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.
We're ranked 8th overall for research performance in the latest Times Higher Education ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (2014)
Our staff advise governments and international organisations on a wide range of issues, and contribute to news media and current affairs programmes around the world
You'll study 180 credits in total. The course consists of:
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 inequality 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 choose four 20-credit option modules from a wide range of choices. Our choice of modules lets you develop expertise in the areas that you feel most passionate about.
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 (60 credits) on a topic of your choice.
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:
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
I enjoyed the excellent learning environment and thought-provoking debates with my peers and teachers.Marc, MA International Political Economy
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,440||£18,700|
|Part-time (2 years)
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You may incur some additional expenses for books, but these costs are optional as most of the texts you'll need are available in the University library. If the resources you need aren't available, you can borrow via inter-library loans and order new books to our library for free.
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We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.
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:
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent. We are willing to consider applicants with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. Additional information may be requested.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all requirements|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 100 in all other components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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