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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 London 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 reowned 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 Professor Leila Simona Talani

Further details

Course contact for further information

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies

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International Political Economy MA

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Course detail

Description

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 will 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.

Course purpose

The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International Studies. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision. You will typically have 6 hours per week (full time) or 2-4 hours per week (part time) teaching per term as well as 34 hours per week self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

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 by other Departments might differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

 

 

Structure

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

You are required to take the following modules:

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take the 40 credit required 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 you a sense of the breadth of our teaching on offer. Optional modules for this course may typically include:

  • Internship module (full year)

Optional modules below are grouped together to help students focus their interest. You do not need to follow a specific regional focus. Typical modules include the following:

Themes

  • International Political Economy of Oil and Gas (20 credits)
  • Global Governance and International Organisations (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of International Migration (20 credits)

Theories and methods

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

 

Regional focus:

Europe

  • Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspectives (20 credits)
  • The EU and Global Capitalism (20 credits)

Russia

  • Oil, Gas and Modernisation in Russia(20 credits)
  • Russia and the EU (20 credits)
  • The Politics of Energy Conflicts in Eurasia (20 credits)

Middle East

  • The Middle East in the Global Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • State Builders, Revolutionaries and Reactionaries: Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (20 credits)

China and East Asia 

  • The EU and Asia: Politics, Security and Economics (20 credits)
  • Political Economy of Korean and East Asian Development (20 credits)
  • Chinese Business and Corporate Governance in Global Context (20 credits)

India and South Asia 

  • Making of Contemporary India: Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • India’s Political Economy (20 credits)

Brazil and Latin America

  • Political Economy, Environment and Brazil (20 credits)
  • Globalisation, Development and the Americas (20 credits)

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

If you are taking the part-time course, you are required to take one 20 credit optional module during Year 1, and 60 credits of optional modules in Year 2.

Entry requirements & how to apply

IPE Entry Requirements
Minimum UK 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 £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,250 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 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 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.

arch 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.

• If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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 course 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 sectors in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as further afield 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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