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Welsh Government and Politics (MSc Econ)

1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

To enable students to develop advanced expertise in the structures and operation of devolved governance in Wales, and, in comparative context, across the UK and Europe, as well as allied research skills.

Welsh Government and Politics MSc Econ

Special Features

Course Description

The changing political and legal landscape in Wales poses exciting and challenging questions for those with an academic or professional interest in politics and policy. This programme of study is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the institutions and practices of governance in post-devolution Wales. In addition to focusing on politics and governance in Wales, the programme locates developments in Wales in a broader UK and European context, providing also an overview of relationships between the various levels of governance. The course is taught by the leading experts in Welsh politics and government and benefits from the close links that exist between Cardiff University and the institutions of devolved government in Wales.

Course Structure

The course is divided into two parts, both of which allow students to specialise in their chosen areas of interest. Part one consists of research-led taught modules that include a core module on the institutions of devolved governance in Wales, as well as additional optional modules that examine other aspects of politics, public policy and law.

Part two requires the research and writing of an dissertation on a subject of the student’s own choice, under the supervision of an expert in the field.

Available Modules

Core Modules

  • PLT053 Contemporary Welsh Politics (15 credits)
  • PLT025 Dissertation (60 credits)

*For the part-time course the PLT025 Dissertation module will be replaced by:

  • PLT045 Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

  • CLT605 The Law of Devolution in Wales (30 credits)
  • CLT606 Constitutionalism and Governance (30 credits)
  • PLT062 Research Methods: Approaches to Knowledge (15 credits)
  • PLT074 Devolution and Public Policy in Wales (30 credits)
  • PLT116 Governing and Policy-Making in Britain (15 credits)
  • PLT120 European Governance and Public Policy (30 credits)
  • PLT421 Contemporary British Politics: Key Trends (15 credits)

Skills Acquired

Student Testimonials

Student Views

'The Masters in Welsh Politics and Government is an excellent course - contemporary, relevant, challenging and engaging.'

Michelle Matheron, Welsh Government and Politics student

Read Michelle's full testimonial

The Masters in Welsh Politics and Government is an excellent course - contemporary, relevant, challenging and engaging. It has been great to be able to study this course part-time whilst working in the field of Welsh Politics. The teaching has been excellent and the course has been incredibly beneficial for me both personally and professionally.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates who normally possess a 2:1 degree classification in a relevant subject area.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Please see the Department of Politics and International Relations website for more information.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,250 £14,560
Part-time £3,125 £7,280
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Admissions Team MScEcon Welsh Government & Politics  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876102 



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