- We’ll equip you with the necessary tools to understand how key global challenges are addressed by numerous global actors and institutions in the absence of a world government
- Learn to use theories and empirical findings from international relations, public policy and politics in order to understand the the way in which, global institutions deal with global problems
- You can tailor your programme to your interests and career ambitions with our array of optional modules
- Our seminar series and highly successful annual postgraduate conference brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines
- The ideal programme for individuals hoping to pursue international careers in roles such as policy makers, policy analysts or advocacy workers
5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
11th for Politics in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Top 100 worldwide for the subject in the QS World University Rankings 2020
For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.
However, the programme has been designed for students from a wide range of first degree backgrounds, enabling them to broaden their knowledge in this field. Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
We will equip you with the tools to understand how key global challenges are addressed by numerous global actors and institutions in the absence of a world government. The programme is a pathway to a range of academic and non-academic careers, but is particularly suitable for individuals who hope to pursue international careers as policy makers, evidence providers, policy analysts, advisers, advocacy workers, public management consultants and administrators in the wide array of institutions that are involved in addressing global problems.
Perspectives from the fields of international relations, public policy and politics will be put to work, illustrated and evaluated against the backdrop of crucial challenges constituting today’s global policy environment:
- Democratisation and Human Rights
- International Institutions of Global Finance
- World Trade & Tariffs
- Economic Development, Poverty and Global Inequalities
- Public Health in a Global Context
- Climate Change and Migration
- Global (in)security
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UK fees per year:
£9,200 full-time; £4,650 part-time
International fees per year:
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes
Teaching and research
Teaching takes place over the first two terms leaving the third to concentrate on your dissertation. Our teaching is research-led, ensuring that what you learn will be cutting edge and at the heart of contemporary public debate.
Teaching methods may include:
- Small academic seminars
- Group work
- Extensive reading and reflection
- Debates and discussions
- 15,000 word dissertation
By the end of the programme you will have acquired a series of valuable skills ranging from conducting analyses and research to presenting, debating, formulating arguments and managing groups.
Students can take advantage of our seminar series and its long-running and highly successful annual postgraduate conference which brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines.
Our research is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world.
Dr Athanassios Gouglas
Professor Duncan Russel
Head of Department
Dr Athanassios Gouglas
Athanassios is the founding director of the MSc Global Governance and he teaches on the core module Global Governance: Institutions and Challenges. His research focuses on comparative politics and comparative public policy with a particular focus on political elites, parliaments and legislators as well as political advisers to executive politicians, policy advice and knowledge utilisation.
Professor Duncan Russel
Head of Department
Duncan is a Professor in Environmental Policy with research interests in areas such as UK and European Environmental Policy, climate policy, public policy and policy appraisal and coordination, evidence and policy interactions and budgetary politics.
The programme is a pathway to a range of academic and non-academic careers, but is particularly suitable for individuals who hope to work in international, national, regional and non-governmental organisations, as well as private firms that address global problems.
Students can also go on and work in government agencies such as the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office, and the Diplomatic Service. We also expect to provide students for Civil Service Fast Stream and similar programmes.
Employer valued skills
The optional modules offered in the cluster Global Governance in Practice, have been specifically designed to enhance your applied skills and help you connect with the global governance market place. All of the offered modules aim to help you develop a set of crucial personal skills which are highly valued by all employers, whether in academia or not.
- Policy and political analysis
- Empirical research and analysis
- Effective communication and presentation
- Argument development and debate
- Group management
The Exeter University careers advisory service offer expert guidance to all students and will help you plan your future through activities such as psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.