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MA Political Economy

MA Political Economy

In the wake of the financial crisis students have been demanding programmes of study which combine an economic understanding of market economies with greater attention to the political and ethical context within which market institutions operate. 

The MA Political Economy is an innovative programme designed to meet these demands and one of the few places in the UK where you can study advanced political economy. Students receive a grounding in core concepts from both neo-classical and heterodox economic theories and study the relationship between economic efficiency and questions of power and distributive justice, as addressed by rival traditions in political thought.

The focus of the degree is both theoretical and empirical with an emphasis on the relationship between economic behaviour and political institutions. Topics include trade and development, regulation, crime and punishment, institutional resilience and distributive justice.

Distinctive features of the MA Political Economy:

  • A truly interdisciplinary programme drawing on work in politics, philosophy and economics
  • offers students the opportunity to acquire specialist introductory training in disciplines distinct from their undergraduate degree
  • exposes students to a wide range of theoretical approaches in political economy – both mainstream and heterodox
  • focuses on the inter-relationship between institutional/empirical analysis and standards of ethical evaluation
  • places students at the heart of current debate and utilises close links with the world of politics and policy in the UK and overseas
  • develops the skills needed to make lateral connections across and between fields of study – skills which are required not only for careers in academic research but also increasingly for employability in the public, civil and private sectors
  •  offers a  wide range of optional modules which are scheduled in the late afternoon to fit around working patterns.

The Department has superb links with current and former members of government such as Andrew Adonis, Ed Balls and David Willetts. Our academic staff are frequent contributors to policy debates and act as advisers to government, civil society and the private sector. 

There are fantastic employment opportunities with many of our students securing jobs in journalism and the civil service. Recent career appointments:

See the Online Prospectus for more information and take a look at the overview of key concepts in contemporary political economy, which provides an indication of the course readings, concepts and critical discussions of the module.

For any other queries please contact the Programme Officer, Hannah Nevitt or the Programme Director, Dr Ruben Ruiz Rufino.

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