Learning, teaching and assessment
The programme uses a range of learning and teaching methods including short lectures, group work, group and individual presentations, individual study and exercises. Each module is assessed differently using assessments that include 2,000–3,000 word essays, group projects, presentations, exercises and exams. A 10,000–12,000 word dissertation is also required for the MSc award.
By the end of your study you will gain:
- An in-depth understanding of competing development theories – their origins, their continuities and their differences – and the ability to critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
- Understanding of the emergence of the good governance agenda in the past decade and a half and its place within the current debate on state-building
- In depth appreciation of aspects of good governance, specifically dealing with political development, accountability and transparency, corruption, human rights, participation, and access to justice
- An ability to analyse these issues in the context of different types of states, including both ‘resilient’ and ‘failed’ states, and different levels of civic engagement
- Knowledge of the theory of the emergence of ‘governance states’, states that are evolving to suit the good governance agenda, supported by donors, rather than evolving to suit the needs of citizens themselves
- Writing skills to produce well structured and coherent essays and reports, making good use of references
- Oral presentation skills
- Ability to access material from different sources including policy documents and other publications from governments and international organisations, documents from the internet, and from books and academic journals
- The capacity to interpret and make use of material from the above sources
Gain first-hand experience of development concepts plus valuable work experience without additional costs. This Masters degree enable students either to carry out individual fieldwork in a country and on a topic of their choice or to take part in an organised study visit. Funding for this overseas study is included in the programme fee.
Enhancing your Student Experience
In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.
Some of these are targeted to help you build skills and experience for your CV, others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates relevant to all Government and Society students.
Georgiana Chiriac, Harvard Model United Nations (February 2013), "Overall, This opportunity was excellent for me and for the entire delegation in terms of gaining knowledge and expertise at the highest level, as well as with regards to personal growth and development."
Joseph Bergson, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi (2012)
I found that in both class discussions and group work the level of knowledge from everyone on the course was very high and it felt really great to be among outspoken and clever people! The additional parts of the course also set it above others classes I have taken.
Read more of our student experiences and profiles on the school website.
Departments from across the School of Government and Society are all based within the recently refurbished Muirhead Tower. Following a £50million refurbishment, Muirhead Tower offers state-of-the-art teaching and research study facilities including free wifi throughout the building and dedicated study areas for postgraduate research students.
Muirhead Tower comprises 12,000sq.m of floor space between two towers. The tower includes a number of sustainable features including solar shading (known in the trade as brise soliel) to control temperatures, as well as low energy fans; timed lighting to reduce energy waste; natural ventilation systems and a heat source taken from the University’s combined heat and power generator.
The space has been designed to create modern, attractive spaces for teaching and research accommodating 150 academic offices, 230 "hubs" for post graduate research students, teaching rooms for up to 100 people and a 200 seat lecture theatre.