University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Political Science (Governance and Public Policy)

The 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; this programme unpacks core concepts to do with citizenship, participation, and the formation and implementation of public and social policies; it draws on a variety of contemporary materials and appeals to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global; it provides a base either for students intending to go on to undertake a PhD in the area, or seeking employment requiring advanced research skills in the public, private or voluntary sector.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 (or overseas equivalent) in a social science subject for Master's entry; for applicants whose 1st language is not English: IELTS overall 7, writing score 7; TOEFL overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT); TOEFL overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT) (this test is no longer available but results less than 2 years old can be submitted); TOEFL overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 3,330 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 8,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MA (Res) Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA (Res) Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 18 months
MA (Res) Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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