Global Policy MA

This is for students who aspire to be change makers and problem solvers, and who want to tackle critical global challenges. Subject to validation

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Reasons to study Global Policy MA at DMU:

As our world faces unprecedented global policy challenges, from climate change to food and water supply, from migration to income inequality, the demand for agile and well-trained policy analysts and leaders is increasing rapidly.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide for the first time a genuine global policy agenda that will be the framework for the course, responding to DMU's Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which defines our identity as "a twenty-first century global university...committed to the public good and driven by an unrivalled ability to challenge convention and create impact."

Drawing insights from both academics and policy practitioners, students will be poised to join a new generation of innovators, change-agents, and thought-leaders. 

This course curriculum has as its key components:

  • Six required core modules that provide the foundational knowledge and skills for effective policymaking.
  • Three optional modules drawn from a rich and diverse list of offerings around the university that address specific policy areas such as globalisation, sustainability, urbanisation, public health, and social justice, among others;

In addition to the study of the political, economic, and social contexts of policy studies, the programme will also provide a multi-disciplinary set of tangible policy skills such as policy analysis, communications and presentation skills, and cross-cultural understanding built on substantive overseas study modules.

  • A wide variety of modules
    The course offers the opportunity to study a wider variety and greater number of modules than comparative degree programmes in other UK universities.
  • Add global experience to your CV
    You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal study week, with a targeted project, at the United Nations in New York during the January break, and a longer field study assignment in Thailand.
  • Learn from global policy experts
    Your instructors will be dynamic academic and research scholars, as well as                experienced policy practitioners who will step away from their work to deliver              practice-based modules.
  • Excellent student experience
    Students will be part of an engaged and committed learning community in which they are active participants and decision-makers, not merely customers for a fixed course delivered in hierarchical fashion.



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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): 
Sept: L24071

Duration: September: 12 months

Start dates: September 2020

Fees and funding:

For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £9,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): 
Sept: L24071

Duration: September: 12 months

Start dates: September 2020

Fees and funding:

For 2020/21 tuition fees for international students will be £15,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:1, or equivalent overseas qualification.
Applications from those with significant professional experience in Politics, International Relations and Public Policy will be considered individually.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Core course modules 

  • Global Sustainability Challenges
  • Policy Making
  • Economic Development
  • Research Methods and Analytical Tools for Policy
  • States and Markets
  • New Technologies and the Future of Work 

Optional modules 

  • Leading Change for Sustainability
  • Globalisation
  • Social Justice for Human Rights
  • Global Health, Policy, and Strategy
  • Democratising Urban Space
  • Politics of Identity and Space
  • Global Issues of Youth and Community Development
  • Leadership and Culture in Organizational Contexts
  • Green Business
  • Sustainable Energy

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Teaching contact hours

Full time option only

For the full time option, you should be prepared to devote approximately 40 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition, each module provides a 2-hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

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Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

The course prepares you for a career in the voluntary sector, higher education, think tanks and research centres and local and national government roles including national parliaments, local and regional government, where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.

There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, diplomacy, and sustainable development, health care and other issues affecting contemporary society.

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