UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.
Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).
Months of entry
This programme offers an opportunity to explore some of the key political science and public policy issues of the 21st century. These include 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. It also involves in the modules on offer an opportunity to apply insights gleaned in a variety of contemporary settings.
The programme will appeal to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global. It will provide a base for employment in a range of sectors from public service employment at the cutting edge, through corporate responsibility units in the private sector to a variety of non-profit organisations. Students will also benefit from a close connection to the Institute of Political and Economic governance (IPEG). The University established the Institute in Autumn 2002 and its aim is to provide a major focus for research as well as practitioner and academic exchange over governance issues.
You take 2 core courses in Understanding Governance and Governance and the Welfare State and two compulsory courses 1. Advanced Research in Politics and 2. Dissertation Research Design
You then choose a minimum of two courses from the Pathway Specific Module Choices and a maximum of two modules from the Politics Wide Optional Modules.
Programme Director: Professor Colin Talbot
Information for international students
IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0
TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.
TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757
Scores are valid for 2 years.
For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.
Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID
Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email email@example.com
Pre-Sessional English Courses:
If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).
The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.
Fees and funding
Please see the School's funding page for further information.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- School of Social Sciences
- +44 (0) 161 275 1296