Taught course

Global Governance

University of Sussex · International Relations

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject. Relevant degrees include political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, and area studies. A degree in the social sciences or humanities does not constitute a strict requirement and applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be given due consideration. Relevant work and voluntary experience will also be considered, particularly in cases where candidates fall short of the academic requirement

Months of entry


Course content

The course engages you with existing theoretical and policy debates about the history, evolution and effectiveness of global governance systems in responding to a range of the world’s most pressing problems – from global financial and environmental crises to health epidemics and war.

Sussex offers a unique environment for studying global governance, with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, leading research centres active in key areas of global governance, and research-led teaching with experts on all aspects of global governance – from security and environment to finance, trade and labour, and gender, health and human rights.

You scrutinise the nature and assess the collective processes of international rule that have emerged in response to the confluence of poverty, insecurity, and humanitarian and environmental crises in the early 21st century. Then you delve into a specific aspect of global governance (eg international security, global economy, geopolitics, conflict and development). You also tailor your studies to your career path by adding regional specialisations, issue-specific expertise, broader historical surveys or deeper theoretical explorations.

The course includes an optional fieldtrip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland.

Academic Activities

On many of our MA courses, you are encouraged to participate in:


Global Governance: Theory and Practice is assessed by a 4,000-word paper and a presentation. Governing the Global Economy is assessed by a 5,000-word paper. Assessment of the spring-term options is by 5,000-word term papers. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation.

Research placements

A research placement allows you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Global Governance: Theory and Practice • Governing the Global Economy.

Spring term: you choose two options from one of two areas. Area 1: East Asia in the International System • The Middle East in Global Order • The Political Economy of the Environment • The Political Economy of Development • The Political Economy of Global Finance.
Area 2: Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction • Human Rights in International Relations • Russian Foreign and Security Policy • Terror, Security and the State • War in World Politics.

You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

Summer term: you carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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