The origins, structure and politics of the contemporary global market economy are at the heart of the study of International Political Economy. The global political and economic order is ever-changing under such influences as development, inequality, environmental change and the global economic crisis and recovery.
This programme covers the theoretical foundations of International Political Economy, including the origins, structure and politics of the contemporary global market economy. It also explores changes to the global political and economic order, and a range of issues that are central to the study of contemporary International Political Economy.
For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This programme is for students from all over the world who are interested in the problems, challenges and opportunities presented by globalisation, and for students wanting to gain an advanced knowledge of the theories and practice of international political economy, from a range of different disciplinary and empirical perspectives.
This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules. This degree comprises the following modules:
40 credits - Globalisation and Governance
60 credits - Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)
You´ll take at least 40 credits from the optional modules A list. These are modules that we believe best fit this degree. We recommend that you also take some or all of your remaining credits from this list.
40 credits from the following:
40 credits - International Relations Theory
40 credits - International Political Economy
We also offer you the opportunity to choose from our much longer list of Optional Modules B.
Optional Modules B (up to 40 credits from the following)
40 credits - Asia Pacific Security
20 credits - Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping
20 credits - Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
20 credits - Diplomacy and Statecraft
40 credits - Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century
20 credits - Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
20 credits - Gender and Global Governance
20 credits - The Geopolitical Economy of Energy
20 credits - Global Environmental Governance
20 credits - Global Ethics 1
20 credits - Global Ethics 2
20 credits - The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
20 credits - Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
20 credits - Power in Global Politics
20 credits - Rising Powers and Global Order
40 credits - Security Studies
20 credits - Sex, Death, Gender and (in) Security
20 credits - Social Theory and Critique: Contested Knowledge
20 credits - Social Theory: From Marxism to Post Marxism
20 credits - Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
20 credits - Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
40 credits - US and Foreign Defence Policy
20 credits - Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits - Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.
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