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    1. 2017
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International Political Economy

BSc (Hons) |
International Political Economy examines that ways in which conflicting real-life issues the economy, politics and society can be reconciled.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years or 4 years with a work placement option.



Full-time: £9,000 (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £14,500 (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Who is it for?

Designed to meet increasing student demand for an interdisciplinary course that prepares students for both the public and private job markets, you will benefit from City's competitive advantage in this sector and the departments close links to businesses, institutions and think tanks.

Upon graduating from City, you will be able to analyse complex dynamics of the international markets and national political systems, and draw connections between economic, political and social processes driving major changes on the global scene.

Graduates have found they are well suited to a wide range of career opportunities from the global corporate sector, banking and finance to the Civil Service, international diplomatic corps, global media and international organisations.


This course takes advantage of a unique cluster of first and second generation experts at the Department of International Politics.

It draws from both the tradition of  of interdisciplinary education in politics, economics and philosophy and from the study of  contemporary world politics in order to offer a comprehensive approach to the world economy and global change.

International Political Economy is an interdisciplinary field which combines politics, economics and other social sciences in a unique and novel way. At City, you will find the largest concentration of world-renowned experts in IPE and related fields. Together, we have designed this bespoke programme - the first degree in IPE in the UK – to offer you a range of conceptual and analytical skills that will help analyse the challenges facing decision-makers in business and politics in the global age.

Our programme is built upon conceptual training in the core area of political economy (Principles of Economics, Introduction to Political Economy, the Making of the World Economy; States and Markets in the era of Globalisation, Comparative Political Economy), as well as on providing you with essential quantitative and qualitative research skills necessary in the competitive job market.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

'A' Level: Grades AAB or ABB plus a relevant EPQ or 136 UCAS tariff points

IB: 33 points

GCSE: Grade 4 (B) or equivalent in English Language and also in Mathematics or Sciences

For help with the new UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Other UK qualifications:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDD required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)

Other suitable qualifications


We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

Typical offers for international and other qualifications

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry. Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact

English requirements

EFL requirements grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, 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. Find out more about:

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.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS


Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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You can choose to undertake a work placement for one year between years two and three. The degree awarded is a BSc (Hons) International Political Economy with Integrated Professional Training.

Academic facilities

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This degree is supported by the City Q-Step Centre, one of 15 centres nationwide. A prestigious and innovative programme, it is designed to develop students' research techniques and employability by enhancing education in quantitative data analysis.

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Teaching and learning

Our educational aims are achieved through a combination of:

  • Lectures and Interactive sessions
  • Practical workshops and small group classes (tutorials)
  • A personal tutorial system.


Lectures are used to provide commentary on and explanation of key content areas. Small group classes are used to develop understanding by inviting students to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.

Personal tutorial system

Lecturing and teaching is supported by a personal tutorial, mentoring and supervision system, and from your second year of study, with an organised research seminar series with outside speakers, both professional and academic. Third year UG students are also invited to attend PhD workshops organised by doctoral students in the Department of International Politics and specialised events (e.g. workshops, conferences) hosted by City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC).

Independent study

In order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge, you are required to undertake extensive reading and independent study.

This course will include an average of ten contact hours per week (eoght teaching face-to-face hours and two office hours with module leaders and tutors). This amounts to around 200 contact hours during the academic year.  In addition, you will be expected to undertake 20 independent study hours per week (around 400 per year). Some of these hours will include use of online learning tools such as Moodle.



International Political Economy BSc involves two type of research dissertations: a 5000 word research paper at the end of the second year, and a 10000 word dissertation submitted at the end of your third year of undergraduate study. You can choose the topics for both research projects, in consultation with module leaders and supervisors. The dissertations are designed to help students develop and advance their conceptual, quantitative and research skills in the field of IPE.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


From the very first week of study, this course introduces academic approaches that treat politics, the economy and society as an integrated whole. Rigorous education in analytical and research skills helps students gain a full sense of the world's changing economic and political topography.

Year 1

In your first year, you are introduced to the key issues in Economics and Political Economy. The core modules cover the history of the world economy, the key concepts in political economy and the basic tools of micro- and macro-economics.

Core modules include:

Year 2

The purpose of the second year is to give you the opportunity to develop the skills of political economists. You will become familiar with key approaches to economic analysis and learn to apply an analysis to real-world phenomena of political-economic interest.

Core modules include:

Year 3

During the final year of study, you have the opportunity to engage in independent research on topics of special interest. Third-year modules and research projects bring the analytical competencies developed in the first two years to bear on a wide range of theoretical and empirical issues in international politics and political economy.

Core module includes:

  • International political economy project.

Assessment is by coursework, unseen examinations and a final year project.

Career prospects

A degree in International Political Economy is designed to meet increasing student demand for an interdisciplinary programme that prepares graduates for both the public and the private job markets.

As a student on this programme you will benefit from City's competitive advantage in the area of International Political Economy and the Department's close links to businesses, institutions and think tanks.

Graduates will be suited to a wide range of career options:

  • Global corporate sector
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Civil Service
  • International diplomatic corps
  • Global media
  • International organisations.
90% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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