Reasons to study Global Policy MA at DMU:
As our world faces unprecedented global policy challenges, from climate change to food and water supply, from migration to income inequality, the demand for agile and well-trained policy analysts and leaders is increasing rapidly.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide for the first time a genuine global policy agenda that will be the framework for the course, responding to DMU’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which defines our identity as „a twenty-first century global university…committed to the public good and driven by an unrivalled ability to challenge convention and create impact.”
Drawing insights from both academics and policy practitioners, students will be poised to join a new generation of innovators, change-agents, and thought-leaders.
This course curriculum has as its key components:
- Six required core modules that provide the foundational knowledge and skills for effective policymaking.
- Three optional modules drawn from a rich and diverse list of offerings around the university that address specific policy areas such as globalisation, sustainability, urbanisation, public health, and social justice, among others;
In addition to the study of the political, economic, and social contexts of policy studies, the programme will also provide a multi-disciplinary set of tangible policy skills such as policy analysis, communications and presentation skills, and cross-cultural understanding built on substantive overseas study modules.
- A wide variety of modules
The course offers the opportunity to study a wider variety and greater number of modules than comparative degree programmes in other UK universities.
- Add global experience to your CV
You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal study week, with a targeted project, at the United Nations in New York during the January break, and a longer field study assignment in Thailand.
- Learn from global policy experts
Your instructors will be dynamic academic and research scholars, as well as experienced policy practitioners who will step away from their work to deliver practice-based modules.
- Excellent student experience
Students will be part of an engaged and committed learning community in which they are active participants and decision-makers, not merely customers for a fixed course delivered in hierarchical fashion.
Structure and assessment
Core course modules
- Global Sustainability Challenges
- Policy Making
- Economic Development
- Research Methods and Analytical Tools for Policy
- States and Markets
- New Technologies and the Future of Work
- Leading Change for Sustainability
- Social Justice for Human Rights
- Global Health, Policy, and Strategy
- Democratising Urban Space
- Politics of Identity and Space
- Global Issues of Youth and Community Development
- Leadership and Culture in Organizational Contexts
- Green Business
- Sustainable Energy
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
The course prepares you for a career in the voluntary sector, higher education, think tanks and research centres and local and national government roles including national parliaments, local and regional government, where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.
There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, diplomacy, and sustainable development, health care and other issues affecting contemporary society.