Global Diversity Governance MPA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

AHT036

Study options:

15 months part-time (blended/distance learning)

Location:

Location-independent with optional face-to-face sessions

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

Dr Heather Baggaley
Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 247 765 9059


study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Diversity is a defining characteristic of our time, affecting every element of our society, from politics and press to education and the economy. In our globally connected world, the need to understand the impact and dynamics of diversity in local areas is more important now than ever before.

The MPA (Master of Public Administration) Global Diversity Governance is an international master’s programme for public, private and voluntary sector professionals looking to deepen their knowledge and further their career. We provide the skills, expertise and global perspectives to allow you to successfully manage cultural diversity and create lasting, positive change in your own communities and organisations.

“The MPA offers a powerful and pioneering programme of study that prepares professionals from across the world to confront one of the prime responsibilities of our time: the successful governance of diversity.”

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE, Executive Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Qualifications available:

Master of Public Administration Global Diversity Governance (16 months Fast-Track APEL*).*Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process by which Coventry University awards credits towards a qualification based on a student’s prior learning and experience in, for example, their career, previous qualifications and other, relevant life experience. For this course, Coventry University is able to award a third of the credits of the qualification based on a student’s reflection on the outcomes of their prior experience and learning, providing a fast-track option and an opportunity to complete a master’s degree in 16 months rather than 2 years. For more information on our APEL route or this course, contact our team on study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk or speak to Heather, our Postgraduate Programmes Manager, on  +44 (0) 2477659059.

What our students say...

Today we see so much hatred, so much fear in society and this course addresses those really important, fundamental issues in helping to how people can live together in a better world. 

Gulwali Passarlay, International activist, refugee and author of ‘The Lightless Sky’ (Alumnus)

Course information

Diversity is a defining characteristic of our time, affecting every element of our society, from politics and press to education and the economy. In our globally connected world, the need to understand the impact and dynamics of diversity in local areas is more important now than ever before.

The MPA (Master of Public Administration) Global Diversity Governance is an international master’s programme for public, private and voluntary sector professionals looking to deepen their knowledge and further their career. We provide the skills, expertise and global perspectives to allow you to successfully manage cultural diversity and create lasting, positive change in your own communities and organisations.

“The MPA brings together leading expertise from across multiple disciplines, with both scholarship and grassroots experience spanning the globe – a unique opportunity to learn about diversity from a truly diverse array of perspective and approaches.”

Dr Serena Hussain, Associate Professor, MPA Global Diversity Governance

The MPA brings together experienced, mid- and senior-career professionals from different countries and regions to learn from leading experts and active researchers from across the social and political sciences. Together you will have the opportunity to study the fundamental concepts, theories, and frameworks which underpin the study of diversity and the policies, laws, tools and interventions which support its governance around the world.

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, aiming to provide 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.

We believe that the MPA offers professionals an unparalleled opportunity to build 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 is delivered through blended learning – a mix of face-to-face and distance learning allowing professionals to study flexibly around work and personal commitments. Further, one-third of the credits for the course may be awarded based on what you have already achieved in your career and professional life, through our APEL fast-track route. See below for more details.

Qualifications available:

Master of Public Administration Global Diversity Governance (16 months, fast-track through APEL).

What is an MPA?

An MPA or Master of Public Administration is a master’s degree for anyone working in public service, from government officers and charity leaders to those working in corporate social responsibility. Rather than being restricted to one academic discipline, an MPA draws on a range of different disciplines and fields in order to help equip professionals with a broader set of knowledge and skills relevant to their careers. Our MPA is focused on diversity and its management and governance and draws upon fields such as sociology, political science, psychology, geography, economics, migration studies, theology, social policy, communication studies and cultural studies. It is particularly relevant to those working in any community-facing role or leaders in social and public policy areas such as migration, development, social relations, faith, equality, diversity and inclusion, diplomacy, security and policing.

MPAs are a common feature of the CVs of government and charity leaders around the world, including, for example, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Our programme has been taken by diplomats, government officials, corporate diversity and inclusion leaders, NGO leaders, peacebuilders, activists, senior police officers, international consultants and more. We believe this course to be an impressive and versatile qualification, relevant to a wide range of careers and interests and focused on strengthening the work of those committed to public service in any form.

“The MPA offers a powerful and pioneering programme of study that prepares professionals from across the world to confront one of the prime responsibilities of our time: the successful governance of diversity.”

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE, Executive Director Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Your programme of study combines 4 core modules and a dissertation:

Modules

  • Key Concepts in Global Diversity Governance

    This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the ideas, perspectives, frameworks and theories which underpin the governance of diversity, requiring the critical analysis of these in relation to a range of global challenges and issues faced today including violent extremism, prejudice, human rights, minority rights, race, religion, ethnicity, migration, resource allocation, and many others. Aiming to empower students to engage effectively and critically in their professional lives and respective contexts to the challenges relating to diversity governance, the structure of the module covers seminal theoretical considerations, and frameworks at local, national and international levels.

  • Intercultural Dialogue in Practice

    The role of Intercultural Dialogue has risen to prominence over the last decade with many actors, from United Nations agencies to local peacebuilding charities, increasingly seeing it as an important tool in bringing people together and resolving tension and misunderstanding between groups in society. In practice, however, leading dialogue between people of markedly different cultural backgrounds and world views can be a daunting feat and dialogue that is not led effectively and sensitively has the potential to make relations between people worse not better. The aim of this module is to enable students to understand and critically engage with the role of this central tool in diversity governance and to equip them with an understanding and set of tools that allow them to lead dialogue sessions effectively and successfully.

  • Global Diversity Governance in Context

    This module provides students an opportunity to understand the implications for society of the challenges of cultural diversity and difference. Through an examination of prominent case studies, taken from 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-life situations where the challenges of diversity and co-existence are seen most vividly. The module aims to demonstrate the different roles, dynamics and interventions of governments, businesses, civil society and other actors in the challenges arising from cultural diversity and the way in which diversity, difference and their challenges reach every element of society.

  • Key Approaches to Global Diversity Governance

    This module introduces students to the main approaches that are in place to deal with diversity related problems, such as positive discrimination, multiculturalism, super diversity approaches, interculturalism, civic nationalism and egalitarianism. This gives students the opportunity to use the concepts and problems about diversity already learned, encouraging them to develop analytical problem solving skills.

  • Dissertation

    The final stage in your Masters qualification is the CTPSR Dissertation. Supported by a subject expert, you will design and undertake a piece of academic research, from developing your proposal through to presenting your findings. Students can choose a topic of interest to them or relevant to their work whilst developing research skills for use in their career or further study. Some use the experience to prepare for a future PhD or research position.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • An international network of professionals. Access to a network of practitioners working in roles related to diverse, peace and conflict, as well as the large team of researchers and practitioners working in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations.
  • A distinctive, international course led by world-leading experts. A pioneering programme of study delivered by active international researchers. Our courses are global, from the content of the programme and the staff leading them, to the diverse backgrounds of our participants.
  • Complete an MA in 16 months with accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The course is only for those with 5 years+ working experience. One-third of the credits of the MPA may be awarded in recognition of what you’ve already achieved, through our fast-track APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) route. This means that our MPA takes 16 months rather than 2 years to complete, part-time.
  • Study wherever you are, whilst working. We provide the flexibility of studying online and through short residential workshops where you can meet, network and learn with peers in a diverse range of roles around the world. Often the biggest barrier to taking a Master’s degree is balancing it with your employment – our blended-learning, part-time courses are designed for busy professionals, allowing you to work and study.
  • Inspired by our city. Our courses are founded in and inspired by the heritage of Coventry, the UK’s City of Peace and Reconciliation. Further, our courses are developed by Coventry University, ranked 15th in the Guardian’s University Guide (2020) and Times Modern University of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Practice-focused. A blend of academic knowledge and practical skills ensures that our courses provide the opportunity for you to enhance your practice and further your career.

Starting in September each year our courses are designed to be studied by ‘blended learning’ – a mixture of distance and face-to-face study.

You have the opportunity to access a range of support, services and guidance throughout your studies to help you get the most out of your programme.

Students are provided with a range of  free pre-enrolment materials to better prepare them for their studies. Online modules are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle) to facilitate communication 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.

Extensive coursework feedback and support from the programme team will be provided. CTPSR has a team of PGT (Postgraduate Teaching) Ambassadors who can provide pastoral and academic skills support. For those writing a dissertation, a supervisor will be allocated who has appropriate knowledge, experience and expertise in your chosen topic of study.

At each stage of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend a short residential workshop to deliver the core learning of one module. These workshops are covered in the course fees. At the start of your study, our first workshop provides the core learning on the Intercultural Dialogue in Practice module.

Our second, research design workshop is provided to prepare students for their dissertation.

Whilst not mandatory, attendance at the workshops is strongly advised as they provide a chance to hone your practical skills, network with professionals from across our postgraduate courses and meet our wider Centre team including leading academics, our PhD community and alumni network. These workshops are covered in the course fees (an accommodation bursary is provided for those attending each workshop, however students are required to pay their own travel expenses).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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.

What our students say...

This is a unique and powerful course, fostering dialogue for a better future. It’s very helpful for mid-career professionals, allowing them to work and study and further their careers.

Vasif Eyvazzade, Head of International Relations Department, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Azerbaijan (Alumnus)

Entry Requirements

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for the MPA Global Diversity Governance are as follows:

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

For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. 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. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

The course only accepts students through the AP(E)L route. To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant 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. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

 

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly in relation to Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).5


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

 

Portfolio

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 16 months either by blended learning or distance learning. Please refer to the admissions criteria below and contact the Postgraduate Programme Manager for further information. 

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for the MPA Global Diversity Governance are as follows:

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

For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. 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. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

The course only accepts students through the AP(E)L route. To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant 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. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

 

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly in relation to Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).5


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Portfolio

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 16 months either by blended learning or distance learning. Please refer to the admissions criteria below and contact the Postgraduate Programme Manager for further information. 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for the MPA Global Diversity Governance are as follows:

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

For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. 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. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

The course only accepts students through the AP(E)L route. To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant 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. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

 

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly in relation to Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).5


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

 

Portfolio

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 16 months either by blended learning or distance learning. Please refer to the admissions criteria below and contact the Postgraduate Programme Manager for further information. 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,900 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,900 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,900 (per year)


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 in Global Diversity Governance 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 aims to provide professionals with:

  • a greater ability to assess the local relevance of national policies and global trends in diversity governance
  • improved comparative analytical skills in understanding diversity governance contexts around the world
  • enhanced capabilities in designing and delivering services which meet the needs of diverse societies
  • 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 aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to take up roles within a broad spectrum of organisations, which could include roles in 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.

What our students say...

This is a unique and powerful course, fostering dialogue for a better future. It’s very helpful for mid-career professionals, allowing them to work and study and further their careers.

Vasif Eyvazzade, Head of International Relations Department, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Azerbaijan (Alumnus)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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