MSc Policy Analysis and Global Governance

UCAS codes

Course contact

Dr Maria Sapouna
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1 year/2 years


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
Underpinned by high-quality training in social science research methodologies and work-related learning, this new programme provides you with in-depth knowledge and expertise in public policy analysis within an international and comparative context.
An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in the broad area of the social sciences.

Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

You will investigate the ways in which a variety of state and non-state actors come together to address global problems (such as climate change, human rights issues, health inequalities, terrorism and migration). The programme also involves understanding the roles of international organisations and networks and how these operate in the context of multilevel governance. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area of public policy and governance that interests you, under academic supervision. The programme would be of equal interest and relevance to students coming though undergraduate social science programmes and to executive students seeking to undertake careers in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation.

Your learning

Indicative modules include:
• Policy Analysis and Practice
• Global Crisis Management
• Social Research Today
• Power, Politics and Civil Society
• Theories of State and Civil Society
• Research Methods
• Comparative Governance and Public Administration
• MSc Dissertation

Students who successfully complete three core modules (60 credits), and who elect not to proceed, are eligible to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate. Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, are eligible to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma.

Upon graduating you will have developed a wide range of skills that include project management, evaluation, research methods and policy analysis. These skills will be of major advantage to students seeking to take up employment in government, state agencies, and civil society organisations (including, but not limited to, non-governmental organisations), or you may opt to follow a research pathway and consider PhD research.

Useful Information

  • Financial Support

    This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.