Taught course

International Political Economy

The University of Manchester · Politics

Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Months of entry


Course content

International Political Economy (IPE), or some prefer Global Political Economy, is a vibrant and rapidly growing field of study. It has always been concerned with the connections between politics and economics, the national and the global, under conditions of globalisation.

More recently, IPE has become an especially productive field for critical social science research into such pressing global issues as world poverty, inequality, gender relations, economic crises, and the environment.

The MA in International Political Economy course at Manchester reflects the research interests and strengths of our IPE specialists in the politics discipline area, and focuses on introducing students to a broad range of orthodox and critical theories, and to the politics of globalisation today, through two compulsory course units.

You can then take a range of optional units that examine specific issues relating to:

  • Global governance;
  • Development and inequality;
  • Gender;
  • Environmental politics;
  • Global production and work;
  • Finance (or financialisation);
  • Capitalist diversity;
  • Ideology (including neoliberalism);
  • Economic crisis and;
  • The politics of resistance and revolt.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
0161 275 1296