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.
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. Modules include:
- International Human Rights Law – 20 credits
You’ll study the historical development and procedural and institutional framework of human rights protection; gaining a critical awareness of both substantive and procedural aspects.
- Global Ethics in a Globalised World – 20 credits
Consider current controversies in global ethics from migration, climate change to terrorism and war whilst studying this module whilst applying a range of specific concepts such as ‘human rights’ and ‘global justice’ in the process.
- New Security Challenges – 20 credits
Gain an introduction to the concepts and theories of security in international relations, examining security challenges such as cyberterrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and resource wars
- Conducting Research – 20 credits (optional)
Get an introduction to the basics of how to conduct a small-scale research project and write a dissertation. This module will prepare you for working on your dissertation.
- Modern Slavery – 20 credits (optional)
This module discusses features of human trafficking and modern day slavery. You will examine human trafficking and anti-slavery legislation and policy at both a global and local level.
- Dissertation – 60 credits
You will also study two of the following optional modules:
- Planning for Disasters and Civil Contingencies – 20 credits (optional)
By studying this module you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to plan appropriate and effective responses to disaster risks whilst learning about the principles of risk management.
- Economies, Markets and Strategic Decision Making – 20 credits (optional)
You will carry out an analysis on the macro environment and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made.
- Global and Strategic Issues in Leadership and Management – 20 credits (optional)
You will undertake a negotiated small-scale enquiry into a complex issue relating to global and/or strategic issue in leadership and management.
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.
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.