- 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
Top 10 in the UK for Politics
Top 100 for Politics in world subject rankings
We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in a relevant subject area. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
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:
£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time
International fees per year:
£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.
For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.
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
Professor in Environmental Policy
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.