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Welsh Government and Politics (MSc Econ)

Course Description

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 programme 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 programme 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.

Course Structure

The course is divided into two parts, both of which allow students to specialise in their chosen areas of interest. Part one consists of research-led taught modules that include a core module on the institutions of devolved governance in Wales, as well as additional optional modules that examine other aspects of politics, public policy and law.

Part two requires the research and writing of an dissertation on a subject of the student’s own choice, under the supervision of an expert in the field.

Available Modules

Compulsory Modules

Contemporary Welsh Politics

Optional Modules

European Governance and Public Policy
Governing and Policy-Making in Britain
Research Methods: Approaches To Knowledge
Constitutionalism & Governance
Devolution & Public Policy in Wales
European Economic Governance And Policies
Nationalism In Europe
The Law and Devolution in Wales

Visit the Welsh Government and Politics (MSc Econ) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships. Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in Politics, International Relations, Law, Sociology and disciplines broadly conceived to have a social sciences or humanities focus. Students are normally required to have a 2:1 Honours degree classification or equivalent qualification. In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, to include 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other subscores. Equivalent English language qualifications are also accepted.

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