Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,190 (FT) £5,195 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
As a minimum, a strong upper second-class (65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.45; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training students receive is one of the highest standard available at one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Global Governance (30)
- Global Ethics (15)
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods B or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods B or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
- Choose one of the following 15-credit modules:
- Global Public Policy (15)
- International Political Economy (15)
- Theories of International Relations (15)
- Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:
- The following are suggestions:
- Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
- The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
- The Political Economy of Development (15)
- Governing Divided Societies (15)
- Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)
- Human Rights: Accountability and World Politics (15)
- Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
- Globalisation and Latin American Development (15)
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- UK, EU, Overseas students
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in intergovernmental institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups, charities and public affairs, and for funded PhD study.
Recent employers include:
- The Ministry of Foreign Policy and Trade
- The Department of Health
- Fight for Sight
- Sutton Trust
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and 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, such as global health.
Student / staff ratios › 32 staff › 525 taught students › 40 research students
Department: Political Science
Application and next steps
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 governance, 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.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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