MA in Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice


Program Description

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Programme, which is supported by Sky, aims to facilitate international cooperation to address urgent national and transnational challenges, including:

  • Environmental law, with particular reference on the impact on women and children;
  • Human rights and international criminal law;
  • Children’s rights and protecting children online, and
  • Terrorism, radicalisation and cybersecurity.

In partnership with Sky, this graduate scholarship initiative will develop the next generation of outstanding, forward-looking and real-world focused leaders in legal scholarship, activism and practice.

If you are accepted onto this master’s programme, you will receive a scholarship which covers the full tuition fee as well as a stipend of c.£15,000 to contribute towards your living costs.

Scholars will demonstrate academic excellence alongside a creative, action-oriented approach to collaboration and partnership working. They will follow a one-year (12 months) Master of Arts degree in Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice. The degree programme is based on experiential learning and includes a research project placement. In addition, Scholars will benefit from a range of additional activities, including mentorship, guest speakers, visits and media training.

Why Global Challenges at Swansea?

As a postgraduate student at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, you will be part of a globally recognised law school, with a thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, and offering an exceptional student experience.

The School has an international reputation for research, education and experiential learning that equips students, staff and partners with the skills and experiences to understand the changing legal landscape, and to confront societal challenges.

The School’s productive international collaborations with academic, commercial and public sector organisations support its ambition to be at the forefront of education in law and criminology, recognised as much for its capacity to influence policy and debate as for the quality of the education it provides.

In addition to leading experts in human rights, environmental law, international criminal justice, and commercial law, the School is home to:

  • The Observatory on Human Rights of Children, which works to embed children’s human rights at every stage of decision-making on matters that affect them. The Observatory’s research influenced Wales’ child rights laws, which have gained international recognition;
  • The Cyber Threats Research Centre, which leads the UK in research into terrorist use of social media. Through the law school, Swansea is the only UK university to be part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism research network and is the only UK member of Europol’s steering committee on online terrorist propaganda;
  • The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, the largest specialist research centre of its kind in Europe.

Your Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice Experience

Scholars will demonstrate academic excellence alongside a creative, action-oriented approach to collaboration and partnership working. They will follow a one-year master’s degree in Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice that will equip them with:

  • Strong awareness of contemporary global challenges in a rights-based framework;
  • An understanding of the role of law and policy in addressing national and transnational challenges;
  • The skills to undertake effective research, and develop creative practical solutions, and
  • Experience of advocating and engaging with stakeholders to facilitate law and policy reform.

Alongside their degree programme, scholars will benefit from a complementary range of additional activities, designed to further develop their skills and experience, and enhance their employability.

These will include mentorship by researchers and practitioners, bespoke media training, a series of workshops and seminars delivered by leading experts, and opportunities to visit relevant international institutions.

Employment Opportunities

The programme is designed to significantly enhance the employability of students, enabling them to develop skills that will equip them for work across a range of sectors. The programme will support the development and ambitions of students intending to continue or undertake a career in:

  • The public sector, including government at all levels: global challenges are a key responsibility of government. Graduates will gain the knowledge and skills applicable to law and policy development, programmatic action, the conduct of government through regulation and budgeting, and the arrangement and provision of public services. Potential careers include civil service, regional, national and sub-national government, local authorities and other public bodies, and political and policy advice work.
  • International and regional institutions: international and regional institutions are seeking to support, monitor and influence state policy and social arrangements in relation to areas of global challenge. Graduates will gain knowledge and skills applicable to advocacy in these areas, as well as the technical arrangement of, for example, state programmes. Potential careers include the United Nations, Council of Europe, and other regional institutions.
  • The private sector: global challenges are increasingly the concern of the private sector in the realm of socially responsible capitalism. Major international organisations such as the World Bank are placing human rights and climate change at the centre of their business. Graduates will gain knowledge and skills applicable to the human rights concerns of business globally and at a state or sub-state level. Potential careers include global business; the business sector (from large scale business such as the banking sector to smaller concerns seeking to appeal to ethical consumers).
  • The NGO sector: non-governmental agencies are well-established stakeholders in addressing global challenges. Policy advocacy and lobbying, campaigns, and on the ground intervention are all facets of the NGO sector globally, nationally and locally. Graduates will be equipped with knowledge and skills applicable to the breadth of work undertaken by the NGO sector in addressing global challenges. Potential careers include international NGOs (e.g. UNICEF and Greenpeace); national or local NGOs.
  • Research and academia: research on global challenges is a major concern, and is likely to increase in significance for funding priorities. Graduates will have well-developed research skills. In addition to the potential to continue to study at the PhD level, graduates will gain knowledge and skills applicable to teaching and research in the field. Potential careers include: policy ‘think- tanks’; and, HEIs.

Careers and Employability

Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Employability at the School of Law

The School of Law takes a proactive approach to enhance graduate employability, with a dedicated Employability and Placements Officer. The School offers a range of local, national and international work placements, professional courses, advice and support to help you develop the skills required to achieve your ambitions.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent t ... Read More

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Read less