MA Global Political Economy

Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our new and improved courses give you the chance to learn from the very latest world-leading research into politics.

It’s one of the leading departments for research — but it’s also a very happy place, and you’ll love the experience of studying here.

Winfred Syombua, Student in the Department of Politics

About the course

Ailin Martinez Alvarez, MA Global Politics and LawCourse description

Through this new programme you’ll engage with the pressing issues of the global political economy after a rollercoaster start to the twenty-first century.

Drawing on our academics’ skills in a diverse range of disciplinary approaches to the issues, we give you a chance to explore issues including capitalist crisis, environmental degradation, mass migration, and global inequality.

This new-look masters course offers two semesters of teaching when you’ll benefit from the knowledge and insight of our outstanding academics. We are introducing new, innovative methods of teaching and assessment that will both deepen your academic learning, and give you extra transferable skills for your career.

Core modules

  • Approaches to Political Economy
  • Understanding Politics
  • Dissertation in Global Political Economy

Optional modules

  • Business, Labour and Migration
  • Capitalism and Crisis
  • Development and the State
  • Political Economy of Global Environmental Change
  • The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality
  • One option module chosen from another course


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation
  • Learning log

Course duration

  • 1 year full time
  • 2 years part time

Part-time study involves the same number of credits and learning hours spread over two academic years.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential will also be encouraged to apply.

English Language requirements

This course requires an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other components.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

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Dr Alasdair Cochrane

Our new 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

Apply now

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

You'll need to submit a personal statement (at least 300 words) and two academic references.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

Sue Kelk

T: +44 (0)114 222 1642


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