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Global Diversity Governance MPA


This course starts in September 2017.

Diversity within very local communities is growing as our world becomes more interconnected and our markets more globalised. Within this increased complexity the need to understand diversity, its impact and consequences is ever more crucial. The way we deal with differences between people is a key variable in almost every sphere of modern life and of particular relevance for public and private management. Managing diversity and capturing its benefits is a key challenge for contemporary societies. It is as important for secure and stable cities as for successful and profitable companies, and especially critical for public services managers with heavily constrained expenditures.

The MPA Global Diversity Governance builds upon the global understanding and practical expertise that Coventry University, through the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), has developed in the fields of intercultural relations, social cohesion and diversity around the world. It is a programme that rises to the challenges of managing diversity and is designed to support professionals from around the world who are responsible for service design and delivery that must take full account of an unprecedented level of diversity in their communities, workplaces and families.

The MPA brings together experienced, mid- and senior-career professionals from different countries and regions, as a collaborating and diverse group with global and local perspectives, to learn from leading experts and active researchers from across the social and political sciences. The programme is open to professionals with the requisite qualifications looking to more effectively understand and confront the challenges of diverse societies and manage lasting, positive social change in their own local areas.

The global political and economic environment is changing and a new and very different geo-political reality is emerging. The MPA has been designed to explore in detail the nature and implications of these changes, providing professionals with the skills and mind-sets that will allow them to manage cultural diversity and lead the organisations of the future, whether in education, health, security or other areas of service delivery.


This course is a unique, pioneering programme of study that prepares practitioners and leaders from across the world to more effectively confront one of the prime responsibilities of our time: the successful governance of diversity.

The MPA represents the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations’ ambition to equip those who work with, for and in diversity communities with the latest and most innovative tools, evidence and thinking. Joining the MPA means becoming a part of a network of professionals who have the enthusiasm, theoretical and conceptual knowledge and practical skills required to create positive social change in their own contexts.

The course is designed and delivered by leading, active scholars in the field who have assembled the most powerful contemporary thinking from across the social sciences to inform your study. If you are interested in global diversity, cultural difference and their governance, Coventry University is the place to learn more.

We will provide you with:

  • An opportunity to achieve an MPA via distance learning in the period of 15 months;
  • Access to all the same resources that would be available to you on campus, including library resources and access to relevant speakers;
  • The possibility to enhance your CV;
  • Recognition of your professional experience and prior learning, which enables you to obtain a postgraduate qualification based on your experience, rather than necessarily previous academic experience; and
  • Access to a professional network of individuals working in various roles related diversity governance all over the world, with an opportunity to benefit from their perspectives and experiences, which allows for robust and informative learning beyond formal study.


Your programme of study combines 3 core modules:

Key Concepts in Global Diversity Governance

This central MPA module leads students through the conceptual, theoretical and practical issues surrounding the governance of diversity. Beginning with the foundations of this area of study, students explore concepts and theories underpinning diversity and its governance drawn from a range of disciplines including social psychology, human geography, sociology and political science. As well as exploring the definitions and compositions of a diverse society, course members are asked to consider the relationship of diversity with a range of different legislative/policy areas and issues, including security, economics, education, human rights and migration. Special attention is given to the concepts of identity, prejudice, intergroup contact, superdiversity, cosmopolitanism and everyday integration, as well as the role of religious diversity.

Intercultural Dialogue in Practise

The importance of Intercultural Dialogue has risen in prominence over the last decade with many actors, from United Nations agencies to local peacebuilding non-governmental agencies, increasingly applying it as an important tool for bringing people together and resolving tension and misunderstanding between groups in society. In practice, however, leading and facilitating dialogue between people of markedly different cultural backgrounds and world views can be a daunting feat and dialogue that is not led effectively has the potential to make relations between people worse not better. This module enables students to understand and critically engage with the roles of culture, dialogue and facilitation in diversity governance and equips them with an understanding and set of tools that allow them to lead dialogue sessions successfully. Based upon Coventry University research and delivered by the Centre’s own expert dialogue practitioners, this is an essential module for anyone working in and with diversity communities.

Global Diversity Governance in Context

Through an examination of some of the most prolific and high profile examples of diversity governance from around the world, students are taught to apply the tools, theories and concepts related to diversity, difference and dialogue to real-world case studies where the challenges of co-existence are seen most vividly. The module demonstrates the different roles, dynamics and interventions of governments, businesses, civil society and other actors in the governance of cultural diversity, showing how diversity, difference and their challenges reach every aspect of society. In their assessment, course members will be challenged to critically investigate and comparatively assess case studies of diversity governance with content and support provided by leading academic experts in each specific context. Current examples of indicative case studies include: the rise of modern anti-minority activism in Europe, diversity and difference in Israel and Palestine; identity and division in Northern Ireland; the challenges of multicultural society in Turkey; and governmental approaches to tackling extremism in Australia and the UK.

To complete the course, course members will prepare a dissertation in an area of study that they would like to explore in more depth, with one-to-one support from a supervisor.

The MPA offers the opportunity to benefit from two 5-day residential workshops. The first is held towards the start of your course of study, covering the core content of the Intercultural Dialogue in Practise module. The second workshop is delivered towards the end of the programme, equipping students with the skills to undertake a dissertation. These all-inclusive workshops are covered in the course fees and we strongly encourage attendance to supplement and condense learning, enable networking with course members and teachers. Please note: Accommodation is provided but course members need to organise and finance travel including any visa costs.  Residential workshops may be held in the UK in Coventry or London, or internationally depending on where students are based.

In addition to the residential workshops, the programme, starting in September each year, is delivered through online module materials, small group tutoring and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. Course members unable to attend the workshops will receive additional contact time and can study independently using online materials. A wide variety of resources is made available via the online study platform, including: lecture notes, journal articles, video lectures, news and discussion forums, as well as the research produced by members of teaching staff.

As part of the application process, prospective students are required to evidence prior (experiential) learning (APEL) which is accredited as part of the programme of study. This accreditation allows students to complete the MPA over 15 months either by blended learning or distance learning. Please refer to the admissions criteria below and contact the Postgraduate Programme Manager for further information. 


You will be well supported throughout your studies with a range of services and guidance to help you get the most out of your MPA programme.

Students are provided with a range of pre-enrolment materials to better prepare them for their studies. Online modules are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle) to facilitate communications between staff and students, and between students. You will have access to Coventry University’s library, including its digital resources and library support for distance learners.

Assessment at each stage is based on the submission of written coursework only. Extensive coursework feedback and support from the programme team will be provided, and every student is allocated a personal tutor from the moment of enrolment offering one-to-one pastoral and academic skills support. Whilst undertaking a dissertation, each student will be allocated a supervisor.

You will be also be able to access a portfolio of non-credit bearing academic skills modules and support to develop your research and writing skills, as well as Coventry University’s Careers and Employability Service for support with developing your career following your studies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Security Studies, Politics, Development Studies).

Applications from those who do not hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above but can demonstrate at least three years’ work experience in a relevant field will also be considered. Here a careful evaluation of the applicant’s capacity to complete the programme successfully, including assessment, where appropriate, through an admissions interview and review of a writing sample will take place.

This course requires IELTS 6.5 or above. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the course director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. 


Applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a relevant field to Global Diversity Governance and be operating in a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. Decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s AP(E)L form and portfolio, an Admissions Interview, and their capacity to complete the programme successfully.


CTPSR Bursaries

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations are pleased to offer a limited number of partial bursaries towards tuition fees, available to overseas students who wish to pursue an MA in Maritime Security or Peace and Conflict Studies.

Allocation will be decided on assessment of the following:


  • Complete a bursary application form including a detailed statement of support which should not exceed 500 words by 28 July 2017.
  • Demonstrate capacity and commitment to undertake and complete the programme. 
  • Explain how the programme is aligned to your future aspirations and how it will benefit your professional development.  


  • Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other CTPSR scholarship.
  • The decision to award is at the sole discretion of the Centre. The Centre reserves the right to determine the number of scholarships to award from this category.
  • Bursaries will only be awarded if your admissions application is successful.

How to Apply 

Students wishing to apply for a bursary should complete an application form and submit this to by no later than 28 July 2017

Only applications received by the deadline will be considered and the panel's decision is final.

Please ensure you read and understand the T&C’s prior to submitting an application for a bursary.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

  • Detailed personal statement
  • Academic transcripts and award certificate of your first degree
  • English Language Certificate e.g. IELTS

Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).

For further information:
Samima Hussain
Postgraduate Programme Manager
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Phone: +44 (0) 2477 659059


If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Working effectively with diversity and cultural difference is a core requirement of almost every career path in public, private and voluntary sectors around the world – as important for charity managers in Africa and Asia as it is to senior police teams in Europe. Our MPA is designed to enhance the skills and understanding of professionals working in, with and for diverse communities; our aim is for students to leave the Programme with not only an enhanced CV and career prospects but with the networks, confidence and competence to create positive change in the communities they serve. 

The MPA offers professionals an unparalleled opportunity to build their understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by global diversity. We aim for each course member to graduate with stronger analytical abilities in assessing the challenges posed by cultural difference as well as a set of tools for responding to these challenges – essential prerequisites for any senior career in public administration.

The MPA provides professionals with:

  1. a greater ability to assess the local relevance of national policies and global trends in diversity governance
  2. improved comparative analytical skills in understanding diversity governance contexts around the world
  3. enhanced capabilities in designing and delivering services which meet the needs of diverse societies
  4. advanced skills in dialogue facilitation and communication with people from different cultures;

Whilst also gaining a formal, accredited postgraduate qualification, the MPA offers the opportunity to broaden your professional networks and study alongside people in similar roles around the world. The course ultimately seeks to create a learning community, where ideas can be interchanged and debated amongst academic staff, alumni, and current students, lasting well beyond the timespan of the academic programme itself. 

The MPA is ideally suited for professionals looking to progress their careers in senior management where an ability to work effectively with the complexity of diverse communities is of paramount importance. The MPA equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to take up roles within a broad spectrum of organisations including international non-governmental organisations, national and local government agencies, supranational government organisations like the United Nations, regional communities such as the European Union or the Economic Community of West African States, local and national charities and, indeed, also academia – a number of our Centre’s alumni have gone on to join our team as PhD candidates.


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Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • 15 months part-time

  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Part time
  • Online learning
  • Blended - mix of online and classroom base


Contact Details:

Samima Hussain

+44 (0) 2477659059