Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject. Relevant degrees include political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, and area studies. A degree in the social sciences or humanities does not constitute a strict requirement and applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be given due consideration. Relevant work and voluntary experience will also be considered, particularly in cases where candidates fall short of the academic requirement

Months of entry


Course content

Fundamental questions are being raised as to the ability of the global political economy to cope successfully with an everincreasing number of challenges such as climate change, financial instability, food crises, energy, security, and the rise of new economic powers. This MA is uniquely placed to analyse the impact of these contemporary transformations.

You examine the historical emergence of the global political economy, contemporary transformations such as globalisation and environmental challenges, the changing nature of global governance, and the implications of the current economic crisis for the nature of the capitalist system and the global distribution of wealth and power.

Sussex is one of the leading UK centres for research in global political economy. Our Centre for Global Political Economy provides a unique forum for original interdisciplinary research on global politico-economic change.

Academic activities

On many of our MA courses, you are encouraged to participate in:

  • visiting practitioner and lecturer workshops on specific topics
  • our New Security Challenges lecture series involving high-profile practitioners, policymakers and analysts


Contemporary Theories in Global Political Economy is assessed by unseen examinations. The Global Political Economy module is assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. Each spring-term option is generally assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. You also submit a 10,000-word dissertation.

Research placements

A research placement allows you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules are subject to change.

Autumn term: Contemporary Theories in Global Political Economy • Global Political Economy.

Spring term: you choose two from East Asia in the International System • Foreign Policy Analysis • Governing Global Capitalism • Human Rights in International Relations • Irregular Warfare • Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction • Queer International Relations • Reading Foucault in IR • Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations • Rethinking Imperialism • Russian Foreign and Security Policy • Science, Technology and War • Terror, Security and the State • The Global Politics of Disease and Biosecurity • The Middle East in Global Order • The Political Economy of Development • The Political Economy of Global Finance • The Political Economy of the Environment.

You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

Summer term: you carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/global-studies/global-political-economy-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

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