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MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development

The Global Governance and Sustainable Development degree from Middlesex University Dubai is taught within Middlesex University’s School of Law where we deliver high-quality teaching and research, and provide a supportive learning environment, helping students to achieve excellent academic results.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 2 years 
Starting in: September
Tuition Fees (Total): AED 64,600
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Why Study MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development?

With the rise of sustainable development as a major issue of the international policy agenda it is essential that global intergovernmental and governmental agencies, international organizations, international businesses, and other groups/organizations have access to professionals that hold the necessary analytical skills and knowledge to address these challenging governance issues in varying contexts. This master’s degree aims to provide students with skills to become such a professional – enhancing their knowledge and skills with respect to global governance approaches and instruments focused on environmental sustainability and social justice.

Students 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 students 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.

Middlesex University Dubai is reputed in the region for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of social sciences. Since the early days of the campus in Dubai, we have offered a range of undergraduate degree programmes in international development studies and global social science. More recently, we have introduced undergraduate provision in Law and international politics and a postgraduate programme in international relations.

Courses included

  • Sustainable Development and Human Rights
  • Politics of Globalisation
  • Research and Practice Skills
  • Global Governance for Sustainable Development
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Migration Theories and Approaches
  • Integrated Work and Learning
  • Foundations and Principles of International Law
  • Global Security
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: Geopolitical Perspectives

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“I studied BA Honours International Tourism Management at Middlesex University Dubai. The application process was made easy by the University’s friendly Admissions Department, who responded to my application immediately and coached me throughout the process. As a Nigerian student, I chose to study in Dubai because it is a city filled with incredible opportunities, and at the University I have had the chance to meet people from many different countries. As well as making friends from around the world, my lecturers have always been friendly and supportive. Before joining the BA programme, I studied the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at Middlesex University Dubai which prepared me for Undergraduate study.”

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Future Careers and Employability

The MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development programme provides students with specialised knowledge and practical skills relevant for a range of new career opportunities or career progression in their current workplaces.

Career prospects for candidates with postgraduate qualifications in Global Governance and Sustainable Development are quite promising in the region and internationally due to the strong emphasis being placed on sustainability.

Due to increasing global interconnectedness and awareness by decision makers of the complex and compounding threats to sustainability currently facing the world, individuals with this qualification will be able to transition easily between the public, private, and third sector (ie government, business, and non-profit) in their career.

Graduates may consider rewarding careers with international agencies such as the United Nations and its sub-agencies or the World Bank and similar institutions. Private business organisations that operate in multi-national markets in every area ranging from health and education to environmental protection and cultural affairs to banking employ professionals with the knowledge and skills developed in this programme.

The programme would position graduates well for positions in Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Relations, Research, Policy, PR and outreach, and a variety of ‘analyst’ positions (risk analyst, political analyst, and market analyst).