University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 14/06/2021 12:47:07

Named Award Title:MSc Policy Analysis & Global Governance

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Policy Analysis & Global Governance
PG Dip  Policy Analysis & Global Governance
PG Cert  Applied Social Science

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Paisley

School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Programme Leader:Dr Colin Atkinson

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified by Regulation 6 of the Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements: Honours degree (minimum 2:2 classification or a bachelor’s degree with significant and relevant work experience. Where candidates do not meet the standard entry requirement, they must demonstrate that they have sufficient relevant professional or practice-based experience to undertake their chosen programme of study. They may be admitted to the programme at the discretion of the programme Admissions Officer/Programme Leader.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience


Further desirable skills pre-application

English language proficiency is also a requirement, with candidates expected to achieve IELTs average standard of 6.0.

Admission based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will comply with the University’s Regulatory Framework (Section 6), as well as University regulations on postgraduate study and guidance on RPL. Credit transferred into the programme through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) must have been subject to reliable and valid methods of assessment at a recognised HEI. Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) entry is also permitted. The amount of credit transferred though RPL (APL and APEL) will comply with the maxima set out in the Regulatory Framework. Candidates should note that transferred credit does not carry a grade, therefore, award with distinction cannot be granted for awards where credit is transferred in at level 11.


General Overview

In an era of global governance and global crises the programme equips students to investigate and evaluate the ways in which a variety of state and non-state actors come together to address global problems (such as climate change, human rights issues, health inequalities, terrorism and migration).  Equally, the programme concerns how to analyse the development and impact of complex public policies. The programme is ideal for those seeking to undertake careers in in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation. The programme is also of key relevance for ‘executive students’ who are currently working in policy roles and who seek to undertake study at postgraduate level as part of their professional development.

Key features of the programme:

 

  • Focus on understanding the roles of international organisations and policy networks and how these operate in the context of multilevel governance.

 

  • Opportunity to develop expertise in the area of public management, public leadership, public administration, and governance that interests you.

 

  • Emphasis on public sector innovation, improvement and evaluation in the context of multi-level governance 

 

  • Employability and career-relevant content through innovative learning and assessment

 

  • Study within a diverse international community of learners

 

Students may also seek to undertake doctoral studies after completing the Masters programme. The programme equips students for employment in a number of sectors, particularly (but not exclusively) within the public sectors and the civil service.

The academics who teach on the programme draw on their research networks for the benefit of the student experience through a combination of field trips to external organisations and the use of guest speakers from external bodies. The programme team support students to develop their own networks and to co-produce Masters projects with external organisations (e.g. through the UWS-Oxfam Partnership as well as our other partners). 

The programme is flexible allowing for part-time and full-time study, while also blending on campus, and on-line delivery techniques.

Moreover, a range of transferable skills are enhanced and these include the ability to:

 

  • Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources.

 

  • Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems.

 

  • Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement.

 

  • Reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback.

 

  • Manage their own learning self-critically.

 

  • Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study which requires critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process.

 

  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing.

 

  • Use communication and information technology, including audio-visual

technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information.

 

  • Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time

management, progressing through the degree programme to become an independent learner.

 

  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals through, for example,

group work, group projects, group presentations.

 

Students are required to design and undertake an extended piece of written research focused around a specific research question via the MSc Dissertation.

In terms of student choice it is recognised that there is only one elective module within the programme, however it must be emphasised that student choice will be located within rather than between modules.  This will be realised through inquiry-based learning approaches and negotiated assessment approaches and strategies. 

Masters programmes have a crucial role in taking forward School-level and university wide priorities in terms of enhancing the number of postgraduate students that come to study at UWS from home and overseas markets and to also maximise the student experience. Key drivers relevant to the Masters framework are contained in the School’s Operational Plan, the university’s Research and Education Enabling Plans, and the wider university’s Internationalisation and Research and Enterprise strategies.

The programme outcomes have been informed by a variety of internal and external sources. The following UWS documents were consulted:

 

UWS Corporate Strategy 2014-20

UWS Education Enabling Plan 2018

UWS Research Enabling Plan 2018

UWS Regulatory Framework 2019-20

UWS Quality Handbook 2019-20

UWS Assessment Handbook 2019-20

UWS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure

 

The following external documents have also been consulted:

QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Politics and International Relations; Social Policy and Sociology

SQA SCQF Level Descriptors 2012

HEA Framework for Transforming Assessment in Higher Education

HEA Framework for Embedding Employability in Higher Education

HEA Framework for Internationalising Higher Education

HEA Framework for Flexible Learning in Higher Education

HEA Framework for Student Access, Retention and Progression in Higher Education

HEA Framework for Student Engagement through Partnership

 

Research underpinnings and links to teaching 

In line with programme outcomes, the Masters programme develops the applied research skills of students. Each module is underpinned by research-led teaching and learning and aligned to areas of teaching excellence, thus aligning learning and teaching on the programme with the strategic vision of the School. Teaching draws extensively on national and international research, theoretical perspectives, case studies and contexts.

 

The REF 2014 saw research at UWS recognised at ‘international’ standing in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The University’s research outputs were particularly highly rated, with more than half of the submissions being ranked at three to four star; with four star signifying ‘world-leading’ research. The teaching team are active public policy and social science researchers and the majority publish internationally recognised research outputs (including journal papers, books, book chapters, knowledge exchange reports). Many of the teaching staff also undertake enterprise activities including consultancy projects with public and third sector partners. The research and enterprise activities conducted by teaching staff feature throughout the content of modules on the programme.

 

The teaching team regard students as partners and this is a key aspect of the School’s approach to enhancing the student experience. In this context, the teaching team, through for example the Masters dissertation project, work with students in order to maximise the impact of their research through, for instance, writing joint publications with students or to support students to present their research in a range of forums including conferences and research seminars. This enables our postgraduate students to make a contribution to the vibrant research culture in the School and to also enhance the postgraduate student experience. Research skills development of our students is a major feature of the programme.  The blend of these research and analysis-intensive modules provide students with graduate level skills in mixed methods, the techniques undertaking comparative policy analysis and how these skills can be applied to contemporary public policy issues. These modules also provide students with the skills and attributes required in order to undertake the Masters dissertation (if they choose to study for the full MSc).

 

Internationalisation

As noted earlier in this document the content of the modules and programme are inherently international. Furthermore, students benefit from being taught by researchers with an international reputation in the field of public policy and administration and guest speakers. There are also a number of outward mobility and exchange programmes available within the School of Education and Social Sciences. Where possible, there will also be opportunities to conduct field trips abroad e.g. in Rwanda.

The programme is fully engaged with the wider university strategy of making a full contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland as well as its new emphasis on preparing graduates of UWS for an increasingly global world that requires ‘global professionals’ and ‘global citizens.’  Through engagement with the programme students will become more cognisant of their role as global citizens and will be equipped to become the next generation of outstanding public leaders at local, national and international levels.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

The programme is fully aligned with institutional priorities around the development of graduate attributes and with the institutional policy on personal development planning. The UWS Graduate Attributes were created to reflect the range of skills, qualities and abilities students can develop at UWS which will help to prepare them for success outwith the university. The programme will help develop student attributes across three dimensions:

  • Academic – knowledge, skills and abilities related to high-level academic study
  • Personal – qualities and characteristics of well-rounded, developed, responsible individuals
  • Professional – skills, aptitudes and attitudes required for professional working life in the 21st Century

 

The aim is to develop graduates who are:

  • Universal - globally relevant with comprehensively applicable abilities, skills and behaviours
  • Work ready - dynamic and prepared for employment in complex, ever-changing environments which require lifelong learning and resilience
  • Successful - as a UWS graduate with a solid foundation on which to continue succeeding and realising my potential, across various contexts

 

The mapping of programme and module learning outcomes and employability-integrated assessment ensures the visibility of graduate attributes, employability and citizenship competencies. Personal development is embedded and explicitly signposted in the curriculum, with students provided with regular opportunities to capture and evaluate progression and development, stimulating reflection, self-regulation and a more constructive engagement with employability. It is recognised that personal development planning is an essential component of lifelong learning and continuing and professional development. To support this activity, all students are provided with access to personal development planning tools and enabled to develop a personal e-portfolio across the programme.

 

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Work-related learning underpins the programme with the use of authentic employment-focused assessments. The programme also offers students the opportunity to enhance their CV by undertaking a practice-based project as part of their final dissertation in collaboration with a public or third sector organisation.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, students are defined as academically engaged if they attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of each module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link: http://www.uws.ac.uk/current-students/rights-and-regulations/regulatory-framework/

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


In line with the Equality Act 2010, the curriculum and delivery of Education and Social Science programmes are designed to promote the general equality duty, namely to:

? Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act;

? Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and

? Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The programme supports equality of opportunity for students from different backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using appropriate platforms, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The programme complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. In line with UWS Equality Outcomes, equality of opportunity and an equitable learning experience for all learners is ensured by embedding accessibility and inclusivity in the design and operation of module sites. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The School of Education and Social Sciences is committed to enabling all learners, respecting diversity, promoting equality and embedding inclusivity in all aspects of its work. It is fully cognisant of and compliant with relevant external and institutional policy in this area. The design of the programme has been guided by a concern for the student experience and consideration of how different modes of delivery and engagement opportunities affect the student’s journey at postgraduate level. As such, ensuring flexibility has been at the centre of planning and programme design. This is reflected in the number of distinct exit points, the mixture available between part-time and full-time study, the blend between face-to-face lecture and workshop delivery, project and dissertation supervision, and innovative virtual teaching and learning opportunities.




Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of selected areas of the contemporary social science landscape (such as politics, criminal justice, social policy, policy studies, public administration, and/ or research methodologies)

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply a range of conceptual and theoretical tools, which may include research methodologies, in selected areas of the contemporary social science landscape
B2D

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate sophisticated academic conclusions convincingly using appropriate methods

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Deploy skills of critical analysis and evaluation to selected issues within contemporary social science

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate willingness to take responsibility for own academic practice

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
All modules at PgCert level are optional for the purposes of the exit award

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SSPG11009Applied Criminal Justice20   
11SSPG11012Comparative Penology20   
11SSPG11017Crisis & Communication20   
11SSPG11018Crisis Leadership & Management20   
11SSPG11015Policing in the Contemporary World20   
11SSPG11014Social Policy & Globalisation20   
11SSPG11002The State in a Global Order20check mark  
11SSPG11006Social Research Today20check mark  
11SSPG11007Applied Research Methods in Social Sciences20check mark  
11SSPG11011Comparative Governance & Public Admin20check mark  
11SSPG11001Contemporary Social Issues20 check mark 
11SSPG11003Policy Analysis & Practice20 check mark 
11SSPG11005Power, Politics & Civil Society20 check mark 
11SSPG11013Global Crisis Management20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Further optional modules may be available at Level 10 by agreement with the Programme Leader.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students achieving 60 credits, of which no fewer than 40 are at Level 11 and none below Level 10, are entitled to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Science.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the key issues, debates and concepts in policy analysis & global governance
A2Demonstrate reflective and critical knowledge and understanding of social research methodologies

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply advanced conceptual tools to resolve policy scenarios within policy analysis & global governance contexts
B2Apply a range of routine and specialist research methodologies in exercises of inquiry
B3Apply advanced theoretical concepts to inform key debates in policy analysis & global governance contexts

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate sophisticated academic conclusions convincingly, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge and expertise
C2Deploy a range of routine techniques to analyse and present the outcomes of inquiry
C3Deploy some specialist techniques to analyse and present research findings

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Deploy critical, analytic and evaluative skills in the context of policy analysis & global governance
D2Make informed judgements about key issues in policy analysis & global governance
D3Demonstrate originality and/ or creativity in response to contemporary policy analysis & global governance problems

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Contribute effectively in a team setting, demonstrating awareness of own and others' responsibilities in collaborative contexts
E2Demonstrate insight into ethical issues and debates within contemporary policy analysis & global governance
E3Take significant responsibility for forging relationships with peers in external organisations

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SSPG11007Applied Research Methods in Social Sciences20check mark  
11SSPG11011Comparative Governance & Public Admin20check mark  
11SSPG11001Contemporary Social Issues20   
11SSPG11013Global Crisis Management20   
11SSPG11003Policy Analysis & Practice20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SSPG11012Comparative Penology20   
11SSPG11017Crisis & Communication20   
10PLTC10015International Relations in the Modern World20   
10PLTC10002Nationalism20   
11SSPG11015Policing in the Contemporary World20   
11SSPG11005Power, Politics & Civil Society20   
11SSPG11006Social Research Today20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Further optional modules may be available at Level 10 by agreement with the Programme Leader.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students achieving 100 credits from the core modules and 20 credits from the options are entitled to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis and Global Governance. A minimum of 90 credits should be at SCQF 11 level and none less than SCQF level 10.








C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate integrated, critical and reflective knowledge and understanding of the policy, theory and practice of contemporary policy analysis & global governance
A2Demonstrate extensive and focused insight into at least one area at the forefront of contemporary policy analysis & global governance

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply a range of advanced theoretical and conceptual tools to inform debates across the theory, policy and practice of contemporary policy analysis & global governance
B2Apply some specialist theoretical and conceptual tools to generate original insight into at least one issue at the forefront of contemporary policy analysis & global governance

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Convey convincingly the outcomes of self-authored research to experts and peers
C2Deploy a range of routine and specialist techniques to analyse and present research data

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Make informed and professional judgements about controversial issues at the forefront of policy analysis & global governance
D2Insightfully synthesise and integrate issues at the forefront of contemporary policy analysis & global governance
D3Demonstrate originality and creativity in devising and conceptualising a problematic at the forefront of contemporary policy analysis & global governance

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise substantial autonomy and responsibility in devising, implementing, managing and executing a substantial research project in an area of contemporary policy analysis & global governance
E2Demonstrate intellectual leadership and initiative by contributing to new thinking in an area of contemporary policy analysis & global governance
E3Demonstrate commitment to ethical and reflective academic practice

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SSPG11007Applied Research Methods in Social Sciences20   
11SSPG11011Comparative Governance & Public Admin20   
11SSPG11001Contemporary Social Issues20   
11SSPG11013Global Crisis Management20   
11SSPG11003Policy Analysis & Practice20   
11SSPG11004Social Sciences Dissertation60check mark check mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SSPG11012Comparative Penology20   
11SSPG11017Crisis & Communication20   
10PLTC10015International Relations in the Modern World20   
10PLTC10002Nationalism20   
11SSPG11015Policing in the Contemporary World20   
11SSPG11005Power, Politics & Civil Society20   
11SSPG11006Social Research Today20   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Further optional modules may be available at Level 10 by agreement with the Programme Leader.

Criteria for Award

Students achieving 160 credits from the core modules and 20 credits from the options are entitled to exit with the MSc in Policy Analysis and Global Governance. A minimum of 150 credits should be at SCQF 11 level and none less than SCQF level 10.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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