University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Global Governance

The course engages you with existing theoretical and policy debates about the history, evolution and effectiveness of global governance systems in responding to a range of the world's most pressing problems - from global financial and environmental crises to health epidemics and war. You scrutinise the nature and assess the collective processes of international rule that have emerged in response to the confluence of poverty, insecurity, and humanitarian and environmental crises in the early 21st century. Then you delve into a specific aspect of global governance (eg international security, global economy, geopolitics, conflict and development). You also tailor your studies to your career path by adding regional specialisations, issue-specific expertise, broader historical surveys or deeper theoretical explorations. The course includes an optional fieldtrip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject; relevant degrees include: Political science; economics; geography; history; law; philosophy; sociology; and area studies. A degree in the social sciences or humanities does not constitute a strict requirement and applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be given due consideration. Relevant work and voluntary experience will also be considered, particularly in cases where candidates fall short of the academic requirement.

Course modules

Autumn term: Global governance: Theory and practice; governing the global economy. Spring term: you choose 2 options from 1 of 2 areas. Area 1: East Asia in the international system; The Middle East in global order; the political economy of the environment; the political economy of development; the political economy of global finance. Area 2: Peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights in international relations; Russian foreign and security policy; terror, security and the state; war in world politics. You also take a research methods and professional skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. Summer term: You carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

Assessment methods

Global governance: Theory and practice is assessed by a 4,000-word paper and a presentation; governing the global economy is assessed by a 5,000-word paper; assessment of the spring-term options is by 5,000-word term papers; you also write a 10,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

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