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International Political Economy MA

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Our International Political Economy MA is an opportunity at an advanced level to explore the main theoretical assumptions, issues and research areas of international political economy, global politics, political thought, and international relations. It is one of the most international programmes in its field in the UK, currently attracting students from over 30 countries, offering you a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. 

Key benefits

  • As an interdisciplinary programme, this MA enables you to study international political economy from a variety of different perspectives.

  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s College being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics & International Relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

  • The Department provides a vibrant research community, designated as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

  • Through the internship module, this MA allows you to get a first-hand experience of the competitive job market in London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 90 FT

Course leaders Professor Leila Simona Talani

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7171 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of European & International Studies



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Course detail


This programme offers an in-depth analysis of the major scholarly debates in international political economy. We will give you an understanding of global issues from a variety of perspectives, including critical and heterodox. You will examine a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches on the required module – International Political Economy: Theory, Methods and Issues – and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues to allow you to pursue your own interests in greater depth. We also offer you a credited internship module, offering first-hand working experience in London, which will enhance your employability as well as supporting your academic and intellectual development.

The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International 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, as more diversity will enrich your experience.

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Course purpose

The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International 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.

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Course format and assessment

The MA is taught by experienced research-active staff with a passion for knowledge and critical thinking. We draw on the expertise of academics from several global institutes and centres such as the Lao China Institute, the Brazil Institute, the Russia Institute, the India Institute and the Middle East and Mediterranean Studies programme. Throughout the year we provide an ambitious programme of conferences, workshops, seminars and blogs at the cutting-edge of research in the field.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. The dissertation module is assessed through a 10,000-word project/essay.


Year 1

Required Modules

Students on the course take modules totaling 180 credits.

Required modules

  • International Political Economy: Theories, Methods, and Issues (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

Optional modules

Choose four modules (totaling 80 credits) from a range which typically includes:

  • The Political Economy of International Migration (20 credits)
  • The EU and Asia: Economics, Politics and Security (20 credits)
  • Critical Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Economics for International Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Labour and Production: Europe in the Global Political Economy (20 credits)
  • International Political Economy of Oil and Gas (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Europe (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Russia and the EU (20 credits)
  • Global Governance and International Organisations (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Development (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Britain in the EU (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis (20 credits)
  • Internship Module (20 credits)

The following options are typical of modules run by other departments outside of European & International Studies, which you may take. Spaces on these modules cannot be guaranteed:

  • Making of Contemporary India (20 credits)
  • Contemporary India (20 credits)
  • India’s Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Governing China in the Age of Globalisation (20 credits)
  • China in Global Governance (20 credits)
  • Chinese Business in the Global Market (20 credits)
  • China’s International Relations (20 credits)
  • Brazil: Social and Economic Development (20 credits)
  • Political Ecology and Environment in Brazil (20 credits)
  • Interpreting Brazil (20 credits)
  • Globalisation, Development and the Americas (20 credits)
  • Comparative Political Economy (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Organised Crime (20 credits)
  • The Politics of Regulation (20 credits)
  • Poverty, Inequality and Inclusive Development (20 credits)
  • Foundations, Methods and Practices of International Development Evaluation (20 credits)
  • Multinational Enterprises, Global Value Chains and Local Development (20 credits)

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A Bachelors degree with 2:1 (or international equivalent) is usually required in a relevant subject area within the Humanities or Social Sciences. 

Some programmes may consider applicants with substantial related professional experience.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

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

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,650 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,825p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Doctoral research at King's or other prestigious universities; employment in government, European Union institutions, international organisations, business, and the media.


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