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 internationally leading scholars in the field and 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 global economic relations, its changes and challenges. Themes studied include the workings of the global financial system; economic institutions and financial crises; state strategies in the era of global competition; and mechanisms of 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 GPE at City include:
Studying with world-leading experts in the field
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
Opportunity to pursue international double MA degree in GPE and International Relations of Eurasia (HSE, Moscow).
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.
- "Can you blame Starbucks for avoiding UK tax?", interview with Bloomberg
- Football star avoids tax, interview with Bloomberg
- The UK Gold Trailer, award-winning documentary on Tax Avoidance features.
- CERIS Global Financial Crisis Economic International Relations, on the global financial crisis
- China in Global Spotlight, Euromoney.
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.
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)
- TOEFL (internet-based): 100
INTO English Language Programmes
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The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, 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
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- Start Date:
- 22nd September 2014
- Full-time - one year
Part-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)
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.
- Global political economy: contemporary approaches
- Global capitalism: past, present, future
- GPE dissertation
You choose three modules from:
- Development and international politics
- Development economics
- Developments in communication policy
- Financial regulation
- Global civil society
- Global transformations
- History of economic thought
- International financial institutions
- International politics of the Middle East
- Key Issues in Financial Journalism: the financial crisis
- Political economy of food
- Political economy of global finance
- Strategy, diplomacy and decision making
- The information society
- Theories of international politics
- The politics of forced displacement and resettlement
- Understanding security in the 21st century
- US foreign policy
Please note: course content and module details are subject to final approval and amendment
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
Teaching and AssessmentCore 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.
All our academic staff are actively involved in postgraduate teaching. Find out more about them by reading their individual staff profiles.
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Part-time EU: £5,000 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £13,000 (2013 entry)
- Part-time Non EU: £7,000 (2013 entry)
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.
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.
Find out more about City University London
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)
- Two academic references
- 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)
- Apply online for Global Political Economy MA (full-time) starting in September 2014
- Apply online for Global Political Economy MA (part time) starting in September 2014
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