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    1. 2017
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Global Political Economy

MA |
This advanced specialist degree provides a cutting-edge perspective of economic and financial dynamics, state strategies, and questions of global order and change.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £5,250 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

The MA in Global Political Economy caters specifically to students who wish to broaden their understanding of the complex contemporary global economic system and the socio-political relationships contained therein. Often students begin this course with no formal economics education and from a wide range of subject fields, including politics, law, business studies, media studies and the humanities, among others.

Objectives

The MA in Global Political Economy (GPE) at City, University of London enables students to critically evaluate complex relationships between markets, governments, transnational actors and networks in the context of a globalising world economy. The course is tailored to students who wish to acquire a range of analytical skills and specialist knowledge of the global economic system in the 21st century.

This advanced specialist MA gives you the tools to analyse the complex and changing roles of private markets, states, institutions and transnational forces and actors in the global capitalist system. It enables students to gain an advanced understanding of the means and processes through which actors, institutions and structures of the global political economy participate in economic and political life.

By the end of the course, you will have developed an in-depth understanding of the ways the global economy works and will have learned to address and analyse critical issues facing global business leaders as well as national and international policymakers.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • You should have an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in social sciences, humanities, law, business studies or another related discipline.
  • However, we will also consider applications from students with a degree in any other subject where applicants have gained significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research.
  • No formal training in economics is required.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts programme.

English requirements

If your first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form (either electronically or by post)
  • Degree transcripts
  • A personal statement outlining your motivation and suitability for the course. 
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)

Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Apply now

Alternatively, download the forms

If you have any enquiries please contact :

SASS-Enquiries
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(1)20 7040 0249/3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

World-leading
The MA in GPE combines cutting-edge expertise of world-leading academics and practitioners in the field with a unique contemporary perspective.
4th
in London for international politics in the UK Guardian University Guide 2015
100%
of graduates responding to the 2014/15 DHLE were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Graduate Loyalty Discount

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

Scholarships

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of UK scholarships for this course. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements. Applications should be made on the Scholarship Application Form and should be submitted by Thursday 31st March 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2017.
Find out more about Scholarships for the Arts and Social Sciences.

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Alumna Edouard Garreau talks about his experience at City and how beneficial he found his studies to his job.

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Teaching and learning

The MA in Global Political Economy is taught by internationally renowned and world leading scholars in the field. This includes Ronan Palan, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Stefano Pagliari, Amin Samman, Sandy Brian Hager and Nick Srnicek amongst others.

Academic staff

The staff within our Department of International Politics are research active, enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Often this research and influence leads to policy change and many media appearances. Find out more about International Politics staff.

Watch our academics talk about China's future on Al Jazeera.

You can follow our staff’s activity through their Twitter feed: @cityintpolitics

Student activities

In many modules students are encouraged to give presentations. We use group discussions, brain-storming, role-play and mini-roundtables on thematic issues in addition to conventional teaching techniques.

As MA student you are also invited to attend PhD workshops organised by doctoral students in the Department. The dissertation in MA in Global Political Economy is grounded in a specialised stream of the Research Design module (IPM111), where GPE students receive specialised training in research methodology tailored for their dissertation in the field of global political economy.

Assessment

All modules are assessed through a written essay of 4,500 words.

In addition to coursework, you must complete a final MA dissertation of 15,000 words based on your independent research. The dissertation is worth one-third of the overall MA mark.

Modules

The MA comprises two core modules and a range of electives. Core modules are typically taught as a weekly one-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial, and optional modules as a weekly two-hour seminar session.

Teaching is supported by a personal tutorial and supervision system, as well as organised seminar series with outside speakers, both professional and academic.

Core modules

Elective modules

You choose 60 credits from:

Typical modules offered by the Department of International Politics:

  • Understanding Security in the Twenty-First Century (15 credits)
  • Development and World Politics (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits)
  • The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
  • Global Governance (15 credits)
  • International Politics and the Middle East (15 credits)
  • Global Financial Governance (15 credits)
  • Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-Making (30 credits)
  • Economic Diplomacy (15 credits)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15 credits)
  • Religion in Global Politics (15 credits)

Typical modules offered by The City Law School:

  • International Law and the Global Economy (30 credits)
  • International Tax Law (30 credits)
  • International Trade Law(30 credits)
  • Money Laundering Law (30 credits)
  • International Investment Law (30 credits)
  • International Banking Law (30 credits)

In Term 3 you will complete your dissertation project.

  • Academic expert
    Director, City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC), MA Global Political Economy and BSc IPE working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in International Politics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in International Politics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of International Politics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Researcher at the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
    I would like to thank my friends in London and all the GPE Staff at City for their hard work and support.

Career prospects

This specialised MA degree is relevant for students wishing to enter a range of career choices related to global political economy. It enables graduates both with/without prior knowledge of economics to engage competently and confidently with economic and financial developments and pursue professional careers in the public and private sectors, including finance and banking, transnational corporations, civil service and international diplomacy, the media and development agencies.

The degree also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in politics and political economy.

International Politics Careers Day

During your MA year you are encouraged to attend the Department's 'International Politics Careers Day' which explores career opportunities with International Politics degrees and provides:

  • Talks by speakers within the field (including City alumni). Previous speakers have included staff from the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Justice, UNESCO, the EU Commission and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).
  • Talks by careers consultants and volunteering coordinators
  • CV and application advice, and volunteering drop-in sessions with career professionals.
100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form (either electronically or by post)
  • Degree transcripts
  • A personal statement outlining your motivation and suitability for the course. 
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)

Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Apply now

Alternatively, download the forms

If you have any enquiries please contact :

SASS-Enquiries
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(1)20 7040 0249/3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

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