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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.41k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.2k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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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

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    For international students whose first language is not English, an overall score of 6.5 is required with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component and a minimum of 6.0 in all other components. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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