MSc Econ Welsh Politics and Government

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. The MSc (Econ) Welsh Government and Politics is designed to give students an advanced level understanding of politics, government and governance in Wales and within the broader UK and European context. This degree will explore themes such as multi-level governance and shared sovereignty, equipping students to review and critically assess political concepts and theory, and will provide a solid basis for students to pursue a career in research or policy. 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.


Taught Masters degree studying Welsh politics and government and the political and constitutional relationships between Wales and UK and European institutions


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.


Depending on the modules chosen, the method of assessment will be through a combination of essays, exams and a dissertation. The final dissertation will comprise a third of the overall assessment score.


  • Teaching will be through weekly seminars. Attendance at seminars will be compulsory.
  • The School appears in the 1st quartile of all major indicators in the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise, including 2nd of 27 for Research Power


  • One year full-time
  • Two years part-time

Starting date

  • There is one intake each year in late September

Fees and support

University residences

  • All overseas/EU postgraduate students are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences, subject to conditions
  • Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee UK postgraduates a place in University residences, but we organise a House Hunting Event to assist in your hunt for accommodation
  • The majority of study bedrooms have en-suite facilities and all halls of residence have high speed internet access
  • The Residences web site has further details on accommodation

Living expenses

  • Cardiff: ‘one of the cheapest and safest cities in the UK’ (Sunday Times University Guide 2011)
  • For 2011-12 the average student living expenses for the year, including the cost of accommodation, food, books, and other items, is expected to be approximately £8,400

Entry requirements

  • The equivalent of a second class degree (2.1) is normally required (eg. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above)
  • There are English language requirements for those whose first language is not English. The equivalent of 6.5 in IELTS including 6 in each element and 6.5 in writing must be obtained, or 580 in TOEFL
  • Although the degree is especially suitable for graduates in Politics, Law and the social sciences, applications from students with other degrees are very welcome

When to apply

  • Early application is strongly recommended
  • Later applications will be considered, but international students must bear in mind the time needed to obtain a visa

How to apply