Taught course

International Political Economy

Institution
University of Birmingham · School of Government and Society
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA in International Political Economy explores the origins, structures and politics of the global economic order. It examines the historical development of global capitalism as well as a range of contemporary issues related to globalisation and neoliberalism.

This course is for students from all over the world who are interested in the problems, challenges and opportunities presented by global capitalism, and for those wanting to gain an advanced knowledge of the theories and practice of international political economy from a range of different disciplinary and empirical perspectives. The programme is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political and economic issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

You will follow a flexible programme with a wide choice of modules. You take two core modules in Globalisation and Governance and International Political Economy that provides you with a foundation for thinking about the subject. You then design the rest of the programme around your own interests by selecting four modules from a wide range of options. The flexibility of this programme is ideal for those with a broad range of interests in political economy or for those who want to construct a curriculum around a particular area of interest.

As a postgraduate student in POLSIS you will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events. You will be welcomed as a member of the International Political Economy research group. This group includes members of academic staff and postgraduate research students who meet regularly to discuss their own research, recent publications and to organise research events including inviting visiting speakers.

Key issues and questions examined include:

  • The theoretical foundations of International Political Economy (IPE)
  • The history of global capitalism
  • Changes to the global political and economic order
  • A range of issues central to the study of contemporary IPE, including international economic organisations and regimes
  • Development
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Gender
  • Environmental sustainability
Who is the programme for

The degree will be of interest and benefit to those who are interested in careers in law, journalism, international agencies and NGOs, international development, and diplomacy, as well as those interested in undertaking doctoral work in international relations or international political economy. In all cases, students are encouraged to work closely with staff in a supportive and intellectually-committed environment.

Why study this course
  • Choose from an extensive range of optional modules
  • Study in a supportive environment with research-active international political economists
  • Be a part of the International Political Economy research group
  • Participate in a range of intellectual and social events alongside your programme

Information for international students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:


IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,500
International students
£21,160

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
PG Admissions
Email
pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk