Middlesex University London

MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development

A topic of global importance since the late 1980s, '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 utilization 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 recognized 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 in 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 analytical skills and enhance your knowledge concerning 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 about 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.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree, or above, or equivalent in any subject
  • IELTS 

    6.5 (with 6.0 in each component)


    *MA Scriptwriting – must have minimum 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and a minimum 7.0 in Written component

  • TOEFL (IBT) 

    87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)


    *MA Scriptwriting - written component must be minimum 27

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O‐Level/International Cambridge O Level English (as a first or second language) 

    Grade C or 4 if taken in England since September 2016


    MA Scriptwriting overall grade B/3

Career Prospects

Career pathways for graduates include:

  • conservation.
  • education.
  • environmental management.
  • government.
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • impact assessment.
  • strategic planning and development.
  • the energy sector

Course Details

Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation and Work Integrated Learning modules which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement if you have secured a suitable placement with an external organization.

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

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

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