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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 (Ronen Palan, Anush Kapadia, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Stefano Pagliari, Amin Samman). 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.

Successful GPE alumni have pursued careers in international finance and banking, multinational corporations and the media, law, international diplomacy and national governments.

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.

Benefits of studying Global Political Economy at City include:

  • Streams of academic specialisation
  • Vibrant research culture centred on City Political Economy Research Centre
  • Opportunity to benefit from City's excellence in professional sectors (business and finance, law, journalism)
  • Regular contact and networking with acting practitioners from public and private sectors of the global economy
  • Central location at the heart of one of the world's most globalised cities

Meet your staff and engage with topical issues of International Political Economy

Our staff regularly comment on current issues in international politics in the media.

Ronen Palan

Anastasia Nesvetailova

Anush Kapadia

Stefano Pagliari

Frequently asked questions

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £5,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

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.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016

Full-time - one yearPart-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)

Course Content

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.

Course Structure

Core modules

Elective modules

You choose four modules from:

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

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

In many modules you 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.

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.

Teaching staff

All our academic staff are actively involved in postgraduate teaching. Find out more about them by reading their individual staff profiles.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £5,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year


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.

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.

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form (either electronically or by post)
  • Degree transcripts
  • 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.

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Amber Jones
City University London
Northampton Square
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T: +44(0)20 7040 4567