Taught course

International Political Economy

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject; however, all serious applicants from other disciplines will be considered; a strong personal statement

Months of entry


Course content

What is power? And where does it lie? What is the relationship between politics and economics and how should we understand the relationship between states and markets? How will global capitalism, and the nexus of regulatory institutions within which it is embedded, transform social, political and economic relations in the 21st century? What is the future of the state, the market and civil society in this changing world?

International political economy (IPE) is a field of enquiry concerned with the distribution of power, wealth and agency in a rapidly changing and contested global context. With such a diverse range of interest, IPE encourages a plural and often eclectic approach to study. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the principal theoretical currents in IPE – like realism, liberalism and constructivism– as well as more critical approaches – such as Marxism, feminism and postcolonialism. You will be equipped to use these theories
to engage with a range of important issue areas in IPE, including finance, production, consumerism, and the environment.

Our MA in IPE is a truly global programme and often attracts students from all over the world. You’ll benefit from an engaging intellectual environment and ability to choose from a selection of cutting-edge options in trade, finance, development, and global governance. What’s more, our department boasts leading figures in the IPE discipline and we host regular high profile events run through our Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR).

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with a maximum of 6.0 or 6.5 in up to two categories, or equivalent score on another acceptable test (see Admissions for more information).

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees for 2018/19: £11,950
International students
Fees for 2018/19: £19,560

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)24761 50145