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Political Economy of the Middle East MA

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The Political Economy of the Middle East MA is an interdisciplinary programme that introduces students to political economy from a wide range of academic disciplines. The programme has a strong emphasis on helping students think critically, creatively, and effectively about promoting social justice, equality, democracy, sustainability, and social change through political economy. You will acquire a solid foundation in both traditional political economy of the Middle East as well as newer academic traditions, including gender and youth, feminist studies, and cultural studies. The programme will equip you with the necessary analytical skills and expertise on Middle Eastern economies to pursue a career outside academia, or to go on to undertake further doctoral study. 

Key benefits

  • Unique in combining the study of political economy and Middle Eastern studies
  • Enables you to analyse the political economy of the Middle East from a variety of different perspectives
  • Allows you to acquire expertise on Middle Eastern economies and the politics underpinning them
  • Provides a strong intellectual and methodological foundation for further research
  • Allows you to develop your communication skills by 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 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 Ferdinand Eibl

For programme related queries, please email

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
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 Middle Eastern Studies



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Course detail


Issues of Political Economy in the Middle East are currently at the forefront of global media, policy and public discourses and there is a wide range of both governmental and nongovernmental organizations that will be looking for individuals with strong training in the area. The MA programme Political Economy of the Middle East uses the Middle East as a vital arena to think through broader issues of the political economy and development, and conversely uses political economy as a substantive area of empirical and theoretical work through which to understand the Middle East.

The core module Political Economy of the Middle East: Theory and Practice offers an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in the political economy of the region. The programme also allows you to pursue your own developing interests by choosing from a wide range of specialist option modules. The programme attracts a diverse mix of students from around the world who value the academic, social, economic and cultural appeal of one of Europe's most dynamic cities. Our staff are experienced, research-active and passionate about their subject.

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Course purpose

This programme is ideally suited for graduates with a degree in international relations, economics, politics, international political economy or 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

We assess Political Economy of the Middle East: Theory and Practice through essays and class participation. We assess our optional taught modules through essays and, at the discretion of the module convener, through class participation. The program is student-centered, and we strive to consider students’ many different strengths. Your dissertation will be a 15,000-word thesis on a topic of your choosing.


Year 1

Students on this course take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 200 credits.
Required Modules
  • Political Economy of the Middle East: Theory and Practice (40 credits)
  • Political Economy of the Middle East dissertation (60 credits)
  • Research Methods (not for credits).


Optional Modules

Choose four modules (totalling 80 credits) from a range of optional modules that may include:

  • The European Union & the Middle East: Economics, Politics, Peace (20 credits)
  • Displacement in the Contemporary Middle East  (20 credits)
  • States, Markets and People in the Contemporary Middle East (20 credits)
  • Globalisation and Business in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • Any Level Seven (master’s) modules offered in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, including those listed above.
  • Up to 40 credits from modules offered across the university, subject to approvals.

We regularly review our modules to make sure our curriculum is as up-to-date as possible, and because of this some of the modules above may change. For a full list of modules and descriptions, please refer to the Department's webpage.

If you are a part-time student, you will take Political Economy of the Middle East: Theory and Practice and two optional modules from the list below in your first year. In your second year, you will take your dissertation and a further two optional modules.

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

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

Your application will be assessed by the programme's admissions committee. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks of receiving all the required documents, though during February and March applications may take longer due to the volume we receive at this time.

Personal statement and supporting information

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. You should also explain how you believe your own experience and qualifications would make you well placed to benefit from this MA programme. If you have identified a likely dissertation topic at the time of applying, you may also use part of the personal statement to briefly outline your research ideas.

Application closing date

We are currently still accepting applications for this programme for 2017/18; however, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open as long as places remain 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: £9,825 p.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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduatation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Non-compulsory field trip fee and associated subsistence costs
  • Non-compulsory travel and subsistence costs for dissertation fieldwork in UK or abroad

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

Expertise on Middle Eastern politics and economics is highly valued. The programme can serve to prepare you for further academic study. For those who are not interested in further postgraduate studies, the programme equips them to pursue successful careers in governmental and non-governmental organisations, journalism, research institutes, and international development organisations. 


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