University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Global Governance

The course is designed to ensure that you develop an in-depth understanding of global governance and the increasingly intertwined nature of government, business and non-governmental organisations (NGO) activities. The course focuses on debates relating to sustainable development.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, or, in exceptional circumstances, 3 years' or more relevant work experience. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

You will study 180 credits in total. Modules include:

International Human Rights Law
You'll study the historical development and procedural and institutional framework of human rights protection; gaining a critical awareness of both substantive and procedural aspects.

Global Ethics
Consider current controversies in global ethics from migration, climate change to terrorism and war whilst studying this module whilst applying a range of specific concepts such as 'human rights' and 'global justice' in the process.

Explore the concept of globalisation, its history and the causes of globalising process whilst addressing the different contexts in which globalisation applies such as governance, culture, economics and security.

New Security Challenges
Gain an introduction to the concepts and theories of security in international relations, examining security challenges such as cyberterrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and resource wars.

Global Governance: Shared approaches to shared challenges
You'll gain an understanding of Global Governance and its institutions and processes set up to deal with issues that underpin the United Nations Global Compact relating to labour rights, human rights, environmental degradation and anti-corruption.

Conducting Research
Get an introduction to the basics of how to conduct a small-scale research project and write a dissertation. This module will prepare you for working on your dissertation.


You will also study two of the following option modules:

Planning for Disasters and Civil Contingencies
By studying this module you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to plan appropriate and effective responses to disaster risks whilst learning about the principles of risk management.

Economies, Markets and Strategic Decision Making
You will carry out an analysis on the macro environment and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made.

Global and Strategic Issues in Leadership and Management
You will undertake a negotiated small-scale enquiry into a complex issue relating to global and/or strategic issue in leadership and management.

Assessment methods

Formal examinations are not a feature of the course, each module will be typically assessed through coursework and presentations. The supervised research project will take the form of a written report. Some modules will require you to develop podcasts as part of your assessments, which will become part of a collection of online educational resources. Full training and support will be given to ensure that you have appropriate levels of digital literacy to undertake all assessments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Treforest Campus Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales

Key information

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