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.
Plus on of the following modules:
Choose two from a range including:
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.
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.
Fees and funding
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.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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