Political Economy of the Middle East




Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Explore the main theoretical assumptions, methods and research areas of the Political Economy of the Middle East as a discipline. Intellectual and practical skills are developed through core and optional modules which include the study of political economy theory, trade, globalization and business, the politics of development, economic ties with the EU, US and Asia, and welfare studies.

  • As an interdisciplinary programme the MA enables students to study the political economy of the Middle East from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Middle East & Mediterranean Studies staff are ranked in departments that are amongst the top four in the country according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Vibrant research community, designated as a Centre of Excellence in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies.
Student destinations
We expect students to go on to research in the Department of Middle East & Mediterranean Studies or another department; others may go into teaching, journalism, or the financial sector, diplomatic service and NGOs.
Programme leader/s
Dr Ashraf Mishrif (Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies programme)
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, September to September.
Strand Campus.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
Closing date
The deadline for applications is 11 September 2015 for 2015 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications are now closed to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Not set number.
PT Home: £5,010 (2015) Please note that this fee is for year 1 only of this two-year part-time degree. Fees for 2016/17 may rise.
PT Overseas: £8,625 (2015) Please note that this fee is for year 1 only of this two-year part-time degree. Fees for 2016/17 may rise.
FT Home: £10,020 (2015)
FT Overseas: £17,250 (2015)
Contact information
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7429
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Email Website

The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International relations, economics, politics, international political economy and Middle Eastern studies. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.

The MA in Political Economy of the Middle East attracts a cosmopolitan mix of students from around the world who value the academic, social, economic and cultural appeal of one of Europe's most dynamic cities. The MA is taught by experienced research-active staff with a passion for knowledge and critical thought, and may be able to draw upon the expertise of academics from several leading departments such as European & International Studies. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the political systems and regimes and their approaches to economic development, as well as equipping them with the relevant intellectual tools for postgraduate studies in the political economy, politics and economics of the Middle East and North Africa region.


The programme offers an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in the political economy of the region through a range of interdisciplinary approaches on the core module (political economy of the Middle East, theory and practice) and then chooses from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to the politics and economics of the Middle East (political economy, economic relations, trade policies, globalization and business, politics of development, and welfare).

Core programme content
  • Political Economy of the Middle East: Theories and Practice
  • Dissertation.

Indicative non-core content
Indicative non-core content
  • Globalization and business in the Middle East
  • Foreign trade in the Middle East
  • The politics of business in contemporary Middle East
  • European Union and the Middle East: economics, politics and peace
  • US police in the Middle EastTurkey and the Middle East
  • Political Economy of the Welfare State
  • Critical Political Economy
  • The political economy of China and East Asia
  • State Builders, Revolutionaries and Reactionaries: Makers of the Contemporary Middle East.

120 credits from taught modules assessed by essay; 60 credits from individual dissertation supervised by staff member.

General entry advice

Minimum UK undergraduate honours degree with 2:1 classification (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as economics, political economy, economic history, history, politics, international relations or languages.

Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.


Students may be invited to attend an interview, either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer during busy periods.


In their application students should outline a likely dissertation topic, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. In the personal statement applicants should explain fully their motivation for applying to the MA in Political Economy of the Middle East here at King's, and how they believe it will contribute to their own intellectual and professional development.

Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries, self-funded, as well as AHRC funding.

Related programme student profile

Middle East & Mediterranean Studies MA
After I finished my BA Religion in the Contemporary World degree at King’s, I continued to study the MA in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies (MEMS) at King’s. The main reason I wanted to continue to study here was the excellent quality of teaching. Having travelled in the MEMS area including Palestine, Iran, and Morocco, I have become increasingly interested in the complexities of inter- and intra-cultural mediation both within and across regions and religions. The MA Middle East and Mediterranean Studies offered the possibility to understand better historical, political and economic developments in that area as well as cultural, intellectual and artistic trends in the region.

Another important reason why I chose King’s is its excellent academic reputation worldwide. I also appreciate the location at centre of one of the world’s capital cities, London. My studies include cultural studies, international relations, sociological and anthropological study of religion, politics, and conflict resolution with specific reference to the Middle East and wider Mediterranean. I have been looking into the evolving forms of political Islam, specifically in Turkey and Egypt.

In addition to governmental policies and ‘high politics’, I aim to include the lived experience of the people under discussion; how politics, religion, sectarianism etc. are actually experienced and lived in the everyday life of the people in the region. Whatever direction my research will take, I wish to be able to contribute to more nuanced and accurate understanding of the Middle East and Mediterranean, and of those people inhabiting the region. Middle East and Mediterranean Studies is its own centre of research, but it is also part of the Theology and Religious Studies department.

Throughout my BA degree and now, the staff in the department have been so helpful and supporting both academically and otherwise. Dr Carool Kersten, a senior lecturer in the study of Islam and the Muslim world, increased my interest in Islam and introduced me to the many faces of political Islam. Dr Kersten was also my personal tutor, encouraging me to apply to Masters program dealing with the Middle East.

Dr Charis Boutieri, a lecturer in the social anthropology of the Middle East, has introduced me to the most challenging yet inspiring academic topics concerning political anthropology, national politics, and power, knowledge production and dissemination in the region. In addition to the quality of teaching and its reputation, King’s offers opportunities to socialise and enhance one’s work and learning experience in many ways.

King’s College London Student Union (KCLSU) offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities - I belong to KCL Action Palestine society and I work for KCLSU as a part of Venues Team that is responsible for the wild student events taking place at King’s. When it comes to my career ambitions, I believe that given the global significance of the policy implications of the region, the Middle East and Mediterranean studies - especially when taught at King’s - provides me with viable career prospects within academia I am most interested in.

Having lived in London over three years, I have come to feel at home in London. There are many reasons to appreciate the possibility to live and study in London. For a student, London offers not just nightlife and great little pubs, but also endless amount of museums, exhibitions, and festivals – for free! London is also a truly multicultural city where one can celebrate one’s own identity. This diversity is manifested in everyday life, in dressing, food, cultural events, magazines and film theatres. Students currently considering studying here should take advantage not only of what King’s has to offer, but also of how London and its diversity can contribute to their study experience.