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Political Economy of the Middle East MA



Our course explores 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, globalisation and business, the politics of development, economic ties with the EU, US and Asia, and welfare studies.

Key benefits

  • Unique in combining the study of political economy and Middle Eastern studies. The interdisciplinary programme enables you to analyse the political economy of the Middle East from a variety of different perspectives.

  • Provides enhanced skills and qualifications for future employment and research in an increasingly important field. We offer you a research methodology seminar series in addition to courses.

  • Located in the heart of London with its policy, academic and think thank networks as well as a journalistic hub, centre for international finance and a world cultural centre that has close ties with the region.

  • Strong intellectual and methodological foundations for further research. Research skills for archival research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for the social sciences.

  • Communication skills: presenting and disseminating research in written and oral forms, to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community. Vibrant research community, designated as a Centre of Excellence in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake Not set number

Course leaders Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh, Dr Hannes Baumann

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 Institute of Middle Eastern Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

General entry advice

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

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

In your application you should outline a likely dissertation topic and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. In your personal statement you should explain fully your motivation for applying to the MA Political Economy of the Middle East at King's, and how you believe it will contribute to your 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


Our 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. It 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 you with an understanding of the political systems and regimes and their approaches to economic development, as well as equipping you with the relevant intellectual tools for postgraduate studies in the political economy, politics and economics of the Middle East and North Africa region.

Our 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, globalisation and business, politics of development and welfare).

Course purpose

Our programme is ideally suited for 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.

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Course format and assessment

Specialist taught modules are assessed by essay, presentation and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is core and can be taken overseas or in the UK. 


  • Required Modules

    Political Economy of the Middle East: Theories and Practice


    Optional Modules

    We offer a range of optional modules which usually reflect the specific current research of current members of our academic team. This is in keeping with King’s reputation as a research university and also ensures that our degree programmes are relevant. Therefore, not all module options will be available every year and may change, subject to staff availability. New modules may also be added. There are a wide variety of optional modules on offer each year from Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, an indicative list includes:

    States, Markets and People in the Contemporary Middle East

    Globalisation And Business In The Middle East
    The European Union & The Middle East
    The US & The Middle East: Intervention And Mediation Since 1945

Career prospects

We expect students to go on to research in the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies or another department; others may go into teaching, journalism or the financial sector, diplomatic service and NGOs.



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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.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2016, payment is due by 30 April 2016.

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

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

If you receive an offer on or after 1 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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