The economic, social and political benefits of good governance 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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £12,950 (FT) £6,415 (PT)
- £21,160 (FT) £10,740 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
As a minimum, an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.3; 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.
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About this degree
Students of this MSc will benefit from research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training of the highest quality at one of the world's best universities.
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 (the other two remain available as options):
- 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 on the departmental website
- The following are suggestions:
- Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
- NGO, Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management (15)
- Terrorism (15)
- The European Union in the World (15)
- The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
- Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
- Globalisation (15)
- Public Ethics (15)
- Rebellion (15)
- The Political Economy of Development (15)
- Governing Divided Societies (15)
- Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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 career destinations for this degree
- Global Agenda Co-ordinator, World Energy Council
- Senior Manager in Financial Corporate Governance, Deloitte
- MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, University of Oxford
- Speech Writer to the Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Office
- Administrator, Belgian Embassy.
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
Department: Political Science
Student / staff numbers
› 78 staff
including 2 postdocs
› 489 taught students
› 38 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Political Science
89% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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
- 27 July 2018
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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.