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This innovative programme offers students the opportunity to examine processes of governance and policy-making at a variety of levels, from global to local, and utilise ideas about governance to better understand contemporary policy processes in a range of settings. Students can explore these issues in a cross-disciplinary way, making use of insights from politics, international relations, social policy, sociology, demography, gerontology and social statistics. This programme is specifically structured to enable students to shape their degree around their own particular interests in the fields of governance and policy more broadly, and will appeal to those not only from a social science background, but also to those with relevant work experience in the public, private and third sectors and beyond who wish to expand their skills and knowledge portfolio.
* The aims of the programme are to provide you with:Knowledge and understanding of contemporary theoretical, conceptual and empirical debates in the study of governance and policy
* Knowledge and understanding of philosophical and methodological debates in the study of social sciences
* The skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of governance and policy
* All of our MSc programmes endeavour to develop your subject-specific knowledge and understanding, and provide opportunities for you to shape your own degree trajectory through optional module selection. In addition, all our MSc programmes aim to help you gain:
* Awareness of the changing nature of the contemporary political world, and the complex challenges presented by phenomena such as globalisation
* Awareness of the basic theoretical concepts common to advanced study in politics and international relations
* Key research skills, such as the ability to search for and reference sources, and to manage complex empirical or theoretical information
* The capacity for critical thinking and independent study
* The ability to work in groups
* Presentation skills
Compulsory modules: Governance and policy; Philosophy, methodology and research design
Four optional modules from: A wide range in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, including demography, gerontology, international relations, politics, social policy, social statistics, social work and sociology.
Plus: Dissertation training programme and dissertation (12,50015,000 words; MSc only)
Please note: optional modules are run according to staff availability and student uptake.
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Assessment: Coursework and/or examination; PG Dip students must complete all taught modules satisfactorily before being eligible to submit a dissertation leading to an MSc