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International Political Economy MPhil/PhD

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  • Research income: The contributing departments receive research income from the the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy and other institutions. The Department of European & International Studies has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the European Research Council and from the EU Framework Programme 7.
  • Current number of academic staff: 41.
  • Current number of research students: 36
  • Recent publications:
    • The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy
    • Centre-Left Parties and the European Union
    • Economic Government in the European Union.
    • Europarties after Enlargement. Organization, Ideology and Competition
    • The European Union and Global Capitalism
    • Deciphering Capital
    • Food, Health, and the Knowledge Economy
    • Globalization and the Critique of Political Economy
    • Hegemony and the Future of the City of London. 
    • The Quest for a European Strategic Culture.
    • Fragmented Fatherland: Immigration and Political Violence in Germany 1945 – 2000.
    • Forecasting, Warning and Responding to Transnational Risk
    • John Dewey: The Global Public and Its Problems
    • La France en révolte
    • Learning in Morocco: Language, Politics and the Abandoned Educational Dream
    • Lobbying in EU Foreign Policy-Making
    • North Korea-US Relations: Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un
    • The Oxford Handbook of the European Union
    • The Palgrave Handbook of Critical International Political Economy
    • Polanyi in Times of Populism
    • The Political Economy of the Egyptian Revolution: Mubarak, Economic Reform and Failed Hegemony
    • Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France
    • Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871-1885
    • Should We Abolish Household Debts?
    • Wage-Led Growth: An Equitable Strategy for Economic Recovery

Key information

Duration Expected to be PhD (initial registration for MPhil), three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies



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The Department of European and International Studies is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Europe in a global context. Our approach to the study of Europe in the world is holistic, including historical, political, economic, social, cultural, philosophical and anthropological aspects. EIS international studies research focuses on international political economy and foreign policy. Together, these overlapping research agendas, seek to achieve the strategic aim of becoming a leading centre for excellence in the study of crisis and limitations of European and global order.

The Department is host to a cluster of internationally recognized specialists in International Political Economy. Their research interests include European political economy; the globalization of production; the political economy of finance and crisis, Latin America, East Asia, energy and migration. Applications are invited for the PhD in International Political Economy to work with and under the supervision of these scholars.

Information is current, but staff members can change.

Course study environment

Every research student is assigned a primary and secondary supervisor. Their progress is monitored through regular meetings of a review panel. European & International Studies mounts regular research seminars and occasional conferences with invited outside speakers. In addition, the School of Politics and Economics Postgraduate Research Seminar allows research students to report on their work in progress and receive feedback from staff members and fellow students.

Postgraduate training

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership runs a compulsory research training course for all new MPhil/PhD students. Additional research training, where necessary, is agreed between the students and supervisors.

Head of group/division

Dr Johnna Montgomerie

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

IPE Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • A master's degree with Merit

  • and a 2.1 honours degree at the bachelor's level

It is not essential to have taken courses in this field at postgraduate level but we advise students to consider taking our MA or a similar course elsewhere before undertaking research.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Extensive practical experience in a relevant field (diplomatic, journalistic, humanitarian, economic or developmental) may be taken into account when evaluating an application, but a convincing research proposal is essential to being admitted.

Application procedure

Before applying please consult the department's web pages to determine if we have a suitable research supervisor for your project. Candidates are strongly encouraged to approach potential supervisors informally with a research proposal and full CV before submitting a formal application.

Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after successfully passing an upgrading examination, which normally takes place after the end of the first year of registration for full-time students. Candidates should include two sealed academic references and a research proposal of between 2,000 and 2,500 words outlining their proposed research project with their application. No application will be considered without one.

Candidates will be normally interviewed by two members of the department's staff, one of whom will be the prospective supervisor.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants are encouraged to approach potential supervisors prior to application. To identify a supervisor please see: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

IPE research checklist
Research Proposal  Yes The proposal (2,000 - 3,000 words in length) should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Course intake

No set number

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is also important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

The final application deadlines are detailed below; on these dates, the programme will close at 23:59 (UK time) and we will open for the corresponding intake in 2023 soon after the same intake has passed in 2022.

  • February 2022 entry – 12 November 2021 for Overseas fee status and 6 December 2021 for Home fee status

  • June 2022 entry – 1 April 2022 for Overseas fee status and 11 April 2022 for Home fee status

  • October 2022 entry – 29 July 2022 for Overseas fee status and 26 August 2022 for Home fee status

  • February 2023 entry – 21 October 2022 for Overseas fee status and 22 November 2022 for Home fee status

  • June 2023 entry – 3 April 2023 for Overseas fee status and 17 April 2023 for Home fee status

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier than the application deadlines listed above.

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.

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Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: £5,820 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,910 per year

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: £21,870 per year

Part time tuition fees: £10,935 per year

UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees: £6,120 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,060 per year

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees: £22,980 per year

Part time tuition fees: £11,490 per year

EU Students starting their programme in the academic year 2021/22 will pay international tuition fees.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

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.


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