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Political Economy of Emerging Markets MSc

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Our Political Economy of Emerging Markets MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We focus on the political economy of emerging markets, especially national development strategies and the underlying politics and institutions. The course also covers subjects such as development theory, political economy,  and management, and is flexible enough to allow you to focus on particular countries and regions.


Key benefits

  • Offers a distinctive approach to the study of development.

  • Interdisciplinary course which enables you to study the political economy of emerging markets from a variety of perspectives.

  • Wide range of optional modules drawing on expertise across King’s with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.

  • We accept students from a range of academic backgrounds and mid-career professionals.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake No fixed number

Course leaders

Senior Programme Officer: Ewa Dorobek: int-dev@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
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 International Development

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Description

Our course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers with a particular focus on national development strategies, economic and political institutions, and the political processes that influence economic reforms. We are based at King’s Department of International Development, which enables us to draw on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities as well as King’s Global Institutes. 

The course critically assesses economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. Our main focus is examining the strategies that emerging economies have adopted to promote development. This includes asking how sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how emerging economies deal with the development and diffusion of technology, manage trade and financial flows, balance the role of the state and the market, and tackle problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.

 

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 20-credit module, we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will usually provide five hours of dissertation workshops, and six one-to-one or group meetings with supervisors. You will undertake 589 hours of independent study.

 
 ModuleLectures, seminars and feedback Self-study 
 Per 20-credit taught module  Typically 20 hours.  180 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
 Dissertation module  Usually 5 x 1-hour dissertation workshops and 5 one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.  589 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Your performance on taught modules in the Department of International Development will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include individual essays, oral group presentations or group reports. The dissertation module is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation. 

Regulating Body 

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

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits.

You are required to take the following modules: 

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take modules totalling 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

Part-time students should plan to take two required modules worth 40 credits in  their first year plus 40 credits of optional modules. In their second year studentswill take  a dissertation module worth 60 credits and 40 credits of optional modulesin order to make 180 credits in total. 

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Political Economy Emerging Markets Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
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 £65 applies. All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor.

As part of the evaluation of your application you might be asked to attend an online or telephone interview.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please submit a one-page (maximum) personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and, if relevant, your career plans and what you feel you would bring to the course and fellow students. Please include details of your previous exposure to the subject of emerging economies, eg through coursework on your undergraduate degree, language studies, career interests, time spent in a relevant country etc.
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 You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your 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: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/2021)
  • 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.

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 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 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 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 the costs above, 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.

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

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will improve your prospects seeking employment in the development sector in the UK and other OECD countries and also in emerging economies, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It’s an ideal course if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.

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