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BSc (Hons) International Political Economy

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International Political Economy examines the ways in which conflicting real-life issues the economy, politics and society can be reconciled.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018

Duration

3 years or 4 years with a work placement option.

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 (2017/18 fee. Fees for 2018/19 entry TBC)*

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000 (2017/18 fee. Fees for 2018/19 entry TBC)**

UCAS code

4J80

Application period

From September 2017

Until 15thJanuary 2018

Who is it for?

BSc International Political Economy is designed to meet increasing  demand for an interdisciplinary course that prepares students for both the public and private job markets. At City, you will benefit from our competitive advantage in this field and the department’s close links to businesses, the financial industry, policy-makers and think-tanks.

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

Our graduates have found they are well suited for a wide range of career opportunities in the global corporate sector, banking and finance, civil service, international diplomatic corps, global media and international institutions.

Objectives

This course takes advantage of a unique cluster of expertise in International Political Economy at City.

IPE is an interdisciplinary field which combines the study of economics, politics, international relations and other social sciences in a unique 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 training in a range of conceptual and analytical skills that will help you analyse the challenges facing decision-makers in business and politics in the global age.

Our programme is built upon conceptual training in the core subjects 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, Advanced Principles of Economics, Economics of the Real World), as well as on providing you with essential quantitative, qualitative research and applied skills essential in the competitive job market.

As well as developing strong research skills this course enables you to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.

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

Other suitable qualifications

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)

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 experience 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 International Foundation in Humanities and Law or the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

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

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.

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

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.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City’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.

Enquiries

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

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

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

Website: www.ucas.com

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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of graduates go onto work or further study
Opportunities
You may choose to undertake a work placement between years 2 and 3
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of students felt staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

More about fees

* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

** The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £15,000 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

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

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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.

Student views

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Placements

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

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.

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

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), team projects, presentations, unseen examinations and the final year dissertation. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

29% written, 0% practical, 71% coursework

Year 2

29% written, 0% practical, 71% coursework

Year 3

4% written, 0% practical, 96% coursework.

Modules

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.

Students on a quantitative Methods pathway will, alongside their substantive modules, study quantitative analysis of social research data, data visualisation, comparative survey analysis and advanced quantitative methods. All pathway students will undertake a graded research placement in a partner institution and will have the opportunity to apply for an international placement in the summer between their second and third years of study. Find out more about Q-Step here.

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:

  • Principles of economics 1: markets and prices
  • Principles of economics 2: countries and systems
  • Introduction to political economy
  • The making of the modern world economy
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Producing social data.

Elective modules:

  • Puzzles of comparative politics
  • Introduction to politics
  • Introduction to political theory
  • Politics and power in the 20th century
  • Emerging powers/emerging issues
  • Myth and mysteries of world politics
  • International relations theories.

All modules are 15 credits.

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:

  • Scholarly writing
  • States and markets in an era of globalisation
  • Comparative political economy
  • Economics of the real world
  • Concepts and methods in economic reasoning.

Elective modules:

  • The global economy of the 21st century
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data*
  • Advanced principles of economics: financial markets and corporate systems
  • Analysing political and economic data in the real-world
  • Security studies: conceptual approaches
  • Security studies: contemporary and emerging issues
  • Foreign policy analysis 1
  • Foreign policy analysis 2
  • Religion and politics in the age of global change
  • Transnational social movements
  • Ordering the world: International thought in the twentieth century
  • Fifteen shades of red – Russia in the twentieth century

All modules are 15 credits

*prereq for SG3071.

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:

  • International political economy project.

Elective modules:

  • Governance of global economy
  • Global money and finance
  • The global political economy of development
  • Current topics in global political economy
  • Cultural political economy
  • Political economy of global inequality
  • Applied multivariate data*
  • Poverty: what counts?
  • The politics of forced displacement
  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Global governance
  • Political change in Europe
  • International politics of the Middle East
  • The theory and practice of conflict and peace
  • Human rights and reconciliation after conflict
  • American foreign policy
  • Global ethics: power and principle in world politics
  • Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
  • Revolutions in the Long Nineteenth Century

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

All modules are 15 credits.

*prereq. SG2045

Overall workload

The BSc in IPE will include an average of 10-12 contact hours per week (8-10 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 guided under take independent study hours. Some of these hours will include use of online learning tools such as Moodle.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning, 0% placement.

  • Alumni
    Besides having the pleasure of choosing between several interesting courses, the faculty at City has also been of great inspiration to me.
  • Alumni
    Studying IPE at City has proved to be the ideal platform to move on to business school.
  • Alumni
    My lecturers at City were not only experts in their field, engaging in cutting edge research, but also truly enthusiastic about teaching.
  • Grants Officer
    I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the quality education I received during my three years at City, University of London.

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.

International Political Economy

UCAS code: 4J80

Application Deadline

15thJanuary 2018


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.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City’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.

Enquiries

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

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

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

Website: www.ucas.com

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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