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Political Economy of the Middle East MA



Explore 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, globalization and business, the politics of development, economic ties with the EU, US and Asia, and welfare studies.

Key benefits

  • The MA programme is unique in combining the study of political economy and Middle Eastern studies. The interdisciplinary programme enables students 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 to MA students a research methodology seminar series in addition to courses.

  • Located in the heart of London and its policy, academic and think thank networks as well as being a journalistic hub, centre for international finance as well as being 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 One year FT, two 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 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact email

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 a relevant subject, such 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 their application students should outline a likely dissertation topic, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. In the personal statement applicants should explain fully their motivation for applying to the MA in Political Economy of the Middle East 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 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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

The 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, globalization and business, politics of development, and welfare).

Course purpose

The programme is ideally suited to 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.

Course format and assessment

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


  • Required Modules

    • Political Economy of the Middle East: Theories and Practice

    • Dissertation.

    Optional Modules

    Indicative non-core content

    • Globalization and business in the Middle East

    • Foreign trade in the Middle East

    • The politics of business in contemporary Middle East

    • European Union and the Middle East: economics, politics and peace

    • US police in the Middle EastTurkey and the Middle East

    • Political Economy of the Welfare State

    • Critical Political Economy

    • The political economy of China and East Asia

    • State Builders, Revolutionaries and Reactionaries: Makers of the Contemporary Middle East.


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.

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


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