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Policy Analysis & Global Governance MSc

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Full time | Paisley Campus | 1 year | 04-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Politics Public Administration Policy Studies Policy / Strategic Planning

Course type


Course Summary


This programme equips students to investigate and evaluate the ways in which a variety of state and non-state organisations come together to address global problems.

Equally, the programme concerns how to analyse the development and impact of complex public policies. It is delivered by an international team of leading academics in the field.

Students use theory and research to analyse global institutions and the processes involved in global governance.


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  • Coursework: 100%


Work-related learning underpins the teaching on this MSc with the use of employment-focused assessments and the use of improvement and evaluation projects as part of the assessment strategies.

Course staff enable you to build links with our existing partners through the Oxfam partnership and with wider civil society and public sector bodies.

The master's research dissertation module also offers you the opportunity to enhance your CV by undertaking a practice-based project as part of your final dissertation in collaboration with a public or third sector organisation.

Career prospects

Our Masters prepares graduates for the real world and provides you with a range of skills including project management, synthesis, analysis, and evaluation, as well as policy analysis skills. These are attractive to government, state agencies, and civil society employers.

This research-informed master’s also prepares you well for further research studies, including PhD. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


The module is comparative in nature and set within the context of internationalisation and the globalised world and focuses on the causes and consequences of crises and disasters at international and domestic levels, as well as the strengths and weakness of different public policy responses to managing these extra-ordinary phenomena as well as the relationship between crisis and the ?core? areas of politics such as legitimacy, governance, authority and democracy. The module equips students with the intellectual and practical skills to comprehend, explain and manage ?crises? faced by policy-makers.
MSc Social Sciences Dissertation - Core

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Entry requirements

You will be required to hold a relevant Honours degree (or equivalent) at second class: lower (2:2) or above. Relevant subjects include social science, medicine, health, law, or social work. Applications will also be considered from those with a degree in another discipline or other professional training or experience relevant to MSc.