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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,835 (FT) £4,890 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

Entry Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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Degree Information

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.

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).

Core Modules

  • Global Governance (30)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods B or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods B or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
  • Global Ethics (15)

Options

  • 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:
  • www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters
  • The following are suggestions:
  • Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
  • The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
  • Public Ethics (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)
  • Globalisation

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Global Governance and Ethics MSc

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

  • Expert Community Support, MHRA (Department of Health) (2010)
  • Research Intern, UCL (2010)
  • Project Manager, Unspecified International Non-Government Organisation (2011)
  • Policy Researcher, Ministry of Foreign Policy and Trade (2011)
  • Healthlinks Programme Assistant, Tropical Health and Education Trust (2011)

Employability

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.

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, like global health.

Student / staff ratios › 29 staff › 378 taught students › 37 research students

Department: Political Science

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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