Research course

Global Political Economy: transformations and policy analysis

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. OR an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research (MRes) in 'Global Political Economy: transformations and policy analysis' trains doctoral students who can assess the impacts of globalisation both in the short run and longer term using new international data sources and comparative methods.

On completion of this programme, students will:

  • Have a deepened and interdisciplinary understanding of social science discourses and methods for analysing global processes of change both generally and in specified policy areas.
  • Be knowledgeable of key contributions to thinking about social, economic and political aspects of the planet as an interdependent social system.
  • Have an understanding of how global and national policy processes interact.

The programme aims to equip students for careers as professional researchers in either academic or non-academic environments, by developing core research skills. Students will be encouraged to review and critically evaluate approaches to research and their application, and to identify and investigate their own original research questions.

This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). It is a collaborative, interdisciplinary programme, delivered by two universities (Bath and Bristol), building on the research strengths of each institution through the inclusion of collaborative units (delivered jointly by the two institutions).

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with the University of Bristol.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this programme, successful graduates could proceed onto an MPhil/PhD in one of several areas/departments, specifically:

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Education
  • School of Management
  • Department of Social & Policy Sciences

If applying for an MRes/PhD (the 1 + 3 programme) applicants should indicate on the Application Form, their preferred MPhil/PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil/PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Department specialisms

The Department currently groups academic research expertise into four Research Centres: Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP) Centre for Death & Society (CDAS) Centre for Development Studies (CDS) History of Technology Research Unit (HOTRU) These cover five major research themes: Children, Young People, Families Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Work and Welfare Global Transformations and Insecurity Governance and Policy Design

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of the four components). TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 38 6634