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.

Equality and Diversity

In the School of Government, we are committed to creating a caring, accessible and inclusive environment in which everyone feels they belong, fit, and may thrive. We welcome, value, and embrace diversity in our staff and student body, such as differences in nationality, cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, class, religion or belief, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

We aim to embed this commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in our teaching and learning practices, our tutorials, our extensive module choices, our curriculum, student representatives and groups, welfare services, research, and the wide range of events and seminars organised. The School of Government will not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination.

The University of Birmingham currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter Award. Its Equality Scheme ‘Advancing Equality, Valuing Diversity’ document sets out the equality objectives and actions for 2016-20. The latest Equality and Diversity Annual Report (2017) details work undertaken over the last year to meet our equality objectives.

Degrees and courses throughout the School:


International Political Economy



Fees and funding

For entry in September, fees are:

International Development Department

IDD taught postgraduate fees 2020-21
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £9,250 £4,625
Overseas students £18,450 -

Course information: IDD Masters degrees

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Masters degree fees 2019-20
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £9,250 £4,625
Overseas students £19,170  -
Postgraduate diploma fees 2019-20
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £6,167 £3,083
Overseas students £12,780  -

Course information: POLSIS Masters degrees

Institute of Local Government Studies

INLOGOV MSc fees 2019-20
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £10,530 £5,265
Overseas students £16,995 -

Course information: INLOGOV Masters degrees

Masters degrees by Distance learning

Distance learning 2019-20
MSc programme fee £12,510
PG Diploma programme fee £8,340
PG Certificate programme fee £4,170

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

Related courses

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

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Enhancing your Student Experience

In the School of Government 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 School of Government 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.

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