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MA Political Science - Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Research Route)

University of Manchester

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Course description

Obtain a MA in Political Science Governance and Public Policy and explore some of the key political science and public policy issues of the 21st century, including:

examination of the nature and problems of policy making in the contemporary world;
how in a globalised world public decision making can be constructed in a way that delivers legitimacy and effective capacity to act; and
the impact of governance arrangements on policy outcomes and the relationship between the state and citizens.

This course unpacks core concepts to do with citizenship, participation, and the formation and implementation of public and social policies.

It draws on a variety of contemporary materials and will appeal to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global. It provides a base either for those intending to take a PhD in the area, or seeking employment requiring advanced research skills in the public, private or voluntary sector.

You take five compulsory training courses and two compulsory core courses, which are: Understanding Governance and Governance and the Welfare State.

Further options include a choice of at least one course unit in public policy with further related options available from all of our other MA courses.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Career opportunities

A number of our recent graduates have gone onto undertake further doctoral research. Others have gone into careers that require advanced research skills in fields such as academia, the civil service, and wide range of positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a wide range of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

Tuition fees

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£ 20,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Manchester

  • University League Table

    17th

  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 123 5

    21st out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    170 78%

    10th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%

    33rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    64th

    18
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    161 74%

    18th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%

    19th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    53rd

    5

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