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    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Global Political Economy

MA |
City University London offers advanced specialised training in the field of global political economy (GPE). The Global Political Economy MA is taught by the internationally renowned and world leading scholars in the field.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

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

(with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)

See more about duration

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 degree is tailored to students (often with no formal Economics education) who want to acquire a range of analytical skills and specialised knowledge about the global economic system in the 21st century.

The course provides a contemporary take on the analysis of the global economic system, its changes and challenges. Themes studied include the national and regional varieties of capitalism, the workings of the global financial system; economic institutions and financial crises; state strategies in the era of global competition; the mechanisms of regulation and governance.

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.

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)

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

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

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 for this course you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • 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)
  • Personal statement of up to 500-words on applicants’ academic and relevant professional experience to date and how it informs their intentions to undertake this course. In addition, candidates may wish to outline their vision for how the degree will feed into their research or professional career.

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

Return the completed form to:
SASS-Enquiries
SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk
Tel: +44(1)20 7040 0249/3721
City University London
Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB

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

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Bursaries

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

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is mostly through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops (including computer laboratory work) and small group classes, including individual and group presentations. Independent study and wide reading are essential for making the most of the contact time you have with tutors and student colleagues and for developing a sophisticated understanding of the programme content.

You will be guided by reading lists and other teaching materials, but will also be encouraged to pursue your own lines of enquiry. Resources are organised via City’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. Our personal tutorial system, as well as the welfare services provided by the University, offer further bespoke support to meet your needs.

Assessment

Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (written assignments, essays or reports), class tests, unseen examinations and a dissertation.

Modules

City's MA in Global Political Economy provides you with analytical skills and conceptual knowledge of key debates around the role of states and societies, companies and markets, global finance and international organisations in shaping globalisation in the 21st century.

The Global Political Economy Masters course focuses on contemporary issues and processes in global political economy in the context of the broader changes associated with 'globalisation,' change, crises and global governance. You will consider and become part of the conceptual and policy debates around issues such as:

  • Economic growth and financial crises
  • International competition  and economic diplomacy
  • Development, growth and inequality
  • States, international institutions and governance
  • The rise of new economic powers
  • Migration and cultural identity.

Core modules

Elective modules

You choose four modules from:

Please note: course content and module details are subject to final approval and amendment.

  • 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.

Career prospects

This is a specialised degree enabling graduates who are often non-economists to engage competently and confidently with economic and financial developments and pursue professional careers in the public and the private sectors, including finance and banking, transnational corporations, civil service and international diplomacy, the media and development agencies.

In addition, graduates of this MA may continue their education into doctoral programmes.

What our alumni say

Agathe Gout, City University London alumna now working at BNP Paribas:

"The Global Political Economy Master's degree I undertook at City University London gave me the necessary academic and research skills to launch an international career in the development field. Having worked upon financial inclusion challenges in Argentina for my GPE dissertation, I had the opportunity to join the microfinance platform Accion in New-York for a six-month internship right after graduation. I then started as a financial analyst for BNP Paribas' microfinance department headquartered in Paris, and after an extra year of experience I am now heading to Bogota to work on Latin-American infrastructure projects as part of the Bank's Corporate & Investment Banking branch. Being a GPE student has truly been a door opening experience which today allows me to work in a field I am passionate about."

International Politics Careers Day

During your MA year you can 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, applications and volunteering drop-in sessions with careers 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 for this course you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • 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)
  • Personal statement of up to 500-words on applicants’ academic and relevant professional experience to date and how it informs their intentions to undertake this course. In addition, candidates may wish to outline their vision for how the degree will feed into their research or professional career.

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

Return the completed form to:
SASS-Enquiries
SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk
Tel: +44(1)20 7040 0249/3721
City University London
Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB

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