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University of Stirling, Full Time Masters Degrees in Politics & Government

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The MSc combines core modules in International Conflict and Cooperation and International Organisation in Semester 1 with a research methods course. Read more

Introduction

The MSc combines core modules in International Conflict and Cooperation and International Organisation in Semester 1 with a research methods course. In Semester 2, research methods continues and students take two option modules from a range of choices that focus on the Middle East, Africa, Migration and Resource Conflicts amongst others.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: Full time - MSc-12 months; PG Diploma-9 months; PG Certificate-3 months Part time - MSc-27 months; PG Diploma-21 months; PG Certificate-9 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Andrew Glencros

Course objectives

The course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major developments such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks and the Arab Spring. The course takes a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations to focus on the role of conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas in addition to the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors such as natural resources and migration.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

The MSc contains core modules related to international conflict and cooperation as well as a range of options modules to explore issues in more depth. It also features a research skills module.

Delivery and assessment

Modules will typically be delivered in the evenings by lecture and seminar, although the emphasis will be on student participation and discussion, workshop sessions, as well as a variety of formal and informal presentations. Assessment is by presentations, essays and the dissertation.

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the vast majority of the outputs submitted by the History and Politics staff were graded as international quality and a significant proportion was of ‘World-leading’ quality. All staff in History and Politics were assessed, an indicator of how central research is to our activity.

Career opportunities

The MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation is a gateway to employment in government agencies, the NGO sector and international organisations as well as into PhD study, research and academia. The course provides a background in conflict study, the role of international organisations and a thematic and geographical focus on distinct areas and problems as well as analysis of solutions. The academic skills aspects of the course also provide a background to undertake further research.

Employability

Our students learn a variety of skills to enhance their attractiveness to employers such as presentation skills, the ability to undertake research, analysis of complex data, writing skills, team work and communication, in addition to a variety of knowledge associated with international politics in relation to global issues, international organisations, concepts and theories.

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As pressure on energy resources grows, the search for new and renewable forms of energy intensifies. Simultaneously, as the intersections with the environment are increasingly visible, the use and exploitation of energy have become of increasing concern to governments, NGOs, individuals, and businesses across the world. Read more

Introduction

As pressure on energy resources grows, the search for new and renewable forms of energy intensifies. Simultaneously, as the intersections with the environment are increasingly visible, the use and exploitation of energy have become of increasing concern to governments, NGOs, individuals, and businesses across the world.
The LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy at the University of Stirling has been specifically designed to address such developments. Expert staff have come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which will provide graduates with in-depth understanding of energy law and policy, key areas of investment and environmental policy, as well as knowledge of corporate governance and responsibility.
Our graduates will be well placed to pursue careers in:
- legal firms
- the environmental sector
- government
- regulatory authorities
- international bodies
- non-governmental organisations
- business
- pressure groups
- charities

Key information

- Degree type: LLM, MSc
- Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: Full-time: LLM: 12 months Diploma: 9 months Certificate: 3 months Part-time: LLM: 27 months Diploma: 21 months Certificate: 9 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Ioana Cismas

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

As climate change is increasingly regarded as the challenge of our generation, energy law and policy are amongst the most topical societal issues at the moment. Conscious of these developments, law firms are opening their own specialised Energy Law divisions. Consequently, there is a great demand for employees who have a specialised legal knowledge in energy law and policy. Graduates will significantly enhance their employability within this growing field. Other employment destinations include posts in corporate strategy and corporate management; governmental branches and public sector organisations; international organisations; specialised legal practice (for those already qualified as legal practitioners), journalism, third sector (voluntary) organisations, and NGOs.

Skills you can develop through this course:
- Excellent writing and analytical skills and communciation skills
- Time management skills
- Knowledge, understanding and skills at Master's level appropriate to careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business
- In-depth insights into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at national, regional and international levels
- An understanding of the dynamics of past and current energy law and policy-making and governance and likely future developments in the area;
- The academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study

Chances to expand your horizons
With:
- opportunities to complete an industry-led collaborative research dissertation
- six modules over two semesters and one dissertation on a specific topic in energy law and policy (12-month course)
- visits to different electricity generation plants
- guest lectures from leading energy law and policy experts and other international experts
- an international student population
- an interdisciplinary learning approach

Industry connections

There are a number of international and national energy companies that interact with our course. Usually near 50 percent of students take the opportunity to complete internships, work placements and collaborative research work with energy companies. Students develop their CV and interview skills in applying to work for these energy companies. The LLM in International Energy Law & Policy is also part of the highly successful Making-the-Most-of-Masters programme where students have the opportunity to work on an industry-led dissertation with energy companies.

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The LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance is a one-year course which combines the study of different fields with an interdisciplinary perspective offering a greater understanding of local, national and international environmental policies and governance. Read more

Introduction

The LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance is a one-year course which combines the study of different fields with an interdisciplinary perspective offering a greater understanding of local, national and international environmental policies and governance.

Key information

- Degree type: LLM, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Duration: Period of Study – full-time LLM/MSc: 12 months Period of Study – part-time LLM/MSc: 24 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Bélen Olmos Giupponi

Course objectives

This course will:
- introduce students to the topic of environmental policy and governance, and to develop students' understanding and awareness of contemporary issues in the area
- provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging training at an advanced level in environmental issues as preparation for, or as an enhancement to, a career in this area.
- develop independent critical thought, research and writing skills to Master's level

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

- All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which aims to provide opportunity for interaction with staff and to develop communication skills through discussion and presentation of key issues.

- Students are encouraged and expected to undertake independent study and to read widely from a variety of sources. The necessity of independent study culminates in the dissertation written in the summer. This piece of work provides students with opportunity to produce independent research in their chosen area.

- Modules are assessed typically by a combination of coursework and examination with the weighting varying dependent on the nature of the material taught. An integrated assessment strategy is adopted.

- Students must pass all eight modules and achieve a pass grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master of Law (LLM) or MSc.

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
The specialist knowledge acquired in this rapidly growing sector will be invaluable in enhancing employability. This postgraduate degree also provides an excellent starting point for careers in international organisations, local and national government bodies, NGOs, 'green' businesses as well as in the field of further academic research.

- Employability
One of the main focuses of this new course is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to compete effectively for employment opportunities in the ever-growing environmental sector.
As the course is multi-disciplinary, it addresses the economic, scientific, political and legal challenges facing society and the environment and provides graduates with broad-based yet specialised knowledge and understanding. Accordingly, graduates will be equipped with a distinctive and integrated appreciation of the relevant issues which will significantly enchance their employability.
In addition to that, there are different workshop and talks offered by the University to postgraduate students in order to develop new skills and improve job prospects.

Through this course students will:
- Acquire a better understanding of key environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Develop skills to analyse and evaluate environmental policies and solve legal problems
- Be able to conduct multi-disciplinary research in environmental studies topics
- Demonstrate the ability to present effective and structured arguments in writing and oral presentations
- Develop the ability to meet deadlines, prioritize work and complete assignments accurately either independently or as part of a team

- Industry connections
Graduates of the LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance will be well placed to pursue jobs offered in the sector, including local and national government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organisations, private sector businesses, pressure groups and charities.
It is expected that representatives from environmental NGOs and international organisations focusing on environmental issues will deliver presentations to the students. The course will be included in the "Making the Most of Masters", a platform which provides students with the opportunity to work on specific projects with different organisations (http://www.mastersprojects.ac.uk).
This course prepares our graduates for different career options. If you are interested in continuing in education you may apply for a doctoral programme. If you are focused on practice, you will be well placed to pursue a career in law firms, government sector, environmental advocacy, companies, environmental consulting and international organisations.

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The Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provides an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis. Read more
The Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provides an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis. It allows you to develop the conceptual, analytical and practical skills required to flourish in the policymaking world, preparing you for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy.

The course can also be used as a springboard for further postgraduate research and combines core modules in policy and policy-making with optional modules in social research and policy-relevant disciplines.

If you want to use the degree to pursue research, to PhD level for example, you can take three modules in Applied Social Research. If you want to pursue an interest in other policy-relevant disciplines, you can combine a focus on policy and research with options in areas such as:
-Law.
-Economics.
-Behavioural science.
-Social marketing.
-Energy.
-Environmental and international politics.

The course is designed to meet your specific, individual requirements and the course is delivered by small weekly group seminars, with dedicated contact with the course leader.

You complete the course by producing a dissertation which applies intellectual rigour to a real world policy problem to equip the policymakers of the future.

Additionally, there is some scope to take modules from the new MSc in Gender Studies.

Key information

-Degree type: MPP
-Study methods: Full-time, Campus based, Part-time
-Course Director: Professor Paul Cairney

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has four divisions: Communications, Media and Culture; History and Politics; Literature and Languages; and Law and Philosophy.

The Faculty is home to a research culture characterised by innovative scholarship. We offer an integrated, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for our diverse postgraduate community.

The quality of our research has led to regular awards from funders, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Carnegie Trust and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Stirling was placed first in Scotland for research impact in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies, and first in Scotland for research publications in Law.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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