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International Political Economy MA



This MA explores the main theoretical assumptions, issues and research areas of International Political Economy. It is one of the most international programmes in its field in the UK, currently attracting students from over 30 countries. This programme allows its students to further develop their intellectual and practical skills with respect to the interaction of politics and economics in the increasingly global economy.

Key benefits

  • As an interdisciplinary programme, this MA enables students 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 its students to get a first-hard 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

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies


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 £40 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

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 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 must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


The MA in International Political Economy 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 thinking. It is able to draw upon 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. 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. In 2009 we were designated by the EU as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and throughout the year we provide an ambitious programme of conferences, workshops, seminars and blog at the cutting-edge of research in the field of International Political Economy.

The programme offers an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in international political economy, global politics, political thought, and international relations. Students will study a wide portfolio of interdisciplinary approaches on the core module (International Political Economy: Theory, Methods and Issues) and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to the global financial crisis, the political economy of oil and gas, political and economic relations between the EU and Asia, as well as modules in global governance, political economy of development and critical political economy. EIS also offers a credited internship module, which provides our students with the possibility of engaging in first-hand working experience in London, and thus helping them to improve their job market credentials alongside their academic and intellectual development.

The MA International Political Economy provides a non-formalised understanding of global issues from different perspectives, including critical and heterodox ones. It is ideal for careers in international organisations, NGOs, European institutions as well as the financial sector.

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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

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


  • Required Modules

    • Dissertation.

    • International Political Economy: Theories, Methods and Issues.

    Optional Modules


    • Introduction to Economics
    • The International Political Economy of Oil and Gas
    • The Political Economy of Development
    • International Organisations in the Global Economy
    • Russia and the EU
    • Lobbying & Policy Making in the EU
    • The EU and Asia: Politics, Security and Economics
    • The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis
    • Critical Political Economy
    • International Political Economy of Oil and Gas
    • The Political Economy of Britain in the EU
    • Political Economy of China and East Asia
    • The EU in the Middle East
    • Foreign Trade in the Middle East
    • Contemporary Chinese Politics
    • China's International Relations
    • Brazil: Social & Economic Development
    • Political Economy and Environment in Brzail
    • Modern India I: Political Power and Social Order.

Career prospects

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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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.  

The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.

UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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