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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) International Political Economy

Entry Year:
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 2021

Academic year dates


3 years or 4 years with a work placement option.


Full-time: £9,250 for the first year of study *


Full-time: £15,700 for the first year of study **


Full-time: £15,700 for the first year of study **

UCAS code


Application period

From September 2020


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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.


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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: Grades ABB or 136 UCAS tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 30 points including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects (no specific subjects required).
  • GCSE: Grade 4 (B) or equivalent in English Language and also in Mathematics or Science.

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 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and  English Language at GCSE.

Other suitable qualifications

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

INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

Learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.

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: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 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

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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 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 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 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.


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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During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £9,250 for each year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed.

** In 2020/21 the fee was £15,390 for the first year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


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

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.

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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.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

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.

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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 33% Coursework: 67%

Year 2

Written examination: 19% Coursework: 81%

Year 3

Coursework: 100%


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:

  • 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
  • Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis
  • Studying Politics.

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
  • Politics of Britain
  • 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:

  • States and markets in an era of globalisation
  • Comparative political economy
  • Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real World
  • Theories of International Political Economy
  • Advanced principles of economics: financial markets and corporate systems.

Elective modules:

  • Security studies: conceptual approaches
  • Security studies: contemporary and emerging issues
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 1: Theories and Issues
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 2: Instruments and Practice
  • 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
  • Practical Politics
  • Advanced Theories of Global Politics
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Politics of the USA
  • Comparative Asian Politics
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression
  • Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics
  • The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century
  • Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present
  • The Making of Modern Japan
  • India in the Eighteenth Century
  • New Media Challenges
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Humanitarian Reporting
  • Data Journalism

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:

  • The Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • Advanced Topics in International Political Economy
  • Global Governance
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Global Political Economy of Development
  • Political Change in Europe
  • Governance of the Global Economy
  • Global Money and Finance
  • Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics
  • The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
  • Technology, Money, Power
  • Political Economy of Global Inequality
  • Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons
  • Geopolitical Macroeconomy
  • The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics, Ethics
  • Sexuality and Gender in World Politics
  • Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
  • Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History
  • Comparative Empires in the Modern Era
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
  • International News
  • Reporting Business
  • Advanced Political and Economic Data Analysis
  • Micro-placement.

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

All modules are 15 credits.

*prereq. SG2045

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 15% Independent learning: 85%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 14% Independent learning: 86%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 11% Independent learning: 89%
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    International Political Economy BSc (Hons)
After you graduate

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:

  • Application analyst
  • Economic Consultant
  • Finance Service Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Software tester
  • Operations Administrator
84% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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