MA Global Governance and Public Policy
Course length: One year full-time, two years part-time
2013 Jan and Oct Start: Induction 23 Jan, international student orientation 22 Jan. Induction 1 Oct, International student orientation Sept
Course leader: Dr Meri Juntti
Many contemporary, social, environmental and economic problems require attention beyond national government at regional or transnational level. The MA in Global Governance and Public Policy focuses on key issues of governance and public policy in a globalising world and allows you to develop a broad knowledge base as well as specialist knowledge in one of two key areas:
- Sustainable environment
- International development
You will engage with the existing and evolving policies in order to understand the policy process from formulation through to monitoring and evaluation. Ultimately, the course is designed to give you the desirable skills for leading and managing change in a global environment. To this end there will be the option for a work integrated learning module which involves research or a project directly related to an internship or your own workplace.
The degree will be delivered during some evening and weekend sessions. In the weekend sessions we combine the traditional lecture series with participatory workshop sessions.
- Internship opportunities
- Specialist academics actively involved in research
- The Social Policy Research Centre
- Opportunity to specialise in a key area
- Year 1
- Ageing in a Contemporary Global Context (30 Credits) - Optional
- This core module for the Health and Social Care pathway aims to articulate and critically analyse current research and policy debates about population ageing as it affects societies in different parts of the world and the older people, families and communities within them. The focus of the first term is on ageing as it impacts on the UK and EU and the ways in which demographic change is addressed across different policy domains. The second term will focus on the impact of demographic change on non-EU and developing societies, sharing lessons to be learned from the developed world as well as the good practice emerging from transitional and developing societies. The intention is to enhance knowledge and skills from which social protection policies, economic, health and welfare interventions can be developed by statutory bodies and informal agencies.
- Applied Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module provides a postgraduate introduction to research methods and enables students to develop skills which are relevant to their research project. Students develop a research project as part of their work within the module and, in order to complete this, will develop skills of evaluation in both quantitative and qualitative areas. The module also enhances critical appreciation of research; and ensures students are able to apply relevant approaches and methods to their own area of study through designing and undertaking a research project at masters level.
- Development and Disasters (30 Credits) - Optional
- This core module on the International Development pathway aims to complement the knowledge gained in the two core substantive modules, particularly the Policy Makers and Processes module by developing knowledge of key development concepts such as poverty and vulnerability, alternative development actors, including the media, and key issues such as Land rights and Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Gender will be mainstreamed throughout the module. It further seeks to explore the relationship between disasters and development, which remains a little discussed issue in the majority of Development programmes, but one which, with Climate Change, is of increasing importance for both international policy makers and global regulators.
- Dissertation (60 Credits) - Optional
- The module aims to enable the student to undertake a substantial academic research project focussed on a key issue within global governance and public policy relevant to their pathway specialism. It requires the application of methodology, research design and method to the practical processes of undertaking a chosen research topic and presenting the findings. The dissertation draws upon the prerequisite module DEV4040 Applied Social Research but encourages the independence and self-discipline in researching a topic of interest and relevance to the student and managing an extended project from conception to completion.
- Globalisation and Governance (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This core module of the MA GGPP aims to provide students with skills and knowledge to understand, identify and apply governance solutions within the chosen specialist subject pathway. It provides students with the necessary theoretical understanding of the driving forces and processes that characterise governance in the increasingly interconnected politicised global context. The module will help students to understand and learn to contextualise new and emerging theorisations of power and knowledge as well as the normative and institutional dimensions of governance. Exploration of notions of risk, uncertainty, justice and rights will be used to gain an analytical and critical understanding of the global level forces that translate into local and regional problems and polarisations / processes and outcomes.
- Law and Governance (30 Credits) - Optional
- The module is concerned with the extent to which Law and Governance may contribute to the protection of the physical environment. It introduces the concepts of environmental governance and issues of environmental law and their inter-relationship. It aims to enable students to develop a thorough understanding of the complex issues of institutional, economic and social framework within which management of the physical resources takes place, using water management as part of the examples. In addition, the module aims to provide detailed knowledge on the role which the law in theory and in practice has in the prevention, protection, clean up and compensation relating to harm caused to the environment.
- Migration and Citizenship (30 Credits) - Optional
- The module aims to develop an understanding of contemporary processes of and policies towards migration in Britain and Europe in the context of global economic, social and political changes. It also seeks to develop student s critical analysis of concepts such as community, integration and citizenship and to apply these to their own study of a migrant group or organisation.
- Policy Makers and Processes (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module aims to develop understanding of the policy process through examination of the changing policy environment, paying particular attention to changing conceptualisations of what constitutes a good policy mix and the actors that determine this. Specific attention is paid to the issues important in the contemporary context such as notions of rights and responsibilities, and issues around mainstreaming and participation. The module aims to develop a student s ability to critically evaluate policy and the policy formulation process and to apply these generic skills to on-going processes in their specialist area.
- Work Integrated Learning (60 Credits) - Optional
- The module aims to enable students to apply theoretical knowledge and research to anticipate and respond to challenges in a selected workplace experience. The workplace experience may be undertaken as an internship negotiated by the student or in their current workplace or an existing voluntary role. It also aims to foster sustainable long term learning by requiring students to take responsibility for their own learning, design and negotiate learning goals and make informed judgments about their performance across the programme of study. The module asks students to engage as active subjects in the assessment process, thus enhancing the capacity for transformative learning. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in the workplace experience the student will demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in their journey towards personal and professional development.
The degree will take an applied approach to develop evidence based decision making through the three core modules:
- Globalisation and governance
- Policy makers and processes
- Applied research.
In addition to the core modules, students will be required to select one of the three modules designed to provide opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and skills appropriate to their chosen pathway:
- Approaches and issues for sustainable development
- Migration and citizenship
- Ageing in a contemporary global context.
To complete at Masters level , students will have the option to undertake a traditional research dissertation or a work integrated learning module. Work integrated learning involves research or a project directly related to an internship or your own workplace, grounded in academic debates around theory and practice.
Full-time students: £6,000
Part-time students: £50 per taught credit
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £10,600
Part-time students:£93 per taught credit
Standard entry requirements
We welcome applicants with a good degree in a relevant area, particularly Social Sciences, Social Policy, Development Studies, Geography, Sociology, Politics, Environmental and related subjects. Consideration will be given to applicants with significant professional experience in relevant areas, such as social work, nursing, community development and housing. students
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
How to Apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the University using our online postgraduate application form.
Non-EU international students can apply using the online form, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application. To find out more, see further information under support in your country.
Graduates will be equipped to work at a decision making level within the health sector, environmental or development agencies. Graduates may also seek policy related appointments with national governments, regional bodies and global regulators.