Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Policy Analysis and Global Governance

University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in the broad area of the social sciences. Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Underpinned by high-quality training in social science research methodologies and work-related learning, this new programme provides you with in-depth knowledge and expertise in public policy analysis within an international and comparative context.

About the programme

You will investigate the ways in which a variety of state and non-state actors come together to address global problems (such as climate change, human rights issues, health inequalities, terrorism and migration). The programme also involves understanding the roles of international organisations and networks and how these operate in the context of multilevel governance. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area of public policy and governance that interests you, under academic supervision. The programme would be of equal interest and relevance to students coming though undergraduate social science programmes and to executive students seeking to undertake careers in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation.

Your learning

Indicative module options include:

• The Politics of Public Policy • The Politics and Management of Risk and Crises • Comparative Governance and Public Administration • Comparative Global Social Policy • Policy and Practice • Power, Politics and Civil Society • Theories of State and Civil Society • Research Methods • Social Science Research Methods • MSc Dissertation

Students who successfully complete three core modules (60 credits), and who elect not to proceed, are eligible to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate. Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, are eligible to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma.

Our Careers Adviser says

Upon graduating you will have developed a wide range of skills that include project management, evaluation, research methods and policy analysis. These skills will be of major advantage to students seeking to take up employment in government, state agencies, and civil society organisations (including, but not limited to, non-governmental organisations), or you may opt to follow a research pathway and consider PhD research.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr John Connolly
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101)