Taught course

Political Economy

University of Essex · Department of Government

Entry requirements

A degree with an overall high 2:2.

Months of entry


Course content

Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. If you are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, then you will profit from our course.

At Essex, we are primarily interested in the study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables. Our MRes/MSc/MA Political Economy covers all aspects of modern political economy, including:

  • Micro and macroeconomics
  • The quality of governance
  • Monetary policy choices
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Environmental policies
  • Market failure

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Our Department of Economics is top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719