MA International Political Economy

Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our taught courses give you the grounding to make sense of a constantly changing political landscape.

Sheffield has reinvented the way politics is taught in UK universities. And our research has led to real change in the political system.

We're leading the debates on globalisation, governance, international development, international political economy and public engagement with politics. Our courses give you a strong foundation for a career in the public or private sector.

Sheffield has always been a very respectable first choice for ambitious students. Now we're taking it to the next level.

About the course

Globalisation is a major issue in international politics.

You'll examine the nature and direction of global change.

Your studies will focus on political and economic aspects, including thematic issues around hegemony, development, governance and cooperation.

IPE is one the department's biggest strengths. Leading academics teach on the course. And you’ll get the chance to work with the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

We offer extensive training in research methods. For your dissertation, you'll research and develop a hypothesis of your own. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Core modules

  • Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
  • Dissertation in International Political Economy

Plus on of the following modules:

  • The Political Economy of Globalisation
  • United States Hegemony
  • Global Governance
  • The Politics of International Law
  • The Governance and Politics of the European Union
  • Research Methods in Politics
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research

Optional modules

Choose two from a range including:

  • The Political Economy of Globalisation
  • The Politics of International Law
  • Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
  • Europeanisation
  • The Politics of Global Migration
  • Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (except the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You'll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA you must earn a total of 180 credits. All core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you'll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don't complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

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Ailin Martinez Alvarez, postgraduate in the Department of Politics

I would like to gain some work experience in the UK and the University has provided me with the tools to face the real world.

Ailin Martinez Alvarez, postgraduate in the Department of Politics

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

For all our courses you'll need a 2:1 honours degree, plus references from previous tutors. If you have different qualifications, we'll look at your application on its individual merits.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Our department

We work with the UK government Cabinet Office, central departments and House of Commons Select Committees. We also carry out research within Whitehall and Westminster. Our teaching is informed, policy-relevant and reflects current government debate.

You’ll be part of a close-knit community of 200 postgraduate students. It’s a cosmopolitan community of students from around the world. The Politics Society runs regular activities and events. You may also get involved with our Canvas e-journal.

Your career

Our graduates work for government and other public sector organisations, private sector companies, consultancies and think-tanks.

They're directors, private secretaries, managers, political advisers, barristers, parliamentary clerks, senior civil servants and administrators.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 1642