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International Political Economy MA

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The International Political Economy MA will give you an in-depth knowledge of the political and economic forces that are transforming our world. You will explore at an advanced level the main theories and issues concerning the interaction of governments, business and other societal actors within different regions and across the globe. It is one of the most international courses in its field in the UK, currently attracting students from over 30 countries, offering you a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Key benefits

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the major interests, institutions and ideas that shape the global political economy.
  • Explore the interaction of politics and economics at the international level from a variety of perspectives in an interdisciplinary programme hosted by an interdisciplinary department.
  • Study at a world-class institution, ranked 15th in the world, and 5th in Europe, for politics and international relations by the 2020 QS World University Rankings.
  • Learn from world-leading scholars who contributed greatly to King's College London being ranked first in the United Kingdom for research power in the field of politics and international relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the major scholarly debates in international political economy. We will give you an understanding of global issues from a variety of perspectives, including critical and heterodox. You will examine a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches on the required module – International Political Economy: Theory and Issues – and then choose from a wide range of modules covering specific regions or issues to allow you to pursue your own interests in greater depth. Students who succeed in securing an internship through the internship module might do so for credit. In addition, they would be gaining invaluable first-hand working experience in London, which will enhance their employability as well as support their academic and intellectual development. The course is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International Studies. We also welcome graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background, as more diversity will enrich your experience. This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.

Full-time study

 
Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
6-8 hours per week 32-34 hours per week

 

Part-time study

 
Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
2-4 hours per week 17 hours per week

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

You are typically assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by coursework rather than a final unseen written examination, although optional modules offered by other Departments might differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000-word essay.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totaling 180 credits. Full-time students are required to take the following modules:

• International Political Economy: Theories and Issues (45 credits) • Research Design (15 credits) • Dissertation (60 Credits) Part-time students are required to take International Political Economy: Theories and Issues (45 credits) and the 15 credits Research Design module in Year 1, and the 60 credit dissertation in Year 2.

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take a range of optional modules totalling 60 credits offered by European & International Studies and other departments. For part-time students this takes place over two years. Grouped here to give prospective students a sense of the breadth of our teaching offer, optional modules in this programme may typically include:

• The Political Economy of International Migration (15 credits) • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) • The International Political Economy of Production (15 credits) • Global Governance and International Organisations (15 credits) • The Political Economy of Development (15 credits) • The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis (15 credits) • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits) • Lived Democracy (15 credits) • Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits) • Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits) • The Political Economy of Corruption (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • The New Political Economy of the Media (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Comparative Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • The Political Economy of Organised Crime (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Institutions and Economic Development (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Political Economy of Economic Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Gender, Society and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Industrial Economics and International Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Governing Complex Societies: Federalism, Decentralisation and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Climate Change and Sustainability in Emerging Economies (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Clandestine side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] Theories and Methods • Critical Political Economy (15 credits) • Introduction to Economics for International Political Economy (15 credits) • Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits) • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits) • Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (15 credits) • Causal Inference (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Game Theory and Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Theories of Politics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Britain & Europe Since 1945 (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits) [Department of International Development] Regional focus: Europe • Global Politics: Transatlantic, Transpacific and Eurasia (15 credits) • Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU (15 credits) • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) • The Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspectives (15 credits) • The European Union and Global Capitalism (15 credits) • People, Protest and Mobilisation: Exploring Social Movement Theory (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Russia and the EU (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] Russia • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) • Oil, Gas and Modernisation in Russia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] • Russia and the European Union (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] Middle East • The Middle East in the Global Political Economy (15 credits) • Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] East Asia • Political Economy of Korean and East Asian Development (15 credits) • East Asia in the Global Political Economy (15 credits) • Comparative Capitalism: Eastern and Western Models (15 credits) • China and the Age of Globalisation (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] • Contemporary Chinese Politics (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] India • India in Global Politics (15 credits) [King’s India Institute] You may choose to take optional credits from level 7 modules outside of your programme’s approved module list, subject to approval by the Programme Director. You may take up to an additional 30 extra credits, in addition to the required 180 credits. Students may also take a non-assessed 15 credit language module from the Modern Language Centre, King’s College. Please note we cannot guarantee spaces on modules listed that are run by other departments outside of European & International Studies.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduates from this programme have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, and the Treasury; global governance bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations, the World Federation of Exchanges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the International Telecommunication Union; major business media organisations such as Argus and Bloomberg, major financial institutions such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and HSBC; research and consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co, Ipsos and the Boston Consulting Group; and lobbying groups within the European Union and beyond. Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public, private and third sector in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

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

Deposit

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

 

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the major scholarly debates in international political economy. We will give you an understanding of global issues from a variety of perspectives, including critical and heterodox. You will examine a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches on the required module – International Political Economy: Theory and Issues – and then choose from a wide range of modules covering specific regions or issues to allow you to pursue your own interests in greater depth. Students who succeed in securing an internship through the internship module might do so for credit. In addition, they would be gaining invaluable first-hand working experience in London, which will enhance their employability as well as support their academic and intellectual development. The course is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International Studies. We also welcome graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background, as more diversity will enrich your experience. This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.

Full-time study

 
Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
6-8 hours per week 32-34 hours per week

 

Part-time study

 
Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
2-4 hours per week 17 hours per week

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

You are typically assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by coursework rather than a final unseen written examination, although optional modules offered by other Departments might differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000-word essay.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totaling 180 credits. Full-time students are required to take the following modules:

• International Political Economy: Theories and Issues (45 credits) • Research Design (15 credits) • Dissertation (60 Credits) Part-time students are required to take International Political Economy: Theories and Issues (45 credits) and the 15 credits Research Design module in Year 1, and the 60 credit dissertation in Year 2.

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take a range of optional modules totalling 60 credits offered by European & International Studies and other departments. For part-time students this takes place over two years. Grouped here to give prospective students a sense of the breadth of our teaching offer, optional modules in this programme may typically include:

• The Political Economy of International Migration (15 credits) • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) • The International Political Economy of Production (15 credits) • Global Governance and International Organisations (15 credits) • The Political Economy of Development (15 credits) • The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis (15 credits) • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits) • Lived Democracy (15 credits) • Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits) • Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits) • The Political Economy of Corruption (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • The New Political Economy of the Media (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Comparative Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • The Political Economy of Organised Crime (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Institutions and Economic Development (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Political Economy of Economic Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Gender, Society and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Industrial Economics and International Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Governing Complex Societies: Federalism, Decentralisation and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Climate Change and Sustainability in Emerging Economies (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Clandestine side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] Theories and Methods • Critical Political Economy (15 credits) • Introduction to Economics for International Political Economy (15 credits) • Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits) • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits) • Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (15 credits) • Causal Inference (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Game Theory and Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Theories of Politics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Britain & Europe Since 1945 (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits) [Department of International Development] • Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits) [Department of International Development] Regional focus: Europe • Global Politics: Transatlantic, Transpacific and Eurasia (15 credits) • Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU (15 credits) • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) • The Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspectives (15 credits) • The European Union and Global Capitalism (15 credits) • People, Protest and Mobilisation: Exploring Social Movement Theory (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] • Russia and the EU (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] Russia • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) • Oil, Gas and Modernisation in Russia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] • Russia and the European Union (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] Middle East • The Middle East in the Global Political Economy (15 credits) • Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] East Asia • Political Economy of Korean and East Asian Development (15 credits) • East Asia in the Global Political Economy (15 credits) • Comparative Capitalism: Eastern and Western Models (15 credits) • China and the Age of Globalisation (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] • Contemporary Chinese Politics (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] India • India in Global Politics (15 credits) [King’s India Institute] You may choose to take optional credits from level 7 modules outside of your programme’s approved module list, subject to approval by the Programme Director. You may take up to an additional 30 extra credits, in addition to the required 180 credits. Students may also take a non-assessed 15 credit language module from the Modern Language Centre, King’s College. Please note we cannot guarantee spaces on modules listed that are run by other departments outside of European & International Studies.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduates from this programme have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, and the Treasury; global governance bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations, the World Federation of Exchanges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the International Telecommunication Union; major business media organisations such as Argus and Bloomberg, major financial institutions such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and HSBC; research and consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co, Ipsos and the Boston Consulting Group; and lobbying groups within the European Union and beyond. Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public, private and third sector in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

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

Deposit

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

 

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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