Civil Society and Public Affairs is one of the areas of specialization offered under the Applied Social Science MSc programme. This is one of the few masters' programmes that are relevant to today's world. Broadly speaking, the master's programme equips students with the skills to gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources; Identify, investigate, analyze, formulate and advocate solutions to problems; Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgment. It also provides you with the transferable social science research skills and discipline-specific expertise you need to better understand the complexities of society and the role of multiple organizations in governance systems.
Here are a few reasons that make masters in Civil Society and Public Affairs worth pursuing:
Carve a Niche for yourself
In the last thirty years, there has been an increasing attention by scholars and politicians to Civil Society and Public Affairs, this sector has received praises. However, it still remains rarely understood as much as it remains admired. Students who eventually graduate from this field can carve a niche for themselves in their career because there are not so much graduates with this degree neither would they have competition to deal with.
Through the coursework, masters’ students of policy analysis are equipped with transferable skill. For example, civil society and public affairs students in UWS Masters programmes in North Cyprus use communication and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information. Also, student work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organization and time management, progressing through the degree programme to become an independent learner. Organizations today are on the lookout for people with these skills.
The programme equips students for employment in a number of sectors in the public and private sectors including social research roles, advocacy, programme management, policy analysis, and evaluation (to name a few). The programme supports students to develop links with future employers. Students may also seek to undertake doctoral studies after completing the Masters' programme.
Skills gotten during the masters' programme can generate a source of income after retirement. This is done by working as a consultant for different organizations. Masters programmes like Civil Society and Public Affiars are designed to allow graduate become as independent as possible after graduation, such that they could work as an analyst of different companies instead of waiting at home for an official job.
Graduates find careers in various specialist roles particularly related to research, campaigning and advocacy across public, private, voluntary and charity sectors. Part-time students may already be working in roles related to the specialist study areas and use the MSc for career advancement.
This masters programme is among the University of the West of Scotland Master's programme offered in North Cyprus. In North Cyprus, the programme has given students a personalized learning experience because it reflects the needs of students - seeking a qualification suitable to access employment, and for those already pursuing such careers who seek to gain further personal development, and for those wishing to pursue academic or research-orientated careers. Be sure to contact the international office for information regarding admissions: Omur.Yilmaz@uws.ac.uk