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International Political Economy

Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

Explore the economy through a political lens and question the ideas and decisions that shape it. On our International Political Economy MA (formerly Global Political Economy) you'll take part in cutting-edge research on how to achieve more equal and sustainable societies.
Postgraduate politics student, Winfred Syombua holding a book

Course description

Contemporary capitalism is fraught by growing inequalities, environmental degradation, and technological change. These challenges are not the result of economic laws of motion, but rather of human activity. Only by viewing the economy through a political lens we can start to understand and tackle them. On this degree you will engage in fresh thinking and cutting-edge research on how contemporary economies work – and how to achieve more equal and sustainable societies.

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Core modules

  • Approaches to Political Economy
  • Understanding Politics
  • Research and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation in Global Political Economy

Core module descriptions

Optional modules

A range, including:

  • Capitalism and Crisis
  • Development and the State
  • Political Economy of Global Environmental Change
  • The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality

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

Entry requirements

We’re looking for outstanding and enthusiastic students for our courses.

You can apply to us with a good degree (first-class or strong 2:1 honours degree) in a relevant social science, arts and humanities, or related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Dr Alasdair Cochrane

Our masters courses are so exciting because you’ll have the opportunity to develop a genuine specialism in your area of study. As researchers it’s a real pleasure to share your latest work—in my case, on the political theory of animal rights—with students who are eager to learn and challenge!

Dr Alasdair Cochrane
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.