Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Global Governance and Emerging Powers

This Master's degree in politics will give you an advanced understanding of 2 increasingly interconnected phenomena in world politics: the responses of states, international institutions and non-governmental organisations to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation; and the enhanced international, economic and political influence of emerging powers such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. We explore key international institutions, such as the World Bank and the Group of Twenty (G20), as well as key non-governmental actors such as Amnesty International. The programme uses concepts, theories and evidence from the study of international relations, comparative politics and public policy to understand real-world policy problems across different sectors of the global economic and political system. This course will appeal to students who wish to learn more about international public policy and cutting-edge issues in the study of world politics; it brings together a unique body of UK and international students with a passion for world politics and, in many cases, relevant policy experience.

Course modules

The core modules are supplemented by option modules and completion of a dissertation on an agreed subject. Option modules are normally available in: British and US government and politics International relations, international security and US foreign policy Politics of globalisation and international political economy Political theory and political sociology War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion Public management and public sector reform Research methods. Core modules: Emerging Powers in World Politics; Global Governance .

Assessment methods

Core and option modules are assessed by a combination of essays and written examinations. You also complete an MSc dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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