At the heart of this course are passionate discussions on contemporary issues such as international development, global financial regulation and the organisation of production and trade.
Our expertise in the field of international political economy spans the full breadth of the discipline - from classic thinkers to debates over contemporary trade policy and trans-national financial regulation. You'll also be encouraged to look beyond your discipline, with option modules delivered by departments across the university to give you a fresh, interdisciplinary perspective on the issues you'll face.
By standing on the shoulders of history's intellectual giants, including Karl Marx and Adam Smith, you'll find new ways of exploring ideas and gain a deeper understanding of today's most pressing issues.
The Department of Politics ranked 8th overall in the UK in Times Higher Education's ranking of the the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes.
You'll take 180 credits overall, made up of core and option modules which culminate in an independent research dissertation.
Our modules cover a wide range of topics, from policy-making to public finances, and international trade to migration. You'll learn about the different approaches to the study of international political economy, from traditional state-centred models focusing on competition over resources to works that encourage critical reflection on these approaches and why global poverty and inequaliry persists.
Taught modules will run throughout the Autumn and Spring terms, with one core and two option modules each term. You'll complete your dissertation during the Summer term and vacation, supported by dissertation workshops in the early stages of writing.
You'll study two core modules:
You'll also choose four option modules to develop your particular research interests. Recent modules have included:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
During the summer term and vacation you'll consolidate your interests in a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. The dissertation is worth 60 credits.
Regular meetings with your assigned dissertation adviser will help guide you through the dissertation process, and support you in the exploration of your chosen topic. You'll also have the opportunity to present your dissertation at our research seminar presentation workshops.
Previous dissertation titles have included:
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I enjoyed the excellent learning environment and thought-provoking debates with my peers and teachers.Marc, MA International Political Economy
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You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision, with much of your teaching conducted in small groups. The number of contact hours varies depending on your chosen option modules, but most modules are delivered via one two-hour seminar per week. Contact hours should be supplemented by eight to ten hours of independent study per module per week.
The Department of Politics is located in Derwent College, on Campus West. Most teaching takes place in Derwent College seminar rooms and in other locations across Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll submit six essays of around 4,000 words: three at the beginning of Spring term and three at the beginning of Summer term. Your final 12,000 word dissertation will be submitted at the beginning of September.
The skills you'll acquire through the study of international political economy will leave you well prepared for further study or work in a wide range of sectors, from social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in a large variety of sectors and organisations including:
Applicants should have, or be expected to obtain, a 2:1 BA degree or international equivalent. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability:
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