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International Political Economy(IPE) (some prefer Global Political Economy) is a vibrant and rapidly growing field of study. It has always been concerned with the connections between politics and economics, the national and the global, under conditions of globalisation. More recently, IPE has become an especially productive field for critical social science research into such pressing global issues as world poverty, inequality, gender relations, economic crises, and the environment. The MA in IPE at Manchester reflects the research interests and strengths of our IPE specialists in the Politics discipline area, and focuses on introducing students to a broad range of orthodox and critical theories, and to the politics of globalisation today, through two compulsory modules. Students can then take a range of optional courses that examine specific issues relating to global governance, development and inequality, gender, environmental politics, global production and work, finance (or financialisation), capitalist diversity, ideology (including neoliberalism), economic crisis, and the politics of resistance and revolt - among others.

Teaching and learning


Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

Semester 1:

  • POLI60301 Comparative Political Analysis
  • POLI70311 Critical Approaches to IPE
  • POLI70851 EU as an International Actor

Semester 2:

  • POLI60312 Dissertation Research Design
  • POLI60292 European Political Economy
  • POLI60032 Comparing Capitalisms in the GPE
  • POLI70282 Critical Globalization Studies
  • POLI70922 Critical Environmental Politics
  • POLI70422 Global Governance


The School of Social Sciences is in a purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access and there are dedicated areas in the atrium with computer terminals.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Visit the International Political Economy (Research) (MA) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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