L2T109 Global Politics MSc Postgraduate Taught 2020
The MSc Global Politics aims to provide you with knowledge of the political, economic, cultural and moral debates about how and to what extent the effects of globalisation can be governed.
This course will provide the means for you to develop the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and discuss:
- The key international and transnational structures, organisations and institutions that have developed in the era following the Second World War
- The range of the academic debates in the area of global governance
- Policy developments and innovations in the fields of economics, security, and environment
- The moral justification for different and sometimes competing regimes of global governance.
You will also benefit from the wide range of academic resources within the School of Government and International Affairs, the Law School, the Department of Geography, and Durham University Business School, making the MSc Global Politics a truly unique interdisciplinary course.
- Global Governance
- Global Political Theory
Two SGIA options up to 60 credits.
A 20 credit language module is allowed to be taken with all the programmes as long as it is agreed with the programme director.
Course Learning and Teaching
At the beginning of the academic year, you will go through five-day induction events in which you are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc courses and the facilities available for your learning.
The 180 credits one-year MSc degree course is divided into four core and four optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, you will have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and you will spend the remaining time writing the dissertation.
Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students — the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another.
All modules have written exercises for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, you can meet your lecturers to discuss marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3,000 word essays, but some modules may be assessed by examination. You can also meet your module coordinators during weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When you are working on your dissertation during the later half of the year, you will meet your assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. You will also have access to academic advisors whenever there is a need.
SGIA has a wide variety of resources available such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system.
The School hosts events throughout the year which all postgraduate students are invited to attend. These events provide opportunities to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. You will also typically benefit from participation in Global Policy Institute events.
Towards the end of the course you can contact the Careers and Enterprise Centre of the University to get advice on available job prospects and assistance on applying for these.
Subject requirements, level and grade
UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.
Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
How to apply
Fees and Funding
The tuition fees for 2020/21 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.
The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.
Scholarships and funding
School of Government and International Affairs
Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies, UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.
For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
Overseas Visit Schedule
Postgraduate VisitsPGVI or
School of Government and International Affairs
Durham’s School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) combines a long tradition of expertise in a wide range of fields in politics, political theory, political economy, and international relations with a depth of specialisms in regional expertise – Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and the wider Muslim world. The SGIA provides an exceptional environment for learning, training and research.
71% of the department’s research is either Internationally Excellent’ (3*) or World Leading (4*) – the top two categories in REF 2014.
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