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International Political Economy MA

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Our international political economy MA is an opportunity to explore at an advanced level the main theoretical assumptions, issues and research areas of international political economy, global politics, political thought and international relations. 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

  • As an interdisciplinary programme hosted by an interdisciplinary department, this MA enables you to study international political economy from a variety of different perspectives.

  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s College being ranked first in the United Kingdom for research power in the field of Politics & International Relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

  • The Department provides a vibrant research community, hosting internationally renowned academics who regularly publish in major journals in their fields of expertise.

  • Through the internship module, this MA allows you to get a first-hand experience of the competitive job market in London.

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 Joseph Baines

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office

tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

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.

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Course format 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

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
 Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
 6 hours per week  34 hours per week


Part-time study

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
 Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
 2-4 hours per week  11-22 hours per week


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



You are 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

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

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.

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules, and student on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

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


Part-time students are required to take the 40 credit 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 80 credits offered by both European & International Studies and other departments. Grouped here to give prospective students a sense of the breadth of our teaching offer, optional modules in this programme may typically include:


Theories and Methods

  • Critical Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Economics for International Political Economy (20 credits)

Regional focus:



Middle East

East Asia 

India and South Asia 


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 courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

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 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

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/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,175 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, 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.

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 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; major financial institutions such as Credit Suisse and HSBC; consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co; and lobbying groups within the European Commission 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 further afield 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.


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