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The MA Global Political Economy explores how the distribution of economic resources is subject to multiple and often competing political pressures, and how the effects of these pressures are experienced differently throughout the world. It is clear that the political economy has to be understood in global terms, and our academics are redefining the discipline by bringing together ideas, approaches and methods from a diverse range of disciplines to critically analyse emergent issues and problems.

The MA in Global Political Economy explores how we produce, exchange and distribute goods and services that sustain our lives, and questions the ideas and decisions that shape those processes. It is suited for those who are interested in envisioning and actively designing sustainable solutions to the major socio-economic and political problems of our time.


On this degree you will apply innovative ways of thinking to contemporary policy problems, developing critical insights on issues such as unstable capitalism, inequalities and poverty, migration, environmental degradation and climate change, rapid technological change, and emergent new powers. In doing so, you will acquire an understanding of the interplay of economy, polity, society and culture. You will also develop a detailed appreciation of the interplay between actors and structures at different levels of the global system: from the grass-roots and local levels, through community to the nation state, to the global system and its institutions.

The core themes covered in this programme are:

  • Globalisation
  • Poverty
  • Capitalism and crisis
  • Sustainable development
  • Governance

Other course information 

  • Standard duration is one year full-time
  • Can be studied part-time over two years
  • Find the tuition fee for this course here
  • Comprises a mixture of course-specific modules and optional modules
  • Culminates with a Dissertation in Global Political Economy

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.


On the MA Global Political Economy, you will study two core modules:

You will have a choice of two modules:

Your studies will culminate with your postgraduate dissertation:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Global and Career Experience

The Faculty of Social Sciences (of which the Department of Politics is a member) has many exciting opportunities specifically for postgraduate students to develop their careers and gain valuable global experience.

Postgraduate Advantage Scheme

This provides internship bursaries for postgraduate students to gain graduate-level work experience whilst studying. Through this scheme, our students have engaged with over one hundred community organisations, charities and small-medium enterprises, with internships taking place around the world, from Sheffield to South Africa.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Advantage Scheme

Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS)

This exciting programme provides you with unique opportunities to understand your course in an international context, to actively engage with international policymakers, stakeholders and partners, and to become involved in the international research undertaken within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Find out more about GLOSS

Global Leadership Initiative

This gives you the chance to attend major international summits taking place during the academic year. You will have the opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level, to attend press conferences and produce outputs visible to an international audience, thereby enhancing your research skills and employability.

Find out more about the Global Leadership Initiative

Entry Requirements

We are looking for inquiring students who have a strong academic track record and will enthusiastically take part in our research community.

Academic Qualifications
  • We require a good degree (first-class or strong 2:1 honours degree) in a relevant social science, arts and humanities or related subject.
  • We require equivalent attainment in an overseas qualification.
English Language
  • We require a good standard of English so you can fully take part in our course.
  • If you speak English as a second language, the requirements for IELTS are 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.
  • You can find out more here.
Application Requirements
  • You will submit a good personal statement (at least 300 words) and receive two good academic references.

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