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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. 

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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. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 90 FT

Course leaders Dr Thomas Purcell

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office

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fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies



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Course detail


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


Further literature

Course format and assessment


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  30-40 hours per week


Part-time study


 Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
 3-5 hours per week  15-25 hours per week


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



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.


King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.



Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits.

Full-time students are required to take the following modules:


Part-time students are required to take the 45 credits in Year 1, and the 15 credits Research Design and Methods module 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 the Financial Crisis (15 credits) 
  • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits) 
  • Clandestine Side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) 
  • Macroeconomics of Demand, Distribution and Finance (15 credits) 
  • Lived Democracy (15 credits) 
  • Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits) 
  • Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits) 
  • Liberty, Equality and Justice: Political Theory and Public Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • The Politics of Regulation (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • The Media and Public Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Behavioural Public Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • The Political Economy of Corruption (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • The New Political Economy of the Media (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Business and Politics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Comparative Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Constitutional 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 Discrimination (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Islam, Politics and Society (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Contemporary Brazil (15 credits) [King’s Brazil Institute] 
  • 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] 
  • Global Labour and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] 
  • Climate Change and Sustainability in Emerging Economies (15 credits) [Department of International Development]

Theories and Methods

  • Introduction to Economics for International Political Economy (15 credits) 
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits) 
  • Evaluating Public Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • 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] 
  • Formal Political Economics (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] 

Regional focus:


  • The EU and Asia: Economic Politics and Security (15 credits) 
  • Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU (15 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspectives (15 credits)
  • London: History and Governance (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Parties, Voters and Political Culture in Britain, 1945 - 2010 (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Election Campaigning, Public Opinion and Politics in Britain (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Russia and the EU (15 credits)


  • Contemporary Russian Politics & Society (TBC credits) 
  • Oil, Gas and Modernisation in Russia (15 credits)
  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • Governance and Economic Growth in Transition (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
  • Power and Social Conflict (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • New and Emerging Security Threats in Post-Soviet Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • Russia and the EU (15 credits)

Middle East

East Asia 

  • Political Economy of Korean and East Asian Development (15 credits)
  • East Asia in the Global Political Economy (15 credits)
  • The EU and Asia: Economics, Politics and Security (15 credits)
  • East Asian and Western Models of Capitalism (15 credits)  
  • China and the Age of Globalisation (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] 
  • Contemporary Chinese Politics (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] 
  • Doing Business in China (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] 
  • China’s International Relations (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] 
  • Chinese Society: Change and Transformation (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] 
  • Government and Governance in Contemporary China (15 credits) (Lau China Institute] 
  • China and Global Governance (15 credits) (Lau China Institute]

India and South Asia 

You may choose to take optional credits from level 7 modules outside of their 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. 

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

Please note we cannot guarantee spaces on modules listed that are run by other departments outside of European & International Studies. 

Entry requirements & how to apply

IPE Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1 A Bachelors degree with 2:1  is usually required in a relevant subject area within the Humanities or Social Sciences.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Students may be invited to attend an interview, either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer during busy periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Application checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

In the personal statement, students should outline a likely dissertation topic, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. They should also explain fully their motivation for applying to the MA in International Political Economy here at King's, and how they believe it will contribute to their own intellectual and professional development.
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.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines 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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £24,720 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,690 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,360 per year (2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 


  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

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  

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses graduation cost

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

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.

Career destinations

Doctoral research at King's or other prestigious universities; employment in government, European Union institutions, international organisations, business, and the media.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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