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The changing political and legal landscape in Wales poses exciting and challenging questions for those with an academic or professional interest in politics and policy. Read more
The changing political and legal landscape in Wales poses exciting and challenging questions for those with an academic or professional interest in politics and policy.

This course of study is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the institutions and practices of governance in post-devolution Wales. In addition to focusing on politics and governance in Wales, the course locates developments in Wales in a broader UK and European context, providing also an overview of relationships between the various levels of governance. The course is taught by the leading experts in Welsh politics and government and benefits from the close links that exist between Cardiff University and the institutions of devolved government in Wales.

The MSc Economics in Welsh Government and Politics provides an informed insight into, and understanding of, the emerging Welsh polity, a polity based on distinctive historical and cultural factors, a fast evolving constitutional dispensation, new policy-making processes, and still developing civil society capacity.

The relevance of the scheme is not confined to Wales. Issues relating to shared sovereignty and multi-level governance are central to contemporary political debates and the Welsh case provides a fascinating case study of broader trends in European and global governance.

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The MA Political Communication will deepen your understanding of political communication in national and international contexts and, where relevant, your skills in this field. Read more
The MA Political Communication will deepen your understanding of political communication in national and international contexts and, where relevant, your skills in this field.

You will:

Explore the political content of the mass media
Deepen academic and practical understanding of the actors and agencies involved in the production of political news and information
Examine the impact of media coverage of politics on audiences
Explore the interaction between media systems and political systems including government media policy, censorship, regulation and ownership
Be equipped with the research and study skills necessary to carry out project-based professional and academic research
Enhance academic skills and knowledge in preparation for further academic study
Develop basic skills in political communications practice
The course explores the rapidly evolving role of communication in political life, both nationally and internationally, and examines how changes such as the increasing importance of new online and social media platforms, image-based politics, and the globalisation of media are shaping politics.

MA Political Communication looks at the influence of actors in the political communications process, including politicians, journalists and citizens by drawing on cutting edge research and case studies.

This course is suitable for those interested in an advanced academic study of political communication or a career in political communication, as well as those already working in political communication, political parties, government agencies and bodies, statutory and voluntary organisations and the mass media.

It is also suitable for people looking to undertake PhD research in political communication.

Distinctive features

Studying MA Political Communication will increase your ability to undertake rigorous analytical work, be capable of producing well researched essays, assignments and dissertations to deadline, and you will have refined and improved your practical political communications skills.

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As education becomes increasingly globalised, schools and education systems around the world are being shaped and reshaped by what are often a common set of global education policies and ideologies. Read more
As education becomes increasingly globalised, schools and education systems around the world are being shaped and reshaped by what are often a common set of global education policies and ideologies.

The aim of our MSc in Education, Policy and Society is to help you develop your ability to critically analyse these dominant educational ideologies, policies and practices; to understand the forces that are driving them, their shortcomings and likely outcomes; and most importantly, to discover and engage with alternative models of education, training, teaching and learning, at the early childhood, primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, and in non-formal and informal contexts outside the formal education system altogether.

This course is designed for all students wanting to develop their capacity to critically analyse educational practice, policy and ideology, to develop a more clear “big picture” understanding of the broader structures and forces that are affecting schools, universities and education systems today, and to find out about and deepen their understanding of alternative ways of thinking about and doing education.

This may include those who have recently completed undergraduate courses of study, as well as individuals currently working as practitioners, whether in schools, colleges or universities, youth or community groups, international development organisations, workforce and skills development programmes, or in different levels of government.

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The MSc Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy will provide you with knowledge and understanding of sustainability theory, principles and practice. Read more
The MSc Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy will provide you with knowledge and understanding of sustainability theory, principles and practice. You will gain insights into the ways in which problems are defined, and the scope for applying cutting-edge policy and planning solutions to the environmental challenges faced by government, business and regulatory bodies.

The course is aimed at those wishing to gain expertise on contemporary sustainability issues. It links together theoretical debates about sustainability at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. The planning system is given particular attention because it provides one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for regulating environmental change. A further core feature of the course is the focus on the latest social science research around environmental problems.

The course address three key dimensions:

Principles and processes - how policies may (or may not) achieve more sustainable development;
Resource sector studies - comparative and in-depth analysis of sustainability issues in key economic sectors (including food, transport and housing);
Research training - the development of sustainability and planning research skills.
Distinctive features

Scope to focus on environmental problems and environmental policy in a range of sectors, including planning, food/agriculture, transport and housing.
This course is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.

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The MSc in Maritime Policy and Shipping Management is practically oriented and draws heavily on the research and consultancy of the faculty, reflecting our leading international position in the field of maritime affairs. Read more
The MSc in Maritime Policy and Shipping Management is practically oriented and draws heavily on the research and consultancy of the faculty, reflecting our leading international position in the field of maritime affairs.

The programme has been developed, and is suitable for, those who wish to enhance their careers in international management and policy in a maritime context, either in practice or academia and you will study a range of core and optional modules covering the breadth of topics in this area.

The dissertation stage allows you to further develop an area of special interest in the maritime field, enabling you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the taught modules.

Distinctive features

You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).A variety of modules on offer allowing you to customise your degree according to your area of interest.
You will be taught by leading academics in the field of maritime affairs with an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
You will have the chance to acquire high-quality practical skills and to develop innovative ideas.
We place emphasis on the safety and ethical issues surrounding maritime and shipping industries.

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The MSc European Spatial Planning & Environmental Policy prepares you for a career in environmental and spatial planning in Europe. Read more
The MSc European Spatial Planning & Environmental Policy prepares you for a career in environmental and spatial planning in Europe. It is designed to give you a better understanding of the influences of the European Union and international developments on space, the environment and the economy. You will develop skills to address large-scale spatial challenges such as climate change or transnational river management.

If you are interested in becoming a ‘European Spatial Planner’ who can effectively engage with the international policy context and in cross-cultural communication, this is the course for you. You will explore EU policy and legislation for spatial planning, environmental policy and regional economic development in European countries and regions.

The course will provide you with sound methodological skills, in particular for undertaking international comparative research, and independently conducted research on a topic in the field of European spatial planning, EU environmental policy and/or regional economic development.

Interactive teaching and learning on this course will challenge and stimulate you. You will work in small groups on contemporary themes and learn to think critically about new developments.

Distinctive features

The course is a two-year (120 European Credits) joint Masters Programme of Radboud University Nijmegen, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Cardiff University.
You will have opportunities to specialise in particular environmental or economic aspects of policy or spatial planning.
This course is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.

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In recent years, key global issues have raised the profile of international affairs substantially. Lawyers are increasingly required to understand both the legal and political issues which influence how States and other international actors behave. Read more
In recent years, key global issues have raised the profile of international affairs substantially. Lawyers are increasingly required to understand both the legal and political issues which influence how States and other international actors behave.

Our LLM Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs offers tuition from established experts in both international law and international relations and will help you build the necessary level of expertise to succeed in the fast-growing world of international affairs, in a stimulating and challenging environment.

This programme offers an international perspective, with emphasis on international conventions as well as political reality.

Distinctive features

Our LLM Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs programme:

Provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international
Stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought
Enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.
The course is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules providing you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs or interests.

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The MSc Econ International Relations provides a structure for the advanced study of an exciting disciplinary field. The programme bridges the sub-fields of international security, international relations theory, international law, foreign policy analysis, political philosophy and political science. Read more
The MSc Econ International Relations provides a structure for the advanced study of an exciting disciplinary field. The programme bridges the sub-fields of international security, international relations theory, international law, foreign policy analysis, political philosophy and political science. Specialist optional modules address a range of contemporary global concerns such as environmental politics, feminism, digital technologies and conflict management.

You will develop a full understanding of the development of the discipline of International Relations (IR), and will be able to pursue specialist interests within a general framework.

The programme will acquaint you with the main issues in IR, and will demonstrate how they have a bearing on a range of specialist areas of study. The programme is structured to give you the methodological tools necessary to conduct critical research in this broad and demanding field.

You will be introduced to the nature of research in this field through the taught course in research methods and skills, and will subsequently undertake self-directed research for the dissertation with the support of an academic supervisor.

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This course is designed to give you advanced analytical and conceptual skills to critically evaluate politics and public policy at multiple levels of governance. Read more
This course is designed to give you advanced analytical and conceptual skills to critically evaluate politics and public policy at multiple levels of governance. It also provides a thorough training in analytical methods and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) used for conducting research in these areas. This involves:

a core of modules designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in politics and public policy;
specialisation in areas of politics and public policy of particular interest to you at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels;
learning activities, such as student presentations and group work, designed to refine a range of transferable skills including communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.

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This is an ideal course if you want to develop your capacity to analyse social and public policies nationally and internationally. Read more
This is an ideal course if you want to develop your capacity to analyse social and public policies nationally and internationally. It will enable you to deepen your understanding of the major aspects of social and public policy, including competing conceptions of citizenship and how these inform social policy; contemporary forms of governance and public policy implementation, and the use of theories and research evidence to analyse and explain social and public policy change.

The course is suitable for those who have recently completed undergraduate courses of study, as well as those working in the community and voluntary sector, think-tanks, as researchers, or at different levels of government. It has been designed to be of value and relevance to students both from the UK and overseas, so interested individuals from all nations are encouraged to apply.

We aim to equip you with the theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools to examine contemporary social and public policies in both national and international contexts. It will enable you to draw on theories and concepts and interpret a range of forms of evidence in analysing policy developments and their social impacts.

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Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Read more
Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.

International Relations pathway

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) aims to provide advanced training in research methods. This programme will offer you an opportunity to develop analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of research in International Relations.

This programme will provide you with:

A thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies.
Information on the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist.
The principal methods of analysing social scientific data.
You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the School, you will be linked to a research group. The Politics and International Relations pathways are closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The International Relations pathway is closely associated with the research activities of the International Studies Research Unit (ISRU) which encompasses a wide range of areas.

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Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Read more
Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.

Politics pathway

The Politics pathway is closely involved in the activities of the European Governance, Identities and Public Policy research unit and the Wales Governance Centre.​

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Our Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Read more
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.

Social Policy pathway

Research training on the Social Policy pathway builds on our strong interdisciplinary social science research base. You will have the opportunity to engage with nationally and internationally recognised social policy research and work with academic colleagues with extensive experience of undertaking research with policy-makers, practitioners and stakeholders in a wide variety of settings.

You will be encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of our School's research groups. These groups hold regular meetings, providing you with the opportunity to engage with ongoing and recent research, and to participate in a community of researchers with shared interests.

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