to national aspects of maritime policy

- To provide the opportunity for students to learn from the experience of current practitioners in the maritime field.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/mar/intmarpol

What you'll study

- Methods, Problems and Issues in Maritime Policy (20 credits)
- Case Studies in Maritime Policy (20 credits)
- Economics of International Shipping (20 credits)
- Public Shipping Law (20 credits)
- Defence and Security (20 credits)
- Research Methods in Maritime Policy (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework and a dissertation.

Career options

Graduates can pursue careers in maritime administration, international organisations, maritime non-governmental organisations.

About the Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences

About the Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
The Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences offers stimulating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in history, politics and international relations and sociology, and also offers courses in philosophy. These academic disciplines each offer a rigorous and rewarding course of study and are highly respected by employers.

The department prides itself on the exciting range of programmes that are on offer to students and on the support provided to students throughout their studies, enhancing their knowledge, skill sets, confidence and employability. Our staff are enthusiastic and approachable and are dedicated to ensuring that every student achieves their full potential.

Individual student development is achieved through a wide range of teaching and learning activities. Throughout their respective programmes, each discipline offers lectures, seminar discussion, class presentations, teamwork, research projects, work placements and field trips ensuring that students work within a varied and dynamic learning environment which encourages them to expand their horizons.

Support from staff is ongoing, delivering regular contact, both within the academic discipline and via a well-established personal tutoring system which offers additional pastoral care.

Students are encouraged at every stage to access the wide range of extracurricular activities offered both within the department and across the wider university. Moving beyond the classroom, students can participate in subject-related student societies, access a wide range of volunteering opportunities and take advantage of the services of the university’s Guidance & Employability Team to prepare them for graduate employment.

The department is based on the beautiful Greenwich Campus at the Old Royal Naval College on the south bank of the Thames at Greenwich, within easy reach of central London. Students have access to a wide range of academic and social facilities on campus and in the immediate area. Academic facilities include a fully resourced academic library, extensive IT facilities and social spaces for learning and relaxing. The Students’ Union - with its wide variety of societies and groups - is a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The surrounding neighbourhood houses a mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and a market, as well as some of London’s well-known tourist attractions and a tranquil Royal Park.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This degree programme combines some of the coursework elements of a taught MA or MSc, with a longer Dissertation which, unlike taught Masters' programmes, must be started at the beginning of the programme. Read more
This degree programme combines some of the coursework elements of a taught MA or MSc, with a longer Dissertation which, unlike taught Masters' programmes, must be started at the beginning of the programme. The aim of the programme is to provide highly qualified and competent students who have a clearly focused research interest with the opportunity to complete a Master's degree with more focus on that interest and fewer compulsory taught courses, without requiring the time or commitment necessary to complete an MPhil or PhD. Students must complete an appropriate taught course in Research Methodology, either in the history area or the policy area, and two other courses. The degree will be a key step on the career path of anyone wishing to pursue an academic career in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime commerce, or maritime defence and security studies. At the end of this degree, successful students may wish to register for a doctoral programme, since this MA provides a useful taster of research training and experience for those considering this route.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide students who already have a clearly focussed research interest with the opportunity to complete a research-focused Master's degree in the minimum possible time

- To provide a stepping stone enabling rapid transfer from predominantly taught study to self-directed research and an academic career

- To produce a high-quality and substantial piece of written work suitable for publication.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/res/maritime-studies

What you'll study

- One research skills course, either: Research Skills in Maritime Policy (15 credits) or Research Skills and Case Studies for Maritime Historians (30 credits).

- Research Dissertation (up to 40,000 words) (120 credits)

- The remaining 30 or 45 credits (depending on which research skills course is chosen) should be chosen from the following option courses: Maritime Business Environment (15 credits); Defence & Security (15 credits); Environmental History and the Sea (15 credits); Case Studies in Maritime Policy (15 credits); Challenges in 21st Century Maritime Policy (15 credits); Public Shipping Law (30 credits); Economics of International Shipping (15 credits); The Nature of Global Maritime Security (15 credits); Maritime Crime (15 credits); Marine Insurance (15 credits); Environment, Energy and Equipment (15 credits); The Emergence of a World Power: Britain and the Maritime World 1688-1914 (30 credits); The Transfer of Power: International Maritime History 1914 to the late 20th Century (30 credits); International Fisheries History (15 credits).

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages
- International students' finance pages

Assessment

Students are assessed through a variety of coursework and presentations.

Career options

Academic or academic-related careers, journalism or PR in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime business, economics and commerce, maritime defence and security.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This programme takes account of the perspectives and concerns of non-core states in international relations - developing countries and countries in transition or conflict, and those states marginalised in the global system. Read more
This programme takes account of the perspectives and concerns of non-core states in international relations - developing countries and countries in transition or conflict, and those states marginalised in the global system. How do these states manage political relations in the international system? What impact do international regimes and international law have upon international politics? To what extent can the non-core states influence the global order? Can we identify changes to the global order from new emerging powers in the 21st century?

The programme develops critical perspectives on theory and practice in international affairs, and enables students to understand and evaluate issues in the contemporary global arena. It also develops key analytical skills associated with thinking, speaking and writing clearly and critically about contemporary international issues, and provides a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue further research leading to a PhD degree.

The programme is likely to appeal to those who have a broad interest in international relations, including those whose future employment is likely to involve the public, private and/or non-governmental sphere in an international context.

The aims of the programme are:

To provide students with an opportunity to study international relations with a particular focus on the perspectives, experience and problems facing non-core states in the international system, including developing countries, and marginal and weak states
To provide students with a grounding in the normative and explanatory theoretical frameworks used to study international politics
To enable students to develop and apply their knowledge and skills to the understanding and evaluation of international issues and how these impact upon human rights, globalisation, inequality, international crime and terrorism, security and insecurity
To explore the nature of the global governance system, the role of contemporary power politics, and the capacity of different state actors to shape this system
To enable students to develop key generic skills in critical thinking, conceptual analysis, research, and oral and written communication of information and arguments.

Assessment

Essays, written assignments, project work, presentations and a dissertation.

Career options

Possibilities of a wide range of career opportunities where an international outlook is required, for example international diplomacy, journalism and the mass media, think-tanks and research institutes, multi-national business and general management, campaign and lobbying organisations, the public sector and the Civil Service. It can also offer sound preparation for a research degree in international politics, possibly leading to an academic career.

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