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This programme offers a thorough academic analysis of one of the most salient and pressing issues in the contemporary world. the place of individual human rights in a system of international relations in which states’ rights have traditionally been paramount. Read more
This programme offers a thorough academic analysis of one of the most salient and pressing issues in the contemporary world: the place of individual human rights in a system of international relations in which states’ rights have traditionally been paramount.

Why this programme

-If you plan a career with non-governmental organisations, in related domestic, European and other global institutions, or in higher education, or want to learn more about human rights and international politics, this programme is designed for you.
-You will have the opportunity to participate in a 5-day study trip to Geneva to visit the UN and non-governmental human rights organisations.
-The degree is genuinely interdisciplinary in content and structure, and is designed to ensure that you will encounter both legal and political perspectives, unlike most other human rights programmes which are exclusively focused on law. You can choose to focus on one domain more than the other.
-The programme draws on recognised expertise in international institutions, security, gender, political philosophy, theories of rights, and ethics and normative theory, as well as a wide variety of country and regional expertise.
-You will benefit from access to a number of organisations within and beyond the University, including the Glasgow Human Rights Network; The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; The Glasgow Centre for International Development; and the annual International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
-If you wish to combine the study of this subject with additional advanced training in research methods, you should consider the closely-related MRes in Human Rights & International Politics.

Programme structure

You will take 4 core and 2 optional courses. Courses will be delivered via lectures and seminars. Some courses contain an exam. You will also submit a dissertation at the end of the programme.

Core courses
-Critical perspectives on human rights (Politics)
-Fundamentals of international law (Law)
-Human rights and global politics (Politics)
-Qualitative research methods OR Social science statistics

Optional courses (two chosen, one from politics and one from law)
Politics
-Challenges in international politics
-China's international politics
-Chinese politics and society
-Comparative European politics
-Ethics in global politics
-EU in international politics and development
-Foreign policy of the United States
-Freedom of expression
-Globalisation and European integration
-Institutions and policies of the European Union
-International relations theory
-International security and global politics
-Internet and civil society
-Media and democracy
-Political institutions, crisis and communication
-Political legitimacy: contemporary perspectives
-Politics of gender in development.

Law
-British constitutionalism c1600-1800
-Freedom, security and justice in the European Union
-Globalisation, constitutionalism and human rights
-Law and democracy
-United Nations law

Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences and the School of Law.

Dissertation
The dissertation, written during the final phase of the programme, is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in human rights and international politics and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the programme.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in higher education, government/foreign ministry, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and think tanks.

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This programme is designed for those interested in the crucial challenges facing our world today, from terrorism to globalisation, and from conflict to migration. Read more
This programme is designed for those interested in the crucial challenges facing our world today, from terrorism to globalisation, and from conflict to migration . In particular, it will provoke you to think about international challenges and the nature of interactions in the system.

Why this programme

-This programme offers you broad and informed knowledge of the central challenges in international relations and equips you with the analytical techniques and tools to analyse political data.
-The programme draws on expertise in the fields of international relations theory, normative international theory, international security, international governmental organisations, non-state actors, and human rights and humanitarian intervention.
-You will benefit from the opportunity to approach the subject from a variety of disciplinary approaches through courses across the School of Social & Political Sciences, the School of Law, History, and other subjects.
-You will benefit from a number of research and teaching initiatives which touch on important international issues, including: Global Security Roundtable; Global Security Network; Glasgow Centre for International Development; Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; and Glasgow Human Rights Network.
-You will gain a wide range of more general skills, including how to convey complex ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing.

Programme structure

You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and undertake independent research.

Core courses
-Challenges in international politics
-International relations theory
-Qualitative research methods OR Social science statistics

Optional courses
-China's international politics
-Chinese politics and society
-Comparative European politics
-Critical perspectives on human rights
-Ethics in global politics
-EU in international politics and development
-Foreign policy affairs
-Freedom of expression
-Globalisation and European integration
-Human rights and global politics
-International security and global politics
-Institutions and policies of the European Union
-Internet and civil society
-Media and democracy
-Political institutions, crisis and communication
-Political legitimacy: contemporary perspectives
-Politics of gender in development

Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences.

Career prospects

The programme gives students key knowledge and analytical tools relevant to a career in a variety of settings related to international relations. These include international and domestic non-governmental organisations, international governmental organisations such as the United Nations or European Union, as well as government agencies. It will also prepare you for further academic research in a PhD programme.

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This programme provides non-economics graduates a solid grounding in policy analysis, economic growth and economic development. You will develop a thorough understanding of the main models related to economic growth and development and of the economics of transition from less developed to developed status. Read more
This programme provides non-economics graduates a solid grounding in policy analysis, economic growth and economic development. You will develop a thorough understanding of the main models related to economic growth and development and of the economics of transition from less developed to developed status.

Why this programme

-You will be taught by leaders in the field, many of whom have worked with international and government organisations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, Commonwealth Secretariat and central banks.
-You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning by taking courses in other subjects at the University such as economic & social history and Central & East European studies.

Programme structure

You will take two core courses and four optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
-Growth and development
-Development policy

Sample optional courses
-Aid and development
-Basic econometrics
-Behavioural economics: theory and applications
-Challenges in international policies
-Economics of inequality and deprivation
-Environmental economics
-Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
-Foreign direct investment and development
-Human rights and global politics
-IMF World Bank and economic growth
-International security and global politics
-International trade
-Policies for sustainability and development
-Project planning, appraisal and implementation
-The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation
-Theory and principles of sustainability

If you have little or no economics you are strongly recommended to take the non-credit introductory course to economics offered before semester one begins.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will progress to successful careers in international organisations, government ministries, academia, research institutions, banks and other financial institutions.

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The traditional military threats which defined global security matters for the best part of the 20th century have been quickly replaced by new and re-emerging security challenges. Read more
The traditional military threats which defined global security matters for the best part of the 20th century have been quickly replaced by new and re-emerging security challenges. This programme offers you the opportunity to examine many of these contemporary threats.

Why this programme

-You will take a study visit to Brussels which offers the chance to experience security and political institutions like NATO and the European Commission and meet key security personnel.
-You will develop your knowledge of the security challenges impacting our rapidly changing social and political environment at a local, national and global level. These range from terrorism and cyber warfare to disease, migration and climate change.
-You can combine a broad spectrum of subject areas into your degree, including politics, sociology, Central & East European studies, war studies, archaeology, computing science, geography, law, business and education.
-You will have the opportunity to take part in policy development exercises: working with government officials and policy-makers to simulate the process of responding to major international security crises.
-The programme will also include a series of master classes from high profile professionals and academics working in the field of security.

Programme structure

You will take four core and selection of optional courses. You will also complete a dissertation as a piece of independent research. In addition to the general degree programme, you have the opportunity to study one of three specialised pathways

Core courses
-Comparative approaches to warfare and violent conflict
-International security and global politics
-Qualitative research methods OR Social sciences statistics
-Thematic issues in global security.

Optional courses You will supplement the core elements of the programme with a range of optional courses chosen from a broad list of optional courses.

Pathways
Cyber security and intelligence
Provides you with the opportunity to examine how cyber issues and information communications technologies challenge the way states and citizens alike attempt to use and constrain information in a range of societies for security purposes. Specialised courses within this pathway include:
-Human-centred security
-Information systems and databases
-Systems and networks

Social and cultural perspectives
Provides you with the opportunity to examine global security from a critical perspective, reflecting on social and cultural aspects and constructions of 'security'. Important to this pathway will be an interrogation of the relationship between security, vulnerability and the ethics of care. Specialised courses within this pathway include:
-Critical perspectives on securities and vulnerabilities
-A range of related optional courses

Strategy and defence
Provides you with the opportunity to examine shifts in Western strategic thought in both a historical and contemporary setting. Particular attention will be given to how strategy and defence is currently developing within a new interdependent global context. Specialised courses within this pathway include
-Comparative approaches to warfare and violent conflict
-The American way of war: from Revolution to the War on Terror
-A range of related optional courses

Career prospects

You can move into careers such as working with governmental and non-governmental organisations, business and international/transnational organisations. Recent graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, the United Nations, the UK armed forces, a US based research agency and UK based private security and risk analysis companies. Others have gone to undertake a PhD.

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This programme offers a unique opportunity for you to gain knowledge about a wide range of equality issues and to think across the dimensions of inequality. Read more
This programme offers a unique opportunity for you to gain knowledge about a wide range of equality issues and to think across the dimensions of inequality.

Why this programme

-The programme responds to radical changes in approaches to equalities and human rights in Scotland, the UK and beyond.
-Taught by a team of specialists from a range of areas of inequality, including gender, racism, sexuality, disability and faith, the programme looks at what equality and human rights mean and what practical steps can be taken to achieve them.
-You will examine the major causes of inequality today and how the idea that certain groups are less equal than others emerged. You will also study what sustains that idea and how these groups are interrelated.
-If you are interested in going on to study for a PhD, there is a closely-related MRes in Equality and Human Rights which combines a grounding in the subject with advanced research training.

Programme structure

You will take two core and four optional courses, as well as submit a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.

Core courses
-Equality and human rights
-Methods of social research

Optional courses
-Class and stratification
-Religion in society
-Sexualities and society
-The disabling society

Career prospects

This programme will provide useful background knowledge for careers in areas involving the negotiation of equality and implementation of human rights. This would include work with non-governmental organisations, equality and diversity groups, charities and government.

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On this programme you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems. Read more
On this programme you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems.

Why this programme

-This programme is designed for those who want to pursue a career in political communication, offering you a range of theoretical insights and analytical tools and skills that will be beneficial for a broad range of careers.
-You will engage in discussions about the role of mass media and new media in society, the ways in which politicians and citizens use media, and the quality of public deliberation.
-You will also explore themes such as the effects of media and communications on public opinion and public policy, the ways in which political parties communicate their messages, and how digital media shapes politics.
-You will engage with a range of perspectives from political science and communications especially, but also psychology, sociology, computing science and big data analytics, and economics.
-Our programme is unique in Scotland and one of few political communication programmes based in a Politics department in the UK, rather than in communications or media studies.
-We have a diverse and vibrant student body with students from all over the world. You will share courses with students from other programmes in the school, which enriches the liveliness and breadth of experience for all. Like our students, research staff come from many different places.

Programme structure

You will take three core courses and three optional courses, and complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the personal supervision of a staff member with related expertise.

Core courses
-Media and democracy
-Political institutions and communication
-Qualitative methods for social scientists OR Social science statistics 1

Optional courses
-Challenges in international politics
-China's international politics
-Chinese politics and society
-Comparative European politics
-Comparative public opinion
-Critical perspectives on human rights
-Crime, media and popular culture
-European Union in international politics and development
-Foreign policy analysis
-Human rights and global politics
-Humanitarian intervention
-Institutions and policies of the European Union
-International relations theory
-International security and global politics
-Internet and civil society
-Media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
-Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
-Media, security and war
-Researching audiences and the media

Career prospects

Our graduates have found opportunities across the globe, for example working with political parties, campaigns, charities, NGOs, civil service, journalism, business, academia, public relations, public affairs, national or local politics, and more. They are working in careers in Scotland, the UK, and beyond. This programme also helps prepare you to go on to PhD work in the field.

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This programme is an advanced study of historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture and society of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Read more
This programme is an advanced study of historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture and society of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Why this programme

-This programme is for those planning careers in major public, commercial and voluntary institutional settings who wish to acquire a specialised knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe and proficiency in one of the region's languages.
-Language and other study trips to the region are available. You will be offered the opportunity to spend a month in Russia. Some financial support is available to help you fund these trips.
-Choose between three specialist pathways: Central and East European Studies, Russian Studies, and Eurasian Studies.
-You will examine the history of communism and why it collapsed. You will learn about the impact of international organisations (e.g. the European Union, NATO) and of major world powers on the region as well as retaining an appreciation of the region’s internal diversity in a variety of spheres (cultural, economic, ethnic, political and social).
-You can participate in our extensive range of conferences, workshops, business days, seminars and networking activities involving representatives of the business, policy-making and third sector communities.
-The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.

Programme structure

You will take four core and one optional course, as well as complete a dissertation as a piece of independent research. You will select a specialist pathway, which includes a specialist core courses and a language. (choices vary depending on pathway).

Core courses
All pathways
-Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
-Research methods for studying Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia

Central and East European Studies
-Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe OR Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
-Language options: Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian OR Polish

Russian Studies
-Gender and identity in Soviet & Post-Soviet Russia OR Russian foreign policy
-Language: Russian

Eurasian Studies
-Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991 OR Rethinking Central Asian security
-Language options: Russian OR Chinese

Optional courses
-Contested states: The South Caucasus since 1991
-De facto states in the Post-Soviet space
-Developments in Czech society since 1989
-Gender and identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
-Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
-Political modernisation: The Georgian case
-Post-Soviet Russia: Renegotiating global and local identities
-Post-Soviet Ukraine: a case study in socio-economic and political transformation
-Rethinking Central Asian security
-Russian foreign policy
-Statehood and nationality in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
-The geopolitics of Central Europe

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gone on to establish careers as lecturers and researchers at universities in the UK, Norway, Greece, Italy, and Poland or have become secondary school teachers. Our graduates have also been very successful in establishing careers with organisations such as BBC World Service, British Army, British Civil Service, British Council, Centre for Defence Information (Moscow), Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London), Jamestown Foundation (Washington D.C), KPMG, Ministry of Defence, UK, Open Society Foundation (Bratislava), Open Society Institute (Budapest), Operation Mobilisation, Czech Republic and the Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe (Warsaw).

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The Masters in Physics. Global Security provides an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on their application to interdisciplinary challenges in the area of global security, and at a level appropriate for a professional physicist. Read more
The Masters in Physics: Global Security provides an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on their application to interdisciplinary challenges in the area of global security, and at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

Why this programme

-The University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy is ranked 2nd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2016).
-The School plays a leading role in the exploitation of data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.
-With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Physics and Astronomy combines both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
-The School of Physics & Astronomy hosts the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre, which houses state-of-the-art instrumentation for studying materials at the nanoscale or below.
-You will gain the theoretical, experimental and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve a range of advanced physics problems relevant to the theme of this global challenge, providing an excellent foundation for a career of scientific leadership in academia or industry.
-You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.
-You will benefit from direct contact with our group of international experts who will teach you cutting-edge physics and supervise your projects.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc Physics: Global Security include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

The programme draws upon a wide range of advanced Masters-level courses. You will have the flexibility to tailor your choice of optional lecture courses and project work to a wide variety of specific research topics and their applications in the area of global security.

Core courses include
-Advanced data analysis
-Detection and analysis of ionising radiation
-Research skills
-Extended project

Optional courses include
-Advanced electromagnetic theory
-Applied optics
-Detectors and imaging
-Environmental radioactivity
-Nuclear power reactors
-Quantum information
-Statistical mechanics

Industry links and employability

-The School of Physics and Astronomy is highly active in research and knowledge transfer projects with industry. Our Masters students have regular opportunities to engage with our industrial collaborators through informal visits, guest lectures and workshops.
-You will also benefit from our membership of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. The alliance brings together internationally leading physics research across Scotland to form the largest physics grouping in the UK.
-Our staff and students come from all around the world providing a truly global experience. The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to providing an equitable environment for study and work, in line with the principles of Project Juno of the Institute of Physics. This was recognised in 2011 by the award of Juno Champion status. We also have a strong programme of talks and seminars given by experts from the UK and abroad, which will give you the chance of broadening your knowledge in many other areas of physics and astronomy.
-The School plays a world-leading role in the exploitation of data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.
-This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MSc programmes automatically meet the master's level education requirement for Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. To fully meet the educational requirements for CPhys, graduates must also possess an IOP accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include academic research, based in universities, research institutes, observatories and laboratory facilities; industrial research in a wide range of fields including energy and the environmental sector, IT and semiconductors, optics and lasers, materials science, telecommunications, engineering; banking and commerce; higher education.

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The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, economy, business, politics and culture. Read more
The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, economy, business, politics and culture. There is the flexibility to combine cultural and political studies with introductory or more advanced modules in Mandarin.

Why this programme

-◾The degree is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of specialists in Chinese politics, economics, business, culture and history, as well as seminars, workshops and lectures delivered by the University's Scottish Centre for China Research.
◾You can spend eight weeks (May to July) in China, where you will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of Chinese society and culture. A variety of scholarships are available to fund or part-fund short-term language study at a Chinese university or language institute.
◾Glasgow boasts a number of China-focused organisations and events you can get involved with, including the Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow and the Scottish Centre for China Research, which brings together scholars undertaking cutting edge research on China.
◾You are encouraged to learn Chinese language at the level appropriate to your ability. For those not taking credit-bearing language modules, a free place on one of the Confucius Institute's existing classes is available.

Programme structure

You will take two and four optional courses, and submit a dissertation. The dissertation is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in China and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the programme.

Core courses

◾Chinese politics and society
◾Research design

Optional courses

The courses are structured into six pathways

Language and Culture

◾Beginner's Chinese
◾China and the West
◾China’s century of conflict: 1839-1949
◾Gender, culture and text
◾Internship and language in China
◾Object biographies (History of Art)
◾Secularisation and society .

Language and Business

◾Beginner's Chinese
◾Business environment in China*
◾Contemporary issues in HR*
◾Internship and language in China
◾Managing strategic change*
◾Marketing management*.

*Courses offered by the Adam Smith Business School

Students taking the internship/language option have to pay for their own travel, accommodation and fees for the internship placement and/or language course in China. The language options are not available to Chinese nationals.

Governance and Society

◾Comparative public opinion: concepts and applications
◾Environmental policies and problems in China
◾Global cities
◾Social change in China**
◾Understanding public policy.

(**) Externally offered. Involves travel around China for one month in the summer. Students have to pay for their own international travel and a fixed fee which includes tuition, internal travel and accommodation in China.

International Relations

◾China's international politics
◾Environmental policies and problems in China
◾International relations research
◾International relations theory
◾International security and strategic thought.

Human Rights

◾Critical perspectives in human rights
◾Critical perspectives in securities & vulnerabilities
◾Environmental policies and problems in China
◾Human rights and global politics
◾Humanitarian intervention: civilian or sovereignty.

Research Methods

◾Generalised linear modules
◾Introduction to social theory for researchers
◾Qualitative research methods
◾Quantitative data analysis.

You are free to choose options outside your pathway but we would encourage you to consult with the programme convenor if you plan to do so.

Career prospects

This programme is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career involving China, whether in the business world, public services, the arts and media or as preparation for further academic study through PhD study. Our alumni have also gone on to successful careers as public affairs consultants, advertising and PR managers, as well as in secondary school education and the charity sector. The programme has helped graduates develop international perspective, critical thinking and writing skills, and also smoothed the path to living and working in the Far East.

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The global economy is a complex and challenging place. This Masters in Global Economy, taught by internationally acknowledged experts in their fields, unravels many of the complexities and explores the challenges. Read more
The global economy is a complex and challenging place. This Masters in Global Economy, taught by internationally acknowledged experts in their fields, unravels many of the complexities and explores the challenges. This programme is ideal for those who do not have a degree or background in economics or business but wish to explore the field.

Why this programme

-You will gain a broad understanding of current economic and business policy issues in the context of a rapidly changing and dynamic global environment.
-You will gain a secure and critical grasp of the extent, causes and implications of a more fully integrated world economy, which equips you to play key leadership roles in corporate, non-governmental organisations or policy-driven environments.
-You will benefit from the extensive use of a range of social science approaches, techniques and vocabulary: including those derived from economics, management, law and political science; but no prior specialist training or expertise is required.
-You will be taught by a unique grouping of highly talented academics whose interests span the disciplines of business, economics, politics, social science and social policy, but whose core mission is to provide real-world as well as historical context to help develop understanding of current issues and problems.

Programme structure

You will study three core courses and three optional courses and undertake a dissertation during the final phase of the programme. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project and team work. You will benefit from our programme of guest seminars.

Core courses
-The globalised economy
-Business in the global economy
-Social science statistics

Sample optional courses - There is a wide range of options available within the School of Social & Political Sciences.
-Globalisation of banking and financial institutions
-Globalisation and labour
-Technology transfer in a globalised world
-International economic relations since 1945
-The EU in international politics and development

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in global economics, foreign trade, international NGOs and policy environments.

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This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective. Read more
This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective.

Why this programme

-You will be able to locate health and its determinants, and discuss the role of equality and inequality, category and location and their influence on health.
-You will examine health issues that arise for different population groups and across national boundaries, including social and cultural constructions of health, disability and chronic illness, and global and national health policies.
-You will make a critical analysis of health and its determinants and develop a deep understanding of the influence and role of equality/inequality, demographics and location on health.
-The University is a leading centre of applied and policy related research. This programme brings together expertise in inequalities in health, health and well-being, disability, drugs and addictions, urban health, health economics and the history of medicine.
-You will study quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, using at least one of these in the completion of an original piece of social research.
-You will be taught by experts from the following world-leading centres based at the University: the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Centre for the History of Medicine, Policy Scotland and Centre for Public Policy for Regions.
-The degree is fully interdisciplinary in its structure and content, and is designed to allow you to focus your learning around the global health issues that interest you most.

Programme structure

You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses, as well as complete a dissertation. Teaching will be via lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is also the possibility to take part in project and team work in the UK.

Core courses
-Health and culture
-Health in its social context
-Methods of social research

Optional courses
-Applied qualitative methods
-Cultural, social & biological determinants of mental health
-Developing and evaluating complex interventions
-Epidemiology, evidence and statistics for primary care
-Equality and human rights
-Globalisation and public health
-Health economics
-Health technology assessment: Policy and principles
-Health technology assessment in a global context
-Improving access to mental health care in the global context
-Mental health and disability: International law and policy
-Mental health promotion across the life-span
-Psychosocial approaches to public health
-Qualitative methods
-Social science statistics 1
-Social science statistics 2
-Studies in the history of medicine 1850-2000
-Studies in the history of medicine before 1850
-The disabling society
-Understanding health policy

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions as health care professionals, health care policy advisors and in public health care systems, the voluntary and third sector.

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This programme considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime. Read more
This programme considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime.

Why this programme

-You will gain access to a wide range of potential careers and further academic pathways related to understanding international crime and developing strategies and policy for its prevention.
-You will benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the University's Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research. The breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching team is a key strength of the programme.
-There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
-You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work.

Programme structure

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work you will:
-Enhance your understanding of relevant theoretical approaches, concepts, debates and techniques of criminological enquiry as they relate to the study of transnational crime and security in a globalised context.
-Develop your appreciation of the routines and structures of the global criminal economy, including contemporary developments in transnational organised crime and the illicit global economic activities of states, corporations and white-collar criminals.
-Apply criminological knowledge to critically analyse contemporary social, legal, political and policy issues in transnational crime and security.
-Develop the analytical skills to contribute to public debate on crime and security issues.
-Gain an advanced understanding of criminological perspectives on transnational crime and justice, relevant to your further careers or academic studies.

Core courses
-Understanding and explaining crime and social harm
-Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation
-Research and enquiry in criminology and criminal justice
-The global criminal economy: white-collar crime and organised crime

Optional courses
-Crime, media and popular culture
-Criminal justice: global challenges
-Crime and community safety
-Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
-Punishment and penalty

Career prospects

You will be well equipped for careers in public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention policy and strategy, especially with international and cross-border agencies.

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This programme will give you an international perspective on some of the most fundamentally important issues facing global business and society today and a theoretical and practical understanding of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability. Read more
This programme will give you an international perspective on some of the most fundamentally important issues facing global business and society today and a theoretical and practical understanding of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability.

Why this programme

-While you will receive a grounding in finance and governance in the first part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in law, management, ethics or engage in further studies in accountancy or finance.
-Your studies will balance critical engagement with theory and research, knowledge and understanding of techniques, and the development of the analytic skills needed for the effective management of governance and accountability in complex environments.
-Our staff have close connections to the accounting and finance profession. Many of our graduates have attained various positions in the financial sector, in industry and commerce, and in the public sector.

Programme structure

This programme offers a strong financial theme in the first semester, but allows students the chance of specialisation through further studies in finance, management or law. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will take three core courses, three optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of dissertation, on an accounting-related theme, which gives you the flexibility to specialise based on your chosen area of interest.

Core courses
-Management accounting and control
-Foundations of international corporate finance
-International corporate governance and accountability.

Optional courses
-Audit, risk and control
-Accounting & business ethics
-Governing risk & uncertainty
-Human rights and business
-Responsible banking and development finance
-Social accounting, reporting and finance

Career prospects

The programme will prepare you for a career in governance or compliance. On completing the programme, you will also have a competitive edge in the job market when looking for roles in financial services businesses, or (for existing business executives) governance positions at higher levels of the business. The Adam Smith Business School has graduates working in accounting and finance roles all over the world, in organisations like Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Turner Broadcasting, KPMG, the United Nations, Coca Cola, Toyota, and PWC.

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This programme is designed for people interested in how policy decisions are made and how they impact on the real world. There is a focus on urban issues nationally and globally, and opportunities to study other significant public policy fields. Read more
This programme is designed for people interested in how policy decisions are made and how they impact on the real world. There is a focus on urban issues nationally and globally, and opportunities to study other significant public policy fields.

Why this programme

-Glasgow is an inspiring place to study problems of public and urban policy, both as a laboratory of many profound challenges, and providing many examples of leading and innovative approaches to tackling such issues.
-The programme involves expert contributions from those working in a range of policy fields and field trips to study policy initiatives on the ground.

Programme structure

The programme combines a mix of core courses, with a range of options offered to allow flexibility for you to develop your own interests and specialism. In addition you are allowed to select courses from across the School of Social and Political Sciences. It is designed to allow either full-time or part-time (day release) study, being taught in intensive half-day blocks. It is an interdisciplinary course, delivered by academics at the cutting edge of their fields and uses a broad range of methods (lectures, seminars, projects, discussions, workshops) to provide a rich learning experience.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on practical problems and acting ‘in the real world’. This is reinforced by contributions from a range of senior, experienced practitioners and policy makers from a broad range of organisations, who enhance understanding of real world problems and solutions.

It is delivered over 2 semesters followed by an independent research project where you can research a topic in more depth. All assessments are extended written assignments – there are no exams.

Core Courses
-Evidence, evaluation and policy
-Global cities
-Governance and markets
-Social science research methods
-Understanding public policy

Optional Courses
-Designing places
-Development process
-Housing inequality and society
-International real estate markets
-International urban challenges
-Regenerating cities
-Sustainable housing development
-Understanding health policy
-Urban design policy and practice

Career prospects

Career opportunities include working within central or local Government, the public or voluntary sector in a policy making or evaluation role. You would also be equipped to proceed to a PhD in a policy related subject.

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This programme combines courses that examine the policy making process, policy analysis and evaluation and real world public policy challenges, with professional management courses It aims to develop future public sector leaders who understand both the organisational contexts and challenges that face governments. Read more
This programme combines courses that examine the policy making process, policy analysis and evaluation and real world public policy challenges, with professional management courses It aims to develop future public sector leaders who understand both the organisational contexts and challenges that face governments.

Why this programme

-Glasgow is an inspiring place to study problems of public and urban policy, both as a laboratory of many profound challenges, and providing many examples of leading and innovative approaches to tackling such issues.
-You will benefit from professional management courses, delivered by the Adam Smith Business School, providing an insight into practical challenges facing all successful organisations.
-The programme involves expert contributions from those working in a range of policy fields and field trips to study policy initiatives on the ground.

Programme structure

This programme combines core courses in public policy and management with a range of options, designed to allow you to develop expertise in core public policy fields. Over the summer months, you will undertake an independent research project where you can research an issue of interest to you in more depth.

Core courses
-Evaluation, evidence and policy
-Managing innovation and creativity
-Managing strategic change
-Methods of social research
-Project management
-Understanding public policy

Optional courses
-Governance and markets
-International urban challenges
-Regenerating cities
-Sustainable housing development
-Understanding health policy
-Urban theory and research

Subject to timetable and agreement with the programme director, you may also choose from the wide range of postgraduate courses available within the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include working within central or local government, policy advice and development roles, or policy evaluation and assessment. Core management skills equip students for a wide range of roles across the private and public sector.

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