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Global Governance and Ethics MSc
The economic, social and political benefits of good governance and the need for ethical business practice are high on the agenda of many world organisations. This MSc combines normative and empirical approaches to international justice, organisations and processes, and applies them to the analysis of global political institutions and policies.
What will I learn?
The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary training students receive is one of the highest available in the world, in one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field. Britain's only department focused exclusively on graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of Global Governance and Ethics.
Weekly seminars offer students an unrivalled opportunity to meet and engage with some of the leading figures in the field.
UCL Political Science offers a broad array of global governance-related expertise and teaching able to accommodate a wide scope of student interests within a university that has in recent years put emphasis on governance issues, like global health.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and is taught by scholars that have institution, policy or country specific knowledge and have carried out theoretical and empirical research in the field. Assessment is through unseen examinations, long essays and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, a 3.3 GPA or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in global affairs, who wish to develop a career in this field, or use the MSc as a foundation for further research. Applicants should ideally have a background in international relations, law, philosophy, politics, history, or economics.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Global Governance and Ethics at graduate level
- why you want to study Global Governance and Ethics at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in international affairs: in intergovernmental institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups and public affairs consultancies.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: