Masters degrees

We offer a wide range of taught Masters (MA and MSc) programmes, as well as Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and other qualifications that can be taken on a full-time, part-time or modular basis. For most Masters degree programmes you need to have a good degree (usually at least a 2:1) or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

Some Masters degrees have additional requirements such as relevant work experience. MA / MSc programmes are a year in duration, while Diploma / Certificate courses are usually nine months (see individual programme descriptions for details). Taught masters programmes are assessed by a combination of coursework, examination and dissertation. Masters degree modules throughout the School.

Degrees and courses throughout the School:

Conflict, Cooperation and Security



International Political Economy



Fees and funding

For entry in September, fees are:

International Development Department

IDD taught postgraduate fees 2016-17
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £7,650 £3,825
Overseas students (Band D) £14,850 -

Course information: IDD Masters degrees

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Masters degree fees 2016-17
   Full time  Part time
Home/EU students  £6,570  £3,285
Overseas students  £14,850  -
Postgraduate diploma fees 2016-17
   Full time  Part time
Home/EU students  £4,380  £2,190
Overseas students  £9,990  -

Course information: POLSIS Masters degrees

Institute of Local Government Studies

INLOGOV MSc fees 2016-17
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £9,180 £4,590
Overseas students (Band D) £14,850 -
INLOGOV PG/Graduate diploma fees 2016-17
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £6,120 £3,060
Overseas students (Band D) £9,900 -
INLOGOV PG Certificate fees 2016-17
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £3,060 £3,060
Overseas students (Band D) £4,950 -

Course information: INLOGOV Masters degrees

Masters degrees by Distance learning

Distance learning 2016-17
  Fee
MSc programme fee £11,070
PGDip programme fee £7,380
Distance learning 2015-16
  Fee
MSc programme fee £10,620
PGDip programme fee £7,080
Single module fee £1,180

If a candidate is offered a place on the programme, we do request a £500 non-refundable deposit (which is discounted against the payment for the first assessed module) in order to secure the place on the programme.

For our distance learning programmes, we do not distinguish between UK/EU and international studies. There is no deferential fee.

Masters degree modules

The School of Government and Socety offers a wide range of modules. You may also select modules from other departments when this makes sense within your degree programme of study. Modules are taught in small seminar groups allowing close interactions of students and members of staff. Please see our Masters degrees for more course details.

You are advised to discuss module choices with your programme director at the beginning of the academic year.

Modules by Departments

Related courses

The College of Social Sciences offers an Social Research (MA), which forms the basis for all doctoral student methods training.

Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations

The aim of the two-year full-time pre-Masters programme is to provide an entry route into our MA/MSc courses in International Development and Relations for students who do not have the traditional requirements for direct entry to the programme. Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations.

Enhancing your Student Experience

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, 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 G&S students.Find out how we can enhance your experience.

Your studies are a stepping-stone to an influential career. Whether you're looking to work in industry, for a public organisation or charity, or progress further with your academic studies.

Masters degrees by Department: