The MSc Global Governance course is designed to ensure that you develop an in-depth understanding of global governance and the increasingly intertwined nature of government, business and non-governmental organisations (NGO) activities. The course focuses on debates relating to sustainable development.
It is delivered by leading academics who are experts in their field, and boasts an international teaching team who are able to share their first hand experience of cross cultural negotiation, global partnerships and new security challenges.
Students on the Global Governance course benefit from regular masterclasses and sessions from noted figures from the world of business and politics. On completion of the MSc Global Governance course, you will be well equipped for senior roles in some of the top international organisations. To keep up-to-date with the latest global governance insights, read Dr Bela Arora’s Global Starter for Ten blog.
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The MSc Global Governance is uniquely underpinned by the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and United Nations Principles in Responsible Management Education. The University of South Wales is a signatory of both the United Nations Global Compact and the Principles in Responsible Management Education.
The MSc Global Governance will offer you an opportunity to develop your understanding of global and local approaches to global challenges including human rights, labour rights, environmental degradation and anti-corruption. These are cross sector, global challenges that face decision makers operating at the highest level, so following completion of your studies you will be well equipped for senior roles in some of the top international organisations.
In addition, students are encouraged to take advantage of one of a number of funded or unfunded work experience placements. Previous students have successfully secured international placements at locations including Washington and at the United Nations, or with regional organisations such as Gwent Police and Bawso. Competition for placements is high and students apply directly to the host organisation, each of which have their own selection process and criteria. Some placements attract an administration fee — please refer to the ‘Fees and funding’ section below for further information.You will study 180 credits in total.
Compulsory modules are as follows:
You will also study three of the following optional modules:
Subject to revalidation from 2021
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.
We use a variety of teaching styles and assessment methods. The MSc Global Governance is taught face to face and online through interactive workshops and simulations. You will also engage in supervised research. The course also benefits from strong links with international organisations, government and business and therefore, there will be optional study visits and special lectures at European institutions, the U.S. Embassy and private sector organisations.
If you choose to study full-time the course length is approximately 12 months.
Our new Introduction to Global Governance online course has been designed to give you a taster of what it’s really like to study the MSc Global Governance. It gives you an insight into cross-sector challenges that face decision-makers, operating at the highest level as well as a greater understanding of the demands faced by some of the top international organisations.
Formal examinations are not a feature of the course, each module will be typically assessed through coursework and presentations.
The supervised research project will take the form of a written report. Some modules will require you to develop podcasts as part of your assessments, which will become part of a collection of online educational resources. Full training and support will be given to ensure that you have appropriate levels of digital literacy to undertake all assessments.
Students on the MSc Global Governance are encouraged to take advantage of one of a number of funded or unfunded work experience placements. Previous students have successfully secured international placements at locations including Washington and at the United Nations, or with regional organisations such as Gwent Police and Bawso. Competition for placements is high and students apply directly to the host organisation, each of which have their own selection process and criteria. Some placements attract an administration fee — please refer to the ‘Fees and funding’ section below for further information.
Our global governance Masters degree is led by Dr Bela Arora who has 15 years experience of lecturing in international relations. She has provided guest lectures for a wide range of organisations including the Joint Services Command and Staff College. She has also worked on consultancy projects relating to corporate social responsibility, businesses in zones of conflict and blood diamonds.
She has a strong track record in learning and teaching innovation and always ensures a high quality student experience. She has had experience of teaching on executive programmes, and MBA modules, and is committed to providing professional delivery for students looking to enhance their careers. All members of the teaching team have been recognised for their teaching experience. Our expert practitioners have been acknowledged for their first hand experience of shaping policy and professional practice at an international level.
A 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, or, in exceptional circumstances, three years' or more relevant work experience.
Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
We welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications plus IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
All study trips are optional and some may incur a small additional cost.
Students will be required to pay for all travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with any optional non-credit bearing placements. The cost of this will vary depending upon the location and duration of the placement. Students who wish to undertake a placement within the United Nations Exchange will incur an additional £225 administration fee.
The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply. Click here for more information.
There is high demand for graduates with an in-depth understanding of the intertwined activities of states, businesses and nongovernmental organisations. Global governance has particular relevance to policy makers and following graduation, you will be well prepared to enter or progress further in careers in government, international organisations, the diplomatic service, nongovernmental organisations, policy work, and the voluntary sector.
You will be introduced to theories and concepts drawn from international relations, which will enable you to apply to the analysis of emerging global challenges. The supervised research project will also enable you to develop greater expertise in a specialist topic. The focus on applied analysis, real world case studies and exposure to internationally recognised business and policy professionals, will ensure that you gain practical skills that will allow you to make a direct positive contribution in your chosen profession.
Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.
“Today’s students need to have a perspective on critical global issues. This MSc programme provides knowledge on issues like human rights, good workplace and environmental standards and governance which are based on key United Nations norms and conventions. It is an innovative programme which I have not seen in this form at many other higher education institutions. I would recommend this to students who intend to become future organizational and business leaders.”
Jonas Haertle, Head, Principles of Responsible Management Education Secretariat, United Nations Global Compact Office
“Governance is becoming an increasingly important topic throughout many aspects of the world we live in today. It’s not any longer just the preserve of the Corporate or Banking world, it applies equally to pan continental and global organisations and agreements. The trick is to show that governance can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of an organisation or programme and not just add a layer of bureaucracy or become ineffective because of compromise. The course content at the University of South Wales looks like a good mix of theory and practical applications that will be both interesting and fun to learn and will allow an individual to evaluate world and corporate events from a more informed standpoint."
Geoff Cousins, former Global Director of Jaguar Cars