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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.
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.
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
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Political Economy of the Middle East: Theories and Practice
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
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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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£18,750 p.a. (2016/17)*
£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*
£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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