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Course content

Our International Political Economy MA is an opportunity to explore at an advanced level the main theoretical assumptions, issues and research areas of international political economy, global politics, political thought and international relations. It is one of the most international courses in its field in the UK, currently attracting students from over 30 countries, offering you a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. 

Key benefits

  • As an interdisciplinary course, this MA enables you to study international political economy from a variety of different perspectives.
  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s College being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics & International Relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • The Department provides a vibrant research community, designated as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.
  • Through the internship module, this MA allows you to get a first-hand experience of the competitive job market in London.

Description

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the major scholarly debates in international political economy. We will give you an understanding of global issues from a variety of perspectives, including critical and heterodox. You will examine a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches on the required module – International Political Economy: Theory, Methods and Issues – and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues to allow you to pursue your own interests in greater depth. We also offer you a credited internship module, offering first-hand working experience in London, which will enhance your employability as well as supporting your academic and intellectual development.

The course is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International Studies. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background, as more diversity will enrich your experience.

Course purpose

The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in International Relations, Economics, Politics, International Political Economy and European & International Studies. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision. You will typically have 6 hours per week (full time) or 2-4 hours per week (part time) teaching per 10-week term as well as 34 hours per week self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have six hours of dissertation supervision to complement self-study.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay, other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

Career prospects

Graduates have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office; global governance bodies such as the World Bank and the United Nations; major financial institutions such as Credit Suisse and HSBC; consultancy firms such as Mckinsey & Co.; and lobbying groups within the European Commission. Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as further afield in countries ranging from Japan to the United States.


Visit the International Political Economy - MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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