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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,750
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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:
Scholarships available for this department
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in European 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 European issues, 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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- MHRA (Department of Health), Expert Community Support, 2010
- UCL, Research Intern, 2010
- Unspecified International Non-Government Organisation, Project Manager, 2011
- Ministry of Foreign Policy and Trade, Policy Researcher, 2011
- Tropical Health and Education Trust, Healthlinks Programme Assistant, 2011
Our students receive excellent training to think critically and creatively. Through our methods training students also possess sophisticated skills in demand by employers in the public and private sector as well as the skills necessary for further academic study. Our students have gone on to a variety of different things including funded PhD study, working for the European Union, and Consultancies amongst others.
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"I chose to apply for graduate study at UCL because the programme was extremely attractive, the supervisors that I was going to work with were great, and because the environment at my department fosters healthy competition and self-development."
"I was able to develop my research interests into a more focussed package, which then helped me enormously when drafting my PhD research proposals."
PhD Candidate, UCL School of Public Policy, 2011
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