Middlesex University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Global Governance and Sustainable Development (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview A topic of global importance since the late 1980's, 'sustainable development' refers to "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Report, 1987). It encompasses responsible utilisation of environmental resources and the establishment of social and economic relations which enable that. Sustainable development is at the heart of global policies such as Agenda 21, which emerged from the UN Earth Summit in 1992 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals enshrined in a UN resolution since 2015. Quality of governance is increasingly recognised as central to sustainable development, which requires achieving just and legitimate outcomes in major global socio-economic and environmental issues such as poverty, climate change, food security and biodiversity loss. Why study MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development at Middlesex University? As sustainable development now constitutes a significant global policy goal,intergovernmental, and governmental agencies, as well as private sector companies urgently need professionals that possess the kind of knowledge and skills required to ensure that it is enacted in practice. This master's degree aims to provide you with the analytical skills and enhance your knowledge with respect to global governance issues, approaches and instruments so that you can become such a professional. You will explore various approaches to how intergovernmental and national strategies, policies and projects pertaining to these global governance issues are formulated, implemented and evaluated. The critical case study approach used in teaching will enable you to develop the skills required for working in the private sector or with global and national public or third sector agencies leading and managing change in a global environment. Our staff, including renowned development and gender expert Professor Sarah Bradshaw and environmental policy specialist Dr Meri Juntti are experts in their respective fields who use their impressive research portfolios to inform their teaching. You will have an opportunity to apply to gain work experience through two different work placement modules offered as options through the programme. One short term-time placement option undertaken in any London based work place and another longer option that may replace the research dissertation and can be taken over the summer period, in any organisation in the UK or abroad. Both placements are secured by the student, with support from our Careers Services and staff. Our international mix of students exposes you to a range of different cultural and national viewpoints, offering valuable insights and a genuine basis for informed discussion.


Core modules Global Governance for Sustainable Development (20 Credits) - Compulsory Politics of Globalisation (20 Credits) - Compulsory Research and Practice Skills (20 Credits) - Compulsory Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 Credits) - Compulsory Plus one of the following Dissertation (60 credits) Work Integrated Learning (60 Credits) - Optional Plus two optional modules from the list below Environmental Crime and Green Criminology (20 Credits) - Optional Environmental Law and Governance (20 Credits) - Optional Environmental Policy and Ethics (20 Credits) - Optional Foreign Policy Analysis: Geopolitical Perspectives (20 Credits) - Optional Global Criminology and Policing (20 Credits) - Optional Global Security (20 Credits) - Optional Migration: Theories & Approaches (20 Credits) - Optional Political Violence & Terrorism (20 Credits) - Optional International Organisations and Dispute Resolution (20 Credits) - Optional Business and Human Rights (20 Credits) - Optional Urban Social Justice (20 Credits) - Optional Law & Policy of the World Trade Organisation (20 Credits) - Optional Citizenship, the Right to Nationality and Statelessness (20 Credits) - Optional

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant area, particularly Social Sciences, Social Policy, Development Studies, Geography, Sociology, Politics, Environmental and related subjects. Entry requirements listed are accurate at the time of publishing and vary between programmes. Please check your chosen course page for specific entry requirements. Depending on your chosen course, we also consider a combination of qualifications. The latest entry requirements can be found on the course page at: https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/global-governance-sustainable-development We have a personalised admissions approach in which we make fair, but aspirational offers to our applicants. We feel it’s important that you continue to aim high and achieve great results. If you don’t quite make the grades you hoped to, we’ll look at more than your qualifications when making our final decision. We’ll take into consideration any barriers you may have faced in your learning, especially with potential disruption due to the coronavirus, your achievements in other areas and your personal statement. At Middlesex, we’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible. We pride ourselves on how we recognise potential in our applicants, and support them to succeed in the future.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With at least 6.0 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)87With at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading
PTE Academic58With at least 51 in all components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9600 Year 1
Scotland £9600 Year 1
Wales £9600 Year 1
Channel Islands £9600 Year 1
EU £16800 Year 1
International £16800 Year 1

Additional fee information

At Middlesex, we have a range of funding and loan options available to ensure you are able to attend university, whatever your financial background. Tuition fees vary for UK, EU and International students. More information about fees for the course you are interested in studying can be found at: https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/global-governance-sustainable-development
Global Governance and Sustainable Development at Middlesex University - UCAS