PhD Local Government Studies
by Distance Learning
How long it takes:
Full Time and Part Time
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
The core research skills elements of the year 1 taught programme are delivered by staff across the entire College of Social Sciences, many of whom are engaged in cutting-edge research in their own fields. You will take subject/discipline specific modules taught by staff from the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and other cognate departments.
Course requirements in Year 1 are:
1) Four core modules delivered by the MA Social Research programme:
- Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
- Research Design (20 credits)
- Social Research Methods I (20 credits)
- Social Research Methods II (20 credits)
2) Optional modules totalling 40 credits:
Either Community Governance and Leadership or Public Management and Governance (each 20 credits), both delivered by INLOGOV
Either one of the following 20 credit modules delivered by INLOGOV (Outcomes, Performance and Resources; Collaborative Strategy; Comparative Local Government; or Participation and Democracy – subject to availability) or one 20 or two 10 credit modules from the MA Social Research programme.
Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.
Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.
This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
- Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
- Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
- Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs
Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21
MSc: Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300
Tuition fees for International students 2020/21
MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
he training enables graduates to develop advanced skills in designing and conducting research, in ways that are applicable to a variety of careers in academia, business, government and non-profit organisations.
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.