University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Governance and Public Policy

You�ll explore the tensions between domestic and international pressures in making policy. As the process is increasingly influenced by globalisation and other international developments, you�ll analyse the practical and complex challenges faced by policy makers. Through optional modules you can focus on specific areas, such as international law, the EU, or policy relating to the environment and climate change. We offer extensive training in research methods. For your dissertation, you will research and develop a hypothesis of your own. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills. Graduates work in government, NGOs, the private sector, consultancies and think tanks. They are directors, private secretaries, managers, political advisers, barristers, parliamentary clerks, senior civil servants and administrators.

Entry requirements

For all our courses you will need a 2.1 Honours degree, plus references from previous tutors. If you have different qualifications, we'll look at your application on its individual merits. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: comparative governance and public policy; dissertation in governance and public policy. Plus one of the following modules: global governance; the politics of international law; the governance and politics of the European union; global politics of the environment and climate change; research methods in politics; philosophy and methodology of political research. Optional modules: Choose two modules from a range including: the political economy of globalisation; the politics of international law; contemporary ethnic conflict; europeanisation; the politics of global migration; contemporary global security.

Assessment methods

You�ll be assessed continuously through essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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